Okay, we apparently disagree...Slyde wrote:Hi Mike, Glenn here, that was me on the spotz. You should try it sometime and then you'll see it's all trade offs. I agree with what has been said but Peter is incorrect about needing way more power for the speed wings. They generate so much speed that they need smaller kites, that why I was on a 7 and you were on an 8. Sure, the racers will hold onto as much rag as they can.
fwiw you looked pretty stable to me. I was working hard for that speed and the trade off is I'm still crap at the corners after a year whereas with a slower lower aspect foil I might have progressed that a bit faster.
I have never said yoiu need bigger kites for faster wings, as because of the speed they can ride with the same kite indeed.
But if you want to go the same angle upwind, with a small wing, compared to a bigger one, you need a bigger kite for the small wings, not in doubt at all
VMG is another issue, and not quite as easy to determine, as you go a little lower but with more speed, for max VMG - but you still need a bigger kite than needed for the bigger wings IMO, to max the numbers