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2301[ksurf] Re: technique for going DOWNWIND...

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  • Laurent Ness - Axel'Air
    May 8, 1999
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      Dave Culp wrote:

      >best choice would be an overpowered cquad - which pulls downwind like a
      >truck ! but its not straight downwind so any kite that is fast  is probably
      >the way to go -
      The fastest route downwind is *never* straight downwind. It is a very
      broad reach, likely with the kite making figure-8 sweeps to keep it as
      powered up as possible. Talk to Cory Roeseler, who has several times
      completed the 20-mile Gorge Blowout in under an hour.
      On land, it is possible to sail *almost* dead downwind at 2-3 times the
      windspeed (yes, the kite is in front of you, while you feel wind in your
      face). To do this, one sails the kite in a vertical figure 8, and
      zig-zags the buggy very slightly, from about 165 degrees to "by-the-lee"
      slightly--perhaps 185 degrees. In one portion of the "stroke" the kite is
      pulling the buggy, in the other, the buggy "feels" like it's pulling the
      This is difficult to explain, and more dificult to do. 
      It is easier to do that what you think.
      Just be carefull because when your kite is outside of the wind window 
      (means you pull it), do not loose all your speed other wise it will fall 
      in the water because when you have stopped it is really outside of the window.
      With this pulling the kite technique, you nearly can go downwind for short times 
      but you will not go straight. Let's say 100 ° to go faster than throw your kite back
      and you are 160/170 ° and turn the kite front direction before you loose your speed
      This technique is really funny because when you send back the kite you have a big energy 
      to resist at.
      Laurent Ness

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