Your thoughts on drafting?

February 9, 2015 · 5 comments

Calling all outrigger paddlers. CORA is asking you to share your opinion on drafting. We're letting people discuss the topic before we send out a survey. If you're not a Facebook user there's a post that's been started on CORA's discussion forum. You can contribute to the discussion HERE The rules for discussion are simple: Be polite - any disrespectful posts will be deleted.

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Stuart February 16, 2015 at 10:06 pm

Pull your own water. If I am out there and ask you to take your turn in front, man up and do it!!!!

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JR March 6, 2015 at 7:03 pm

Drafting out of your class ( OC-1 riding an OC-2) or any outside craft like a passing sailboat should not be allowed. Within your class all is good and fair, just no interference.

Start Surfski’s 2 min ahead of OC-2’s then 2min later the OC-1’s

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Florida Town March 14, 2015 at 6:21 pm

There are times when it’s impossible NOT to draft – and times when you do have a choice. Should you? Well, it’s all part of the game, as long as you are not creating interference. Drafting isn’t all that simple – it’s like riding a wave. You have to know what you are doing to get the best result. Perhaps it’s something that clubs should practice to become more proficient.

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Jacques July 28, 2015 at 5:53 pm

There still are places in the world where drafting is kapu. Everywhere else, the practice seems to be accepted as fair play and even viewed as a great skill to hone in order to be competitive. One of the many reasons I love downwind runs in nuking conditions, is the fact that there is no drafting possible. It’s a big ocean out there. There is room for everyone. And I love my space.

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Darryl Spencer August 3, 2015 at 4:41 pm

I first learned about drafting from N. American, marathon canoe racing
in the late 70’s and the related etiquette. Very similar to cycle racing minus the team help. The etiquette was related to taking turns and not being a leech in the race. I watched ICF world cup kayak racing and observed wing and diamond formations. Would be leaders would hammer to shake up the pack and make the ponds smaller. Ultimately the fittest and smartest win. Surfski racing also recognizes drafting. Learn the skill sets first and then ask yourself if you want to make rules. cheers

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