History

The origins of canoe sailing go back to John MacGregor in the UK in the 19th century.  Initially the sailor sat in the Canoe and used moveable lead ballast, but the Sailing Canoe has developed into a highly technical lightweight carbon fibre high performance sailboat where the sailor hikes over the end of a sliding seat.

The 10 sq m Sailing Canoe

The boats are designed within a box rule with a maximum length of 5.2m, a minimum width of 0.75m, 10 sq m maximum sail area, minimum total sailking weight of 50kg and the distinctive sliding seat that allows the sailor to use their weight over 2m from the centreline to counteract the force of the wind. Whilst challenging to sail, their narrow, easily driven hull also makes them one of the one of the fastest and most rewarding sailing craft.

Racing

International competition began in 1886 with a challenge for the New York Canoe Club International Challenge Cup, which is the oldest international trophy still competed for small sailing craft and the second oldest after the America's Cup. Canoe competition spread from its initial roots in the UK, USA and Sweden to other parts of Europe in the early 20th century and today racing takes place in North America, Europe and Australia.

The first ICF World Championship was in the UK in 1961 and these have been held every three years since. The last was held in 2014 in San Francisco Bay, USA and won by American sailor Mikey Radziejowski. The 2017 World Championship will be held in Pwllheli, UK in 2017.

For further information on canoe sailing see www.intcanoe.org

Canoe Sailing rules

Download the rules here.

Canoe Sailing Committee

Name

Nationality

Position

Email

Phil Robin

Great Britain

Chairman

[email protected]

Ola Barthelson

Sweden

Member

[email protected]

Bob Lewis

Canada

Member

[email protected].

Del Olsen

USA

Member

[email protected]

Arne Stahl

Germany

Member

[email protected]

Hayden Virtue

Australia

Member

[email protected]

 

 

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