The Royal Escape is the largest offshore race on the South Coast outside of the Solent and is held annually with a mixed fleet of monohull yachts starting just off Brighton’s Palace Pier, then racing across the channel to Fécamp on the Normandy coast. The race itself is around 70nm, and the organisers Sussex Yacht Club encourage all types of yachts to adventure across the channel, from the carbon racing yachts to the classics, all enjoying the supportive company and friendly competition. The race celebrates the escape across the channel of Charles II in 1651 aboard the coaster ‘Surprise’, and being a man who held a party in high regard, this spirit carries on and this year marks the 40th anniversary and the organisers have promised a special party, before a cruise home in good company.
At Lagoon Watersports we will offer a spot on one of our performance cruisers, you will receive onboard coaching from our professional RYA instructors and race skippers before, during and after racing thus learning to become useful race crew member! We have 10 years of experience in races such as The Fastnet, Round the Island Race and Royal Escape and we provide a competitive, calm and fun boat ensuring everyone is learning as much as possible.This is a great opportunity to get onboard with Lagoon Watersports and build your mileage whilst using spinnakers and learning racing tactics. Not only that you will have a chance to cruise to France and experience some of that French culture and cuisine.
Thursday: A training day on the Thursday where the race team will analyse tactics, safety and spinnaker work as well as looking at watch systems.Friday: The race starts on the Friday morning and depending on the weather we hope to be arriving by Friday evening for the celebrations!Saturday: On Saturday you have the chance to recover and prepare for the cruise/race home whilst stocking up on plenty of French supplies!Sunday: The return trip arriving back to Brighton for Sunday afternoon. BMYC are organising an optional race back which we can choose to take part in or we can just cruise.
We have plenty of experience in racing and have competed regularly in Cowes, Round the Island Race and the Fastnet. We also offer quality instruction with our experienced and professional RYA instructors. We will provide a competitive, calm and fun boat ensuring everyone is learning as much as possible. We have several options for individuals or corporates and groups.
Book online from the dates below or call 01273 42 48 42 option 1 or email us about a truly amazing sailing event......Booking terms and conditions apply and rebooking fees are charged for cancellations made with less than 4 weeks notice.
Whole Boat Charter
Lagoon Watersports @ Brighton Marina
Head towards the waterfront where you will see all the cafes and restaurants. Walk to the end of the boarded walk way where there will be a large bridge heading down towards the pontoons. We are the first set of pontoons on the right. Pontoon 6.
To Brighton Marina by car
Approaching the marina from the A27 take the B2123. Turn right at first set of traffic lights, signposted Brighton Town Centre, Racecourse and Marina Village. Turn left at second set of traffic lights, pass the Racecourse and follow the signs for the Marina Village where there is free parking for 1500 cars in the multi-storey car park. From the car park you can either go across a linking bridge on level 6 or from the ground floor of the car park towards all the waterfront cafes and bars. Walk to the end of the boarded walk way where there will be a large ramp heading down towards the pontoons. We are the first set of pontoons on the right. Pontoon 6.
Brighton and Hove bus service operates a number 7 bus approximately every 15 minutes 24 hours a day, from Brighton Town Centre (North Street or Queens Road), to the Marina Village.
Brighton Marina has a bike share station which is either pay per minute or a yearly membership, go to https://www.btnbikeshare.com for more information. For your own bike, racks are available on the main concourses of the pontoons. You must use the racks and not leave bikes on the pontoons otherwise Premier Marina will take them away.
Brighton Marina is a pleasant walk along the seafront from the centre of Brighton, it is 20 minutes walk from the main West Pier. During the summer you will also find the Volks electric railway operates along the front.
The nearest main line station is Brighton with regular connections to Chichester, Portsmouth and London is under an hour away. nationalrail.co.uk
Brighton is within easy reach of Heathrow and Gatwick international airports. Follow the A23 from Gatwick to Brighton. Shoreham airport is also available for private light aircraft.
Please email us or call us 01273 424842 opt.1 about what to bring.
On our yacht courses we use either our Beneteau 36.7 or Beneteau First 35, these are cruiser/racers with great performance – perfect for learning and RYA courses. They are commercially coded with safety equipment to the highest standard.
We also offer sailing courses in our smaller Delphia 24 keelboats, These 8 metre performance boats are used for racing and day sailing, very responsive boats for our RYA sailing courses.
If you would like more practice after your yacht courses or RYA Sailing Level 2 we offer:
Please see our full Booking Terms and Conditions
Cancellation chargesYou may cancel your course/event at any time. Written notification from the Lead Name in your group is required. Cancellation will only be accepted on payment of the cancellation charges as set out below. The following cancellation fees apply :
• More than 8 weeks before course/event – loss of deposit• Less than 8 weeks before course/event – 100% of price of course/event
At our discretion, we may allow a forfeited deposit to be used towards an alternative course/event run by us or the same course on an alternative date. In each case, such a booking will be at the price prevailing at the time of re-booking and subject to an admin charge of £25 for courses over £150 and £10 for courses under £150. In these circumstances we offer significant discounts on rebooking within 12 months.
The discount is based on how much notice was given for the booking cancellation and non discounted course rates:
• More than 4 weeks before course/event – 90% discount on full brochure rates• 2- 4 weeks before course/event – 75% discount on full brochure rates• 13 days – 72 hours before course/event – 50% discount on full brochure rates• 72 hours or less – 25% discount on full brochure rates
For example if you book a course worth £200 and need to change the date of that course:
4 weeks notice this will cost you an additional £202 weeks notice this will cost you an additional £503 days notice this will cost you an additional £10024 hours notice this will cost you an additional £150
Postponement by us due to bad weatherOn some occasions courses may need to be postponed due to bad weather. In these circumstances we will offer you alternative dates, no refund will be available.
On some occasions group events may need to be postponed due to bad weather. In these circumstances we will offer you alternative dates.If you are unable or unwilling to accept these new dates then we will refund you the full cost of the course less 15%.