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 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;
Sail design and tuning
Jib booms and
Sailing tips; tacking, gybing, upwind sailing, downwind sailing,
Capsize drill and tips
From jimc, Thu Dec 01, 2016 12:50 pm
Thanks, I think I'm sorted now.
From SteveC, Thu Dec 01, 2016 11:33 am
I've used the two bits of dowel shoved up inside the barrels which is usually enough.
From SteveC, Thu Dec 01, 2016 11:31 am
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.
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 ....
Loctudy, Brittany was the venue for the 2001 Europa Cup held from 18 to 24 August. Although 2 days sailing were ... continue reading...
The Canoe Sailing World Championship 2005 was held from 5 – 11 August 2005 at the Weymouth and ... continue reading...
British sailors dominated the IC World Championship held at Nynashämn in Sweden between the ... continue reading...
Loch Lomond SC
Thirty one International Canoes visited Loch Lomond Sailing Club for the Europa Cup combined with ... continue reading...