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The UK SigneT Class Owners Association 2018

An Ian Proctor design thriving in this centenary of Ian Proctor's birth

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2018 SigneT Programme:

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Ideas for Class Rule changes for next year's AGM ???
... or is it, "No I meant foresail not foursail"!
Sat-Sun 3-4 March: The SigneT will be on display as part of the Ian Proctor Centenary at the Dinghy Show, Alexandra Palace, London N22 7AY
Sun 15 April: Frensham Pond Sailing Club, Farnham, Surrey [alongside club racing but with our own starts]
Sat 12 May: Fishers Green Sailing Club, Lea Valley [alongside Merlin Rocket Open, with our own starts]. Postponed due to lack of forecast and actual lack of wind.
Sun 10 June: Hunts Sailing Club, St Ives, Cambridgeshire [on Day 2 of the Classic and Vintage Racing Dinghy Association's Rally]
Sun 8 July: Papercourt Sailing Club, Ripley, Surrey [alongside club racing but with our own starts]
Sat 21 Jul: Fishers Green Sailing Club, Lea Valley [alongside Merlin Rocket Open, with our own starts]. Postponed from 12 May.
5-10 August: SigneT National Championships, Bala SC, Lake Bala, Wales
[week combined again with Miracle Class Nationals after the successes of 2016 and 2017]
Notice of Race

Sat 15 + Sun 16 September: Paxton Lakes Sailing Club, Little Paxton, Cambridgeshire
    SigneT Open Meeting on 15th
    SigneT Towy Nail trophy on 16th
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 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