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 colinbrown, Fri Aug 26, 2016 6:16 pm
Hi , I will be arriving on Saturday pm and I am keen to get out sailing before the family arrive in a few days time. Also taking the golf clubs to play the famous cliff top course at Nefyn and you are welcome to join me.
From SteveC, Thu Aug 25, 2016 9:15 am
I, and those in the house we're sharing will be arriving on the Tuesday.
From SteveC, Thu Aug 25, 2016 9:13 am
The list on the website is no where near complete I think, as quite a few haven't entered online. I count another eight that I know of;
Steve IC GBR324
Robin IC GBR328
Chris Hampe IC GBR327
Rob (injured but possibly in a Slurp)
Alistair IC GBR317
Gaz IC GBR 335
Steve AC GBR282
Martyn AC GBR302
From perhamh, Wed Aug 24, 2016 8:46 am
Current entry list is at http://www.internationalcanoe.wales/ind ... entry-list.
I believe Tony Marston hopes to arrive Saturday 27. I arrive Sunday evening, happy to sail Monday on.
From Arne GER76, Tue Aug 23, 2016 6:21 pm
when will all of you arrive at Pwllheli? I will be there from Saturday 27th.
Is there an actual entry list? How many entries do we have?
Best regards, Arne
Karlstad, Sweden, 7- 9 August
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