Kitemanmuc wrote: ↑
Sat Jun 09, 2018 6:43 pm
Just getting in to racing and was curious how dramatic a 3-4 degree upwind angle improvement is from one kite to another. Is that a lot?
It doesnt matter...
It is only VMG that matters, "Velocity Made Good", meaning how fast you will reach an upwind mark.
Racers usually point high because of massive kite power, but some foils will point higher (bigger and high AR ones) but go so much slower that they have lower VMG, thus not suited for racing.
If you ride with same speed, 3-4 degree difference in upwind angle is a huge difference for good racers that dont crash, but for the average level it is not that important, as Pedro points out.
But WHERE did you get this number from Kitemanmuc ?
As it dont make sense in terms of how fast you go upwind, without having the speed too, so you can calculate VMG.
VMG = sinus(angle above halfwind) * board speed