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, Sat Apr 25, 2015 5:56 pm
Who's up for Ullswater then?
I am !
The Great Northern IC Circuit = Ullswater, Blithfield (June) & West Kirby (September).
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From SailRacer, Thu Apr 23, 2015 12:15 pm
This year's edition of the GJW Direct SailFest is taking place on the 23rd to the 25th at the Calshot Activities Centre. Incorporating GPS tracking and live commentary for spectators, there are also shore-side displays and other activities such as rock climbing, skiing and velodrome cycling - there's something for everyone! As well as handicap racing, SailFest also incorporates the Suntouched D-Zero National Championships and the Icon Match Racing Cup. There is also discount entry and specialised fleet racing for the D-One, Cherub and Rooster 4000 classes. For more information and entry, visit the link below or email firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions or queries.
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From dave.timson, Wed Apr 22, 2015 2:40 pm
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