Re: Drift Launch (was Re: [ksurf] Re: Foils and gusty wind myth!)
- Thanks for the two long explanations - much appreciated!
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Monday, July 02, 2001 9:26 PM
Subject: Drift Launch (was Re: [ksurf] Re: Foils and gusty wind myth!)
> My Drift launch method is pretty much as decribed below. I have found
> that it also works to set the kit down LE into the wind while
> unwinding as the kite drifts away. The kite will not usually spin
> until it reaches the end of the lines with some tension.
> I have had 100% success drift launching, but others in my area have
> had problems. All problems that I have seen relate to line tangles. I
> only use q-power lines, which seem to eliminate this issue.
> --- In kitesurf@y..., dixon76710@y... wrote:
> > Hopefully Matt or others with more expertise will reply, but I had
> > learn to deal with this on an inland lake with the choice of trees
> > water for a launch area.
> > I use a longhorn, slide up the leader type bar with a wrist leash
> > that can be clipped to either side. Our lake has several points or
> > peninsulas that stick out into a basically side shore wind.If the
> > wind is coming from the right I use my leash on the right side
> > also just wind the lines as if you had a right hand leash).I
> > carefully wind my right front and rear leaders(full kite span
> > and half hitch securely to bar. Gather all four lines and wind the
> > rest of the way and half hitch. From the down wind side of the
> > I let my kite drift out,preferably just behind the wind line
> > sheltered by the point. Hopefully it ends up on its side, headed
> > the direction I need, 90%, sometimes it gets onto the leading edge.
> > Either way I unwind to the first halfhitch, undo and quickly undo
> > last few wraps of right leader and quickly again tension right side
> > or never let off the tension. This is all pretty easy when in the
> > area sheltered from the direct wind and you can unwind faster than
> > the kite drifts. If it does get onto the leading edge I water start
> > as after a crash, sometimes I can stay on land until the kites in
> > air, sometimes the amount of pull and lack of footing in the mud
> > pulls me into deeper water.
> > I have done this directly in the wind from back of a boat however
> > your wraps are wrong or you dont maintain even rate of unwrapping
> > all four lines or you slip and drop the bar or, or, or, you can end
> > up with a powered up kite and no way to controll. Only happened
> > had to release a tangled mess of half unwound lines that happened
> > snag in a perfect position for full power. Ever since then I
> > redo my line wraps from previous session before start and get in
> > sheltered from the full force of the wind. In some wind it is
> > to keep the kite on its side as it drifts out,completely sheltered
> > will go onto the leading edge and then you need to get it back into
> > the wind in order to flip it on its back.
> > Had same problem as Matt with my foil kites, needed clear land to
> > yank the kite into the air and hope it inflates before it crashes
> > from lack of control and couldnt use the drift method without kite
> > being inflated. Now have a dirt devil plug into the cigarrette
> > lighter mini car vaccum with a wipika strut bladder duct taped in
> > place of the regular bag. Cut off the tip of the bladder and can
> > insert it into the vent of my 12 m flysurfer and inlate in 1
> > Drift launch described above is even easier with my foils compared
> > AR5s. Kite stays on its trailing edge with the back lines tensioned
> > until ready to be launched. M. Elliott
> > --- In kitesurf@y..., "Roland Andrag" <randrag@i...> wrote:
> > > Matt, can you describe the procedure you use to drift launch your
> > > inflatables these days?
> > >
> > > Thanks
> > >
> > > Roland
> > > ----- Original Message -----
> > > From: <kitesurfmn@y...>
> > > To: <kitesurf@y...>
> > > Sent: Sunday, July 01, 2001 5:43 AM
> > > Subject: [ksurf] Re: Foils and gusty wind myth!
> > >
> > >
> > > > I am the guy that Hung bought the 4.9 New wave from. I think
> > > > work great even in gusty wind. The reason that I sold my foils
> > > > specific to lake kiters and I don't think it has ever been
> > discussed
> > > > on this group.
> > > >
> > > > The midwestern lakes where I ride have very small launching
> > and
> > > > curvey irregular shorlines. Each lake has only one or two access
> > > > areas, so finding a side-on wind is a stroke of luck. Many days
> > > > would stand in the water with my foil laying on shore waiting
> > > > waiting and waiting for a gust to make its way to the shore so
> > that I
> > > > could get the kite inflated for launch. Then when a gust would
> > come
> > > > in, the kite would inflate part way, the puff of wind would be
> > gone,
> > > > and the underinflated kite would colapse and fall in the water.
> > Death
> > > > for a foil. Winds near shore are also very turbulent.
> > > >
> > > > This year after lots of rain, even our small launch areas are
> > gone,
> > > > underwater. If it were not for my new ability to drift launch my
> > > > inflatables, I don't know if I would be able to ride at all.
> > > >
> > > > When I was able to launch my foils, they worked fine. it is
> > so
> > > > much easier not to half to deal with them in my area.
> > > >
> > > > Horses for courses.
> > > > Matt
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