Chipstead Sailing Club


Solo Class

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 construction.

In summary:-

  • Light, double-chined hull

  • Constructed from wood, FRP or composite (FRP hull, wooden decking)

  • Available as a kit, part-built or complete. Plans available from the RYA for a completely DIY boat

  • Keel stepped, stayed mast

  • Fully battened sail

  • Inward sloping decks for comfortable sitting out

  • Most boats have centre mainsheet, but aft sheeting permitted by class rules

  • Nationwide Open Meeting circuit

  • Championships held alternately in the UK and Holland

  • National Championships held annually in the UK, Holland and Australia

  • National Inland Water Championship held annually in the UK​_

At Chipstead, have are lucky enough to have a great group of sailors. Our main points/series racing is held a Saturday afternoon and we often have 15 – 20 Solos on the start line. We also run our infamous tops/tails competition alongside the main points series as well as our “first to the windward mark” competition and gain the coveted weekly honours of “Top Banana”. We also stage our own “fun” racing on a Saturday mornings from c11.00 onwards – as they say, practice (on the water) makes perfect!

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