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 steveb, Wed Jul 27, 2016 10:42 am
Are there any ACs not on the entry list probably/ possibly still intending to come to Pwllheli?
From GBR289, Tue Jul 26, 2016 9:58 pm
Gbr 2 main And mast still for sale, open to offers for both or separate. Thanks
From steveb, Fri Jul 22, 2016 4:52 pm
Sounds good. Love to see how it goes against AC around the cans. Regards joining Llandegfedd I'm afraid it's a no. Simply, it doesn't work for me with OD arrangements and I enjoy sailing/ practise as and when I wish.
Steve AC 310
Extracts from Gordon K. (Sandy) Douglass "Sixty Years Behind the Mast - The Fox on the Water" and Uffa Fox & ... continue reading...
The 2017 Worlds will be held at Pwllheli Sailing Club in Wales, which is one of the UKs ... continue reading...
These are provided for historical interest only and are not applicable for any Canoe today. General Regulations
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Mayflower SC, Plymouth, UK
Sixty-one International Canoes from seven countries competed for the 1987 World Championship under the ... continue reading...