Re: [ksurfschool] Re: Foils and gusty wind NOT A myth!
- Doug Adams (E-mail) <rcpilot@...> wrote:
>My experience is foils launch much better backward,It's supposed to be possible to do that with an ARC too, but I had to
> flying on their brakes, from downwind.
intentionally crash it LE down to try it, & by the time I'd adjusted my
center strap all the way out the darn thing was airborne again! In other
words, if you really want to try it, make sure you adjust your strap all the
way out BEFORE you "land" it nose down, or it may relaunch on its own before
you get a chance to try the reverse launch.
- Actually, the issue Kenny raised is that after staying in the water
during a lull for a while (let's say 10 minutes of less than 5 knots),
most closed-cells foil or Arc would absorb so much water that would
render them un-relauncheable when the wind pick up. This is more to do
with the ability of the kite keeping the water out. I notice that
modern closed cell foils float better and are constructed better allow
them to stay on the water longer.
I had only one experience with the Arc kiteskiing in the winter in very
light wind. We could relaunch foil easily (both LE up and LE down) and
could not relaunch the Arc in that light wind (LE down).
P.S., I am very intrigued about the novelty of the Arc and always try to
think of a reason to buy one. I select inflatable for its reliable
water relaunch and decent performance; I select a foil for higher
performance/higher jump and light wind. Can someone shred a light why
would I buy/try an Arc (stacking for light wind is not it as it sounds
pretty complex and difficult)
> Hung Vu <hungvu@...> wrote:
> > I am not sure understand why an ARC, being heavier, would relaunch and a
> > high performance foil would not in the same condition...
> Could be any of a number of factors:
> 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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