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.
The VR Sport Media Crew visited the UK's Dinghy Show to interview some of the exhibitors. Mark "Corky" Rhodes chatted with, Steve Clarke and Rob Bell, fellow International Canoe sailors and boat builders from C12 Performance Boats about the unique fleet.
International Canoe Worlds 2017 - Postponement & Tech Talk
The start of the XX International Canoe Worlds 2017 in Plas Heli, Pwllheli was postponed due to high winds and severe chop. But that didn't stop us having a chat with Phil Robin, Int Canoe Federation Chairman about the pedigree of the class which dates back to 1875! Plus Dave Timson gave a Tech t...
International Canoe Worlds 2017 - Day One - Racing
The XX International Canoe Worlds 2017 in Plas Heli, Pwllheli has begun with the classic British summer - wet! Plenty of action on the water for all of the three different Int Canoe fleets - AC, IC and TAIFUN.
International Canoe Worlds 2017 - Day Two - Racing
It's still raining at the XX International Canoe Worlds 2017 in Plas Heli, Pwllheli but things are hotting up with plenty of action on the water for all of the three different Int Canoe fleets - AC, IC and TAIFUN.
International Canoe Worlds 2017 - Day Three - Racing
XX International Canoe Worlds 2017 in Plas Heli, Pwllheli - the rain has stopped but so has the wind. As Phil Allen explained, they are all trying to 'catch a tiny ribbon of breeze' and we caught up with Tony Marston, World's organiser and promoter of the 'Slurp' One Design.
International Canoe Worlds 2017 - Day Four - USA vs GBR
Since 1886, the New York Canoe Club International Challenge Cup has been contested - believed to be the second oldest (after the America's Cup Auld Mug) international sailing trophy that is still in active competition. This time at the XX International Canoe Worlds 2017 in Plas Heli, Pwllheli - i...
International Canoe Worlds 2017 - Day Five - Time To Surf
Penultimate day of the XX International Canoe Worlds 2017 in Plas Heli, Pwllheli - good breeze, sun is out and the surf's up - testing conditions for many of the sailors but glorious times for the front of the fleets to get the International Canoe gliding down the waves. AC Fleet - Seasick Steve ...
Final day of the XX International Canoe Worlds 2017 in Plas Heli, Pwllheli - tired sailors but big grins - stunning conditions for the last race of these championships. World Champions were crowned and the International Canoe fleet goes from strength to strength. Congratulations to AC Fleet - Sea...