Solo (dinghy)

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Ellie Cumpsty sailing Solo 5793 at the 2018 Solo National Championships, Hayling Island, UK.
National Solo
Class symbol
Solo4069 at Chew Valley Lake Sailing Club.
DesignerJack Holt
Draft1.07 m (3 ft 6 in)
ConstructionWood; GRP; Composite
Hull weight70 kg (150 lb)
LOA3.78 m (12 ft 5 in)
Beam1.55 m (5 ft 1 in)
Mast length5.97 m (19 ft 7 in)
Mainsail area8.36 m2 (90.0 sq ft)
RYA PN1143 (2018)[2]

The National Solo class is a racing dinghy designed by Jack Holt in 1956. The Solo is sailed in the United Kingdom, Holland, Portugal and Australia.

Originally designed in wood, competitive boats are now widely available in Fibre Reinforced Plastic (FRP) or composite construction (FRP hull and wood deck) as well as wood.

2016 was the 60th anniversary of the design and the Class Association organised a series of events to celebrate. A draw of all National Solo Class Association members was made in which the prize was Solo 6000.

2017 Class Measurement rule changes allowed corrector weights to be moved from aft end of centreboard cast to below the thwart.

  • Double-chined hull
  • May be constructed from wood, FRP or composite (GRP 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
  • A Very Active Class Association
  • One of the most popular racing classes in the UK[2]

Some UK Clubs with large Solo fleets[edit]


  1. ^ "Centerboard Classes-Inactive". US Sailing. Archived from the original on 16 August 2012. Retrieved 31 July 2012.
  2. ^ a b "Portsmouth Number Home Page". Royal Yachting Association. Retrieved 26 September 2015.

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