John ReedSolo Class Captain

The Solo is a classic ‘one design’ single-hander, originally designed by Jack Holt in 1956. The Solo has a doubled chine hull and a fully battened mainsail. Modern hulls can be built in either wood, FRP or composite. It has a low aspect ratio sail plan and is relatively stable and yet exciting to sail. There are a wide selection of builders and sail makers to choose from and the choice of rigs available means it can be sailed competitively by sailors of different weights from 65 to 100 kilos. The class is very popular throughout the UK with fleets in Holland Portugal and Australia. Currently approximately about a hundred new boats are built a year.

  • Solo Open: 30 May 2020

  • Club Solo Fleet Racing: 2 Races Sunday mornings Mar-Dec as specified in the club calendar

The Solo Class has a full Open Meeting calendar with regional prizes. In addition there are a number of Championship events throughout the year.

Bough Beech now has over 30 Solos sailing at the Club. There are two class races on a Sunday morning with the fleet joining in the general handicap race in the afternoon. With a good spread of skills throughout the fleet, racing is close and results unpredictable. There is also an old BBSC fleet Solo (no. 3363) that can be hired for trials. For details about the Solo Class, events, suppliers and second hand boats, see the website for the National Solo Class Association.