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International Sailing Canoe Worlds Championship on San Francisco Bay

Point Richmond, CA, August 26, 2014 -- Sailors from Australia, Canada, Germany, Great Britain, Sweden, and the USA are gathering at Richmond Yacht Club in preparation for the International 10 Square Meter Sailing Canoe (IC) Worlds Championship, which begins September 6.

The words “sailing canoe” may conjure up images of an outdated craft, and the IC class still competes for the New York Challenge Cup, established in 1885 and the second oldest international sailing trophy in the world after the America’s Cup. However, like the America’s Cup boats, the International Canoe has been transformed into a high tech version of its 19th century counterpart. Key features of the IC today are its efficient rig, long, slim hull and a curved sliding seat that allows its single-handing skipper to glide fore and aft as well as several feet out to windward from the hull while, as one enthusiast put it, “sailing upwind like a stiletto through butter” -- an exhilarating  challenge to the best of sailors. Check out this regatta promo video.

A one-design class from 1971 to 2008, the International Canoe officially became a developmental class in 2009, operating under a simple set of rules that define the hull’s allowable length (4900-5200mm) and minimum beam and the boat’s overall minimum weight excluding sails. The total allowable sail area is 10 square meters. The developmental feature of this class makes the upcoming competition particularly exciting since, in addition to the plethora of seasoned competitors, there is no way to accurately predict which new design will prove fastest or function best on San Francisco Bay.  

Del Olsen, event organizer and 2013 US Nationals Champion, thinks current IC World Champion Chris Maas (USA), creator of the “Super String Theory” IC design, can win if it doesn’t blow too hard. Six other sailors are racing the Maas design, including Peter Ulman (GER), who finished 2nd in the last Worlds. However, Maas recently tweaked his own boat up several notches and has proved “blazingly fast’ in recent pre-regatta testing. Almost all IC sailors relish the technical aspect of the boat and have considerable hands-on experience with carbon fiber and epoxy, but Maas has stretched this to an extreme, relating that “I spend 1,000 hours boat building for every hour spent sailing.”

Other competitors to watch include past World Champions Robin Wood (GBR), three-time winner and a good heavy air racer with a new “Morrison2” boat; Steve Clark (USA), winner of two Worlds and designer of the “Hollow Thread” IC, a boat several other competitors have chosen; and Hayden Virtue (AUS), 2008 World Champion and a close 3rd in the 2010 North Americans, who is racing his own design.

With several past champions getting a bit grayer and a boat that requires agility and athleticism, it’s exciting to see some young talent joining the competition. Two young Americans with considerable skiff and IC experience bear watching: Mikey Radziejowski, a member of the American Youth Sailing Force that raced on the AC45 catamarans in the 2013 Red Bull Youth America’s Cup, and David Clark, a member of the IC trio that won the New York Cup Challenge in 2011.

The opening ceremony of the International Canoe 10 sq. Meter Worlds Championships will be held at Richmond Yacht club on Saturday, September 5. Races are scheduled in the Olympic Circle area forSeptember 6th-14th, with a lay day on Wednesday September 10th. The New York Cup Challenge will be heldSeptember 15th. For more information on the regatta schedule and race results, go to  For more information on the International Canoe Class, go

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About the International 10 Sq. Meter Sailing Canoe Class – With roots in the 19th century, this class came into being in the 1930’s when US and British sailing canoe rules were merged. In 1945 the International Canoe Federation (ICF) adopted the 10 m2 Canoe as the ICF class. The first International Canoe World Championships were held in 1961 in Hayling Island, Great Britain. They initially took place every four years, but since 1975 been have held every three years. Canoe sailing remains a discipline under control of the ICF. For more information see

About Richmond Yacht Club – Since 1932 Richmond Yacht Club has been dedicated to serious sailing while at the same time having tremendous fun. Its Point Richmond location and excellent harbor facilities make it easy to hold both small boat and big boat regattas, and RYC, recently the start line host for the 2014 Pacific Cup race to Hawaii, has a proud tradition of hosting class championships as well as a multitude of regattas for Bay Area racers, junior and youth boaters, and RYC members. As a volunteer club, RYC is proud to have the most active racing and cruising membership in the San Francisco Bay area. For more information about Richmond Yacht club, visit

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British National Championships 2014 - Weymouth

There was a new sense of excitement at Weymouth for the weekend of June 13-16th with 10 of the 11 World Championship contenders representing the UK as Team IC GBR in attendance together with most of the new boats built in the last three years to the latest rules;  so much so that most turned up a day early to get in some practice before the event.

The main focus this year is with the IC fleet with the World Championships in Richmond USA in September and with only 4 weeks until boats are locked away in a container for a further 6 weeks, there was a sense of anticipation and eagerness in the fleet to get in as much time in the boat as possible to hone skills and stamina in readiness for the big one!



Are you ready for the ultimate sailing challenge?

The IC is simply one of the fastest singlehanded boats afloat. This derives from its unique design, adopting the narrow hull form inherited from its ancient canoe origins, together with the famous sliding seat.




The International Canoe is no longer restricted to a one design hull shape and can be developed within a broad set of defined box measurements. Sail area is still limited to 10m2 but a single mainsail una rig is now permitted.





Asymmetric Canoe (AC) - representing the largest fleet in the UK, the AC is based on the Nethercot hull design with asymmetric spinnaker. Hull shape is strictly one design with freedom to vary, foils, rig sails, fittings and deck layout within specified limits. The main rig is limited to 10 square metres but the asymmetric spinnaker size is unlimited. Most have settled on 23 square metres as being the maximum practical size.


There are many ways now to enjoy modern canoe sailing, offering plenty of challenges and excitement.

As with all things in life, the greater the challenge, the greater the reward. Once the canoe is mastered, you will experience one of the most exhilarating thrill that sailing can offer.


Last Updated on Friday, 20 June 2014 16:26