I’ve been back in Sydney about three weeks now and have been putting into practice your advice.
You have helped me to be able to analyze my stroke by being aware of the various components and their cause and effect. For example. I am now aware that by letting the top hand drop down past the sternum towards the knees, the blade continues on past the hip and the boat de-powers, which in turn lessens the impact of the following stroke.
I have also found that with the correct stroke the boat is more stable in cross chop because of the greater boat speed. Although it's still not as stable as the Antares.
It's still not 2nd nature so I have to stay aware and I have found the top hand dropping when I get tired, but I suspect that will improve.
Jim, it was a great pleasure to spend time with you. My sincere thanks for your guidance. I now feel I can at least see the way forward to becoming a better paddler.
– Gary Gregg, Sydney Australia