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by Herman
Mon Mar 30, 2020 8:12 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Adaption to smaller size kite
Replies: 19
Views: 946

Re: Adaption to smaller size kite

Imho there are two main points in this thread that are worth clarifying: A. Small kites have a shorter bar travel sheeting range. B. The joy of small kites is they are fast and easy to work. A suggests a delicate touch so as not to choke the kite etc; B suggests an aggressive approach with lots of p...
by Herman
Tue Mar 24, 2020 8:26 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Relaunching Edge in really low wind
Replies: 5
Views: 406

Re: Relaunching Edge in really low wind

I guessing you already know the key to light wind launching an LEI is trimming in and getting the kite on it's back. A 5th line makes that easy but I have been able to get a lot of 4 line kites on their back by pulling in a lot of center line then releasing and swimming towards the kite (pulling in ...
by Herman
Mon Mar 23, 2020 12:41 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Short Lines with surfboard
Replies: 5
Views: 542

Re: Short Lines with surfboard

Probably doable but would become buzzy with small kites. I use 12m flying lines onto normal length leaders on a 10m kite for landboarding, that soon feels ok when you start riding and you can still surface loop if you make room and fully committ. I don't have the experience to say 10m lines would no...
by Herman
Sun Mar 22, 2020 6:24 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Adaption to smaller size kite
Replies: 19
Views: 946

Re: Adaption to smaller size kite

Given I use the same bar I use for my 11m but with the narrow setting, I think the bar throw is too long. Chances are you will not need all the bar throw for the 6m but this is not a problem, you just need to trim for where you want it to work. If you like to have it far away from your body you may...
by Herman
Sun Mar 22, 2020 12:00 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Adaption to smaller size kite
Replies: 19
Views: 946

Re: Adaption to smaller size kite

Just updated my post regarding difficult conditions, certainly where I ride it tends to be the lulls rather the gusts that screw you up on a small kite. This winter our wind has been very all or nothing and a 6m has been by far my most used kite. It is the light Lully conditions with a messy seastat...
by Herman
Sun Mar 22, 2020 11:28 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Adaption to smaller size kite
Replies: 19
Views: 946

Re: Adaption to smaller size kite

I don't think there is much of a trick to it, it is just time on water. It is easier to use the full sheeting range of a small kite because it needs less bar throw. Personally I like to have a bit of backstall in the bar sheeting range because it allows you to slow the kite quickly and prevent overf...
by Herman
Sun Mar 22, 2020 2:01 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Downwind Faster Than The Wind - update
Replies: 342
Views: 33038

Re: Downwind Faster Than The Wind - update

Just for info for Spork! Some of the last few posts have been a little cross threaded. I was quoted from the "what does apparent wind bring" a Regis thread, if memory serves. Not sure it's worth the read though! Loved your presentation on the DDWFTTW machine.
by Herman
Sat Mar 21, 2020 7:55 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Downwind Faster Than The Wind - update
Replies: 342
Views: 33038

Re: Downwind Faster Than The Wind - update

Sporks comment about looking at vehicles in steady state without considering momentum is of course true but depends on your definition of looking and is imho an example why, without doing it mathematically, this sort of discussion would go............ Looking would have to be happy to ignore how it ...
by Herman
Sat Mar 21, 2020 4:48 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Downwind Faster Than The Wind - update
Replies: 342
Views: 33038

Re: Downwind Faster Than The Wind - update

>> DWFTTW can be achieved with just wind power. If memory serves the 2013 America's Cup was expecting to achieve a ratio of 1.6 faster than wind speed. Of course it is relatively easy on ice. Yes - DWFTTW is possible with a traditional sailing craft as I describe above (a broad reach). But DDWFTTW ...
by Herman
Sat Mar 21, 2020 2:43 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Downwind Faster Than The Wind - update
Replies: 342
Views: 33038

Re: Downwind Faster Than The Wind - update

DWFTTW can be achieved with just wind power. If memory serves the 2013 America's Cup was expecting to achieve a ratio of 1.6 faster than wind speed. Of course it is relatively easy on ice.

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