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International Canoe – K37

January 4th, 2008 by neil · 1 Comment

International Canoe K37 – Rannoch 

Getting an email from Rannoch’s previous owner offering to sell me the boat came as a great surprise and called for a 1000 mile round trip to collect both Rannoch and Zenith (probably the biggest buy-one-get-one-free offer I know of).

I think an Uffa Fox boat is the ultimate International Canoe. The background to the Uffa canoes are well documented in the Uffa books but Tim Gittins’ excellent historical archive has all the relevant information.

Image © Ron Head

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ToY Sails

January 3rd, 2008 by neil · No Comments

I still get contacted by a few people who have ToYs, mainly to see if I have any spares (which I don’t). But I did recently come across some new ToY sails for £85 on the SeaTeach website –

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International Canoe – K26, current state

January 3rd, 2008 by neil · 1 Comment

International Canoe K26 – Zenith, current state

Zenith needs a major rebuild, there are at least six planks to replace and over 20 new ribs required…..and a new deck…..and a mast….ahhh, some sails would be useful as well.

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International Canoe – K26

January 3rd, 2008 by neil · No Comments

International Canoe K26 – Zenith 

Zenith is very much a winter project. I had been aware of Zenith for a year or so before being able to head up to Loch Lomond to collect both her and Rannoch. Andrew Eastwood, responsible for the excellent restoration of Rannoch, found Zenith in a field,. He recognised her as a sailing canoe and thus saved her from rotting away. She is a ‘B’ Class sailing canoe and was sailed as an International canoe from the mid 1930s.

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Spearhead 16

January 3rd, 2008 by neil · 5 Comments

Spearhead 16 – Space Invader

The Spearhead was found on the ukdinghyracing website and was bought sight unseen where a envelope of cash was exchanged for the boat in a Motorway service station on the M4. My boat was number 16. The photos show number 6 – obviously the “1” has fallen off.

Due to having too many boats I needed to make some space so I sold ‘Space Invader’ in early 2004 on eBay.

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International Canoe – K119

January 3rd, 2008 by neil · No Comments

International Canoe K119 – SCATT III

I have always wanted an International Canoe since flicking through dinghy books and magazines as a kid. So when I saw one advertised in a Adtrader paper for not alot I had to go and see.

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ToY 117

January 3rd, 2008 by neil · 24 Comments

ToY 117  

Having sold our racing boat, Rocket Flare (a Flare 25), we ended up down sizing to a Flying Fifteen. I decided to get back into dinghy sailing after an absence of 15 years.

I looked at the crop of current single handers (and got confused with the choice) and decided I was too old for a trapeze boat such as the Contender, too heavy for a Laser, and to unfit to sail a Finn. Having always fancied an International Canoe (one day I promised myself) the idea of a sliding seat seemed to appeal.

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Flying 15 – K2946

January 3rd, 2008 by neil · No Comments

Flying 15 K2946 – Encounter

I’d always fancied a 15 so when I found a small fleet of them on the doorstep and one of them was for sale I ended up with one.

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Flare 25 – GBR1

January 3rd, 2008 by neil · 4 Comments

Flare 25 GBR 1 – Rocket Flare

After a couple of years of home ownership we decided that it was time to buy a boat. As I had spent most of the 1980s sailing 1/4, 1/2, 3/4, 1 Tonners and the odd spell grinding on Maxis I spent some time looking at old IOR boats.

The only boats in budget were old 1/4 tonners but old meant old and even though the boats we saw came loaded with sails the lack of interiors meant that an alternative had to be found.

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OK K896

December 19th, 2007 by neil · No Comments

OK K896 – Knipa

I must have owned Knipa when I was 14 or 15. She was sailed at Horning for a couple of Winter Series then kept at Barton Broad for the summers.

She was sold to finance a set of white Henri Lloyd Ocean Racer Waterproofs (to keep me nice and dry racing offshore) when I moved to Falmouth. Needless to say they did not stay white for very long!

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