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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These are provided for historical interest only and are not applicable for any Canoe today. General Regulations
Hull - - sharp at both ends as seen from above without counter-stern or transom.
Method of measuring hull - - length taken between perpendiculars at fore end of stem and after end of stern; beam taken at widest part wherever found but not including outwales; depth taken amidships from under surface of garboard strake adjacent to keel, to the level of gunwale.
Method of measuring sail area - - actual area exclusive of roach along spars when sail is stretched taut with tension of 5 pounds (2.27 kilos.) on a spring balance; area ... continue reading...
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From GBR242, Sat May 23, 2015 7:42 am
[Posted on behalf of Tony Marston]
Details of East Coast Piers Race 2015 - Short Course
the ECPR race committee have decided to run the shorter course for dinghies only, at this yearâ€™s East Coast Piers Race weekend.
The race is being run as a one off to see if this improves the accessibility of the event for dinghies. It is going under the name of â€śThe Bradwell Raceâ€ť due to the first gate being positioned off the Bradwell shoreline. Taking place on Sunday 28th June, all dinghies still able to enter the two inshore races on Saturday 27th June.
Details of the race are below, notice of race and course map are attached.
â€śThe Bradwell Raceâ€ť
The total course length would be 13 NM (the Colne point race is 27 NM, East coast piers race is 48 NM) and can quickly be shortened to 9NM if required. The course does not leave the estuary.
The course is simple:
Start Line to Bradwell Gate and return = 9 NM
Start Line to Thirslet mark and return = 4 NM
Total distance = 13 NM
This distance is just less than half the Colne Point Race distance, to make a comparison, the dinghy course of the Nore Race is 18 miles (say 16 NM).
We hope that this shorter race results in the event catering for a wider range of dinghies and abilities.
I want to let you know that the Colne Point Race is open to fast dinghies and I am sure that that your fleet members will find the prospect of a long distance race, mixing it with all other dinghyâ€™s (PY 975 or faster) and catamarans fleets, exciting, challenging and rewarding.
The Race is a charity event supporting sailing related charities; the Cirdan Sailing Trust and Essex Air Ambulance. Over the years we have raised upwards of ÂŁ200,000 for charity.
Entry fee for the whole weekend is ÂŁ45 per boat a fee that includes free camping on site on Friday 26th, Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th June. Letâ€™s not forget the live music and Adams sponsored beer in the bar on the Saturday night!
As well as being a charity event another unique quality of the Race is our system of â€śmother boatsâ€ť, cruisers moored at one mile intervals along the race course. These report progress and possible difficulties to Race Control who then vector fast RIB support where needed. Mother boats are also permitted to give aid to competitors without penalty. All combined results in an extremely well supported and safe race for all competitors.
The race is now in its 27th year; the course is a long distance course of some 27 miles beginning just off the Club and going to a turning mark at the mouth of the Colne via a gate at Bradwell. For more info, Entry Form, and Notice of Race please visit eastcoastpiersrace.com.
Notice of Race available at:
eib on behalf of Tony Marston
From chrishampe, Sat May 23, 2015 6:44 am
The speed is recorded by the camera which has a built in GPS, I use a Garmin Virb Elite http://sites.garmin.com/en-GB/virb/
The Garmin edit software has various gauges that you can add into the videos.
From IC235, Thu May 21, 2015 10:43 am
What are you using to embed your speed and track on your videos
The UK team received a challenge from USA for the New York Cup, a team race ... continue reading...
A Foul Loses Ford Jones the Race Sports and Pastimes Section, Toronto Daily Mail, Sep 3 1890
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The International Canoe Class raced for the Europa Cup and the British open championship at Hayling Island SC ... continue reading...