RE: [ksurfschool] Small Kite Mare
- It is possible that the third line was too long and therefore did not
depower the kite completely and thus put a lot of load on the leash line
which led to the failure of the knot. The third line should be loose
enough as to allow the kite to fly without a minimal amount of tension
on the tailing edge of the kite, but should also be tight enough to
immediately put all the load on the "d" or rear bridles as soon as you
release the bar/
The Third line in my experience should be a relatively consistent
"sliver moon" shape from the bar to the kite.
You should be able to grab the leader from the bar to the center line
and fully brake the kite without letting go of the bar
Be careful and Have Fun./
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From: Alger, David [mailto:DAlger@...]
Sent: Monday, December 23, 2002 9:40 AM
To: firstname.lastname@example.org; 'email@example.com'
Subject: [ksurfschool] Small Kite Mare
I flew 8.9 surface area inflatables last summer, got up once briefly.
Bought a 4 meter F-One foil to play in the snow.
Wind 5-15 at my field, nearest sensor in Boston harbor showing 10-30
for a brief period. Had to wait a few minutes for wind to launch, so I
thought no big deal. I launched, and ran downwind a bit, then the kite
stabilized overhead. Thought of Rick Iossi and don't park overhead,
when my little 4 meter lofted me about three feet. I was about to let
go when I was set back down, but hadn't anticipated the forward motion
so I fell over. Held onto the bar to gage the power. Decided to bag
this one and let the bar go. Felt the tension increase on the third line
wrist strap, and then snap! and my beautiful kite floated away, the bar
holding the kite full. The bar landed in a phone pole about 500 feet
away. The lines were over trees and luckily the kite deflated.
I ran over to secure the kite and removed the lines. Then I had to wait
10 minutes for the wind to die sufficiently to get the lines floating
above me. After learning how the bar was held on the pole I was lucky
enough to be able to work the lines and drop it to the ground and
recover the lines from over the trees. I was lucky to get it all back
without a cherry picker and police log.
What went wrong: After calming down, I figured out what happened. The
third line was larksheaded to a strap at the center of the bar, and the
wrist leash was tied to it about two feet up. The knot from the leash
had failed. My other foil also came with this arrangement. The theory
is that the 4 feet (2 feet to the leash line and two feet back to the
wrist strap) would deflate the kite. I wonder. I now have the third
line larksheaded to the wrist strap. I'm leery of attaching it to the
bar. I realize this may cause the bar to float dangerously, but I want
the depower leash to work! What do you think?
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