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 jimc, Thu Mar 26, 2015 5:53 pm
OK, thanks Chris.
What I've done, then is to create a You Tube Channel called International 10SqM Canoe, and a playlist within it. I've added a good selection of Youtube videos to it, but what I suggest folk do is to post to this topic whenever they upload something to YouTube. That way I'll hopefully see it and can add the Video to the playlist, and it also means that the post will get featured on the IC front page for the next few days, so people will get a notification that way too. The link on the International site homepage should now be pointing at the playlist.
I've slung a quick graphic on the Youtube channel page, but as ever I welcome anything from other folk. I hold no illusions about being a talented commercial artist or whatever, I'm sure there are folk out there more capable than I.
So please post on here videos that should be on that channel/playlist and I've missed.
From chrishampe, Thu Mar 26, 2015 3:07 pm
It is possible to have a playlist, But only the user who creates that playlist would be able to add or remove videos to it.
From jimc, Thu Mar 26, 2015 1:36 pm
I've got a link to You Tube with the search string International Canoe Sailing on the International web page at the moment. It finds some of the good stuff people have posted, but not all of it, and it misses a great deal. In an ideal world I'd have a link on the International web page that would point straight at all the IC videos. I haven't bothered to study YouTube in depth: is it possible to set up a Channel or a Playlist or whatever specifically for IC Class content so that anyone uploading IC videos could add their video to the list and then it would automatically appear from the link? Someone would need to monitor it of course to see it didn't get clogged up with none IC material that had been added "by accident"...
Thanks, BTW to various people for recent posts on boat id and preferred photos.
From Dave Clark, Wed Mar 25, 2015 7:23 pm
My contribution to the above list
USA 256-Dance Commander (Steve Clark "Gaijin" design. Fulcrum Speedworks (me) construction)
USA 228-Mayhem (John Kells "Mayhem" design. John Kells construction. Very similar to a Morrison1)
USA 249-Witzelschutz (Steve Clark "Hollow thread" design. Steve Clark construction)
USA 250-Smoke (Steve Clark "Hollow thread" design. Steve Clark construction)
SWE 3191-Kaito (Steve Clark "Josie2" design. William Clark/Steve Clark construction)
CAN 30-Getting (Nethercott, razorback)
USA 230- Jolt (Nethercott, Del Olsen construction)
USA 243- Donkey (Olsen Donkey1, Del Olsen/Eric Chase/Fran Defamareau construction-nethercott)
CAN 41- Uncle Walter (Steve Clark "Josie1" design. Oliver Moore Construction).
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Port Phillip Bay, Victoria, Australia A UK Report
The XVIIth International Canoe World Championships were held at McCrae ... continue reading...