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 Colin Newman, Sat Aug 18, 2018 3:56 pm
As many in the fleet will know Barbara and I became grandparents for the first time on April 5 last year when our daughter-in-law, Helen gave birth to twin boys. It first started as almost a joke, but each time we visited our younger son, Tim, his wife and the twins in Eldwick near Bingley, they kept pointing out houses we should buy in order to move and live near them. Handy local baby sitters are valued by busy working and hockey playing parents with twins, especially now that both Tim and Helen are playing at club level but also for the respective men's and women's veterans (over 40ties) teams for the North of England.
With our other son also living in Yorkshire, the idea took root; after yet another traffic-clogged visit involving four motorways and getting through Bradford we thought 'why do we keep doing this journey? Let's move near our family.' So our house went on the market and a buyer was found within a few days, we then found a house to buy, but lost it when our buyer lost his buyer. However, we then found a better one only ten minutes stroll on the flat to reach my son's house (quite a find getting a flat place on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales and Moors, with Ilkley Moor in sight from our new house). All was going to plan for a move on 15 August and we even had signed contracts lodged with our solicitor ready to exchange and have 90% of our belongings packed in boxes, only to learn on 8 August that the buyer at the start of our chain had pulled out. Fortunately a replacement buyer was found almost straight away, but none of us in the chain can move till this new buyer has completed all the formalities, raising a mortgage and so on. So I guess it will now be late September before we can actually move, barring any further hiccups.
It is quite a challenge in our seventies leaving the Midlands and the home we have lived in for 38 years, but we are looking forward to exploring pastures new and having two young boys to keep us young as we play a part in their upbringing. I turn 76 in December and with a bit of a dodgy heart (three leaking valves) pumping dodgy blood (checked on every three months) I was finding sailing the new rules IC increasingly tiring, especially after a capsize when I struggle to get up onto the board and then back in to the boat. At times I have needed outside help. Draycote has excellent, professional saftey boat crews, unlike I would find at smaller clubs. I have stopped going to opens on the basis I would be in danger of falling asleep at the wheel on my way home. So after sailing 'Endgame' into first place in my last club race at Draycote while at the time still lying second in the series, I have sold the boat to Hugh de Longh in the hope it keeps him at it till his seventies and that he gets as much fun out of the boat as I have had. With our move scheduled for 15 August he picked it up late July, so I am now boat less for the time being.
Once I get to Yorkshire I shall see how much I miss sailing with our new life style. The Yorkshire Dales Sailing Club is about thirty miles away and I might move to something more sedate, like the new Hadron H2, designed by and for the older man. We shall see. I have enjoyed sailing in the IC for just over thirty years and even as a late comer into sailing (starting at 33) have had some successes, the best being winning the Europa Cup in Germany in 2006 when I was 63. Now as I leave the class, but hopefully not contact with Canoe sailors, I want to thank everyone who has been part of my life and my sport for their competition, friendship and fun. I would not have missed it and I shall look back with such happy memories both of IC sailing and all the good friends that go with it, along with my parallel sailing career in the International Moth. This also started in 1987 and progressed from beginner, class event organiser and Masters Champion (best over 35 when I was 60) in the low rider era, to my final fling as Grand Master (best over 55 when I was 69) on hydrofoils, along the way, owning 'White Knuckle Express' that I bought off Rohan Veal in 2004, the first and only Moth to race on hydrofoils at the Moth Worlds in France in 2003 when I won the oldies trophy! I sold my last Moth when I turned 70 to concentrate on sailing 'Endgame' which was my 70th birthday present from my long suffering wife, Barbara. In the year of our Golden Wedding, celebrated with our family this year on 13 July, Barbara deservers a special tribute for, behind the scenes, supporting my hobby all the way. So thank you one and all for making my Canoe sailing journey so fulfilling for the past thirty one years.
All good things have to come to an end. Increasing age, osteoarthritis and health issues get you in the end, but they say it is fine to look back with nostalgia 'as long as you do not stare'. Yorkshire and two small boys lie ahead. It is rather special, against all expectations and many disappointments on the way, becoming a grand father for the first time in my mid seventies and so I must make the most of it! Will Thomas and Samuel one day become IC sailors? Keep the class going for them and all in the future who want the enjoyment I have had among you all. Thanks very much to everyone.
From GBR242, Tue Aug 14, 2018 6:01 pm
Still got this, but happy to drop the cost a bit.....so if anyone is looking for a strong starter canoe. You can do worse than this.
Give me a call on 07973 335509
From lonbordin, Tue Aug 14, 2018 1:46 am
I'm still looking feel free to send me any leads to Lonbordin at hot mail dot com.
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