Originally Posted by grahamfitter
Excellent summation, Graham, and all good advice posted so far.
Are you using a featherred paddle? I suspect not, but if so, people often do not keep the "offside" paddle blade perpendicular to the boat direction for the entire stroke, so it can be noticeably less efficient than the onside blade.
Do you have a sweep stroke? Combining a bit of a sweep at the beginning or ending of a forward stroke (simiar in concept to a canoe J stroke) can certainly help. (Or stearn draw as it's called at the end of the stroke)
7ft planing hulled white water boats can be paddled in a stright line...so
*Incidently, about 15 years ago the BCU (and the ACA about 10) have denounced the "pushing" of the top arm to be oldschool out of date technique for a variety of reasons. They both have gone with a more racing type slightly bent and basically locked top arm. FWIW.
Last edited by T.Low; 08-03-2010 at 06:14 PM.
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