It has been a known a decade old fact from ice sailing Wissa competition that any tubes nor 'medium' AR foil kites like Flysurfer Speed3 did not have any change against Russian foil kites like Elf and Paraavis. In Russia Flysurfer owners created their own competitions I hear because they wanted to race but 'open' class was impossible. Alpine G skis and high ar kite, that was vmg. Similar glide with skis like hf can offer today.
That's why I put it on quotes: 'medium' AR foil kites like Flysurfer Speed3. At the time (2010) Speed3 was one of highest aspect available and a race oriented kite. But with today's race kite standard it is 'medium' or even 'low' aspect.
R1V2 and Mikes Lab Bullet have set the standard for VMG downwind, and pretty much everything being developed right now is trying to meet or exceed that. Upwind is the easy part, it's downwind that seems to make or break the race based on your gear.Peter_Frank wrote: ↑Thu Aug 30, 2018 9:08 amRacers only aim for higher pointing if they have missed the mark just slightly, and can pinch up over, instead of 2 extra tacks that would be slower.
Years ago we saw Nicolas parlier as I remember, going 27-28 degree to the wind
And going even higher is probably possible, but vmg is what everybody wants when racing so not (m)any who seeks to point as high as possible.
Eventhough personally I find it interesting and fascinating as a freerider
You could be right Horst, that you can point even higher with a stabless as less parasitic drag.
But it could also be opposite, that a really small stab, even with its higher overall drag, which will give a smoother more perfect ride especially over long distances, will be beneficial in overall upwind angle and beat the less stable one that requires compensation interactions full time, to try to sit spot on at the best L/D ratio.
Where this "perfect" spot will be much more well defined having a stab.
Just theory of course, but in many similar dilemmas it is like that - adequate control gives better performance even for the very best riders/pilots.
So it is not that easy to answer, and maybe there IS not just one answer
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