Try paddling into the wind.
Posted by: magooch on Apr-05-13 9:26 PM (EST)
If you really want to know why you feather your paddle, try paddling straight into, or very close to a very strong wind. It won't take you long to figure it out. I've paddled into winds that would stop you dead if you present a flat blade to the wind. For most mortal beings--myself included--this is only likely to happen on a day when the wind is gusting to high velocity. I don't think I have to explain why.
That doesn't mean it's the only reason to feather. If you paddle with some feather all the time--fine, but when you're really going to windward in a breeze, you're going to want to present the edge to the wind.
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