What is a Solo?

The National Solo is a classic, one-design, single-handed dinghy. Designed by Jack Holt in 1956, the Solo remains a popular dinghy, sailed at many clubs in the UK, Holland and Australia. Originally designed in wood, competitive boats are now widely available in Foam Reinforced Plastic (FRP) or composite construction (FRP hull and wood deck) as well as all wood. At 12ft 5in and 70 kg, the Solo is ideally suited to anyone of between 10 and 15 stone in weight. Different mast and sail options can be chosen to suit helms of all sizes and with its deep cockpit the Solo is kind to the knees (and the head).


Solos at Fishers Green

The Solo remains the largest active class at FGSC, with over 20 boats and its own fleet race start on Sundays. The Solo is ideally suited to our lake where quick tacking is often more important than outright speed although Solos also do well in a bigger breeze too. Although available from different builders, almost any Solo built since the millennium should be competitive if sailed well.

Anyone of adult size can sail a Solo and the boat is kinder on the helmsman’s knees than the current rash of single-handers with raised floors. The ability of our fleet members ranges from Open event winners to the person buying his first racing single-hander. FGSC has hosted a Solo open meeting on the Eastern traveller’s series for a number of years and a good turnout can usually be expected.

FGSC has recently acquired a Club Solo which can be borrowed by any competent club member and although not the latest style, has proved itself competitive in club racing.


Key Figures

  • Ideal crew weight: 65kg (10 stone) – 90kg (15stone)
  • Portsmouth Yardstick handicap: 1135
  • Hull weight: 70kg
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