David Halfpenny wrote:
> I learned a lot about canoes one day on the Cam.
> I was coxing (steering) a racing eight parked at the bank, and past came
> two big red-faced lads paddling furiously in a double canoe, throwing up a
> mighty wake. Behind them was a slight young schoolboy on a scull boat (two
> oars). He was waiting courteously behind them, just touching his blades
> lightly in the water a couple of times a minute to keep up with the canoe.
Assuming the boats were similar in length, this is about what you'd
expect -- the finer scull requires a little less power at any speed
below hull speed, but any attempt to exceed hull speed will soak up a
tremendous amount of power. Compounding this is the fact that a common
sliding seat single scull is several times more efficient in converting
muscle power into forward motion than a canoe with conventional paddles
(so is a kayak, come to that) -- that is, for a given amount of required
power, less effort is demanded of the rower than of canoe paddlers.
If, through hard work and perseverance, you finally get what you want,
it's probably a sign you weren't dreaming big enough.
Donald Qualls, aka The Silent Observer http://silent1.home.netcom.com
Opinions expressed are my own -- take them for what they're worth
and don't expect them to be perfect.