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GROUND RULES by cl i f f jacobson Tippy Canoe?


See if your paddling know-how will stay afloat in this canoeing quiz.


WHEN I WAS A SCOUT in the 1950s, my greatest thrill was summer camp and the overnight canoe trip. Only Scouts who passed their swimming requirement were invited. If you knew how to run waves and steer around rocks, you were considered a hero. Hitting a rock — or worse, capsizing — drew laughter. As in life, good skills were rewarded, and bad ones had consequences. Before heading out on a canoeing


trip with your troop or crew, test their knowledge of the sport. Choose the best answer. Some questions have more than one right answer; choose all that apply.


1 You are canoeing into a brisk headwind. The canoe should be loaded so: a) It is slightly bow-heavy.


b) It is slightly stern-heavy. c) It only matters if there is a lot of weight in the canoe.


2 You are canoeing a river with some current. Ahead is a sweeping bend with a prominent rock in the middle. You should: a) Stay as far to the outside of the bend as possible. b) Stay as far to the inside of the bend as possible. c) Stay in the middle of the river. d) It doesn’t matter where you are as long as you avoid the rock.


3 You are canoeing along the right shore of a river that has a strong current. Fiſty feet ahead is a 10-foot- wide ledge you must avoid. It’s clear sailing on river leſt, if you can get


there. The best plan is to: a) Turn the canoe to the leſt and paddle straight across the river. b) Turn upstream and forward ferry across the river. c) Continue toward the ledge. Use powerful pry-and-draw strokes to side- slip the canoe away from the drop. d) Paddle hard and keep momen- tum when you go over the ledge.


4 You are canoeing into big waves on a windy lake. The best way to maintain control and keep from swamping the boat is to: a) Paddle hard, directly into the waves. b) Turn the canoe about 30 degrees into the waves and paddle hard. c) Paddle straight into the waves, with enough speed to make progress but not so much that the canoe takes on water. d) Turn the canoe 30 degrees to the waves and rudder to hold the course.


5 You are canoeing in a strong tail- wind. Suddenly, the canoe begins to surf and pick up speed. What to do? a) The bow person should paddle hard while the stern person holds a strong rudder to keep the canoe on course. Canoes don’t surf well for very long; the danger will soon pass. b) Turn the canoe sideways to the waves. This will break the surf and save the day. c) Do nothing; the surf won’t last long.


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46 S COUTING ¿ SEPTEMBER•OCTOBER 2014


JACOB THOMAS


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