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XX IC World Championships 2017

Pwllheli August 19th-25th

With a turnout of 60 boats, the XX World Championships at the Plas Heli Centre in Pwllheli marked the continued resurgence of the IC class. The class has grown steadily with the latest development designs created since the rules changed in 2009 and starting to reach significant numbers in the UK. The fleet also included a healthy number of AC's, ICOD Nethercott and Slurp designs with a visitituing Taifun fleet from Germany.   

The British results were a great boost for the class in the UK with a new World Champion in Robin Wood with Alistair Warren in the bronze medal position. There was also a British victory in the famous International Canoe Challenge Cup with Gareth Caldwell securing the two wins required to take the trophy previously held by the USA since 2009.

For further information on the IC World Championships, use the following links to see video, pictures and a full commentary.


Andy Green Photography

Plas Heli website

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2017 UK IC/AC Travellers Results

The Travellers season for 2017 now complete with the last event taking place at Oxford SC.

For the full results, click here.

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Events 2018

Summary of planned events below. These may change as the season progresses.

For specific details on the Premier Events, click on this link.

Date Event IC/AC/ICOD Venue
April 28/29th
Primary Event IC/AC /ICOD Mengeham Rythe SC
Sept 1/2nd
Premier Open IC/AC /ICOD Castle Cove SC
May 26- June 1st Secondary Event IC/AC/ICOD Saundersfoot SC
June 25-31st UK National Championships IC/AC/ICOD
July 23-27th Europa Cup IC/AC/ICOD Berlin, Germany
Oct 6/7 Training/Premier Event AC/IC/ICOD Oxford SC
Oct 13/14th Premier Event AC/IC/ICOD Plymouth


Travellers Trophy

The 2018 Travellers' Series points will be scored separately for ICs and ACs and OD IC's but also with an overall result based on handicap (if they have been calculated) based on UK based Premier events only. A fleet prize will only be awarded if more than three boats each qualify in more than 2 events.

The Premier Events are the nominated UK Open Meetings and the National Championships with secondary events added from the list or where the committee have been informed in advance that more than three in a given fleet are competing.

Secondary Events are included this year to encourage involvement in shared regattas and are presented here where at least 3 boats have registered an interest. Results in Secondary Events will only be included if 3 or more boats are entered and they complete the required number of races to qualify in that event.

Scoring will be based as follows;

Nationals 3 points x (competitors - position - 1)

Premier events 2 points x (competitors - position - 1)

Secondary events 1 point x (competitors - position - 1)

Points will be allocated to a helm and boat. I helm using a different boat in any event will be scored separately.

Competitors is defined as a boat/helm who has successfully completed at least one race at an event.



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Handicaps - Note to Clubs

With the International Canoe class returning to a development status, the class accepts that handicaps for club racing will need to evolve with the new designs.

The PY system provided by the RYA is the main guide for handicaps based on club returns but the Class Association appreciates that this can be a slow process. With this in mind the Class works closely at various levels to constantly monitor the handicap of the various factions within the fleet to make sure that racing can be fair across a wide set of conditions, skill of the helmsman and most importantly the type of courses sailed. Based on current performance and averaging across a wide range of factors the Class recommended PY ratings recommended are as follows;

International Canoe post GBR305: 893 (or as modified by the RYA PY committee)

International Canoe One Design pre GBR 306 and the Slurp design:  920

Asymmetric canoe (A mark on the bottom of the mainsail): 870



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 which provide a hiking experience no over boat can offer with its inherent freedom from trapeze wires but with a 2m lever from the centre line offering a very powerful righting moment.




International Canoe

The International Canoe is a development class restricted by maximum length, 50Kg minimum weight, a box rule to define minimum width within a beam measurement station and a sail areas of 10m2. A  una rig is now permitted.

In the UK the dominant design in terms of numbers are those from the pen of Phil Morrison developed by Bloodaxe Boats (Morrison1) and C12 Performance Boats (Morrison 2 & 3).

The latest design is the Morrison3. This is a fully moulded boat with a complete set of parts made from production moulds, supplied and built to order by C12 Performance Boats. The availability of standard components now means that the class has a fully reproducible, production boat which can still be customised but can also use components which are replaceable, interchangeable and easily supported.


The current UK National Champion and ICF World Champion is Robin Wood who won in a Morrison2 design.



There are many other designs based on the standard box rule adopted in 2009 but with quite different underwater shapes.

The Dragonfly designed by Alistair Warren adopts a flatter bottom using a twin chine approach and this has been successful with Alistair winning the Nationals in 2016 and regularly doing well in international competition.