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...
Canoe Events - future
- International Canoe World Championships 2014
- German Nationals 2014 - 2nd to 8th August in Schwerin
- Europa Cup and German Nationals 2015 - during Travemunde Woche, 18th to 26th July
Canoe Events - past
- International Canoe Europa Cup 2013
- International Canoe Europa Cup 2012
- International Canoe World Championships 2011
- New York Canoe Club International Challenge Cup 2011
- International Canoe Europa Cup 2010
- International Canoe Europa Cup 2009
- IInternational Canoe World Championships 2007/8
- New York Canoe Club International Challenge Cup 2008
Reports for earlier events, where available, are linked from the ‘Champions’ pages.
- International Canoe Forum
- Sailing Anarchy Canoe Development Thread
- Clarksail - Sailing News Pages by Willy Clark, particularly strong on Canoe and C Class Catamaran news.
- Europa Cup 2013, also some on flickr and fotoboat.
- You Tube - Canoes
- UK - Llandegfedd Inlands 2010
- DE - Traininglager 2011
- International Canoe Federation Canoe Sailing Competition Rules
- International Sailing Federation Racing Rules
- World Championship Medal Winners
- New York Canoe Club International Challenge Cup Winners
- Europa Cup Medal Winners