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.
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- Builder of Canoes - W. F. StevensA BUILDER OF CANOESA short sketch of the life and work of the master craftsman W. F.Stevensby F. H. Froling ~ Originally printed in "Forest and Stream", June1921, page 265THE world-famous canoe-builder, W. F. Stevens, celebrated theseventieth anniversary of his birth at his home at Boothbay Harbor,Maine, on November 17th, 1920.He was born at Arcadian Mines, Nova Scotia, where his parents hadmoved from Vermont. When he was nine years old, the family returnedto the United States and settled at Woolwich, Maine. After a fewyears the boy went to Bath, where he served his apprenticeship withSamuel R. Baily, the well-known carriage maker.At the age of sixteen, young Stevens built his first sailboat, anachievement that would have been a credit to an adult. Being fond ofoutdoor life and sports, he became an oarsman and won many scullingcontests on the Kennebec River. Thus he became interested in thebuilding of high grade racing shells.In 1878, he moved from Bath to Lowell, Mass., and from there toPortland, Maine, where he worked about a year with Mike Davis, thenoted shell builder and sculler. He returned to Lowell in 1890, wherehe became associated with Edward Williams, also a prominent builderof rowing shells.While in Lowell, Stevens came to the notice of the late PaulButler, who was considered the world's greatest authority on thesailing and building of canoes. From then on, he built all the canoesdesigned and owned by Mr. Butler, and soon among canoeists the namesof Butler and Stevens became inseparable.From Lowell he again went to Bath in 1898, where he built severalof his most famous boats. Here he remained until 1906, when he wentto Marblehead, Mass., to engage in canoe building with W. StarlingBurgess, well known naval architect and sportsman. After two years atthis place, Stevens retired to a farm at Boothbay Harbor, Maine,where he now lives. At the time of his retirement he was recognizedas the foremost canoe builder, not only in the United States andCanada, but throughout the world. Having decided to retire, he builtno more canoes for several years. However, in 1913, when he consentedto build still another boat, the zenith of his career was reached inthe designing and building of the world-famous "Mermaid" for Mr. LeoFriede, of New York City.DURING the winter of 1912-13 excitement was created in canoeingcircles by the announcement that the New York Canoe Club had receiveda challenge for the International Sailing Trophy, held by that club.The challenge had been sent by the Gananoque Canoe and Motor BoatClub of Gananoque, Ontario, Canada, in behalf of Ralph Britton,Canada's foremost canoe-expert. During the summer of 1912 Britton hadwon every sailing race at the American Canoe Association meet on theSt. Lawrence River. Among other prizes he had captured the NationalSailing Trophy, emblematic of the championship of the United Statesand Canada.Encouraged by t
- Sailing Canoes: A Brief History