Upwind & Accelerating, Light is Faster
Posted by: clydehedlund on Mar-06-14 2:48 PM (EST)
-- Last Updated: Mar-08-14 12:35 AM EST --
Downwind there was no difference when comparing the performance of two (17 & 26 pounds) identical solo outrigger canoes with different layups. Once the heavier canoe gets going, more resistance is required to stop it than the lighter canoe.
Perhaps, that's why the record for the solo Molokai kayak race has not been beaten in 17 years. All the super light (under 22 lbs) and overly long (21 ft.+) new fangle surfskis have come close, but never beaten the record, set by a short (19'4") and heavy (30+ pounds) sea kayak hull with a surfski (SOT) deck.
Even with the race course shortened by a mile or so, the record still stands. Maybe, the fact, that during the early part of the race, the ski got speared in the tail by another ski and took in a gallon of sea water, which aided its performance?
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