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Narrowest upwind channel?

Postby gbrungra » Sat Jun 08, 2019 6:45 am

Challenge: what is the narrowest channel in which a kiteboarder could still up upwind?
(wind direction is directly down the channel)

Let's say zero tide/current

What is the optimal gear?

What is the optimal windspeed?
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Re: Narrowest upwind channel?

Postby Regis-de-giens » Sat Jun 08, 2019 7:25 am

Excellent game and challenge which can be useful by the way on touristic beaches having boat channels.

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Re: Narrowest upwind channel?

Postby Peter_Frank » Sat Jun 08, 2019 8:38 am

And it will be easy to verify, just show the gps track :thumb: (current can not be though...)

Thus you dont need a channel, you can do this anywhere, practice, and see your gps track afterwards.
A bit more difficult to keep it straight yes, but good practice (I will suck as my tacks are nothing to write about).

I am pretty sure high aspect big wings, foil kite, and the more wind the better :D

So the challenge could also be in how low wind you can go "narrow" upwind?
Besides the narrowest in "any" wind.


The other way could be just as challenging - how narrow can you go downwind?
In how low wind (a LOT more difficult in low wind).

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Re: Narrowest upwind channel?

Postby gbrungra » Sun Jun 09, 2019 8:27 am

Duck-tacking vs no foot switch (heelside/toeside alternating)

Yes, probably easiest to train for the challenge in open water.

The real goal is to be able to maneuver in tight spaces as well as a sailboat, opening up new navigation options.

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Re: Narrowest upwind channel?

Postby BraCuru » Sun Jul 21, 2019 8:25 am

Average 50m on the distancce of 2,7km. 82 tacks.
However it was not the game. I was training airborne quick tacks.
I believe it is possible to make it in a 30m channel.
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Re: Narrowest upwind channel?

Postby BraCuru » Sun Jul 21, 2019 9:23 pm

25 meters channel:
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Re: Narrowest upwind channel?

Postby Regis-de-giens » Mon Jul 22, 2019 9:55 pm

Great ! With tacks ?

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Re: Narrowest upwind channel?

Postby BraCuru » Mon Jul 22, 2019 10:57 pm

sure. that was the challenge!
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Re: Narrowest upwind channel?

Postby tkaraszewski » Mon Jul 22, 2019 11:04 pm

BraCuru wrote:
Sun Jul 21, 2019 8:25 am
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This has inspired me to go work on my tacks. I've pretty much got heel-toe ducks tacks down on one side, now I need to go do 82 of them in a row on my weak side.


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