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Theory of flight part 7 – Apparent wind, upwind and downwind

Apparent wind, upwind and downwind

Now that we know the enormous influence that the apparent wind has on the kite’s traction, we further complicate things and see what happens in the different gaits.

In the examples and reasonings made so far, we have always considered a constant ride across the wind, but if we go with the board in favor (downwind) or against the wind (upwind) we modify the effect of the apparent wind.

Premise: to simplify the reasoning, in the examples that follow we will keep the speed of the board constant in the various directions, even if in reality this almost never happens. Read more “Theory of flight part 7 – Apparent wind, upwind and downwind”