Took my new Northstar Magic out for a spin in the wind today. When we started, it was probably 8 with gusts to 10, and dropped the whole time we were out. Still getting the feel of the boat, but I love the way it paddles!
I told my better half a week or so ago that I thought it cruised at sea kayak speed when I used a double blade. Hadn’t used a GPS to check that, but that’s how it felt. So this morning, she came with me to a local lake in her kayak, and said “I’ll wait for you if I get too far ahead”. Famous last words…
I used a double bladed paddle, and kept up with her unless we were going upwind, and even then I’d catch up with a short sprint. And when she sprinted, I kept up as well. She’s very competitive, and wasn’t too pleased about me keeping up when we finished. Saved face by saying that if I used a single blade, I wouldn’t be able to keep up. Well, that’s why I used the double!
The 220 cm paddle I used feels a little short, but it works well. I’m thinking a high angle 230 would be perfect. Very happy!