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International 10 sq.m. Canoe International 10 sq.m. Canoe

Image: Michael Leitch (CAN 30) at the 2014 Worlds, San Francisco. Photo © Robert Muller

International 10 sq.m. Canoe International 10 sq.m. Canoe

Image: "Paul Hignett kicks up the spray on the abandoned last day of the 2013 Europa Cup at Loch Lomond.. Photo: © Loch Lomond SC"

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Image: "Charlie Chandler (GBR321) at the 2017 Worlds, Pwlhelli. Photo: © Robert Muller"

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Image: Chris Maas at the 2014 Worlds, San Francisco. Photo © Robert Muller

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Image: "Michael Brigg sailing his 50 year old veteran (K102) alongside Peter Ullmans state of the art Maas design canoe (GER79) at the 2017 Worlds, Pwlhelli. Photo: © Robert Muller"

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Image: "Alistair Warren (GBR317) at the 2017 Worlds, Pwlhelli. Photo: © Robert Muller"

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...

Latest Forum Posts

FUTURE OF THE AC

From JohnB, Fri Oct 11, 2019 5:10 pm

Thank you Martyn for the work on the AC group.

I will certainly commit to some of the events next year with other AC's.

My first year sailing a Canoe is almost complete. It is very clear to me that I should of skipped the my time in the RS100 and Divoti D one and gone straight to a Canoe. A very exciting challenge.


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FUTURE OF THE AC

From Martyn O, Fri Oct 11, 2019 4:13 pm

Thank you to all those who have made direct contact over the last 5 weeks. Your feedback on the future of the class has been very welcome and provides hope for our fleet next year.

It appears though that we have a few challenges regarding location if we all want to sail together. it seems that apart from the 4 AC’s at Llandegfedd the rest of the active sailors are dotted all over the Uk. Naturally we will need to wait for the 2020 calendar to be issued but the thinking is that we select two or three events and elect to support them.

It’s pleasing that there remains huge enthusiasm for the boat and that some are now coming on to the market and being snapped up quickly. If you are reading this thinking it’s about time you got active with you boat but it needs some sorting please get in touch if you need any advice or there may be someone close by who can help you.

Cheers,

Martyn O
AC 302
Red a head

TATA STEEL S.C. REGATTA

From steveb, Thu Oct 10, 2019 9:00 am

It not over yet! Tata Steel S.C. 2019 Regatta 19 th and 20 th October.
5 Races. 1 st race Sat midday and 1 st race Sun 11.00 am.
Feedback at moment suggests minimum 6 ICs ( TBC) ...weather permitting!
Please advise if interested.
Steve
Slingshot 348

TATA STEEL S.C. REGATTA

From steveb, Thu Oct 10, 2019 9:00 am

It not over yet! Tata Steel S.C. 2019 Regatta 19 th and 20 th October.
5 Races. 1 st race Sat midday and 1 st race Sun 11.00 am.
Feedback at moment suggests minimum 6 ICs ( TBC) ...weather permitting!
Please advise if interested.
Steve
Slingshot 348

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Image: Steve (GBR) Clarke at the 2014 Worlds. © David Thompson

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Image: "The mountains of the Llyn Peninsula behind, and Brett Holly (AUS1) at the 2017 Worlds, Pwlhelli. Photo: © Robert Muller"

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Image: Peter Ullman at the Leeward Mark at the 2014 Worlds, San Francisco. Photo © Robert Muller

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Image: "Johan Elfström (SWE101) at the 2011 worlds, Travemunde, Germany. Photo: © Robert Muller"