Sam of Hamble is a Sigma 38, built in 1991. These are fantastic boats – good for training, comfortable enough for cruising, good for racing and most importantly, they are very good sea-boats.

Around 120 were built between 1987 and 1992, and most are still active. Many have sailed the Atlantic, and at least one has sailed round the World.

On board Sam we offer:


Prestigious long offshore races such as the Rolex Fastnet Race, RORC Caribbean 600 Race; Race/Regatta Weeks like Cowes Week, Antigua Sailing Week, Grenada Sailing Week and more. As Skipper, Peter has won races at Cowes Week, Antigua Week, Cork Week, Grenada Week and many more. Offshore he has won prizes in the Fastnet Race, Rolex Middle Sea Race, RORC Caribbean 600 Race, Newport – Bermuda Race, Round Britain and Ireland Race and more…

Expert Tuition

Peter is a highly experienced Yachtmaster Instructor with over 20 years’ experience instructing from beginners to Yachtmaster Ocean. He has instructed in the UK, Baltic Sea, Mediterranean, Caribbean and he fully appreciates the different conditions encountered in each area. He is also a Yachtmaster Examiner, regularly examining up to Yachmaster Ocean level. In addition to sailing on Sam, Peter is available to instruct on your own boat.

Cruising and mile-building

Sam is an excellent passage-making boat and we regularly do longer mile-building cruises as well as shorter trips with more time to enjoy the places we visit.

Master-Class Trips

cruises with more challenging aspects, possibly visiting more remote destinations, or those involving some particularly difficult pilotage. Individually Tailored Cruising/Training Events  –  We can arrange bespoke cruises, training sessions which might be specialist things like spinnaker practice or boat mooring and marina berthing; let us know what you require…

Individually Tailored Cruising/Training Events

We can arrange bespoke cruises, training sessions which might be specialist things like spinnaker practice or boat mooring and marina berthing; let us know what you require…

Sam’s Skipper – Peter Hopps

Sam is skippered by co-owner Peter Hopps. Peter is a hugely experienced sailor and racer who has sailed in 15 Fastnet Races, successfully completing all of them except for 1979 when the fleet was decimated by the storm that made the race’s reputation. Peter is also an RYA Yachtmaster Instructor and Examiner.

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We finished the Atlantic Rally for Cruisers (ARC) on 12 December in a time of a bit over 18 days, giving us 2nd place in Racing Class 2. Very pleased to have had a relatively trouble-free crossing and for me, having finished the ARC 5 times in the night, finally finished 1 in daylight!

Sam is now in Antigua getting ready for our next race, the RORC Caribbean 600 Race which starts on Monday 24 February. Still 1 or 2 places available.


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The story of Sam Alexander

Marine Sam Alexander MC “Sam” is named after Sam, the son of one of the three owners. If you look at the photographs of the party after the first ever King and Queen race you will see a small blonde boy dancing on the tables. That was Sam. His zest for life, love of the sea and talent for music was evident as a child. He grew up in Hamble and was a frequent visitor even after the family moved away.

Sam joined the Royal Marines in 2006 and served in Afghanistan in 2008-9. Towards the end of their tour, Sam was concussed by a bullet, but insisted on taking part on that day’s patrol. His company became divided and his group soon found themselves under heavy enemy fire. Sam’s corporal was badly wounded. Sam stepped out in front of the unit and used his heavy machine gun to fire at the insurgents who were just 15 metres away. Another man was hit. As his friends were dealing with the wounded and radioing for assistance, Sam was running out of ammunition. Whilst the unit retreated, Sam put down his gun and reached for his 9 mm pistol, keeping the enemy at bay despite being completely exposed to heavy and accurate enemy fire. The whole unit survived.

Later in 2009, Sam was doing some ‘adventure training’ (surfing in Newquay) when he received an urgent summons back to base. Sitting in the jeep, he wandered what he might be in trouble for. When he walked into the mess, he was handed a telegram and a glass of champagne. He was to be decorated.

Sam was awarded the Military Cross for gallantry by the Queen at a ceremony at Windsor Castle in November 2009.On 27th May, 2011, Mne Sam Alexander was killed by an IED in Helmand province alongside his patrol leader.