Banks Solo Dinghy Sails

The Solo is still one of the most popular dinghy classes and we offer a fully race-tested design which will be adjusted to suit the mast section to be used. Our Solo sail design has proved to be extremely successful at club level, and we are confident that it will continue to be popular.

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Mainsail - Dacron

Cut from 4.46 Contender Polypreg. Complete with full length battens with buckle adjustment, leech tell tales, clew slider, soft foot, cunningham, insignia, sail numbers and long sailbag.


We have been developing the M3mbrane moulded version. Our Black Mamba is Lighter, stronger and sexier than the standard panelled sails! This sail will get you into the silverware and is ready to strike fear into your opposition, extra height upwind with plenty of speed and power when reaching..

Full Radial Technora Mainsail

A fabulous looking lightweight sail cut from one of the latest fabrics. The radial cut takes full advantage of the fabric and Banks computer aided design and cutting system.

Banks Solo Dinghy Covers

solo dinghy: Banks Sails

Flat top covers

Easy to fit and can be used with the mast up or down. The main halyard attachment webbing ring helps the cover to shed water.

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420 dinghy: Banks Sails

Over boom covers

For the ultimate in weather proofing, the over boom style ensures that water will not collect in the cover and allows air to circulate.

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420 dinghy: Banks Sails

Trailing covers

Trailing covers are top covers without openings for masts and shrouds. They reduce drag considerably when towing.

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420 dinghy: Banks Sails

Under covers

Undercovers protect the hull of the boat from knocks and scratches, particularly when trailing. Our undercovers are handmade from quality nylon.

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Solo Data Sheet

Solo dinghy racing

The National Solo class is a racing dinghy designed by Jack Holt in 1956. The Solo is sailed in the United Kingdom, Holland, Portugal and Australia.

Originally designed in wood, competitive boats are now widely available in Fibre Reinforced Plastic (FRP) or composite construction (FRP hull and wood deck) as well as wood.

2016 was the 60th anniversary of the design and the Class Association organised a series of events to celebrate. A draw of all National Solo Class Association members was made in which the prize was a Solo 6000.

2017 Class Measurement rule changes allowed corrector weights to be moved from aft end of centreboard cast to below the thwart.

  • Double-chined hull
  • May be constructed from wood, FRP or composite (GRP hull, wooden decking)
  • Available as a kit, part-built or complete. Plans available from the RYA for a completely DIY boat.
  • Keel stepped, stayed mast
  • Fully battened sail
  • Inward sloping decks for comfortable sitting out
  • Most boats have centre mainsheet, but aft sheeting permitted by class rules
  • A Very Active Class Association
  • One of the most popular racing classes in the UK

Designer Jack Holt
Year 1956
Crew 1
Draft 1.07 m (3 ft 6 in)
Type Monohull
Construction Wood; GRP; Composite
Hull weight 70 kg (150 lb)
LOA 3.78 m (12 ft 5 in)
Beam 1.55 m (5 ft 1 in)
Mast length 5.97 m (19 ft 7 in)
Mainsail area 8.36 m2 (90.0 sq ft)
D-PN 94.0
RYA PN 1143 (2018)

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About Company

Banks Sails was founded because of the demand for dinghy and small keelboat sails designed by Bruce Banks and later by Ken Rose. They quickly established a reputation as an innovative supplier of top quality dinghy and small keelboat sails.

Contact Details

Telephone:01489 582444
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372 Brook Lane,
England, SO31 7ZA