Ever since the 6 weeks of training in the canoe for the Hawkesbury Canoe Classic I’ve been a little bit crazy about canoing. I’m not sure what it was exactly, but I seem to have really fallen in love with the fun that can be had in a canoe and I’ve been pondering ways to ramp up my canoe adventures and in particular, keep practicing my canoe strokes.
I thought I’d trial using the canoe paddle with my sea kayak. There’s a great deal of evidence that shows that the Inuit very often paddled with a one blade canoe-style paddle, so I figured it must be something that should work out. Of course, it would seem that the Inuit using such blades had kayaks that tracked far better than mine, as I found myself zig-zagging across the harbour despite various attempts at regular switching and J-strokes! I came to the conclusion that it might work with a ruddered boat, but not all that well with a skeg boat. Have a look and let me know what you think! Cheers – FP