The Solo Fleet at Papercourt is one of the largest at any club in the world with about 60 boats, which means that on race days there is always a good turnout taking to the water. This leads to some great competition at all levels, plus the opportunity for training for more novice sailors in the class.
We have a real cross section of sailors, from those travelling on the circuit and nationals, often with a rich and successful racing background, to those taking up the sport at a later stage and learning the ropes (!). Whatever your experience you will find your place in the Solo fleet and find people of similar abilities to sail against.
Taking on the ethos of helping everyone; during the summer, from April through to September (light permitting), we run our own training and race sessions each Thursday evening starting at 18:30; followed by a debrief session at a local hostelry. In the winter months we again run a similar session on each Saturday afternoon starting at 13:30.
At Papercourt the Solo helms are on an email list so that everyone can keep up to date with news, results, events and items for sale etc. If you would like to go on the mailing list, contact Martin Kemp (firstname.lastname@example.org).
The Solo fleet really enjoy their sailing and get great satisfaction from their Solo dinghies. If you would like to join us or want to know more, then please contact Martin Kemp the Class Captain.
2018 was another great year for the Solo Fleet. We had successes at club level, open circuit and Nationals. We also held our Open on 15 October and despite terrible weather we had 29 boats racing. Congratulations to Fraser Hayden who won both the Southern and the Thames Valley Travellers Series. In the Solo National Championships James Boyce who came 14th out of 103 boats and in one race reached 4th. It was great to see that we had six other Papercourt boats represented at the National Championships. At the club level the Solos were very active winning many of the events.