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 jimc, Mon Nov 30, 2020 10:42 am
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I am writing on behalf of I am writing to you on behalf of Mike Dixon (Atalanta Owners Association Commodore) and Mark McNeill (Cowes Classic Boat Museum Chairman).
They plan to hold a commemoration event in Cowes to mark the 50th anniversary of the passing of Uffa Fox – 26 October 1972. We are contacting representatives of all of Uffa's classes to gauge interest in the event. Draft details of the event are at UffaFox2022.org.
We are approaching class associations for all of Uffa's dinghies and it would be great to get some veteran Uffa Fox canoes along to the event (I believe there were two at the 1998 Centenary event).
Are you able to help me get this invite to the IC Association and members with veteran boats please, or tell me who to contact?
Initial scoping has taken place with the Cowes Corinthian Yacht Club (CCYC) who will be hosting the Flying Fifteen European Championships in Cowes 20th to 26th August 2022, and Royal London Yacht Club (RLYC). Both yacht clubs are keen to support an event to mark the occasion if there is sufficient interest. The idea is to organise some fun sailing and dinghy racing provided we have a sufficient number of boats participating. A good social program will also be organised, Cowes does that well. The event will be known as Uffa Fox 2022.
Angelholm, Sweden UK report
The triennial world championship of the International 10 Square meter canoe Class was held at Angelholm in Sweden. In ... continue reading...
A report from this event, even reminiscences, would be gratefully received.
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The International Canoe Europa Cup took place in Germany at Wilhelmshaven on July 29 to August ... continue reading...