My girlfriend and I went on a ten day paddle in the BWCA a while back and the canoe had a horrible time tracking. we were in a seventeen foot kevlar Wenonah Wenonnah, two backpacks and a food pack. The packs came to about 80lbs and were in the center of the canoe. So I am a big guy (240) and my girlfriend is a tiny lady (don't know how much she weighs, and I dare not ask). She has the better skills than I, so she was in the stern. The weather out on Lac laCroix was extremely windy, and choppy. We tracked horribly, and had a very challenging paddle. So, even though she is the more skilled paddler, should I have been in the stern? Or could it be that it is just one of those occasions where the wind would present a challenge to any set skill level? I honestly do know how strong the wind was but I am guessing it was more than 20 mph easily.