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The UK SigneT Class Owners Association 2017

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2017 SigneT Programme:

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28 May: Frensham Pond Sailing Club, Farnham, Surrey [alongside club racing but with our own starts]
3 June: Hunts Sailing Club, St Ives, Cambridgeshire
9 July: Papercourt Sailing Club, Ripley, Surrey [alongside club racing but with our own starts]
6-11 August: SigneT National Championships, Netley SC, Southamption Water
[week combined again with Miracle Class Nationals after the success of 2016]
16-17 September: Paxton Lakes Sailing Club, Little Paxton, Cambridgeshire
    SigneT Open Meeting on 16th
    SigneT Towy Nail trophy on 17th
These fixtures are also on the Yachts and Yachting online calendar
SigneTs taking part in the inter-club Mid-Thames Trophy at Littleton SC on 7th May 2011
John Panting in SunseT, ST924
Go to the photo gallery for more pictures.

2010 SigneT National Champions:

See Events/Results for more on the championships.


The SigneT is a 12’4” traditional racing dinghy designed in 1961 by the late Ian Proctor. In Ian’s own words, “the design problem set by the Sunday Times was to provide really good sailing and racing at the lowest possible cost” and over 50 years later the SigneT does exactly that.

The wooden hull, designed for home building in your average single garage without the need for fancy tools, is a lasting design. The oldest built to the current design is SigneT ST2 – built in 1961 and still sailing competitively within the fleet today. Now you can have SigneTs built for you, home-build or buy second-hand.

You can view a brief specification here.

The SigneT was designed for all the family. It is small enough, with jib, to be handled by children in moderate winds and its stability makes it ideal for training. Yet fully equipped, with Genoa and a 90 square foot spinnaker, it makes for some very exciting racing.

The class is a family class, which welcomes new members, whether as experienced sailors or novices. Both individuals and families are equally welcomed in a fleet where all age groups race together in a competitive, but supportive and friendly atmosphere. There are opportunities for beginners to sail with experienced members of the fleet and also for non-racers to cruise.

And as long ago as 1963, a bunch of SigneTs crossed the English Channel to demonstrate the seaworthiness of what was at the time perceived to be too small a boat for coastal work.

Non-sailing supporters are equally welcome and many lasting friendships are made on the bank.

The association runs a series of Open Meetings at various venues between May and September. We also hold a full week’s National Championships in early August each year, with the nationals venues taking us variously to both coastal waters and inland lakes. We offer help and advice on all aspects of SigneT sailing including buying or building a SigneT, fitting a SigneT, measurement, tuning or any other question you can think of relating to SigneT sailing. We are also able to put new members in touch with other SigneT sailors around the UK for local support and advice.

Action from the 2008 National Championships at Chichester