Thanks for that Sailor... "introverted flying"
Maybe I am just cautious - I am known for my moderate, considered and introverted flying (that comments for you Choccy and Groz ).
Our floopy weather conditions mean that we get to experiment a lot with our handle settings!
At the Weymouth kite festival (on the south coast of UK), we were given some advice.
The wind had dropped to bearly nothing. I was struggling to launch the kite (ok so it was my vented at the time).
I couldn't be bothered to set up the standard sail.... *tsk*
I had the handle setting knot nearest my hands, and was 'educated' in the delightful ways of physics of the kite.
With the lines tied all the way at the top, the kite will not get the amount of lift as you'd expect.
As the wind just "sheets" through rather than applying lift. (See Stephen I was paying attention )
So even on a light wind day it should be possible with the correct sail/kite to gain lift from the upper middle handle settings.
Again it is all about preference.
Personally I prefer not to fly at all when the wind is too extreme: too light or too strong.
Steve: that's not fat... you have invested in a wee flagon of ale not a keg/barrel.