Royal Canoe Club Sailing Canoe Rules 1910
These extracts from the are provided for historical interest only and are not applicable for any Canoe today.
IX- A Canoe
26. The definition of a Canoe is "a vessel with or without sails capable of being propelled with a paddle or paddles by one or more persons, who face firwards, according to the number that it is intended to carry."
X. - Sailing Canoes - "A" Class
The "A" Class canoe shall be sharp at each end. Length over all shall not exceed 18 feet. Beam not over 4 feet. Depth outside from top of deck at middle line to underside of garboards anywhere up to 2 feet from either end shall not be less than 12 inches. Side deck not less than 1/4 beam of the Canoe. Plank not less than 1/4 inch, and deck not less than 3/16 inch, and bulkhead not less than 3/8 inch ﬁnished. One complete bulkhead not over 6 feet from mid-length. Ballast, including any metal keel, not to be less than 130 lbs. Sail area, actual, not to exceed 150 square feet. No seat‘ shall be extended beyond the side of the Canoe. Hatchway not less than 36 inches in length and not less than 16 inches width throughout that length. Existing boats built under the “A” Class rule as in existence 28th November, 1908, will be eligible to race in this class provided that they are sailed single handed.
This rule to be in force until 1st November, 1912, unless altered by a 4/5 majority of those voting.
Xl.—SAILING CANOES.—"B" CLASS.
28. A "B" Class Sailing Canoe shall be sharp at each end. Length over all shall not exceed 17 feet. Beam extreme shall not exceed 42 inches. Any excess of length or beam to be multiplied by 5 and added to the waterline length for rating purposes. No seat shall be extended beyond the side of the Canoe. LWL shall not be less than 12 feet 6 inches, measured with Owner on board in racing position. Minimum depth outside from top of deck at middle line to under side of garboard, taken anywhere up to 2 feet from either end, shall not be less than 12 inches. There shall be two ﬁxed complete transverse wooden bulkheads, which are to be not less than 5 feet 6 inches, nor more than 8 feet apart, and not more than 5 feet from mid overall length. There shall be a direct opening to the space between these bulkheads of not less than 16 inches in width for a length of 3 feet. The deck on each side shall not be less than quarter beam. Scantling - Minimum finished - Plank 1/4 inch, Deck 3/16 inch, Bulkheads 3/8 inch. Rating not to exceed 0.30 LWLxSA/6,000 R. In calculaing the rating, the figures beyond the second place of decimals shall be ignored. SAILS. - The certiﬁcate of rating shall be for one rig and suit of sails only, which may include a storm sail not exceeding 75 square feet area. Only one certificate can be held at a time. The L.W.L. shall be marked on the Canoe to the satisfaction of the Official Measurer.This rule to be in force until 1st November, 1912, unless altered by a 4/5 majority of those voting.
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