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 Alistair, Thu Sep 19, 2019 5:27 pm
My mast is hogg stepped. I did this thinking that I could have lowers at just above goose neck level and have enough influence to keep the lower mast straight without over constraining it. No idea if it’s right but it’s not been ovously wrong. Has the benifit of the boat cover fitting easier... would have next mast deck stepped on a low foredeck, no reason I could give, just fancy the change.
From jimc, Tue Sep 17, 2019 10:28 pm
I suppose you have to figure out how you want your rig to work really. With mine what I wanted to do was have a tension kicker for less drag, and to take lateral kicker/vang loads out of the spar completely. I also wanted no lowers, and a limited capability for the lower mast to bend. I was also hoping to approximate some of the characterstics of a twin spreader skiff type rig, but without all the extra wires and drag.
So with that in mind I built a stump to gooseneck height with the gooseneck on the stump, and beefed up the mast a bit below the hounds. I'd originally planned a 49er style cuff round stump and kicker, but when I sailed with it I found the inability to see exactly where the jib clew was so offputting that I took it off!
I think mine may have been the first stump on a modern IC, not sure.
The offset aft of the gooseneck didn't occur to me, its an interesting idea.
> no clear pattern to one being clearly superior or in certain conditions
I've never been certain how you establish whether Bill won because of his boatspeed or in spite of his lack of it.
From gilles, Mon Sep 16, 2019 8:02 pm
We will have a sausage/ triangle course and our own start. Max 1NM long target time 45min.
Hope that helps.
From JohnB, Mon Sep 16, 2019 7:51 pm
I am very interested in attending this event as an AC sailor.
Do you know what the race format is likely to be? Course type? Would we have our own start? or would we simply sail the 4000 circuit.
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