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 tonymarston, Fri Sep 30, 2016 8:07 pm
We have a website for the IC Worlds 2017:
I am hoping to achieve regular updates.
From steveb, Fri Sep 30, 2016 7:08 pm
I need to tie up menu for Oxford asap. Can't get hold of Colin,Gaz or Terry.....remaining 3. If anyone can communicate with them it would help and all will be tied up ready for the evening.
From gilles, Thu Sep 29, 2016 9:34 pm
What's the worst that can happen?
Nothing I hope !
thank for your answer.
gilles (french new IC, old MPS, RS700, RS600 and others...futur AC...with a good rudder!)
From steveb, Thu Sep 29, 2016 7:08 pm
Terry, no problem, just need your menu choice, and how many. Strongly recommend option 2 mains....think Gaz is going for that!
C'mon the rest of you who have not ordered. See earlier post for menu.
From Bananas, Thu Sep 29, 2016 7:01 pm
It looks like i may now be able to join you at Oxford. Am i too late to book in for dinner?
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