Gusts in the teens are not a problem. In my opinion. the most important thing in the canoe is to slow down your frantic reaction clock. When you swim, take your time righting the boat. Missed recoveries are exhausting and if you do it three times in a row while rushing, you will be so spent that you may end up turtled. Slow down. Take your time. That is my biggest peiec f useful advice from 2 years experience.
I don't find gusts to high teens much trouble--but 20s is another thing entirely. Steady 15 is very nice. Steady 20 not so nice if you are new.
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