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Does rowing canoe double one's power vs wind?

Posted: Sun Dec 29, 2019 11:44 am
by LesForgue
Last Monday I had my JEM Trapper 15-38 out on Lake Michigan, which has more than 22 thousand square miles of surface. I stayed within 100 yards from shore, most of the time much closer, to be cautious against getting quickly wind blown too far out onto the lake.
Since then I have been wondering if I attach oarlocks and use oars instead of paddling, would that double my strength against the wind?
Regardless of the answers, I would never launch on a very windy day with three or four foot waves,
But I welcome wise opinions about rowing vs. paddling when the wind gets just a bit pushy, like say ten MPH.
Thank you.

Re: Does rowing canoe double one's power vs wind?

Posted: Thu Jan 09, 2020 6:49 am
by jem
Assuming proper technique for both, I'd say rowing let's one use more of their core and leg muscles. Strong than arms and trunk rotation.

But, unless you have a fancy rig, you're looking backward when you row.