You know, you can sail a canoe--it is very fast.
There's instructions on a kit from the ACA for a "class" boat that you can race. However, if you're like us, you just go a bit bigger--and faster!
One of my favorite canoeing books is Paddle to the Amazon
. If you've not read it, you need to. A father and son take their canoe from Canada to the Amazon. 12000 miles of canoing--no sailing, just lots of paddling. Wonderful trip.
Another great read for adventuresome souls who think they can't go anywhere with their kids: The Family Canoe Trip
This one is a hoot, Mom and Dad take the kids for a x-Canada canoe trip completed over two summers. They are literally stalked by a polar bear for the better part of a day.