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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The Canoe Sailing World Championship 2005 was held from 5 – 11 August 2005 at the Weymouth and Portland Sailing Academy, the site for sailing events at the 2012 Olympic Games. A total of 57 entries were received, but regrettably the new AC variant did not achieve the necessary number of countries entering to be awarded World Championship status. After 2 days of scrutineering, which resulted in various sailors having to find lead to bring their boats to the minimum weight, and final preparations in the boat park – the main incident being a collision between a Canoe and a (non-sailor's) VW Polo, with the boat coming out of it unmarked and the car with a large dent in the bonnet and front ... continue reading...
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ortegakid, Mon Mar 02, 2015 7:46 pm
STILL LIKE 584, BUT ONE AND TWO:#159 IS COOL
GBR289, Sun Mar 01, 2015 7:30 pm
Â£3700 no offers (5k job lot) many thanks Callum
andy g, Sun Mar 01, 2015 6:27 pm
cracking job jim. tried it on a small crappy android phone, ipad and pc. works very well ,even on the phone.
andy g, Sun Mar 01, 2015 6:23 pm
755 is probably my favourite, but
012. also make me want to get out sailing asap. in fact any picture with blue skies and a canoe in would do on a day like today.
robert stebbing, Sun Mar 01, 2015 4:37 pm
I like 159 "United States".