Basic technique and guideline you should know when sailing (Part 3)

Maintain an “inclined angle” with the oar handle by gently pushing toward the bow when the blade surface is open, toward the stern when it is closed.


Lower the paddle’s tongue into the water on one side of the boat, then the other to slow down the thrust.

Start sailing backwards as needed. This is simply reversing the step forward.

Remember to turn your body while paddling backwards.


More than any other factor, the wind has a great effect on kayaking. Any wind above 18.5 km/h (10 knots) affects kayaks. (Water currents can also affect boats.) When on the water, your body or any part of the boat can catch the wind and create resistance. This will affect your speed and direction.

Upwind is the most difficult challenge for rowers. Usually the wind will push your boat in a direction different from the direction you want.

For example, if you want to row in the direction of 12 o’clock, and the wind is coming from the direction of 2 o’clock, the stern will rotate and go straight towards the wind. Therefore, the bow will tilt in the wind.

How does the boat go in the direction you want? Block the wind with rowing steps, for example, perform a rowing step on the other side of the boat. Or you can remove the steering wheel. The rudder is primarily designed to control the stern and keep it from blowing in the wind. You can also use rudder, but rudder is mainly used to minimize wind influence.

In addition, you can also use boats with fins – fixed fins, which cannot rotate like rudders. The fins work like a rudder, but can’t be used to turn a boat, making it easier for you to travel in a straight line when you’re facing strong winds or when one hand tends to use too much force. compared to the other hand when performing the paddle.