RHO is a Sigma 38 OOD and is a modern one design racer cruiser. She is a fast and comfortable cruiser capable of serious off shore racing, and is fitted out to MCA Cat 2 coding. She is the perfect boat to learn on as she is a modern stable cruiser; Sigma 38s are exceptional all round yachts, easy to handle both under sail and power, whilst still offering fast sprightly performance and excellent ability under sail. Down below she has a large chart table, which is supplemented on our yacht by all the latest navigation aids, including a chartplotter and advanced vessel identification system (AIS). There are ten berths in total, 2 double aft cabins, 4 main saloon berths, and a double forecabin, with heating outlets in all cabins from the onboard diesel heater. The Sigma 38 is one of the few yachts that manages to combine the excitement of one design racing with comfortable cruising. Although designed in the late 80s its racing pedigree speaks for itself. An active class association ensures there is a year round nail biting one design racing programme. Imagine lining up on the start line with at least 10 other identical yachts. Why not join and get involved in the racing.
In 1985 the Royal Ocean Racing Club and the Royal Thames Yacht Club agreed to sponsor a new One Design and commissioned top yacht designers, including Rob Humphries, Stephen Jones and David Thomas. The designers put forward proposals to some of the top yachtsmen of the day and the decision was made to adopt the design of David Thomas who had already designed the successful Sigma 33. Built by Marine projects in Plymouth with a sail wardrobe from North Sails the Sigma 38 became extremely popular, costing around £60,000 plus VAT. Marine Projects built a total of 124 yachts. Northshore Yachts at Itchenor built the last Sigma 38 in 1993. Large fleets were established in Scotland, Ireland, on the East Coast and particularly on the South Coast. The Class Association was established in 1988. Many changes, including introducing new sail makers, have been introduced to the rules to maintain the competitive nature of the fleet. To learn more about the designer David Thomas please follow the link.