Basic Maneuvers for Solo White Water Canoeing : Off Side Ferrying for White Water Canoes

Basic Maneuvers for Solo White Water Canoeing : Off Side Ferrying for White Water Canoes


Now we’re going to talk about an off side
ferry, an off side ferry is ferry to the side away from which I’m paddling so if I’m paddling
to the right hand side of the boat, an off side ferry would be a ferry to my left. That’ll
be coming from the other shore toward this eddy, the basic principles of an off side
ferry are the exactly the same as an on side ferry but there are some settle differences
that can make all the difference in the success or failure on this move. For the off side
ferry coming from river left in this case again the clock face 12 o’clock pointed up
stream we’re going to be coming out of the eddy about 11 o’clock or even 11:30. Trying
to cut the angle at a little bit more conservatively a little more pointed up stream than what
we would on an on side ferry. And the reason for that is that every stroke that I take
on an on side ferry, on my on side is going to tend to increase my angle. So I’m probably
going to be taking some strokes on my off side but those strokes aren’t as powerful
and it’s not as easy for those strokes to straightened me out as it would be as if on
the opposite side on the on side ferry. So I’m going to come out with a conservative
angle about 11:30 a good amount of speed as much as speed as I can get in the eddy and
then I’m going to maintain the angle fairly conservatively until I get really close to
the eddy on the far side and in which case I’m going to turn the angle down stream a
little bit more and do of a little smooth eddy turn into that far eddy. So for an off
side ferry more conservative angle, keep that angle a little more conservative all the way
across until you get close to the eddy on the other side and then increase the angle
and make a nice smooth exit from the current.

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