The Port Stanley Soling fleet was re-launched by Manfred Kanter in 2006 after many years of inactivity. During the 70's and 80's there was an active fleet of some six or seven Solings racing out of Port Stanley on Lake Erie. The owners moved onto other boats over the years and the fleet dispersed.
The Port Stanley Sailing Squadron (PSSS) realized the potential to expand the club with both new boats and members, with this in mind; a new dry-sail facility was constructed. The boat of choice to launch this venture was the Soling.
Manfred purchased an older Soling in need of a total refit and with the help of his daughter Kassidy transformed a relic into what many call a brand new Soling. From here many other members of the Port Stanley Sailing Squadron have since searched out and found boats in various conditions and price ranges which has led to an ever expanding fleet in Port Stanley.
The fleet has developed into approximately 10 Solings preparing to race on Wednesday and Sundays at PSSS in 2013. The Port Stanley Fleet currently consists of the following dry sailed boats;
Builder Sail Number Owner Borresen CAN 221 M.Karda/D.McNeil Abbott CAN 232 G.Graham Abbott CAN 233 S. Freeman Abbott CAN 96 B.Tully Abbott CAN 226 K.Kanter Borresen CAN 211 J. Malpass Abbott CAN 121 K.Waud Abbott CAN 235 J.McNeil Abbott CAN 72 M. Kanter Abbott CAN 234 M. Kanter Abbott CAN 236 K. Holland Tyler/Petticrows CAN 237 M. Kanter - In Refit Abbott USA 717 M. Collins / T. Freeman
PSSF welcomes anyone interested in obtaining a Soling or becoming involved with our fleet to contact us on our Facebook page - Port Stanley Soling Fleet or anyone of the following