Thursday 8 December 2011

Open Canoe Sailing

Members of the Open Canoe Sailing Group visited Hamble in the summer. Canoe sailing became popular in the Victorian era both here and in the US as an effective and simple way to explore the coast, rivers and lakes.

In the past 20 years there has been a resurgence of interest in the craft and it's easy to see the appeal. Originally canoes would be transported by train, but just as easily can be car topped. Simply rigged and light to launch and recover; sailed when there's wind and paddled through the calms.

While some epic voyages have been made, there's a lot of pleasure to be had exploring the quiet creeks and estuaries, slipping silently along, watching the wildlife.


  1. Well they don't half get around, they were up by us late summer and I blogged about them here:-

  2. I have to say I'd be "up your way" with such an easily transported boat. One of my favourite recollections was a night at anchor on the west of Seil - hike to the pub in the dark where a huge pot belly stove was roaring and glowing red - the place was packed for Saturday night - Having a small craft to explore the shallows and coves would have been perfect.

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