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The UK SigneT Class Owners Association 2021

An Ian Proctor design thriving today, pandemic arrangements notwithstanding

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The 2020 SigneT Programme was suspended, as with all other sports

2021 SigneT Programme:

After a difficult time for everyone, we really appreciate the hard work that is being undertaken by the clubs to accommodate us, and schedule events for us this season.

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Ideas for Class Rule changes for next year's AGM ???
... or is it, "No I meant foresail not foursail"!
*** Please be aware that we will be subject to any guidance and restrictions in force at the time, and also any local club rules ***
Sat 10 April 2021: Fishers Green Open - Cancelled
[sailing alongside Vintage Merlin Rocket Open].
Sat 5 June 2021: Hunts Open - Hunts Sailing Club, St Ives, Cambridgeshire
[combined with the Classic and Vintage Racing Dinghy Association's Rally]
A nice open patch of water, that gives some competitive racing. Also, the opportunity to converse with like-minded vintage sailors (the boats, not the people). Results
Sat 26 - Sun 27 June 2021: Broadstairs Open - Broadstairs SC Results
A lovely seaside town, and our only tidal open meeting, this is a great opportunity to have a proper shakedown before the National Championships. Six races over two days. Free camping is available. Results
Sun 8 - Fri 13 August 2021: SigneT National Championships, Rutland SC
A venue we have not visited since 2002, but one used to delivering high quality racing. A lovely stretch of water with camping very close at hand, and a wealth of other activities locally. This time it is being held jointly with the Miracle Nationals.
Notice of Race

Sat 11 - Sun 12 September 2021: Paxton Lakes Open - Paxton Lakes Sailing Club, Little Paxton, Cambridgeshire

    SigneT Open Meeting on 11th Results
    SigneT Towy Nail trophy on 12th Results
(concludes the 2021 Travellers Series)
A nice relaxed weekend at a venue familiar to most, followed by our 2021 Season Prizegiving.
SigneT Travellers Series: results to date (provisional) will be placed here as they emerge

Congratulations to Hunts SC SigneT Open winners - and their first win:
John Panting and Frank Goodall

Hunts SC SigneT Open winners, John Panting and Frank Goodall
SigneT during exciting racing at Frensham Pond SigneT Open Meeting
These fixtures are also on the Yachts and Yachting online calendar
(remember to untick the "Include handicap events" box!)
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 resulting SigneT is probably the easiest to build two-person boat. The hard-chine wooden hull, designed for home building in your average single garage without the need for fancy tools, is a lasting design. Now you can have SigneTs built for you, home-build or buy second-hand. The oldest example built to the current design is SigneT ST2; it was built in 1961 and was sailing competitively within the fleet until very recently. It now forms an important part of the National Collection at the National Maritime Museum in Falmouth - see here for more.

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 July 1963, a bunch of SigneTs crossed the English Channel (including ST2) 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