Outrigger canoe - Pickering, Ontario
With roots in Polynesia, outrigger paddling is also practiced on Lake Ontario, which was news to me as I had never seen it done before except on film or TV. Last week, my husband and I happened upon this crew paddling in Frenchman's Bay so stopped to watch and take photos.
At rest about to go out again
Unlike rowing, the paddlers sit in a line facing forward.
They are off
The seats are numbered with number 1 closest to the bow. Seat 1 is the stroker who's responsible for setting the pace.
The arm (outrigger float) on the left adds stability
The steerer sits in the last seat. I bet you can guess what his responsibility is.
Typically, the strongest paddlers sit in the middle of the canoe and the one with the most endurance at the front.
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