Tuning the sails
Posted 03 September 2011 - 12:13 PM
Tightened up the shock cord a bit at the vert tips at the bottom of my full-sail B. The tops are very tight already.
Had quite a bit of wrinkles previously. Cut about an inch of shock cord from each side, now the sail is quite a bit smoother on the verts. I think I cut away about a 1/4" too much on each side, because the sail seems a little too smooth on the verts, but I'll get it right next time. Since I'm right-handed, the original right side shock cord seemed to be a little more stretched than the left side.
Conditions today were comparable to yesterday. I definitely had an easier time flying in low wind today. I can't remember if this is how the sail "felt" when I first started flying or not, as this was my first Rev kite ever, but there is an improvement in "attitude" today. Although a standard B, today it flew horizontal reverse better, tracking a bit straighter. Axels today were much improved, with faster revolutions than I've ever pulled before!
I felt upright lateral slides were a little more difficult today compared to yesterday. I had to adjust my hand positioning a little, and still couldn't pull it as far across the window as yesterday. This could be due to my skill level though, as I often have a difficult time with the upright lateral slide in low wind.
Overall, my B seems a little more nimble today.
As usual, taking the advice posted in a topic is helping to improve my experience
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Posted 07 September 2011 - 05:48 AM
most folks tighten the bottoms but don't "adjust" the top bungies. The problem with this path is that the down spars may now protrude above the leading edge and become a potential snag point for your flying lines. Make certain your bottom only adjustments don't negatively impact your kite.
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