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Re: Wind and its effect on kayaking

: Can anyone give me information on wind and its effect on kayaking, as far as
: sea kayaking and river kayaking goes? I'm not having the best of luck with
: google.

I forget the math but it is obvious from experience too. The formula is something like "a body moving into the wind is affect through resistence by its surface area multiplied by the speed of the wind multiplied by the velocety of the object" ??? or some such.

From the above you can see that wind has a huge effect when it is opposing us. If you were moveing at 5 kph into a 3 kph wind you are feeling the effect of 15 kph of wind. What was a virtually negigible airflow quickly becomes a gale on a geometric scale. Especially if you cast a wide shadow.

Thus the advent of feathered paddles.

Considering a kayakers maximum possible speed the wind can very quickly convert forward effort into backward movement.

On the other hand, following winds for some reason, seem to have very little effect, and the effect is not exponential as for upwind work. This is a prime example of Murphy's Law in action. Another prime example is " That no matter what your destination, It will always be into the wind."

The upside of this is that navigation is always easy if one rembers this law.

The third law of wind is that "If you are at sea with a splashy paddler, they will be upwind of you."

The best one can say for following winds is that they do not hamper you. Unless of course you carry a golf umbrella with you that you can deploy or you subscribe, as I do to, to the use of unfeathered dustbin-lid paddle blades, as discussed in previous submissions, Then they can be very useful.

Etienne Muller

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