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 Alistair, Mon Feb 24, 2020 6:37 pm
We are rapidly approaching the deadline for the British container, all deposits in for the 8th March please!
From michael Brigg, Mon Feb 24, 2020 5:28 pm
I have recently been sorting through a back catalogue of old photos and found a picture of K101 "Dicey." as originally posted on ebay (I took a copy at the time)
Dicey was described as an "Avalon built" hull and was essentially identical to K102 Torment. Both had raked back Sapele patterned ply and identical Sliding seat (Bacon slicer) arrangement with a small "Centerplate" box combined with the false deck/floor. The plate was a swinging arrangement sat on a pin at the front end of the box. Great for silted shallow harbours but rather less effective than a dagger board for controlling the trim of the boat.
The main design feature that was obvious was the enormous bouyancy contained within the bow which rises up in front of the deck stepped mast like the bonnet of a classic racing car. At speed this combines with a 1/3 inch beading along the top edge to shroud the hull within a a massive bow wave and spray that practically entombs the boat but on the plus side, it is immune to the other problem of disappearing down the mine.
Coming back on topic, I believe the picture and description that I have of "Dicey" clearly indicates that as her Sister ship, Torment is very likely an Avalon build.
What I want to know is whether this defines Torment as a different design to the Nethercott or does it simply indicate that the builder (Avalon) was conforming to the Nethercott design as applied to the Hull measurements. The mast foot is certainly different and is much further forward than other canoes I have looked at.
From petermclaren, Mon Feb 24, 2020 2:41 pm
I have hard copies of newsletters from late 1994. Are these of use to anyone for research/archive purposes?
From perhamh, Fri Feb 21, 2020 4:32 pm
Scarlett, a New Rules all-carbon 2008 build by Andy Paterson to the Morrison 1 design. Sistership to Europa Cup winner. Still close to minimum weight.
Slide and carriage by Razorback. Superspars 5520 carbon mast, newly recoated; all other spars carbon.
Two Dynamic laminate mains, in full-size and heavy weather designs (both 2016), three jibs (Moatt 2019, Dynamic 2017, Dynamic 2016). Other sails (Goacher, Musto) available if required. Bloodaxe foils, with protective bags. Alloy trolley, breathable cover (2016).
Price indication: £5,500.
Available now. View / sail at Castle Cove SC, Weymouth. Photos will be sent on request, and will also be viewable at the RYA Dinghy Exhibition in London on 29 February / 1 March
Contact Perham Harding
m: (+44) 7901 687 566
From neil, Fri Feb 21, 2020 11:05 am
I'm in the middle of restoring K26 and was wondering if anyone has a surplus under cover they'd like to move on as I'm after some protection for the hull in the workshop.
Designer: C. B. Vaux / J. Everson
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