Joining the Association


The International Canoe is administered worldwide by the International Canoe Federation and within the UK by the British Canoeing Sailing Committee (the Class Association) which is part of British Canoeing.

The BC Sailing Committee (BCSC) benefits from the resources provided by BC (promoting IC sailing worldwide and central office resources) but as no financial grant is provided, the BCSC therefore raises funds independently through an annual subscription.

The BCSC performs important functions including monitoring and regulating the rules of the class, organising championships, open meetings and training events, maintaining the IC website which includes a forum and a resource centre, publishing a newsletter, publicising and promoting the IC, boat registration, issuing new sail numbers and measurement certificates, and liaising with other IC Associations around the world regarding international competitions.

Membership of the Class Association is mandatory for a member to register boats, use the class measurers and take part in all class organised racing and training events organised under the auspices of the BCSC. Membership provides training charged at minimal cost and access to a wealth of experience from sailors within the class. 

Without a strong membership we can’t run the class events properly so please join the BCSC and setup a standing order with the Treasurer.

The BCSC Association annual fee for 2022 is £40 or £35 if a standing order is setup. Please note that fees will increase in 2024.

Individual membership of BC (or Scottish Canoe Association, Welsh Canoe Association or Canoe Association of Northern Ireland) provide additional benefits including £10m third party liability insurance; 15% discount at Cotswold Outdoor and other selected canoe retailers; and Canoe Focus magazine. Application for membership to the BC should be made via

Please use the application form below to start the process of joining.

*January to December. New members joining after 1 September will get the following year’s membership free.

The following Services are available to all IC class association Members


To compete in any IC event in the UK or abroad, you must be a member of the IC Class Association. World Championships are held every three years (next Australia 2020/21), and the Europa Cup is held in non-World Championship years. The British National Championship is held annually, and an Premier Open Meeting circuit at a variety of venues throughout the UK is organised. Results from the National Championship and the Premier Open Events are put towards an annual season long Travellers’ Series. Details of events are published on the International Canoe Facebook page, Yachts and Yachting and this website.

Newsletters are published 1-2 times a year, and mailshots are used to inform members of other events and topics of interest between issues.

There are some privately-owned moulds for the AC and some for the new IC designs. Potential builders to negotiate with owner or moulded shells are available from the class boat builders as shown under the Marketplace section of the website.


New boats, including allocation of a number, from the Registrations Secretary on payment of £50 to the treasurer.

Change of ownership, including issue of certificate in name of new owner, from Registrations Secretary. New registrations are free.

Note that a Measurement Certificate is issued for an IC with a named owner, and requires to be renewed on change of ownership.

Registration Secretary is Dan Skinner and all correspondence should be directed to him on


Measurement services are available from approved Class Measurers throughout the country. Free service to IC Class members otherwise £ 15/hour charge plus expenses.

  • Alistair Warren  (Chief Measurer) (Boat and Sails)
  • Local area measurers are shown under UK Committee


Free training training and boat tuning clinics which are arranged as demand dictates and at least once per year. See current events: Promotion and Training