full day class, $125
Sailing a sea kayak ranges from simply helpful to downright exhilarating. In Australia, kayak sails are viewed as safety features. They provide auxiliary power and increased visibility. They are popular in Watertribe races of the eastern US. And the original recreational sea kayak, the Rob Roy, had a sail on it.
In the Kayak Sailing class, learn to raise and lower the sail, stow it efficiently, and use it to sail across the wind, paddle-sail up to 45-degrees upwind, and of course fly downwind. Catching wind-waves suddenly becomes easy! Practice a roll with a sail, and learn to modify a quick capsize recovery.
Bow rudders, stern rudders, edging, trim?all the techniques you?d apply intelligently when working with the wind instead of fighting it?all those strokes become clearer with the momentum of the sail. It is an amazing tool for understanding how to effectively apply strokes in wind.
Flat Earth Kayak Sails used for this class are authentic Australian sails which freely permit all paddle strokes, edging, and performance paddling. Rudders or skegs are optional but not necessary. The sail folds flush on the deck when not in use.
At CRK, suction-cup-mounted sails are available to attach to your fiberglass deck, or fleet kayaks are available for your use with sails pre-attached.
Ginni Callahan has used the Flat Earth Kayak Sails in several moderate crossings in Tahiti and Tonga, once with winds of 25kts and seas of 4 meters. The sails are also great fun in 10kts and slightly textured seas.
If you buy a sail from Flat Earth Sails on the day of your class, you can enjoy a 10% discount on the sail kit.