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Tuesday, 02 January 2007 05:58


Canoe racers on start line  Canoe-Kayak
Canoe racers use a single bladed paddle to propel their boat

Canoes and kayaks are small and narrow boats propelled by one or more people using a paddle. Competitors race down a straight, flat-water course. Unlike rowing, they face in the direction of travel and the paddle is not attached to the boat.

The two main differences between canoe and kayak concern seating position and paddle. In a canoe, the paddler kneels on one knee, propelling the boat with a single bladed paddle. In a kayak, paddlers sit with legs extended forward and use a double-bladed paddle.

Canoe-kayak competitions are an extreme test of physical strength and stamina. Races often end in dramatic finishes with boats making late runs for the line from behind.