National Solo Class
The Solo is a high-performance single handed racing dingy and is the latest Class to get Fleet status at Midland, and also the fastest growing.
|Come and join MSC's fastest growing fleet with a super midland
region circuit for those keen on Open Meetings. All skill levels
welcome! This single-hander is well suited to our sailing water, and
gives the opportunity for the sailor without a regular crew to race
competitively in our pursuit racing.
Solo Class Captain
Class History at Midland Sailing Club
The regular Solo fleet consists of 8 boats, with a couple more expected this year. Solos have been at Midland for several years now, although it's only in the last couple of years that numbers have grown to the point where we qualify as a fleet in our own right.
The Solo start is at 6 minutes after the warning gun in our pursuit race series.
We have a few members who compete in the National Solo Class Association's Midland Traveller Series. We hosted our first Solo Open Meeting in 2009 and are now a regular fixture. See News & Events for details of this year's Midland Open meeting.
The Solo was originally designed by Jack Holt in 1958. Over 5100 have been produced and about 120 new boats being build each year.
The Solo is a one-design class, although the class rules allow some flexibility in rigging and tuning. Built from wood, GRP, FRP or a combination of the three, the use of carbon fibre has been restricted and modern boats are still very similar to the originall, principally to keep the boat as cheap as possible and equal in performance. Results are down to your sailling skill and a perhaps a little bit of luck, not the depth of your wallet. Most boats have centre mainsheet although aft sheeting is permitted and many also have a traveller.
|Length||3.78 m / 12' 5"|
|Beam||1.55 m / 5' 3"|
|Sail Area||8.36 m2 / 90 ft2|
There has been a few changes in recent years, including an option for a loose-footed sail. The requirement for centerboards to be made from wood has recently been relaxed too.
|Midland SC Class Captain||Mike Burke|
|UK Class Association||National Solo Class Association www.SoloSailing.org.uk|
|NSCA Midlands Area Rep
||Dave Curd email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Acknowlegements: National Solo Class Association.