Solo (dinghy)

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National Solo
Class symbol
Solo4069 at Chew Valley Lake Sailing Club.
Designer Jack Holt
Year 1956
Crew 1
Draft 1.07 m (3 ft 6 in)
Type Monohull
Construction Wood; GRP; Composite
Hull weight 70 kg (150 lb)
LOA 3.78 m (12 ft 5 in)
Beam 1.55 m (5 ft 1 in)
Mast length 5.97 m (19 ft 7 in)
Mainsail area 8.36 m2 (90.0 sq ft)
D-PN 94.0[1]
RYA PN 1140 (2015)[2]

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

2006 was the 50th anniversary of the design and the Class Association organised a series of events to celebrate.

  • 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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