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 phil r, Fri Mar 27, 2020 10:58 am
Covid 19 is causing great uncertainty for us all. Lots of events are being postponed or cancelled, including the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
There is no certainty when a degree of normality will return to our lives, and the pandemic will cause economic and financial uncertainty.
For the moment it is proposed to proceed with the 2020/21 IC World Championships scheduled to take place at Lake Macquarie YC, Australia from 30 December 2020 to 8 January 2021. But the organising committee in Australia and ICF Sailing Committee will continue to review the position on a regular basis as events unfold, and a final decision whether we proceed as planned, or postpone the event for a year will be made in June at the latest.
For the moment, it is suggested that if you make any bookings for flights, accommodation or boat freight, you have the ability to cancel them if necessary.
Hoping all IC sailors around the World are well. Keep safe.
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