As a follow up to the V-Quad development, I had a lucky day. I had put the
vented V-Quad in my Van, and while I was out and about, today, I decided to
take my chances with the wind and drive over to the beach.
The sand was blowing on the beach at Grayland :-) Odd, too, as there was
hardly a trace 10 miles inland... it was coming straight from the south, a
bit bumpy, and not quite as steady as those perfect winds from off the
I didn't have a wind meter, but I think I started with about 22 MPH of wind
and an hour later, when I quit, it had dropped off to around 15, because the
sand quit moving :-)
Success! The wind seems to pass through the venting with no problem. The
kite still wants to go like a bat outa hell when traveling forward and it
generates a fair amount of pull when it's roaring forward, but when stalling
it anywhere in the window, the pull is minimal, and slow motion movements
are possible... slow propeller moves, four-point turn-and-stalls, etc.
I hate 20 MPH wind. I am a 5 MPH guy :-) But... this kite was pretty stress
free at 20, except when it screams forward (by choice). Still... I think I
would rate this kite a 5 to 20 MPH kite, with it's peak performance (IMO)
probably somewhere around 12 to 15 MPH.. To make a kite for over 20, I would
vent one more panel, I think :-) It will fly at 3 MPH, as I found out,
yesterday, but you are pretty much in a 3D mode at that point, and saying it
is a 3 MPH kite, is pushing it a bit, IMO.
It was one of those days like you get at a kite festival when the wind is
blowing hard enough to make everyone get off the beach and go eat Pizza...
so, I feel like this test of the vented version was a great success!
P. K. Kid
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