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 chrishampe, Fri Nov 27, 2020 6:49 pm
Never used one myself But here are my 2 cents:
Gnavs can be either fixed at the mast end or boom end, I would expect that lowers would be prefered to help control mast bend or you would need an extra thick wall section for the lower part of the mast.
I know Charlie Chandler didn't like the gnav on the Aus boat he had, so may be worth giving him a shout.
From perhamh, Fri Nov 27, 2020 10:21 am
Heading says it all, really. I like the idea of a clear working area forward of the slide, where you want to be in very light weather, and of ending those embarrassing moments coming ashore when the main foil is lifted and the boom turns out to be on the wrong side of the kicker. Cons presumably include mild deformation of the flow across the main (though low down), and spar weight.
First, a technical question: must the GNAV be fixed on the mast, and tracked on the boom, or could it be the other way round?
Next, are lowers a must-have with a GNAV? What about if the gooseneck is as low as possible, either on the foot of a deck-stepped mast or even below it)? Obviously there's a trade-off between gooseneck height and the benefits I'm looking for. Or is a GNAV somehow compatible with a cranked boom? - seems unlikely.
Anyone out there with relevant experience, in ICs or otherwise?
From chrishampe, Thu Nov 26, 2020 8:20 pm
I managed to get down to the boat park and take some pictures of my shroad adjustment setup:- https://photos.app.goo.gl/5WuiVA9k4CkRZwrP7
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The International Canoe
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