Purchased a WindPaddle last fall, and have been using it regularly on Lake Champlain. This time of year, when the September winds are blowing and the water is still warm, it’s unbelievable fun! I have had more people ask me about it, with envy! The WindPaddle will keep me on the water until it’s too cold to do it! Thanks for adding a new dimension to my paddling!
You have all heard of Adventure racing (also called expedition racing). We have sponsored and helped out many teams in the past, some such as Seagate from NZ ranked #1. Here’s a video of Team OncoSec who placed 4th after get lost for over 30 hours in the Adventure Race World Championship 2015 in Pantanal. Good job team!
Outstanding Customer Service From WindPaddle We just bought 3 of theses sails (newer 47″ model with a flatter profile) to use with our iSUPs (while seated on inflatable kayak seats) and my son’s kayak. They are very well made. The outer ring is very sturdy. Just one viewing of the sail folding instructional video on YouTube and I was set. While we won’t be testing them out on the water until springtime, I have tried clipping the sail onto the deck rigging and letting the sail out and turning it. They are going to work beautifully!
Even more importantly, I want to commend WindPaddle for truly outstanding customer service. Nick (head honcho) there went above and beyond by offering to drop-ship our sails to us while we were visiting Vermont from Montreal. And when one of the sails was damaged in transit, he generously offered to replace it even though we no longer had the shipping envelope in order for him to have recourse with USPS. Windpaddle makes great products and stands behind them. Such a pleasure! – Chantal
I recently purchased the Adventure Kayak Sail and had a chance to try it out on my Tsunami 145 w/rudder. I’m in Albany NY and tested my sail on the Hudson River twice now, waiting for the chance to get on Lake George and more open water.
I can already say this sail is Sweeeet!! I grew up on a lake sailing sunfish and sailfish as a kid and this kayak sail opens a whole new world to my kayaking! I’m actually looking forward a nice windy day! The simplicity and design is so cool. Great job and thanks so much for adding new fun and excitement to my kayaking!
Pat – NY
We sent off a “Release Right” fishnet to Jeff of flyfishingwithjeff.com to get his take on the new hands-free net…. “I have to say that I am most pleased with this floating fish net…the design is genius.” OK, we’re blushing, but smiling as well. Here’s Jeff’s take on the new fish net along with a nice video of the product in use – http://flyfishingwithjeff.com/windpaddle-release-right-floating-fishing-net-product-review
I talked to you on Wed and told you how I forgot to tie down my WindPaddle on my Hobie and it blew off on my way to the lake. Never recovered it although I searched for it like a mad man. I immediately ordered another one. The picture is my i14 Mirage with homemade pvc outriggers–featuring the windpaddle as the perfect spinnaker. It screams! T.A. McMahon (Bend, Ore. USA)
…”The (WindPaddle) PaddleSail is the best touring canoe sail I’ve used on a canoe. It is lighter, faster into and out of action, and it provides better control than any makeshift or production “quickie” sail I’ve used. It takes up very little space in a pack…” Read more
“In my view the tests went very well and I was pleased with the performance of the WindPaddle. It was light, easy to use and very quick to rig. The WindPaddle goes across wind (almost 90 degress with a rudder) and was easy to depower. It is excellent for going downwind. That’s what I want a sail for. Just for those long trips where I could do with some assistance getting back without rigging the sail on land before I head out. So all in all, it does what its meant to do.” Read more here…
“… if you want a sail to give you a free ride when the wind is at your back the WindPaddle is the way to go. I have had my other sailing rig for a few years at least now but am pretty sure I have used the windpaddle more in the last few weeks than the other sail has seen in the last few years. It is just so simple to deploy and install.” (read more)
“Sinnvolles Zubehör zur Nutzung der Windenergie” (more soon)
online reference at http://www.kajak-magazin.com/index.php/magazin/53-archiv/359-archiv-ausgabe0510
WindPaddle “Cruiser” sail review – Holland.
“Most important for me is the versatility of the Windpaddle. You can use it on any craft and it doesn’t turn a kayak or canoe into a complex, heavy sailing craft…” (read more)
“In summary, a well designed, sturdy and easy to use sail that takes little effort to set up, hardly any space in the boat and no time to deploy. I am going to ask Nick if he will let me keep this one as paddling downwind has never been so relaxing!” (read more)
“Smart padleseil med enkel håndtering. Padling har testet West System sitt padleseil, «WindPaddle», under
varierende vindforhold. Vår konklusjon er at dette er et utmerket
hjelpemiddel for en kajakkpadler, spesielt på lengre turer.” (read more)
“The charm of the WindPaddle sails is their simplicity and ease of use. You are always free to brace or simply drop the sail and paddle within moments…” (read more)
“The [WindPaddle] sail was a blast and added extra speed for our seven mile downwind sail back in to the launch…I would not hesitate to recommend one…” (read more)
“Nick Wiltz…has come up with a new design, the WindPaddle, that solves many of the problems associated with kayak sails…” (read more)
“The sail pops open like a sapling released from a stake in the ground. That’s it. Grasp the sail’s sheets, which double as stays, and you’re sailing…” (read more)
“In my view the tests went very well and I was pleased with the performance of the WindPaddle…It is excellent for going downwind…” (read more)
“The WindPaddle folks have got it right. What really attracted us is that you can use it on any kayak with simple deck rigging…” (read more)
“These things are a blast! They didn’t take long to get the hang of, and after a bit we were cruising downstream faster than we could ever hope to paddle…” (read more)