Re: Arc self launch at kites' outer wind limit
- My good friend doesn't launch his 1120 until it is blowing at least
15 mph. He probably weighs more than you (180 LBS).
I recommend setting up a snap shackle so that you can use the chicken
loop while launching. This will help you control the power
It is difficult to launch any kite when you are at the limit of the
range. If I am self launching, I make sure there is enough room for
me to get dragged the distance of the kite lines. I just sit on my
behind and get pulled across the shore. If you have a helper you can
have them hold onto your harness to prevent dragging across the
--- In ksurfschool@y..., "pluvious2002" <dcl@r...> wrote:
> I'm looking for information/experiences in self launching ARCS when
> winds are at the outer limit of the kites suggested range. On my
> for example, it's outer rance is about 15-18 mph. Yesterday I tried
> launching in 15 mph and, once I had the kite's trailing edge free
> sand in the wall position, I had a hard time holding onto the bar
> trying to adjust the sheeting strap an inch or so to help the kite
> climb. The pull was too strong. (I wasn't comfortable hooking into
> chicken loop as I've yet to set up a shackle release system.)
> I ended up "pumping" the kite into the air, at which point it still
> rose too quickly (in spite of equal line lengths), then, once it
> reached the zenith, it started backing down, straight through the
> which made it difficult to hold given the power. I ended up having
> drop the bar.
> If I adjust the sheeting strap before launch, the danger is that
> kite will climb too quickly at launch, generating too much power as
> climbs through the zone.
> Any input or advice would be much appreciated.