1671RE: [ksurfschool] Re: Foils and gusty wind NOT A myth!
- Jul 6, 2001IMHO arcs launch so well because the angle of attack can be varied. Just
don't turn them inside out treating them like an inflatable while lying on
the water! A foil launching leading edge up downwind has tons of drag and
very little lift because the bridal sets the AOA at nearly 90 degrees
relative the wind. My experience is foils launch much better backward,
flying on their brakes, from downwind.
From: Mel [mailto:kitebord@...]
Sent: Friday, July 06, 2001 9:42 PM
Subject: Re: [ksurfschool] Re: Foils and gusty wind NOT A myth!
Hung Vu <hungvu@...> wrote:
> I am not sure understand why an ARC, being heavier, would relaunch and aCould be any of a number of factors:
> high performance foil would not in the same condition...
No bridle (I'm sure when wet it adds more weight than you'd think, just like
it adds more drag than you'd think).
Tip battens (added weight, but maybe they help somehow).
General shape (maybe the arched shape helps somehow).
Flexibility of shape without bridles (don't know how that would help, but it
The fact that mine was practically brand new at the time might be a factor.
On the other hand, since I only tried it once, maybe I was just lucky. It
seems the consensus is you never get good at relaunching an ARC because it's
so rare to crash them. Anybody else have extremely good success relaunching
ARCs in light winds?
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