Rick wrote:I'm not convinced an old kite is any slower than a new one in a straight line; but for manourvers a slippery kite is much easier.
The irony is that a new kite would reward a newbie learning but almost always people will use their worst kite for their early training and save the best one for regattas.
I put my new kite on top of the old kite, secured it too the lamps in the conservatory with some 4mm rope and pulled the foot tight, then pulled the head tight secured to a lamp in the house. The angle of entry was was about 15 degs different with full adjustment off, also the bottom of the old kite was about 40cm lower in the middle.
On the water you would have to oversheet the old kite to keep it full, this would close the slot between the main and kite. also the kite was so deep with age and condition that the angle of wind leaving the kite would be diffent.
The only way that you would tell the difference would be to three boat train for 3 hours on the Saturday in a force three doing the Russ type training we did at Stokes Bay, two boats apart, then in the same conditons on Sunday with the new kite do the same training, I knew my old kite white kite was bad but the speed change on the sunday was more than just a bit and the wind was constant on both days with the same people around on the Sunday.
If you put the white kite on top of the blue kite it just sits on top with creases?
Sorry to say that if you want to improve you position you need deep pockets not so bad once the kids have grown up, no got that wrong as well, they like it at home as its cheap, need to watch outnumbered BBC 1 to understand, Think it has changed now, the parents have to leave home now or get a green house
I think the we need replace the name (old kite) with a grade system, This white kite was( old) when I got it four years ago, it shows how long a kite can last if you keep putting the right products on it, it has been used two times a week for four years with no holes on it till I trashed it in a force six last year, so the shute and tape on the entry must be good on my boat. tape all sharp points on you boat and you never get any holes.
Yes before you post k----d is the correct term for mine. sailing can be cheap only paid a few hundred quid for it.