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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The Europa Cup is the European Championships of the International Canoe class and is not held in World Championship years. The photo is of the 2006 medal ceremony.
European Championships were held from the 1960s, but the event seems to have been formalised with the name of Europa Cup and the presentation of the trophy, an antique Dutch glass drinking vessel, by Heineken in 1986. It appears that the ICF authorities were unhappy with the event being titled European Championships. Year Location Gold Silver Bronze 1971 Steinhudermeer, (West Germany) John Biddle (GBR) Gunnar Aggefors (SWE) Martin Rosell (SWE) 1986 Rock (UK) Olle Berqvist (SWE) Ronnie Carlsson (SWE) Max Tollquist (SWE) 1988 Schleswigsee (West Germany) Jens Reichart ( ... continue reading...
Travemunde Week, 2015
There was a significant live coverage web site for Travemunde Woche. GPS tracking is available from here. Results are available from this link. There's some discussion on the Europa Cup topic on the class forum. This initial report is based almost completely on the on ... continue reading...
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From jimc, Mon Jul 27, 2015 1:56 pm
I have a waterproof smart phone and use it to do a fair bit of tracking. My record speed is 32 knots: it was a leap about 100 feet to windward when I was on a beam reach, and was followed by another similar leap back again - in other words there was an anomalous reading. The trouble is glitches like that happen all the time to a greater or lesser extent, and although you can reduce their effect by taking averages over longer periods it still has an effect.
Some very odd things happened on the SAP tracking: this screenshot shows all the boats taking leaps to and fro.
I think they have somehow compensated for this in the final tracks. One leg on race 10 was highly spectacular on the live screen, with the boats literally dancing from side to side every second!
On the other hand the traces can be very revealing indeed. I discovered that on my boat I was getting better vmg on runs sailing so deep that the jib was hardly effective rather than sailing a hotter angle and having the jib working well. Extending on that I have since discovered that if I pole the jib way out to windward using the dangly pole so the flow is reversed (like a Laser running by the lee) I get better speed yet, which has convinced me that I need to follow the others who have got the club footed jib, but that I need to have a method of keeping it goose winged.
Have you guys checked out the video from the live coverage? It starts here. It would be wonderful to have copies of the on board video from Gareth and Robin to extract manouvers for the web site.
I've got a preliminary report up on the International web site, but its 99% based on on line tracking. I desperately need to hear what was really going on. Post here, send me pms or email, whatever, but lets have the tales. What happened to Gareth in race 3? How come the race tracking shows Phil sailing to within yards of the finish in race 5, but is then scored DNC? How windy was that race? The chart shows it going up to 19 knots, but how gusty was it? What was the sea state like? What happened to Chris in Race 8?
Incidentally its possible to organise tracking for events in the UK. I know Simon Lovesey from Sailracer does a lot of that. The price I've seen on line I was "from Â£20 per boat". I imagine its rather more for smaller fleets. The thing that would really fascinate me, though, would be to do some very structured test/training sessions with tracking with a view to measuring the performance of different designs. I suspect though that's a level of geekdom few others would be interested in.
From Perham, Mon Jul 27, 2015 10:59 am
This event was for me a revelation of what tracking technology can do. See http://tw2015.sapsailing.com/gwt/Home.h ... Canoe%20IC. We need to learn more about some of the data capture - did Phil Robin really do 49.5 knots at one point? - but this a treasure trove of information which can tell us a huge amount about the way we sail and how we can improve.
And the sailing was good, too, although the conditions presented the race officers with some tricky questions that with hindsight could have been answered better: race 5, the third back-to-back race on the windiest day, had 7 starters (out of 24) and 4 finishers. Was that a good call for anyone except Chris Hampe?
Many thanks to Arne and to all of the German IC and Taifun sailors who helped make this a great week (and lowered the average helm age by about 10 years at a conservative estimate).
PS: just going back to the tracking data, do you know who your your new car is talking to, and what it's telling them?
23 - 27 July
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