Hi all, I am asking if I might have a premise or two correct. First a little background. And I beg your patience. I paddle on a Dragon Boat team. That is a 45' long canoe with 10 rows of two people for a total of 20 paddlers, plus a steers-person with an oar. The canoe with people weigh about 3.5 K pounds more or less. We determine who gets on the boat to race by trial and we use an Outrigger canoe(OC) and we use an OC-2 for these trials There is a person who paddles(the trialer) and a person behind who steers so that steering poorly is not a factor in the trial. Premise one: It has been told to me that a heavier person has an advantage. I posit that extra weight in and of itself is not and advantage but a liability. That premise was based on the assertion that a heavier person will have more momentum. I posit that that extra momentum will be offset by the extra friction created by the heavier boat. Premise two: That a heavier person will have the advantage on the OC, because they will have to pull less of a % of their body weight in relation to lighter people. ie. the person being toted by the trialer weighs 140 pounds. The person trialing weighs 220 for a total of 360 pounds plus the boat. another trialer weighs 165 for a total of 305 pounds. Who if anyone has the advantage? The wind is a factor and I have advocating the use of an anemometer but that idea has been dismissed. Premise three: the wind is an advantage to the heavier person. In my instance my body acts as a larger "sail" I am 6'4" so in a head wind i say it is no advantage at all, in fact more of a detriment. Premise four: In light of the fact we need to move so much weight in the Dragon Boat, the people who can paddle with more weight should be used, even if heavier themselves. examples of outcome of said trials, In 2:30 minutes: Person 1. 157 pounds carried both people at 297 pounds to a distance of 377M Person 2. 222 pounds carried both people at 362 pounds to a distance of 366M Person 3. 200 pounds carried both people at 340 pounds to a distance of 373 M all people so far with no wind. Person 4. 222 pounds carried both people at 362 pounds a distance of 383M with a head wind at an angle of 45 degrees. speed unknown approx. 5kph Best distance was by Person 5. 203 pounds 343 pounds total to a distance of 400M no wind. If the wind factor isnt specific enough you can ignore. :) I appreciate any feedback on any of the premises... the main one being heavier is better... i posit that that cant be true. If I weighed 20 more pounds at 242 I would not go as far with the same strength. I realize this is a weight to power ratio issue is it not? The other variable would be paddling technique... which gets me to my next premise Premise 5. a paddler with less weight to power ration can overcome this disadvantage with better technique. There is also an ERG machine that is used to determine who should be on the boat. That is a "rowing " machine with a paddle adapter. The results, with "raw" data and "adjusted"(for weight) with 165 as over under for adjustments.The distance, again in 2:30 minutes in Meters Person 1. 492/497 Person 2.489/462 Person 3.539/522 Person 4. 506/481 Person 5. 523/5053 The machine does not take into account someones paddling technique. Best paddlers to be in the Dragon Boat in order?