International Canoe

International Canoe

3 Seasons

The International Canoe (IC) has a long narrow, light weight, fully decked hull easily driven through the water by it’s sailor balancing the ten square metres of sail area from a sliding seat which extends just over 2 metres from the centre line of the canoe. The sheer exhilaration of hiking off the end of an IC sliding seat, seeing that slim hull slicing effortlessly through the waves, is something that every canoe sailor just can’t get enough of.

IC sailors today continue a long tradition of choosing the latest technology to maximise the performance of their craft within an agreed international rule. Modern materials and building techniques enable an all up weight of 50 Kgs to be achieved on the 5.2 metre long hull. The restricted rule provides the opportunity for new designs and development.

In the world of canoe sailing, which is ever driving forward for improved performance, there are enthusiastic divisions representing canoe sailors who wish to sail one design variants of the international rule, easy home build one design IC’s and for those wishing ultimate power, a one design IC rigged with an asymmetric spinnaker. In the UK all of these divisions sail together at open events and National Championships. The historic Royal Canoe Club trophies for canoe sailing, the oldest being the 1875 Sailing Challenge Trophy, are still competed for annually at the National Championships.

International Canoe
  • 2016 Chichester Harbour Race Week - Day 1

    Episode 1

    Day 1 of the 2016 Chichester Harbour Race Week started in gorgeous British summer conditions hosted by Hayling Island Sailing Club. Due to tides, racing started early at 10:00 with a pleasant twelve knot Easterly pushing the boats round the course. We speak to Chris Turner and Jono Loe about thei...

  • 2016 Chichester Harbour Race Week - Day 2

    Episode 2

    Hayling Island is coming down with a Feva!!! The RS Feva fleet is dominant out on the water with their fluorescent kites making them easily recognisable. Today we talk to a couple of young crews who have definitely caught the sailing bug. Terrific to see so many young people out on the water!


  • 2016 Chichester Harbour Race Week - Day 3

    Episode 3

    Race Week continues on Chichester Harbour. A stiff south-easterly and sunny conditions meant Day 3 went smoothly. We spoke to members of the Fast Handicap Division made up of a variety of boats from lightweight International Canoes to classic Flying Fifteens. After racing the competitors enjoyed ...

  • 2016 Chichester Harbour Race Week - Day 4

    Episode 4

    After an hour's postponement this morning due to a lack of breeze, Day 4 of Chichester Harbour Race Week kicked off to a increasing south westerly. Taking a look at the spectrum of boats today demonstrating the diversity of sailors here at Hayling Island. From Optimists to RS Elites, it doesn't m...

  • 2016 Chichester Harbour Race Week - FInal Day

    Episode 5

    Sore heads were met by grey skies on the final day of Chichester Harbour Race Week. After a 4-day streak of champagne sailing conditions, the tide turned at Hayling Island with nasty squalls rolling through causing the race committee to abandon racing. An early pack up and a crowded prize marking...

  • Tech Talk - International Canoe - Gareth Caldwell

    Episode 6

    In another instalment of the Tech Talk Series, we speak to Gareth Caldwell about what innovations he uses to get the leading edge in this long running development class. The eye-catching International Canoes were blasting upwind during the Chichester Harbour Race Week, what looks to be a tricky b...