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Image: Mikey Radziejowski at the 2014 Worlds, San Francisco. Photo © Robert Muller

International 10 sq.m. Canoe International 10 sq.m. Canoe

Image: "Ed Bremner (GBR314) at the 2017 Worlds, Pwlhelli. Photo: © Robert Muller"

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Image: GBR308 at the 2011 Worlds © Robert Muller ex German web site

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Image: Canoes starting at the 2008 Billy No Mates. From Left, Gareth Caldwell, Robin Wood, John Nixon. © James Close, JEC Creative.

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Image: Paul Hignett out for a blast on the blown off last day of the 2013 Europa Cup. He's sailing Colin Newman's IC OD Extended Play, GBR 295. © Jim Champ 2013

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Image: Todd Twigg, Simon Allen at the 2014 Worlds, San Francisco. Photo © Robert Muller

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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International Canoe Europa Cup 2019 (09 Oct 2018)

Club de Voile Hourtin Medoc, Bordeaux, France 27th July 2019 to 3rd August 2019

There will be 5 days racing with one lay day, no race on the 3rd and no races in the mornings. Accomodations Camping and Campervans

There will be no camping available at the club. Campervans will be allowed on site from from 06:00 to 22:00 but must go to Hourtin port (10mn) for the night. Campervans MUST book by facebook to have a place at Hourtin port. Other accomodation and information

Please click on the Facebook event page to give the organisers an idea how many will be coming. Entry

Entry Fee 150€. IC/AC/OD + handicap+scratch. Taifun very welcome... other news soon. ... continue reading...

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2018 FIXTURES

From chrishampe, Fri Oct 12, 2018 3:47 pm

The Race Officer has sensibly cancelled racing on Saturday for the Final Fling in Plymouth. This will now be a one day event with three races on Sunday. The Saturday evening talk by Mike Mcnamara and Happy hour (From 6PM) are still going ahead.

Tiller extensions

From Alistair, Fri Oct 12, 2018 12:42 pm

Ah yes, the first one went when I kept hold during an aggressive nose dive at the nationals, second one not sure what happened. I think possibly I capsized in the tack partially because I was aground and somehow the tiller ext got trapped under the boat and snapped that way. The first was a 16mm od 13mm id roll wrapped glass/ carbon and the second was a pullwound carbon of the same dims. I think I might try some of the tube you have recommended, but both now repaired (and a spare pullwound tube in the garage loft as well)

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Image: "Alistair Warren (GBR317) at the 2017 Worlds, Pwlhelli. Photo: © Robert Muller"

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Image: "Blue Horizon Behind Blue Horizon John Ellis (GBR318) at the 2011 worlds, Travemunde, Germany. Photo: © Robert Muller"

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Image: GBR310 at the 2011 Worlds © Robert Muller ex German web site

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Image: "Colin Brown (GBR341) at the 2017 Worlds, Pwlhelli. Photo: © Robert Muller"

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Image: "Now which bit of boat is where in that photo? Paul Hignett considers plumbing the depths of Loch Lomond with racing blown off at the 2013 Europa Cup.. Photo: © Loch Lomond SC"

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Image: USA 246 at the 2011 Worlds © Robert Muller ex German web site

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Image: "Johan Elfström (SWE101) at the 2011 worlds, Travemunde, Germany. Photo: © Robert Muller"

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Image: "AC Class winner Robin Wood at the 2013 Europa Cup.. Photo: © Loch Lomond SC"

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Image: David Clark at the 2014 Worlds, San Francisco. Photo © Robert Muller

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Image: "International Indeed, Close Action.. Alistair Warren (GBR317), Chris Maas (USA246) and Peter Ullmann (GER79) at the 2011 worlds, Travemunde, Germany. Photo: © Robert Muller"

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Image: "Mark Rounding In Lighter Conditions: Peter Ullmann (GER79) and Chris Maas (USA246) at the 2011 worlds, Travemunde, Germany. Photo: © Robert Muller"

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Image: "Uphill Challenge: Peter Ullmann (GER79) leads a bunch of others at the 2011 worlds, Travemunde, Germany. Photo: © Robert Muller"