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International 10 sq.m. Canoe International 10 sq.m. Canoe

Image: Peter Ullman at the Leeward Mark at the 2014 Worlds, San Francisco. Photo © Robert Muller

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Image: GBR310 at the 2011 Worlds © Robert Muller ex German web site

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Image: Robin Wood on his way to winning the 2008 Billy No Mates © James Close, JEC Creative.

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Image: Canoes starting at the 2008 Billy No Mates. From Left, Gareth Caldwell, Robin Wood, John Nixon. © James Close, JEC Creative.

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Image: "Paul Hignett kicks up the spray on the abandoned last day of the 2013 Europa Cup at Loch Lomond.. Photo: © Loch Lomond SC"

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Image: Simon Allen (GBR 278). I love the lighting in this one. 2011 worlds, Travemunde, Germany. Photo: © Robert Muller"

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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UK Website Articles needed

From SteveC, Thu Dec 01, 2016 6:04 pm

I'm having a well overdue update on the website to bring up to date the content.

We could really do with some information on tuning tips and whatever else is available as a resource for sailors coming into the fleet as is quite obvious by some of the questions on the forum.

Can anyone who feels the desire to write a piece or plagiarise any other articles please send me content on any of the following;

Rig tuning
Sail design and tuning
Foils
Boat building
Jib booms and
Sailing tips; tacking, gybing, upwind sailing, downwind sailing,
Capsize drill and tips
Anything else

Glue "guns", Plexus or SPAbond to borrow?

From jimc, Thu Dec 01, 2016 12:50 pm

Thanks, I think I'm sorted now.

Glue "guns", Plexus or SPAbond to borrow?

From SteveC, Thu Dec 01, 2016 11:33 am

Jim,

I've used the two bits of dowel shoved up inside the barrels which is usually enough.

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From SteveC, Thu Dec 01, 2016 11:31 am

Gilles,

Good luck with that.

Will you register it as a FRA number? For international events (Europa Cup) it would be great to have other nations represented.

Not quite sure how this is done but it of interest to the small number of French and also Dutch boats it could be good to have them represented properly. I could raise at the next committee meeting if there is an interest.

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From gilles, Wed Nov 30, 2016 5:40 pm

IC 226 owned by Gilles Gras (french Britany) and will be transform to AC as I missed AC 269 ...

Some work for winter ....

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Image: Robin Wood at the 2014 Worlds. Flat is fast... © David Thompson

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Image: GBR308 at the 2011 Worlds © Robert Muller ex German web site

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Image: "Scarlett O'Hara at the 2011 worlds, Travemunde, Germany. Photo: © Robert Muller"

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Image: "Blue Horizon Behind Blue Horizon John Ellis (GBR318) at the 2011 worlds, Travemunde, Germany. Photo: © Robert Muller"

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Image: Conversation Piece at the 2014 Worlds, San Francisco. Photo © Robert Muller

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Image: Mark Goodchild at the 2014 Worlds © David Thompson

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Image: GBR303 at the 2011 Worlds © Robert Muller ex German web site

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Image: Chris Maas at the 2014 Worlds, San Francisco. Photo © Robert Muller

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Image: "2013 Europa Cup Champion Colin Brown.. Photo: © Loch Lomond SC"

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Image: "Chris Hampe (GBR308) at the 2011 worlds, Travemunde, Germany. Photo: © Robert Muller"

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Image: Alistair Warren taking Dragonfly (GBR317) off the beach for a blast on the blown off last day of the 2013 Europa Cup. At this point he's about 10 yards off the shore and has got to tack to clear the pier the photographer is standing on. © Jim Champ 2013

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Image: Mikey Radziejowski at the 2014 Worlds, San Francisco. Photo © Robert Muller