The Solo Fleet is the largest, at 40 boats, most active and successful fleet sailing at South Cerney Sailing Club (SCSC) and it is so easy to be part of it!
You don't need to be muscle bound to sail a Solo. In fact, it is best sailed using brain rather than brawn. It's a great single-hander for beginners who don't want to be permanently wet to experienced helms that want to race, and very competitively either at the club or the very active national competitons.
At SCSC we have Solo sailors whose ages span four decades, and who sail boats that have cost anything from £150 to over £6,000. There's a wealth of knowledge and advice in the Club, and this is supported by regular training events for Solo owners. This makes for a very sociable and friendly class with just the right level of competitive spirit and banter.
Solo sailing gives much pleasure to many. Some enjoy going out for a cruise, whilst others enjoy very close and competitive racing.
The Solo fleet is the most successful racing fleet in the Club with all of the senior trophies except 1 now sitting in a Soloist’s trophy cabinet and all bar 1 of the series won by a Solo. There are events for all levels of experience from novice to expert. We have our own class starts and our own series throughout the year. In October, we host the final race meeting in the National Solo Association's Western Area series.
Training also forms a major part of the years activities with events organised in everything from boat set up and maintenance, racing tactics and strategy. The training is conducted by fellow club Solo helms like Phil Milanes (of Milanes Foils fame), Andy Miles (former boat builder and very handy helm, he wins most things), Mike Weeks (He is the light to No wind master) along with many others who are regularly taking top results in the racing. But the training does not stop there, the Solo fleet is blessed with the most helpful helms around, always happy to give advice and support.
Come along and find out what we are all about.
Contact the Fleet Captain, Vernon Perkins to arrange a visit.
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