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Sweep into Brace
Posted by Mac on Sep 8, 2004
Lee, (starting new thread)
Re the "last Quarter" (Oh, Brother, can you spare a dime..)
I just looked into Derek Hutchinson's Basic Paddling again where he recommends placing the blade into more of a bracing attitude at the end of the sweep. I would guess to help with the hip flick, and to provide one last chance at a "depth charge" brace if worse comes to worst.
My kayak is the opposite of what you mentioned as able to unhook. Not a lot of rocker and a vertical fin of a transom which, with my 240lbs, is well in the water - almost a fixed rudder. You should hear it burble during those sweeps.
I gotta spend more time with Derek's Beyond the Cockpit to build confidence, courage and bravado.
As I've mentioned before, after a summer of paddling, we're dancing she and I, but it's kind of a box step so far.