A Wind Too Strong

by Alex
(USA)

I decided to go out to my favorite spot to fly kites a few days ago. The wind was quite brisk, and I had no problem getting my 7 foot delta into the wind. The gusts were strong, and the kite struggled at first but then went up straight away...

I had to use considerable force to keep the spindle from being yanked from my hands. About 8 minutes into the flight, the kite collapsed and slowly descended down to Earth. I had figured the spar stick snapped and when I examined it, sure enough that is what happened.

The winds were about 20 - 25kts.

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Strong alright
by: Tim Parish

20 to 25knts! In my language that's around 40kph which would destroy most of my kites - which are designed for 'light' winds. Most home-made Box designs would cope.

Your big Delta did well to survive - and apparently continue to fly stable - for as long as it did. An idea - try using a shorter spreader (of the same diameter) when flying in strong winds. This will make the kite stronger and more stable.

Anyway, live and learn. I've snapped the odd spreader myself ;-)

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