Other way around!
Posted by: puddface on Jan-02-13 9:52 AM (EST)
I think you meant to say if wind is coming from your off-side you should employ less aggressive J-stroke (or possibly even use a slight sweep stroke). Example: If you are paddling on the right side with wind coming from the left,(pushing you toward starboard) a more agressive J-stroke would only make you turn even more to starboard. The correct way is to use less J when wind from offside, more when it is from your onside. Easy way to remember would be "offside, turn off the J; onside, turn it on."
Now for some real fun, USE THE WIND! You can steal a page from sailboating and tack by angling the boat and using the wind to scoot you sideways - it's just like ferrying with air (f-air-ying?). Have fun and paddle safely!
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