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rolling and beam winds

I'd like to ask about an aspect of rolling that only occurred to me quite recently:

As everybody knows, when bracing at sea one does well to brace on the up-wind side to get the best support from the crests that hit one's kayak, and from the up surge behind them. Doing the opposite easily results in a quick capsize.

But how about rolling? How much difference will this make? Coming up from the side of the wind means the wind (and the waves) are with you in the rolling motion, and not pushing you back down. Also, once upright, you will have your paddle on the good bracing side, possibly fully extended if this is how you rolled - a very good thing indeed. The opposite would be quite a precarious situation.

I guess the problem would boil down to the following: "having capsized in a high beam wind, should the paddler try to roll up on his better side regardless, or should he roll on his weaker side instead, if this would bring him up with the wind assisting him?"

I am assuming lets say 2 to 4 foot choppy, steep waves and a strong, rising wind - something one would encounter on a larger lake or in the semi-sheltered waters of a costline strewn with many islands.

It would be interesting to hear any opinions on this.

Risto Lappalainen

Tapiola, Finland

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