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 gilles, Tue Mar 28, 2017 3:10 pm
Coming to the Worlds?
Nobody knows....have to ask my prim minister...and my four guys.
From Rob, Tue Mar 28, 2017 7:26 am
Let me know if you need a new black anodized one, cheers, Rob. (01243 430253 evenings)
From GBR242, Mon Mar 27, 2017 7:49 pm
You are a star!
Top Banana is looking pretty good too.
Coming to the Worlds?
From gilles, Mon Mar 27, 2017 5:04 pm
3mm, just checked.
From GBR242, Mon Mar 27, 2017 12:58 pm
I wonder if anyone could tell me what thickness of Aluminium is normally used for the mast-step plate used under the mast step for attaching blocks etc.
By memory I would say 2.5-3mm, but didnt' get to the club yesterday, when I was hoping to measure the one I have, which was made by Razorback I think.
Angelholm, Sweden UK report
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