Payne-Mortlock sailing canoe

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Payne-Mortlock Sailing Canoe
The class symbol, two capital C's, one mirrored and positioned below and to the left of the other with the corner overlapping.
Class symbol
Payne-Mortlock Sailing Canoe2.jpg
An early photo the Payne-Mortlock canoe
Designer Alan Payne, Bill Payne and Bryce Mortlock
Location Victoria, Australia
Year 1946–1947
Crew 2
Trapeze No (employs hiking planks)
Type Monohull
Construction Plywood, some modern boats in Fiberglass
LOH 5.79 metres (19.0 ft)
Beam 1.37 metres (4.5 ft)
Hull appendages
Keel/board type Centerboard
Mainsail area 11.7 square metres (126 sq ft)
Jib/genoa area 4.8 square metres (52 sq ft)
Spinnaker area 9.8 square metres (105 sq ft)

The Payne–Mortlock Sailing Canoe is a 5.8m, two person, senior racing dinghy, rigged with a mainsail, jib and spinnaker. Designed in the mid-late 1940s by Alan Payne, (also known for designing the Australian America's Cup Challengers, Gretel and Gretel II), Bill Payne and Bryce Mortlock, the class has been sailed in Australia for over 50 years, and is one of the few senior classes that were designed within Australia.[1]

Bryce Mortlock (third from left) and Alan Payne (right) constructing the canoe.

The designers started work on designing a two man sailing boat in 1938, completing the first vessel, "Willy's Canoe", in 1946. From there they increased the size of the hull, and the new class was introduced into Victoria through the Hobsons Bay Yacht Club.[1] Subsequently the class traveled to South Australia in the 1950s and was employed as one of four recognised classes that were being raced at the Brighton & Seacliff Yacht Club.[2] Today the Brighton & Seacliff Yacht Club is the only place in Australia where regular races are still held.[1]

The canoe was based on Uffa Fox's Brynhild design, and possesses a sleek hull with two hiking planks.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d "The Payne-Mortlock Sailing Canoe". YACHTe. Retrieved 17 January 2010.
  2. ^ "History". Brighton & Seacliff Yacht Club. Archived from the original on October 13, 2009. Retrieved 17 January 2010.

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