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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and Marine Motor Magazine, May 1910 Mr Bertram de Quincey Quincey
It is a quarter of a century since Mr. B de Q Quincey's name first appeared on the list of members of the Royal Canoe Club; to-day its owner is the club's popular Commodore, known and beloved by everyone as "Q". Nor does twenty-five years cover his sailing record; from a very early age to quote his own diplomatic statement of the fact, he has devoted a considerable time to sailing, and from that same early age he has been identified with canoes and canoeing. He first owned the "Rob Roy" Fleta, a boat 16ft. long with 26in. beam and "no freeboard to speak of". In her he navigated the ... continue reading...
The Beginnings of Canoe Sailing
The real beginnings of sailing in canoes are lost in (pre)history. It seems likely that sailing craft with a point at each end existed thousands of years ago. But in the mid 19th Century canoeing started to become an, if not common, ... continue reading...
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From Richard Bowers, Thu May 26, 2016 12:44 pm
Hopefull all is now sorted. If any other International Canoe sailors would like to enter please e-mail me direct on firstname.lastname@example.org and I will arrange for your entry to be processed. Please note it will not appear on Sailracer but I will make sure you are entered.
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From Roger Howell GBR300, Thu May 26, 2016 11:34 am
Thanks John, I have sent an email to the club. Let's hope it works. R
From GBR289, Wed May 25, 2016 7:51 pm
Bargin £2700 to fund musto skiff.....
From john ellis, Wed May 25, 2016 2:41 pm
Hi Roger EMail of Commodore of Castle Cove Sailing Club at Weymouth is email@example.com Hope this helps
From Tony, Wed May 25, 2016 1:11 pm
This is annoying. What about a club email ? Maybe telling them that you are down for the training on Friday anyway they can make a special case for Christmas tree growers! Surely
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Noank, Connecticut, USA
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