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 chrishampe, Tue Feb 12, 2019 3:57 pm
Tony Marston's Top Secret Formula will be used to generate a handicap result for older boats to have something to fight for.
I have no idea what the formula is, But I hear competitors with white tiller extensions and Golden Retrievers will get a significant handicap boost.
From michael Brigg, Tue Feb 12, 2019 3:44 pm
Being as I am a retired Gent, I am able to spend my whole week at the nationals and so I can do the full week series (one race per day.)
However I do also want to do the "Proper" Nationals series.
Am I correct then in assuming that on the Monday/Tues/ Wednesday there will be a single race, but on the remainder of the week there will be two races , in which the first race will include racers in the "Long" series, (the.."gudgeons" shall we say, in addition to the Championship "Pintles") , and the second race will be for the Pintles only, who are competing for the Championship.
Those who wish to could compete as both, doing the first 3 races (one a day) and then for remainder of the week, do both races, counting the first race for series and championship.
Small amount of extra work for race officer perhaps, but easily surmountable (with a beer bribe or an extra entry fee?)
Next question. Would the series fleet operate as a "2nd Division" (or Bowl Plate Shield) for those less speedy than our pintles, to encourage more competition through the fleet?
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