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The "National Solo" is a one design single handed dinghy with shrouds and forestay, pivoting centreboard and fully battened mainsail which was designed by Jack Holt in 1956.  The minimum hull weight is 70kg and it can be constructed in wood, FRP, or a combination of the two (nearly all new boats are now constructed in FRP). There are many variances in mast, sail, foil and control layout which are carefully controlled by a Class specific measurement team and the R.Y.A.  Different rigs mean that the Solo suits sailors from 60kg to over 100kg.

The Solo is raced across the UK and is popular in Holland as well. It has a strong one design ethos at club level with well supported fleets from Salcombe in the West Country to Prestwick in Scotland and almost everywhere in between.  The Solo remains one of the UK's leading single handed classes with big attendances at major events organised by the Class Association and a full programme of area open meetings (including at Staunton Harold, which forms part of the Midlands Area Series).  

The continual investment from builders/sailmakers ensures there is variety in equipment to suit each individual.  The Class continues to attract top sailors to the purist form of competition, to test themselves against each other and against the Class die-hards and journeymen. The popularity of the National Solo with club racers to nationals hopefuls and the quality of the product that has evolved over 60 years ensures that there is a buoyant second hand market for boats and equipment.

The Solo fleet at Staunton Harold numbers about 15 boats currently, with friendly competition in club racing.  New members to the fleet are very welcome.