Sector 60--efficiency

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Sector 60--efficiency

Postby dmonn » Wed Oct 20, 2010 11:31 am

Yesterday I got out for most of an hour at Pike. There were no whitecaps in sight when I got there, but it looked like it might work OK with a big kite and my Sector 60. It did. I hit a max speed of 27 mph. I think the biggest gust was about 15-17 mph. That's pretty efficient, especially for an old, beat up, patched, leaky kite like my 2006 Waroo. A poleboarder with a wind meter said the wind on the beach was blowing 8-10 mph, and 12 or so in the gusts. I think the bigger gusts were a little more than that out on the water, but just barely enough to start to create some tiny whitecaps. If my guess of the wind speed was correct, that means I went between 1.6 and 1.8 times the speed of the wind. That's starting to hit the claims made by AirRush of 2 times the speed of the wind. With a better kiter and a better kite, I'm starting to believe it'll do that. I also had no trouble staying upwind even when the wind backed off. I finally quit riding when the wind dropped to the point that I couldn't keep my kite in the air any more during the lulls, and it got all snarled up before the wind picked up enough to relaunch it.

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Re: Sector 60--efficiency

Postby Derek » Fri Nov 12, 2010 11:44 am

very cool. I think its time to start looking at those designs a bit more. Brian's got his board fab shop just about up and running. :)
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