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

Image: "John Robson (GBR283) at the 2017 Worlds, Pwlhelli. Photo: © Robert Muller"

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

Image: "Nice light! But I can't identify the boat. 2011 worlds, Travemunde, Germany. Photo: © Robert Muller"

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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: 2014 Worlds, San Francisco. Race 4 Start line action. Chris Maas and Willy Clark battling at the pin end. Photo © Robert Muller

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

Image: "Scarlett O'Hara at the 2011 worlds, Travemunde, Germany. Photo: © Robert Muller"

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Image: Peter Ullman and Dave Clark fighting hard for a place at the 2014 Worlds in 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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Club de Voile Hourtin Medoc, Bordeaux, France 27th July 2019 to 3rd August 2019

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For the first time since 2001, the International Canoe fleet headed into France and in doing so may have found sailing paradise. The Lac d'Hourtin is France's biggest fresh water lake and is squeezed between the Atlantic coastline and the Medoc region famed for its fine wines.

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Measurement Practice

From jimc, Wed Aug 21, 2019 4:10 pm

As I recall, when the rule was being written, the object of the exercise was to prohibit bumps that meant the measurements didn't reflect the actual shape of the boat. The intention was always to provide a level platform for people to have fun designing boats, and definitely not to provide a platform for a logic chopping competition between rule writer and rule bender.

So the smart money is that if someone were to produce some sort of logic chopping exercise to try and get a clearly bumped boat through a loophole in measurement, the class would simply rewrite the rule, so the only result would be bad feeling and wasted effort.

This is just a personal opinion though.

Measurement Practice

From Alistair, Tue Aug 20, 2019 12:53 pm

cc284 wrote:Was there an outcome to this discussion? Or is it still a bit grey?

I suppose the real test is, would a vertical 'bump' (when looking from the side) to meet the 275 measurement be acceptable as long as it meets the plan view restrictions? If not, do all boats have a gunnel that run out 1m behind the BMS without dropping in height?


As i understand the rules then a vertical bump meeting the 275 rule on the bms is acceptable as long as it meets the plan view rules and Rule 5 e.

e) A 2000 mm tape centred on BMS and pulled tight fore and aft against the outside skin of the hull, shall bridge no hollow in excess of 1mm in depth. A 1000 mm tape centred on the keel at BMS and pulled tight transversely against the outside skin of the hull, shall bridge no hollow in excess of 1mm in depth.

In practice we sweep the 2m tape to the extent of the 1m tape.
in theory you might have the 2m tape off in space, not sure if this would measure or not? I guess not as it would be a hollow greater than 1mm....

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

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Image: Robin Wood on his way to winning the 2008 Billy No Mates © James Close, JEC Creative.

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Image: GBR303 at the 2011 Worlds © Robert Muller ex German web site

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Image: Peter Ullman at the Leeward Mark at the 2014 Worlds, San Francisco. Photo © Robert Muller

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Image: Start Sequence Race 4 at the 2014 Worlds, San Francisco. Photo © Robert Muller

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Image: "Mark Goodchild (GBR265) at the 2017 Worlds, Pwlhelli. Photo: © Robert Muller"

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

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Image: Robin Wood at the 2014 Worlds. Flat is fast... © David Thompson

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Image: "Colin Newman featured on the start line at the 2013 Europeans. Is that a great start for Hugh deLongh in 275, or is it a step too far? . Photo: © Loch Lomond SC"

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Image: Mark Goodchild (GBR 265) - This is how it works. 2014 Worlds, San Francisco. Photo © Robert Muller

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Image: "Peter Ullmann (GER79) at the 2017 Worlds, Pwlhelli. Photo: © Robert Muller"

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Image: "Eckhardt Pagel (GER74) at the 2011 worlds, Travemunde, Germany. Photo: © Robert Muller"