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self rescue with a strutless

Postby dkazhdan » Mon Oct 19, 2020 9:02 pm

How do you guys self-rescue when your strutless kite falls and the wind dies completely?

This is what happened to me the other day, the wind totally died when i was 500m out and my strutless Gong dropped.
It appears that the canopy just sticks to the water and the whole rig becomes a sea anchor, very difficult to swim with which makes self-rescue kind of dangerous.

I did turn it upside down which didn't help even a bit.
Wondering if there was something I was doing wrong or people share the same experience?

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Re: self rescue with a strutless

Postby Peter_Frank » Mon Oct 19, 2020 9:43 pm

It really sucks... :(

Quite literally, to the water.

But happens very rare, as if just a few knots of wind, you can get the canopy to open, sit even on your pocket board half submerged, and drift ashore.
Or roll the lines up, and lift the canopy to open, while holding the bridles.

But swimming in zero wind with a strutless sucks...

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Re: self rescue with a strutless

Postby br44 » Mon Oct 19, 2020 11:42 pm

Been there, done that, with a 12m Gong Strutless. In my case, there was a breeze left so after I got to the kite I was able to open the canopy for some “sailing”.

If the wind dies altogether and you have a strap and a board that floats, you could try deflating and packing the kite. IF you can pack it tightly and your board floats it, then the drag for swimming will be much lower. I’ve never tried that myself.
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Re: self rescue with a strutless

Postby dkazhdan » Tue Oct 20, 2020 5:13 am

br44 wrote:
Mon Oct 19, 2020 11:42 pm
Been there, done that, with a 12m Gong Strutless. In my case, there was a breeze left so after I got to the kite I was able to open the canopy for some “sailing”.

If the wind dies altogether and you have a strap and a board that floats, you could try deflating and packing the kite. IF you can pack it tightly and your board floats it, then the drag for swimming will be much lower. I’ve never tried that myself.
yeah, i was thinking of deflating the kite and wrapping it up, but then got kind of concerned that it will fill with water when i open up the valve which would make things even more difficult.
I figure people flying foil kites would do it easily since its part of their usual self-rescue routine...

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Re: self rescue with a strutless

Postby bigtone667 » Tue Oct 20, 2020 6:03 am

Wrap up your lines whilst moving towards the Gong. Once you get to your Gong, throw the wrapped up lines just over the front of the leading edge. Put your board in front of the Gong and throw yourself over the front of the leading edge like a pool noodle.
Start swimming in.
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