International 10 Sq.m. Sailing Canoe
For over one hundred years racing sailing canoes has fascinated, exasperated, intrigued and even infuriated some of the world’s great sailors. The voyage includes the earliest known recorded planing boats, the second longest standing international sailing event, and the ability to go upwind like a stiletto through butter.
The key features of the Canoe are its relatively small but highly efficient rig, its long, slim and lightweight hull, and of course the sliding seat.
How do you sum up the appeal of the International 10 Square Metre Sailing Canoe in four short paragraphs? "The dry fly of sailing"? (Uffa Fox) "one of the most interesting things that God let man make"? ( L Francis Herreshof) "Oh [deleted]!"? (nearly everyone who’s ever sailed one)?
For well in excess of one hundred years racing sailing canoes has fascinated, exasperated, intrigued and even infuriated some of the world’s great sailors. Along the way decked canoes have provided the earliest known recorded planing boats, the second longest standing international sailing event, an enormous amount of idiosyncratic fun and the ability to go upwind like a stiletto through butter. Sailors who become smitten with the class’ unique challenge often stay sailing them for decades.
The key features of the Canoe are its relatively small but highly efficient rig, its long, slim and lightweight hull, and of course that sliding seat. The "plank" is key to the experience. There’s something very unique about sailing your boat from your perch some feet from the windward side, and while all is going well its a surprisingly relaxing experience. Physically its generally less demanding than a trapeze or wings, but it does bring some extra handling challenges.
No boat can be all things to all men, and its pointless to pretend that this is a mass market boat. But then Château d’Yquem is not a mass market wine, and a pre war blown Bentley is not a mass market car. Some special things are, well, just special, and, unlike the wine or the car, this one isn’t unreasonably expensive...
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From ummmdan1, Wed Jun 26, 2019 10:30 am
Annoyingly I'm booked up for the weekend before and from the Friday that week I never have anything planned that far in advance... how did I let this happen....
From andy g, Tue Jun 25, 2019 6:56 pm
I thought last years was just about right, and they got my bill right too!
the sprint cup sounds like a good plan.
From chrishampe, Tue Jun 25, 2019 10:47 am
I thought the meal last year was good, Would be happy to go back to the same venue.
From Shaunanderson, Tue Jun 25, 2019 10:03 am
As the end of the season is racing towards us now is the time to look at the finale for the year.
But first I'm after your thoughts:
Friday Training Day:
1: Remain as is
2: Change the format to a Sprint Cup, as the training normally just ends up a load of short races.
(All races to count, 1 lap windward/leeward)
End of season meal:
Thoughts on last years:
1: Too posh / not posh enough / just right?
2: Too Late? (What time would you prefer - Venue dependent?)
3: Cost (Too expensive / prefer cheaper?)
4: Menu variety
There's also a variety of foodie pubs / Curry houses in the area, if people want to go down that route (Even a Maccy D's 3/4mile away!!!!).
From Glen Truswell, Mon Jun 24, 2019 8:00 am
Wow, legends the lot of you...............
This is rapidly turning in to 2019 Nationals - Part 2!
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