kinchencool wrote:hey guys does anybody know good tactics that the pros are using in the race course? for starts and during race some helpful strategys also pre starts how to start out in first lane and good speed whats the key? and also how to know which side of the course is favored when racing.
A question downwind, what am i looking for slow and low or high and fast also i heard when racing downwind you have to have an harmony between your apparent wind and real wind how does that work?
tautologies wrote: Do not always follow the crowd. I've had some success where noticing small changes in wind direction leaving everyone that is on a regular tack worse off for the upwind mark where I sped up...
Tiago1973 wrote:somehow i see kite race more close to a kind of a horse race than to sailing....
davesails7 wrote:Tiago1973 wrote:somehow i see kite race more close to a kind of a horse race than to sailing....
Seems like that is what slalom racing is like. A little bit of tactics at the mark roundings, but mostly it is a drag race downwind. Just go as fast as you can in a straight line and don't mess up your jibes at the marks.
Apparent wind speed shouldn't change the fact that if you tack on the right wind shifts, you're going upwind a lot faster (same board speed with higher angle = higher VMG) than someone who doesn't and you will be the first to the mark.
davesails7 wrote:I see what you are saying. It does seem like there is more skill involved in getting boardspeed on a kiteboard as compared to a typical dinghy, so if you are really good at riding fast and don't know anything about tactics you could still do pretty well?
I think that results show that tactics is most important though. It seems like top level sailors become fast kite racers pretty quickly.
One large portion of sailing tactics that is missing in kiting (I think) is covering downwind. In sailing, overtaking boats on the downwind leg is done by blocking the wind from getting to the boat in front of you. I don't think you can do this with the kite (much) because the kites are always moving. Or am I wrong about this and you can take someone's wind on a kite?
coleman wrote:i have heard in an interview several riders talk of keeping pressure in the kite going downwind. i assume there is an optimal angle where the kite maintains pressure while flying at the maximum angle downwind.
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