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Recently I have been involved in planning and organizing trips for small groups of sea kayakers and have never given much thought to how fast I can go.I'm not a numbers freak and I paddle for other reasons,when I get there I get there and thats OK.When your planning for a group these calculations take on importance.
Does anybody have an idea how fast sea kayaks go.I'm not talking about olympic class paddlers on surf skiis just intermediate to experienced paddlers in medium
and high performance sea kayaks in calm conditions (I can factor in wind and current penalties).Anybody have a idea in miles per hour? I'm Canadian but still don't know what a kilometre looks like.
Thanks Bert