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Re: Prototype-Video: Kite-Scooter to become fastest sail craft ever?

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Originally Posted by mad_machine View Post
agreed.. while I can't say if it can do close hauled.. it certainly does a beam reach well
I had only very limited time for testing, as the monsoon started shortly after completing the prototype (and it will be around for another 2-3 months).
I have sailed effortlessly at around 60deg off the true wind, but I could have done little better. While that is certainly far less than most dinghies sail(~45deg?), the VMG wasn't that bad, considering that this is a home-made prototype with lots of room for improvement.
Race course kite boards can even beat foiling moths in the right conditions on a course, so the times when upwind performance of kites was generally poor are certainly over:
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