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This is Kayak Sailing!

September 24th, 2015 by

Hi Everyone!

Here is a fun little video I put it together just to get my feet wet using a new editing software (Final Cut Pro X).

A simple enough edit, though I did need to add some image stabilization.  As you can imagine it can be a bit challenging to hold the camera still while sailing (and smiling!) at the same time.

Patti is seen here sailing rudderless with the leeboards in perfect balance, nicely trimmed, with tell-tales flying.  Just cruising in the groove!

She is sailing her 1.4m² with the genoa on her Tahe, Reval Mini LC (490cm x 54cm beam).   And I’m filming (in her wind shadow) riding my Tahe, Ocean Spirit, also with a 1.4/genoa combination.  The location is the bayside of Cudjoe Key and we’re crossing Kemp Channel, heading out toward the Content Keys.

One of the amazing things about the Lower Key’s backcountry is the scarcity of boats.  Primarily it’s due to the vast amounts of shallow water and unmarked channels. You normally just see a few flats fishing guides and locals who know the water well enough to feel comfortable out there.  If you look closely during the beginning of the clip you can see a flats skiff off to the right slowing down to check us out.

What a day!  Perfectly steady twelve knots out of the NE, extra long beam reaches, and amazingly fun rides.

This is Kayak Sailing!

4 thoughts on “This is Kayak Sailing!

  1. Hi Chris,
    Thanks 🙂 Just posted another one. It’s a little longer and I spent more time editing it.

  2. Wow! I see the rudder up in the video, and yet your kayak looks to be tracking pretty steadily across wind. Is that because of the dagger boards?
    I want to rig my sot to sail it. Its an OK Scrambler xt. No rudder.
    John Tschogl

  3. Hi John,
    Yes. The leeboards are balanced to the sail’s center of effort.
    This allows for neutral tracking and upwind performance.
    Your Scrambler will make a good sailor.
    I’ll send you an e-mail with details.

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