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 Dreamcatcher, Wed Feb 10, 2016 9:08 pm
Just a bit of a break down in communication....a bit like the internals of my Lambretta!
Needed some WD40 really
From andy g, Wed Feb 10, 2016 12:14 am
steve. I will certainly be there. can I also remind everybody who is thinking of going to pre enter on the event website so I can see who I have to beat. andy
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From steveb, Mon Feb 08, 2016 9:59 pm
From an AC point of view it would be particularly helpful to know of POTENTIAL entrants for our NATS/EUROS at Pwllehelli. Early days but, getting a 'TEAM' ball rolling now will really help the promotion of such an exciting venue for ACs. A previous post has detailed a promotional package for attendance but the real prize will be a fleet of ACs blasting together across Tremadog Bay , kites up, full on followed by a cool beer or two revelling in our experiences...win or loose!
Please RSVP asap!
From jimc, Mon Feb 08, 2016 6:12 am
What was the problem?
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