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The Rooster National Solo Dinghy - The Technical Details

Steve leads after Day 1 at the 2022 Solo Nationals in the Rooster Solo. 

Rooster Sailing has acquired the Ovington Solo dinghy moulds and are planning to build boats from early 2021 with their partners Ginger Boats.  Phil Hodgkins of Ginger Boats used to work for Ovington and with his skill in building superb wooden GP14's you can be assured of a quality build. 

During his time at Ovington, he worked on every aspect of the business, from composite construction, repairs, fit out and custom works. He was heavily involved in the build of 4 new all carbon International 14's and several other projects. He has a wealth of experience when it comes to construction or repairs in wood, FRP, epoxy foam sandwich and carbon.

The Rooster Solo taking off at the Solo Nations Cup in Canac June 2022 - Photo courtesy and copyright of Will Loy

Rooster Solo - Chris Bunn

To order a Rooster Solo & pay a deposit, complete the online Rooster Solo Order Form for costs and optional extras.

Steve Cockerill at the Solo Nationals 

Steve is a previous multiple UK nationals race winner, and has been runner-up at the UK Solo Nationals three times.

Standard 'Anti Slip' Painted Floor Finish

The anti slip painted floor finish in dark grey

Below are a number of photos of the Rooster Solo  (The current  production specification only available, is the anti-slip painted floor in grey).

Control lines - All continuous in Rooster 'Easysplice' 4mm dia.

Side deck cleats (as from the bow):

  • Traveller - Purple/White
  • Inhaul - Yellow/White
  • Outhaul - Grey/White
  • Cunningham - Blue/White
  • Kicker - Red/White

Thwart control cleats (both sides)

  • Centreboard uphaul - Orange/White
  • Toe strap adjustment - Red (not continuous) - in Rooster Polyloc rope
Rooster Epoxy Solo Image Galley

    Rooster Epoxy Solo on the water sn 5946 - Steve sailing the new Rooster Epoxy Solo (with the standard anti-slip painted floor)

    If you not so familiar with the National Solo Class you can find more background information on the class at the National Solo Dinghy Class Association website.

    The Specification

    The Solo Hull

    Moulded from epoxy foam sandwich, the hull is very light ( up to 3kg of correctors fitted) yet enormously stiff. They are jig-assembled (on a ridged steel frame) in the mould to ensure accuracy and consistency and the hand-layed epoxy added. The decks are resin infused, and all the hulls are post-cured which ensures rigidity across a wide temperature range. Resin infusion sees all the materials placed in a gelled mould, and using a vacuum, the resin is infused through the fibres. The results are stronger, stiffer and more consistent hull.

    The hull colour is standard 'Solo Grey' - RAL 7047 Tele Grey 4

    • Moulded top deck cleat mountings.
    • Wide load bearing floor toestrap anchorages.
    • Wide load bearing mast step area.
    • Single transom drainage bung and aesthetic inner transom finish.
    • Contoured & comfortable sitting out gunwale area.
    • Updated floor and centreboard case design.
    • Anti-Slip cockpit floor - (Dark Grey).

    The Rooster Solo

    The Harken Fit out

    Our Rooster Race Specification Solo comes with the following as standard:
    • Harken fittings as standard.
    • Inhaul, Outhaul, Cunningham, and the Kicker - all continuous and made with the Rooster Easysplice rope.
    • Centerboard uphaul and downhaul via the side decks.
    • Rooster Pro Plus Padded toe straps adjusted/cleated by the thwart on both sides.
    • Anti-Slip cockpit floor - (Dark Grey).
    • Rooster small halyard storage bag.
    • Harken Continuous Micro traveller System adjusted/cleated by the thwart - self adjusting so each side is the same offset, with one single adjustment.
    • Lightweight, alloy Solo class compliant rudder stock and tiller, with a Rooster Carbon Tiller extension as standard.

    There are also extra options you can include:
    • Drop nose mast step pin.
    • Rudder blade uphaul.
    • Anti-Slip soft cockpit floor .
    • Mainsail – from Rooster OD Sail, Hyde, HD, Impact Marine or North Sails.
    • Rooster Solo Rudder (padded) bag.
    • Rooster Solo Mast bag (padded) bag.
    • Rooster Solo Boom bag (padded) bag.
    • Rooster Solo Over boom top cover (Deep skirts).
    • Rooster Solo Nylon undercover.
    • Rooster Galvanised Launching trolley-Twin cradle.
      Below is a typical Rooster Solo hull photo, showing the optional soft non-skid floor cockpit covering (material may vary), centreboard uphaul/downhaul and the continuous control lines fitted as standard.
    The Rooster Solo - Fit Out

    The Foils

    The Rooster Solo rudder and centreboard. Foils are moulded for absolute consistency of shape, stiffness & are symmetrical, the moulds being taken from master CNC plugs, and manufactured by DEM foils.

    The Rooster Solo - DEM Centreboard

    The Spars

    The boat comes complete and rigged with a Selden Mast and Boom. The choice is a Zeta section for the light helm (70-80kg weight range) or the D+ for heavier helms 75-90kg. The Boom is the Selden Olympus section. The Super Spar M1, M7+ or the recent M2 Solo mast section is also an option from Rooster Sailing. Please contact us for more details if required on mast selection.

    Rooster also can supply as optional extras both mast and boom padded bags to protect your spars when travelling.

    The Rooster Solo Selden D+ Super Spar mast

    The Sail

    The Hyde Sails, North Sails, Impact Marine or HD are all cut for the Zeta or D+ mast (or Super Spar masts option).

    Solo 5946 Racing in the Open End of Season Event UK (Draycote) in the new Rooster Solo

    Photos courtesy of Will Loy NSCA

    Over 55 Boats - Steve finished 6th overall with a 3rd and a 7th to count.