Wednesday August 12th 2015
Riding side wash and surfing waves in shallows is great, but sometimes it makes sense to ride the stern wash. Creeping up a tricky shoreline with a big current out to the side, on narrow waterways or through obstacles are examples. You can’t pass a boat while on stern wash , but sometimes there are hours of racing before you need to position yourself for the finish. However, it can be tricky to stay in the right spot the whole time since it takes skillful cooperation between the bow and stern paddler. To practice this, we will have boats tie a rope between the stern of one boat and the bow of the next. Notice what you need to do to steer and keep pace to keep the rope slack. Practice riding stern wash, a buoy turn around the dragon boat, then switch.
Let’s protect the equipment and people’s joints. Please, if you are going to contact a boat, say ‘CONTACT!’
If your boat or paddle is getting close to someone’s paddle, say ‘WATCH YOUR PADDLE!’ or just ‘PADDLE!’