I built myself a Greenland paddle and really liked it until today. I went paddling on a large reservoir lake near my home. I had paddled with the Greenland paddle 4 or five times before today with good results. Paddled upstream and downstream in a canal with a strong current, up and back on a 14 mile river trip, and several small lake paddles, but not a lot of wind and waves and was impressed with the performance of the paddle, However, today I was exposed to some wind and waves on the large lake I was paddling on. It wasn't all that bad either, with some whitecaps and 1 to 3 foot chop. Paddling into the wind was no problem, quartering into the wind was no problem. My problem came when I had the wind/waves on my stern quarter. With my European paddle I handle these conditions fairly well, but with the Greenland paddle, I was all over the place. Almost capsized 2 of 3 times and really looked bad. The people that I paddle with couldn't believe how much trouble I was having. They usually all comment on how well my boat tracks without a rudder (all of them paddle with rudders). I know it has to do with my technique, and probably not the paddle. But here is a description of the paddle : 89 1/2 in long, 3 in narrow blade width, 3 1/4 in wide blade width, 24 5/8 in loom length, 4 7/8 in loom circumference, or 1 3/8 in x 1 1/4 width. The blades are 1/4 inch wide at the edge. I know since paddling with it, that the loom is a little too small in diameter, the loom is a little too long and the blades are not quite wide enough. But really not that far off. I paddle a 17 foot Guillemot wood strip kayak that I built. I had the boat trimed nicely, only carring a lunch and water bottle in the rear hatch. Tell me what I was doing wrong.
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