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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I'm glad to see 155 is still accounted for. My Dad built her back in the day but I had lost track of the boat after Mike Scott sold her. Glad to see she's still alive and well. Hopefully we can keep her sailing.
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From tonymarston, Fri Jul 10, 2020 10:20 am
[b][u]Re UK IC NATIONALS at West Kirby SC[/u][/b]
Whilst I emailed updates to all class members on 16th & 30th June I forgot to post anything on the Forum - apologies.
The current situation is:
- The Coronavirus lockdown restrictions have been eased in all countries of the UK to a level where a championship could take place.
- West Kirby SC had its first organised event on Sat 4th July since the lockdown and is taking a step by step approach to the new normality; whatever that is.
The Nationals were postponed from the original date of 20/7 to a later date. The focus is on Mon31/8 to 4/9 but this has not been confirmed yet by West Kirby SC. I am in discussion with them and hope to be able to make a further announcement soon.
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