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  • ​Hamble Winter Series Day 3 - Already Half Way!

    With six races already completed and only six more scheduled the series is already half way through. Yesterday was another very tactically challenging day on the water in another light, patchy, north easterly. Kindred Spirit made a welcome return and rose to the challenges finishing third in the two races. In the first race Persephone pulled off a fantastic gybe on the last leeward leg to overtake With Alacrity and win. In the second race

    Published 10:11 on 19 Oct 2015

  • Hamble Winter Series Day 2 - Fluky!

    Despite forecasts predicting a reasonable breeze the Sigma 38 fleet had to deal with a very fluky northeast breeze which didn't go above 11 knots and sometimes dropped as low as 5. The definition of fluky never seemed more apt. The constantly shifting and uncertain wind meant the fleet had their work cut out racing the modern, light Js that make up most of the rest of class 3. In the first race Persephone overcame

    Published 10:54 on 12 Oct 2015

  • Situation Vacant - Sigma 38 Class Secretary

    Passionate about yacht racing? Love the social side that goes with it? Then the Sigma 38 Class Association needs you! We are looking for an organised, enthusiastic individual with good admin skills. If you have a flair for encouraging and cajoling others into getting things done, that will be a definite bonus! Specific tasks will include: - organising social events, including the most highly anticipated event of the social

    Published 09:43 on 7 Oct 2015

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    Hamble Winter Series Day 1 - Summer Continues.

    One could not have asked fora better start to what is arguable the best inshore regatta in the country. Glorious sunshine, for some, warm enough for shorts, and ideally a light breeze that gradually increased throughout the day. In race 1 crews were able to gain confidence in boat handling and playing the shifty breeze and so most were prepared once the wind came up for race 2. The six Sigma 38s raced in IRC

    Published 09:00 on 5 Oct 2015

  • IRC Double Handed National Championships - Fri. 18th and Sat. 19th Sept.

    Whilst not part of our Sigma 38 calendar this is really a fun championship with 25 boats entered - you get 2 nights berthing in Cowes plus 2 meals at the RCYC as well as race management and there's no excuse about not being able to get enough crew. Given the big upswing in DH racing for Fastnet and other races we are promote the extension of this early bird entry to see if

    Published 17:14 on 25 Aug 2015

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    Nigel Goodhew's Fastnet Report

    We set off from Cowes on Sunday with expectations of a close race. Arguably the closest in several years with the tight competition at the top of the fleet and a number of new teams participating in the Fastnet for the first time, as "unknown quantities". After a dream start, in the negligible wind conditions on the "Squadron line", our race rapidly unravelled...as we drifted the wrong side of the first mark of the

    Published 18:37 on 24 Aug 2015

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    PRESS RELEASE - Sigma 38 Class Still Writing History

    30 Years Later the Sigma 38 Has What it Takes The Sigma 38 was designed in 1985 in response to the tragic 1979 Fastnet when the Royal Ocean Racing Yacht Club and the Royal Thames Yacht Club collaborated to sponsor a new one design yacht which would stand up to tough offshore conditions. Today, thirty years later the Sigma 38 is still writing history. The 2015 Rolex Fastnet has demonstrated that the robust

    Published 18:59 on 22 Aug 2015

  • The Great Comeback - 19th August

    At sundown on the first day of the Rolex Fastnet moral on Persephone must have been at an all time low. Having made a reasonable start, ferry gliding across on the tide, Persephone drifted down past Gurnard and the wrong side of the first mark! According to an on board source it then took them 4 hours to get back against the tide to round on the correct side. On exiting

    Published 11:49 on 19 Aug 2015

  • Agonising Progress - 18th August 11:15

    The Fastnet is one of those challenges when the founder of the modern Olympic Games, Pierre de Coubertin', wise words never rang truer "The important thing in life is not the triumph but the struggle, the essential thing is not to have conquered but to have fought well." Today, after one of the longest nights of their lives, the 13 strong Sigma 38 crews have almost without exception improved their overall and class positions. Paracelsus,

    Published 10:52 on 18 Aug 2015

  • "Slownet" 17th August 8:30

    Despite the slow, slow start the 13 Sigma 38s are all currently past Portland Bill and almost off Salcolme. The leaders have already completed 100 nautical miles of the 608 nautical mile course. Even the last Sigma 38 is only 34 nautical miles behind. As usual the magnetic attraction between With Alacrity and Persephone lives on, the two boats are neck and neck. Currently With Alacrity just has the edge, Chris, Vanessa and friends are

    Published 08:37 on 17 Aug 2015

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