Wednesday August 9th 2017
Some notes on Stern and Side Wash riding from "Coach" Bob Vincent: http://www.marathonpaddling.ca/advice/2014/9/24/coach-bob-vincents-guide-to-marathon-paddling-canoe
There are 3 or 4 strong waves coming off the back of a canoe as it travels through the water. The best place to ride will be on the first wave so that your canoe is running slightly down hill, and the lead canoe will “suck” you along. This location will place the first wave just under your stern. Keep your bow in the middle of the reverse V. Keep your canoe parallel with the direction of the other canoe and you will not wander out of the draft. This can require a lot of steering from BOTH ends of the canoe. I have found that when one person is steering the other should be PULLING so that the speed stays in the boat.
Side wash is similar to a flock of geese in a long V, with the lead canoe doing the hard work. With side wash you should be sitting with your bow paddler slightly behind their bow paddler, and about 18 inches away to get a good ride from their side wash. On corners it is important that you stay parallel to the boat that you are riding. If you are on the inside of a corner try to get your boat further up on theirs so that you do not get pushed into shore. If you are on the outside of the corner, parallel is very important, however if you can keep you bow just slightly closer to their boat you will come out on their wash at the other end rather than being blown off.
Wash riding is a game of angles.