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 simon.hotchin, Thu Oct 08, 2015 5:57 pm
Race program for Saturday 10th October is as follows:
Registration opens at 09:30
Briefing at 11:00
First race no earlier than 12:00
4 races of c. 40-45 minutes each, back to back.
Course will be: Triangle - Sausage - Triangle. Or, Sausage - Triangle - Sausage, dependent on fleet size and wind condition. Course details and marks types will be posted on the official notice board on the day.
As we are the only fleet on the water, there is no Galley service, but tea and coffee will be available before and after racing and the bar will be open for the prize giving.
From petermclaren, Thu Oct 08, 2015 5:49 pm
Minor correction to Rob: Mamba is/was 143, not 243. 141, 142 aand 143 are all noted as Square Ten GRP.
I had 148 which had a bacon-slicer from that era. Somewhat surprisingly I still have all my fingers intact.
From Tony, Thu Oct 08, 2015 9:58 am
Phil! I have a hurty hand so don't be such a blouse. Bar indeed!!
From steveb, Wed Oct 07, 2015 8:11 pm
Seems likely we have 9-10 ACs for Oxford on last count. Really great considering difficult event conditions over last season or so.ANYONE on fringe of going for it just do so .....already looking to be an exciting turn out. Looks like a bit of fun for Friday and Saturday post sailing!!!! Don't miss out on this one.
From ICBen, Wed Oct 07, 2015 7:22 pm
I plan to make the Friday training session but need to leave straight after unfortunately.
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