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 Flew, Mon Sep 24, 2018 8:40 pm
Hope to be there both days. I’ll take pot luck with the meal in case I can’t get there.
Cheers Chris AC296
From HughdeIongh, Fri Sep 21, 2018 4:49 pm
I'll be there for the training and the race
And one place for dinner please
From michael Brigg, Thu Sep 20, 2018 12:03 pm
With Mengham Rythe cancelled this looks like my only chance of attending an open meeting this year.
Please count me in for Friday training and book a place for Dinner.
From Shaunanderson, Thu Sep 20, 2018 11:14 am
Booking of 35 has been made, with the venue happy to increase as required (number estimated, from interest at Weymouth and a few extra added for good measure!)
International Racing at last - the 1960s
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After the Great War 1914-1918
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Port Phillip Bay, Victoria, Australia
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