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 SteveC, Fri Jul 03, 2015 3:50 pm
Been there done it ! Few years ago at Llandegfedd out on my own kite up blasting down reservoir with 'Doris' moored committee boat on track....above it or below ? Indecision won the day. 'Doris' had a wind generator fixed to the cabin roof. Next thing , trying too late to climb above kite gets mangled in the fan boat stops dead from flat out. Only thing I could do was get onto Doris and untangle...standing on top of the cabin roof. Kite frees suddenly...still cleated and sails away from me for about 50 metres leaving me still standing on the roof with no boat!! Long swim followed. Glad I didn't have any spectators though!
Actually while on such subjects has anyone else got any memorable happenings for a few laughs?
Steve AC 310
My first encounter with Doris was trying to sneak in at the committee boat end in my first AC GBR300 "Menace", saw a spot, went for it, forget to think about the seat sticking out, hit Doris at speed, ripped carriage off the boat, and landed across about three boats. Didn't laugh too much at the time and the b****s have never let me forget it! Sorry Roger never told you about that when I sold you the boat, but it did glue back together remarkably easily.
From SteveC, Fri Jul 03, 2015 3:42 pm
For those who need a postcode to plug into the sat nav, NP4 0SX is the closest. This takes you to Sluvad Rd.You will need to keep on going towards Coed-y-Paen andf then you'll see a huge great lake - over the dam, first left you can't miss it.
Looking forward to a great event. If anyone else who's not on the list is now in a position to come, please join the party.
From CharlieC, Wed Jul 01, 2015 10:00 pm
I have a spare carbon mast tube with spreaders. - a very soft section. Mast is based Birmingham.
Drop me an email if you are interested charl_eng @ Hotmail.co.uk
From ICBen, Wed Jul 01, 2015 9:59 pm
Thanks Max, yes I think I just missed out on that one and it went to another good home.
From CharlieC, Wed Jul 01, 2015 9:58 pm
What size tube are people using for their jib booms?
I tried a 15mm carbon tube tonight with a 1.5mm wall thickness, a mk 2 is required...!
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