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  its called "trim"
  Posted by: Mattt on Feb-21-13 9:23 AM (EST)

trim the boat level, or just a little bow light for normal conditions

trim a bit bow heavy for headwinds

trim a bit bow light for tail winds

the stronger the wind, the more you need to trim the boat

quartering winds, particularly quartering stern winds seem to be the hardest to deal with

all paddlers will experience issues with strong winds blowing - you just need to be adapatable, by shifting the gear load - sometimes, its easier to go where you want if the stern paddler is on the left side, or on the right - its worth changing sides to see if that helps some, which it will often do with side or quartering winds

it also helps to paddle straight into the wind, or straigt downwind, then change direction later when your near shore - the wind has less effect on the boats course if its at 12 o'clock or 6 o'clock

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