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5 Meter Sailing Canoe

My brain has turned to mush and I can't stop thinking about sailing canoes. Case in point, while researching the International Canoe I stumbled across the beauty pictured in the photo above. She is the 5 Meter or C Class sailing canoe. From what I understand many IC sailors also sail the 5 Meter. She is fast ( faster than a Laser, so they claim...don't get your dander up Tillerman, I'm still looking for that cupholder.), stable, light weight (car top baby, car top) and has a simple rig. I'll take simplicity over complexity any day of the week. See the tangle of spaghetti for an example of a rigging nightmare.

Here's a little bit of info from the ACA sailing committee website:

C Class canoes are open hulls which are symmetrical, and up to 564 cm long, or about 18.5 feet. Any sail which is not more than 55 square feet nor more than 490 cm (approx. 16 feet) high can be used. A Marconi sail is common. Leeboards, not centerboards, are used. Rudders are commonly used, as are flotation bags or decking with bulkheads. The mast and boom are often aluminum and can be purchased through specialized canoe suppliers. These canoes can be very fast and competitive.

That's what I'm talking about! Wait till I tell you about outrigger sailing canoes, but that's a story for another night. Sleep tight and don't let the bed bugs bite.

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