National Solo Class

The Solo is a high-performance single handed racing dingy, with 17 boats and growing, the largest Class at Midland.

Solo Class Captain. Mark McKeever


Solo Class Emblem

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.


Class History at Midland Sailing Club

Solos have been at Midland for several years now, with some of the most competitive sailors at the club and beyond regularly sailing the boat and coming in the top three.

Why a Solo?

The Solo is an ideal boat to learn to sail, as it is relatively stable (particularly downwind), as well as to race.  The boat is easily depowered and tuned without too many bits of string to pull.  The Solo has a good weight carrying ability (up to 100 kg crew weight), is roomy, and is a sit-on/hike-out boat (rather than a kneel-in posture for light winds).  Good boats are available second-hand at reasonable cost (£500+).

Start Times

The Solo start is at 6 minutes after the warning gun in our pursuit race series for older boats and 7 minutes for newer boats.

Open Meetings

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 these 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 5500 have been produced and about 120 new boats are built 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, the use of carbon fibre has been restricted and modern boats are still very similar to the original, 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.


RYA Yardstick 1155
Length 3.78 m / 12' 5"
Beam 1.55 m / 5' 3"
Draft 1.07 m / 3' 6"
Sail Area 8.36 m² / 90 ft²
Hull Weight 70 kg (150 lb)


There have 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 been relaxed.   Masts with differing bends are available according to crew weight.

Additional Information

Midland SC Class Captain Mark McKeever
UK Class Association National Solo Class Association
NSCA Midlands Area Rep
Nigel Davies    email:


Acknowlegements: National Solo Class Association.