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, Mon Dec 17, 2018 1:17 pm
AC WHOOSH GBR 275
Sails: SL4square top main and jib are very new looking and the main has light weight tapered patterns, 2 hyde kites.
Foils in good condition are in good condition .
On galvanised launching trolley.
located at Graham Water SC.
Contact: Sam Farrington-Hunt on
or phone Tony Marston 0151 677 3969 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
From hotrudderedbum, Mon Dec 17, 2018 11:11 am
I have #160 for sale in Yorktown, Virginia. Asking $1150. Pictures available upon request.
From perhamh, Wed Dec 12, 2018 9:27 pm
About the jib boom. Could be that there's too much tension on the leach for lighter conditions -> ease off the line to the leading end of the boom to allow more twist. Or, less likely, that the way you have rigged it allows the foot to be pulled back too far, taking out fullness low down. The sheet needs to act on the clew of the sail in the usual way, so the clew should be able to slide along the boom as necessary.
The photos appear to show the tensioning line as still taut even though you're sheeted hard in. This tends to support the idea that it's too tight for these light conditions. And a taut tensioning line will make the boat less forgiving when tacking in higher winds.
My experience (jib boom without self-tacker) is that it's only on flat water, and in a narrow range of wind strengths, that one should use the jib boom to eliminate most of the twist.
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