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...
Latest Forum Posts
From gilles, Tue Feb 21, 2017 5:36 pm
Are you shure the shell is carbon made ? The actual owner says that it's a moulded wood hull ... ( "bois moulé" in french ).
From Rob, Tue Feb 21, 2017 5:14 pm
Hi Gilles, I built the carbon shell for GBR261 in 1995 for the owner Andy Gibbs from Hayling Island. I assisted him with the home build & sprayed her yellow, he named her Top Banana. I converted her to AC in approx. 2000 & she was one of many AC's then sailing at Hayling Island SC. I think she went to France a few years later. Not seen her for years but glad to hear she's alive & kicking, cheers, Rob.
From gilles, Tue Feb 21, 2017 3:47 pm
Does somebody know the french AC10 FRA 27 owned by Damien Apriou ? She was GBR 261 before.
I'd like to have the history of this boat. I just know that it is a Razorback converted to AC.
From jimc, Tue Feb 21, 2017 11:12 am
Please will you all ensure that your clubs are recording your boats correctly. The returns are full of errors, especially new rules ICs being recorded as ACs, unless I am very out of date about what boats are where. With low numbers and errors there's a definite risk of dropping off the list. It would also be highly desirable for Slurps and Nethercotts to be recorded as Canoe International One Design, not lumped in with the new boats. The current IC number is appropriate for neither.
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