Tim Gray – captain of the Solo Fleet has secured a pristine new demo Solo for would-be Solo sailors keen to give the boat a try. So what are you waiting for!
Note that the demo boat is only available for fully paid up Staunton Harold Sailing Club members with sailing experience (RYA level 2 minimum) to trial.
Where has the Solo come from?
The Solo is on loan from the National Solo Class Association (NSCA). The Association bought the Class Demo boat in 2022 (yes it is brand new!!) to help encourage sailors from other fleets to try the Solo. And, to then hopefully go on to purchase their own boats and join the Solo fleet.
Why a Solo?
We have a burgeoning Solo fleet – with 10 boats already in the fleet. The Staunton fleet features elite sailors who regularly pick up trophies both at home and away and those who are relatively new to sailing. So yes there are some very competitive sailors out on the water. And, yes, you will be able to get advice on how to get the most out of your Solo, whether that’s set-up and tuning or the way you’re sailing it! The cockpit is deeper than a Laser so where some Laser sailors have switched to an Aero, others have gone for a Solo. Set-up is not as simple as a Laser, but the fully battened sail gives some distinct advantages. Staunton’s Rachael Gray put the Demo Solo through its paces just a few months ago. Please click here to see how the boat performed, plus footage of a walk-around the boat.
How do you book out the boat?
The boat will be housed at the club and is available for fully paid up Staunton Harold Sailing Club members with sailing experience (RYA level 2 minimum) only, to try. Trials will only be available during normal sailing times and after completing a booking form, please click here for links to the booking form.
The Small Print
The boat is provided in ‘as new’ condition, and it becomes your responsibility to return it in the same condition, namely:
- No scratches, chips, sail damage, breakages of any nature.
- Sail carefully rolled and placed in its sail bag.
- Under and over covers fitted and secured, rudder, mast and boom in protective bags provided.
- Tied down to the appropriate anchoring point.
- Any damage which may occur must be notified at the first opportunity to the NSCA Demo Boat Coordinator (Tim Gray), or, if unavailable to a member of the NSCA Committee. Chrisbrown024@aol.com 07812766534
The boat is covered by insurance via Noble Marine Insurance, however there is an excess of £100 on the policy. You will be liable to pay any excess on any claim. You will also be required to complete a claim form, and to arrange with a suitable professional repairer for any works to be completed. Under no circumstances should amateur repairs be undertaken.
The NSCA is very interested in each sailor’s feedback. So, as part of every trial sail, sailors will be asked to provide feedback of their experience to Tim Gray. The National Solo Class Association will use your trial sail feedback to follow-up on sailors who are interested in buying their own boat, and where they would sail it. This way the NSCA will ensure that their Solo fleet gets the maximum support and encouragement.
Before you sail
To get the most out of your trial sail we recommend you check out some of the following links:-
- Solo youtube channel. Featuring a host of videos – from guides to some great racing footage
- NSCA website. With everything you might want to know about the fleet. And my favourite part of the website:-
- Tuning guides – how to get the most from your sail in different wind conditions, from controls, to body position. With special go fast tips!
Enjoy your trial sail!