He is doing much better than I
Posted by: kayamedic on Oct-01-12 9:10 PM (EST)
I teach capsizes. In my 20th year of solo, I have capsized hundreds of times.
I capsize on purpose. I capsize when talking. I embarrassingly capsize when teaching. I capsize whenever my head gets over the rail. Because I push the heel whenever I can, capsizes happen. I have never capsized in conditions that would lead you to think I should. I capsize because I fail to pay attention. I capsize when looking at maps.
In four foot seas I never capsize. In whitewater I swim about once a year..usually because again..I was not paying attention to holes.
Give yourself time. The MR Freedom is a high volume solo with wickedly incredible secondary stability. You can heel that hull to the rail...and it holds.
Pay attention to your head. And give yourself time. There IS a psychological transition from tandem stern to solo.
I often put guys in the bow and some of them really have trouble. When we talk about being up front what seems to get them is the sight of so much water around and so little boat. They are used to seeing the broad expanse of canoe in front of them at the stern station.