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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The Europa Cup is the European Championships of the International Canoe class and is not held in World Championship years.
European Championships were held from the 1960s, but the event was formalised with the name of Europa Cup and the presentation of the trophy, an antique Dutch glass drinking vessel, by Heineken in 1986. It appears that the ICF authorities were unhappy with the event being titled European Championships. Year Location Gold Silver Bronze 1971 Steinhudermeer, (West Germany) John Biddle (GBR) Gunnar Aggefors (SWE) Martin Rosell (SWE) 1986 Rock (UK) Olle Berqvist (SWE) Ronnie Carlsson (SWE) Max Tollquist (SWE) 1988 Schleswigsee (West ... continue reading...
International Canoe Europa Cup 2018, Deutsch-Britischer Yacht Club, Berlin, Deutschland. Monday 23 July to Friday 27 July Day One
With the European heatwave in full force competitors were pleased to awake to see a much stronger breeze than the forecast had suggested. As boats launched for the 1PM ... continue reading...
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Noank, Connecticut, USA
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The International Canoe Europa Cup took place in Germany at Wilhelmshaven on July 29 to August ... continue reading...