Canoe Sailing – Tandem and Solo We never seem to have enough canoe sailing videos. Instructional tips.


“Packraft sailing” (Finland)Trying out WindPaddle Cruiser ( for the first time, on an overnight trip from Klobben, through Pentala, to Porkkala (~28 km in total).


“Canoecopia” (Madison, WI) show video shot by the fine folks from Rapid Media. Good overview of our sails as well as a look at our show booth.


WindPaddle sailing vs. paddling.

Here’s a video submitted by one of our customers in a light breeze sailing with a paddler. The winds are about 12 MPH or so and the boat is going approx. 6 knots.


Rigging and sailing instructions – “Sailing 101” – We start from attaching the sail to a single kayak, describe how to capture the wind coming in from the side allowing the kayak to sail in a complete 108 degree off-the-wind envelope. Sailing off to the left or right at 90 degrees to the direction that the wind is blowing is called “Reaching” in sailing parlance, and we do it here, out on the water to show you how. Coiling, stowing and launching are also demonstrated. Sit back and come sailing with us!

-Sailing across the wind

-Coiling and stowing the WindPaddle sail while out on the water,

-Launching the sail

-Trimming the sail for sailing across the wind.


Fishing Kayak Sailing – Nice long video of sailing a fishing kayak. Try going this fast by paddling!


WindPaddle “Reaching” – or sailing across the wind.

Here’s a nice. short little video that a customer made showing the proper sail positioning for reaching or sailing across the wind. In the video, the wind is coming from the left or “port” side of the boat at 90 degrees. The sail is rotated to the right, or “starboard” at about a 45 degree CW rotation.

This is called a starboard tack and the boat is sailing directly across the wind at 90 degrees from the direction the wind is blowing. Good video!


New Folding video! – Better and Improved.

This new technique works best when the sail is attached to your kayak or canoe, or if standing, just put a foot on the harness to keep the sail from skipping or sliding away from you. Thank you Rhonda for seeing how much easier this method is as compared to the old way!



A short winters sail. (2:22 min)
Complete with wind, snow and a few cautious coots.


WindPaddle Kayak Sails: in Mexico’s Sea of Cortez


So do you REALLY think you want to try this using an umbrella? (These guys did!)