Jono 111 wrote:
I'm not trying to be facetious, but the North 5th line always makes it a doddle.
If anything goes wrong, you release to the 5th and the kite is dead, no power, no risks. They happen to be great kites too...I've been caught out with a big kite (14) on a number pf occassions when the front moves in and the wind ramps from 16 kt to 30-35 kt....the reach back in is never easy, but knowing that as soon as you get in, you can eject to full safety immediately is massively helpful.
I mostly agree. But my experience (with the North 5th line) is that when you push the QR, the kite is de-powered but is not "dead". Instead, the kite will sit on the water and then when hit with a gust will fly on the 5th line. It will eventually drop back onto the water and then alternate between "sitting/resting" on the water and "flying" when a gust hits. It's no big deal but you kinda look like a dork with your kite flying upside-down!