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Solo Class

Solos sailing downwindWhy Sail a Solo at Littleton?

Littleton is one of the best clubs for Solo fleet racing in the country. At many clubs an individual class start is something members only dream of, but at Littleton Solo on Solo racing is a regular part of the club sailing calendar.

The depth of the fleet means that you will find good competitive racing whatever level you are currently at, be it new to sailing (or new to the Solo) or an experienced campaigner. Although the Solo is not particularly fast, it is a tactically challenging boat, and the nip and tuck of racing on our lake is addictive.

With a fleet of about 50 Solos berthed at the club and additional winter members joining us most years, we regularly have entries in double figures for weekly our class series.

The Solo is a single handed dinghy ideally suitable for sailors between 70 and 95 Kg (thats between 11 and 15 stone in old money..) It has such a wide weight range due to the different mast options available, with bendy rigs available for the lighter sailors and stiffer rigs for the heavier.

A Bit About the Solo

The boat was designed by Jack Holt in 1956, which sounds like a long time ago - but the design was visionary back then. It has fully battened (powerful) sails, traveller, easy to use control lines, centre main, stayed mast, and comfortable (and easily adjustable) hiking. There is lots of information on the Class Association website about the boat if you want to find out more.

The majority of new solos are now built in an FRP construction, though composite and traditional wooden boats are also widely available from a number of suppliers. In the UK alone there are about 100 new Solos built every year. There is also a strong second hand market for the boats, so you don't lose much money in devaluation when you sail a Solo.

If you would like to see a little piece of history, then take a look at this Marketing Brochure for the Solo circa 1965.


Where Do I Find Out More?

Mike Dray - Solo Class Captain

The class captain Mike Dray, would be delighted to answer any questions you may have about sailing Solo's at Littleton.
You would also be welcome to visit the club by prior arrangement.


Solo Training Footage

Race 1 video - training day 18/10/08 Race 2 video - training day 18/10/08
Race 1 video
Training Day, Oct 18th 08
Race 2 video
Training Day, Oct 18th 08

Top Tips

During 2008 a number of top tips were published in the club magasine, Littleton SCene, by different contributors who were invited to share their thoughts on a given topic. The top tips were designed to be bite size easily digestible elements, aimed at the typical club sailor. The archive is below as a source of reference.

1. When to use the traveller, and when not? by Vanda Jowett and Jonathan Jowett
2. Care and fitting of the centreboard and rudder by Geoff Carveth
3. When did you last check your centre board slot gasket? by Richard Cambrook
4. Keep it flat by Tim Hore
5. Downwind trim by Tim Hore
6. Rig care by Mike Wilkie
7. Masts sections and crew weights by Vanda Jowett
8. Where to look by Jonathan Jowett
9. Sailing fitness by Ed Chaplin
10. Transits – Go For It by David Hartland

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