Just got back from the 3rd Alamo City Regionals in San Antonio. The turn-out
was light, but we had a great time. Saturday was slow due to rain and
light winds, but NOvice, Intermediate and Experinced precision events
were completed. Sunday was clear, but the winds were 20MPH and variable with
gusts up to 25 or 30. Although all the rest of the events were completed
almost every-one used some type of high-wind equipment.
Since I didn't have a kite for strong winds, I borrowed a Tony Perez custom
kite (can't remember what he calls it) with vents, and a mesh airbrake,
and I used 150' of 150lb line... and I still barely got through my
completely spontaneus (5min) ballet routine (I hadn't planned to fly ballet)
without falling down. The vents and the brake did allow me to do a slide
(complete with a gust induced crash :), and a wingtip, but several times,
the gusts jerked me out of time.
Some other folks also had vented kites but with Dragons added... these
are triangular pieces of ripstop that connect to the stand-off and the
bottom spreader and effectively block airflow through the sail. I didn't
get to fly one, but the people I talked to said they weren't sure if they
liked these or the mesh better.
Anyway, the whole point of this long preamble is to solicit advice and
suggestions for high wind situations. What are the various methods for
dealing with high winds that still allow precise, controlled manuevers
and stunts (like stalls, slides, wingtips)? I think I like the mesh brake
so far, but I'm still looking.
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