Re: [ksurfschool] Is bigger kite slower or faster?
- In a message dated 12/21/00 9:06:34 AM Pacific Standard Time,
<< Given the same wind and LTD (L/D), is a bigger kite slower or faster
than a smaller kite?
I "think" the bigger kite may be slightly faster! >>
I think the kite with the most usable lift will be faster. In other words
the one that makes you not quite overpowered.
This may not be the larger kite, if a 10% smaller kite has a 20% higher
coefficient of lift (20% more power for it's size).
A problem is that generally if you give your kite a high lift coefficient it
usually increases drag (lowers L/D).
Another problem is control. You can't use the lift if it's gusty & the
kite's doesn't have the option of instantaneous power adjustment.