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Mengeham Rythe - Hayling Island, Chichester Harbour 28/29th April 2017

Our first Premier event of our UK World Championship season kicks off at Mengeham so this is the time to dust off the boat, get some water around it and start your build up to the big one nice an early. These events all need our support so please come along regardless of the weather and join in and support the organisers who put a lot of effort into providing these events of us to enjoy. There will be plenty of socialising going and the usual kicking of tyres as new kit for 2017 is unveiled and there will be plenty of discussion going on regarding tuning, boat design and techniques. So don't miss out, come along and find out what's going on.


Roger Kent (GBR274) is the man in charge and has confirmed that we have an exclusive Premier event at Menegham Rythe Sailing Club. They have great facilities and are located on Hayling Island on the south side within Chichester Harbour.

Please contact Roger Kent for those wanting more information - 07850 768995 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

First start on Saturday will be about 1pm, but boats need to launch 30 minutes before to sail to the start in Chichester Harbour. 5 or 6 races in total over both days.

We will be sailing over the top of the tide so plenty of water for Olympic courses.

Camper vans can stay at the club on Friday evening, and Roger will arrange to open the clubhouse if there is sufficient demand – those arriving on Friday should contact Roger 07850 768995 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it so he can open the club.

We will probably arrange a meal at the Ship pub at Langstone on Saturday night.

Sailors are welcome to stay on the bank holiday Monday and join in club racing, but note High Tide is about 3.30, so sailing will be from 1pm to 5pm.

Remember - once boats loaded on their trailers, they can go straight to the second open at Llangdegfed a fortnight later.

Check out the Mengeham Rythe website for further information on how to get there and accommodation options

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Events 2017

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 29/30th
Primary Event IC/AC /ICOD Mengeham Rythe SC
April 29/30th
Secondary Event IC/AC /ICOD Tata Steel SC
May 13/14th
Premier Open IC/AC /ICOD Llandegfedd SC
May 27- June 2nd Secondary Event IC/AC/ICOD Saundersfoot SC
May 27-29th Secondary Event IC/AC/ICOD West Kirby SC
June 22-25th UK National Championships IC/AC/ICOD WPSNA
Aug 19-25th World Championships IC/AC/ICOD Pwllheli YC
Oct 6/7 Training/Premier Event AC/IC/ICOD Oxford SC


Travellers Trophy

The 2017 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.



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.