Re: Need help on raising downed kite in water
- --There will still be times you won't be able to relaunch in light
wind, no one can it's just part of the game.
I wonder had anyone try this the fifth line on the center on the LE
so in light wind when the the kite LE down all you have to do is pull
in the fifth line and there won,t be any tension on the front and the
back line since the kite is downwind and when the wind hit the TE
would it cause the kite to flipp to the up noon position I haven,t
try it yet, I am thinking to try it only in light wind any comment
-- In kitesurf@y..., "Jo Macdonald" <mrjomacdonald@v...> wrote:
> Hi Guy,the
> Try this
> If you use a low Ar kite it's much easier to relaunch, just pull on
> the bottom line, the kite will roll over and ride to the edge of
> window, pull on the top line to launch. As it sounds like you'rebe
> using average to
> high AR kites you will have to get them on their back to relaunch.
> The best way to get good at this is to practice in
> the shallows. Its a hell of a lot easier to relaunch a high AR kite
> in the shallows than in deep water, especially in light wind (below
> 10 knots). Below 7 knots anyone will have a hard time in deep water.
> You can practice this even on a light wind day by drift launching,
> just walk into the water with the bar and kite, leave your board on
> the beach. Drop the kite and let it drift down wind. When the lines
> are taught, jerk on the bar (pulling in about 2 m of centre line
> letting go is ok too) then run towards the kite, if the water is
> pretty shallow a few steps will have the kite on its back, you'll
> amazed how easy it is. Once it gets on its back you have to pull onpull
> the top and bottom lines alternately to get the kite in the right C
> shape, this is just something you'll learn by doing it, basically
> have to balance the kite so it don't fall over while you pull it
> the C shape, again in shallow water is 100 times easier and less
> time/energy consuming. When you have the C shape keep pulling the
> bottom lines until the kite reaches the edge of the window then
> the top lines to launch, in low wind don't launch it too vertically
> or it will stall and fall and you're back to square one. Once you
> can do it in the shallows try in deeper water but remember you'll
> need more wind.
> If the wind is strong either pull in the front lines then let go or
> give the bar a good tug towards you then swim fast towards the
> kite, in stong wind it should flip over straight away, but anyway
> practicing in the shallows will give you more feeling.
> If all else fails you can try letting it go to the leash because it
> should flap out on its back, then when you recover the bar balance
> the kite as above to get it into the C shape then pul the bottom
> line to get it to the edge of the window and then the top line to
> launch, using the bar obviously to pull the lines.
> There will still be times you won't be able to relaunch in light
> wind, no one can it's just part of the game.
> Have fun.