How to sail the WindPaddle
The WindPaddle was designed by sailors and paddlers to be an efficient, safe and lightweight downwind sail. Its low center of effort makes it the most stable sail to use with kayaks, canoes and other small craft.
Even if you are new to sailing, we think you'll find sailing your WindPaddle very intuitive and easy to use. Sailing your boat with a WindPaddle is exhilarating, and in breeze can move you along faster than you could ever paddle!
BEFORE YOU SAIL:
For your safety and enjoyment, we highly recommend that you become familiar with the setup and operation of your WindPaddle before taking it out on the water. Practice coiling, folding and stowing the sail on your boat.
Though it will work with a light breeze, the WindPaddle works best in a steady 10 or more knots of wind.
The WindHarness should be cinched down tight for downwind sailing (see photo at top right).
For beam-reaching (sailing in winds coming from the side rather than from behind), the WindHarness should be slackened a bit, to allow the sail to pivot into the wind.
HOW TO SAIL:
- Point your boat downwind.
- Grasp the WindPaddle continuous sheet.
- Release the WindPaddle from under its bungee or deck line by giving the sheet a quick tug (see photo at right).
- The WindPaddle sail, once it's free from the bungee, should pop open and fill with wind.
- Hold on to the sheet, sit back and enjoy the ride!
In high wind conditions, lead the sheets forward for more downward pull on the sail to stabilize it.
If at any time you feel overpowered by the wind, ease the sheet out to lower the sail, which de-powers it by making it more parallel to the water, thereby spilling excess wind.
If necessary in gusts, simply let go of the sheet altogether - the sail will flatten to the deck and instantly de-power (see photo).
Use your paddle for bracing if necessary, and (if you don't have a foot-actuated rudder) as a rudder to steer your boat while you sail.