|Alec and Pat tow a canoe during the three-star training|
|Steve Macdonald, holding the fate of a very small canoeist in this hands.|
We'll spend the next few posts catching up on all of this.
This first post covers the 3* open canoe training and assessment we did with Steve.
To be honest, we've invested most of our paddlesports energy in kayaks, so while we have worked on our canoeing skills and gotten out for some trips, an immersion in canoeing has been long overdue. And that's just what we got. For two days, we worked on being efficient and effective in single-bladed craft.
Steve compares paddling a canoe to moving a barge with a matchstick. It's not inherently easy, so efficiency is of the essence. If it feels hard, he says, change what you're doing to minimize your effort.
|Sailing with the aid of an additional canoe.|
|Steering around a buoy during the three-star training.|
|Poling, a shallow-water technique particularly useful on rivers.|
|Receiving feedback from Steve Macdonald.|
Congratulations to the Midwest's newest canoe three-star paddlers: Wendy Madgwick, David Yanowski, Chuck Stark, Pat Rota, and Sharon and Alec Bloyd-Peshkin. Well done!