Whichever way the record goes now, its going to have to be efficient. Brute force and big balls wont be enough - the big balls will still be needed though.
Sailrocket say their 65 knots was done in 30 knots of wind. Its definitely a lot more efficient.
65 in 30k of wind is the part that impressed me the Most !!
We are gonna need to get WAY more efficient, if we wanna do something
I had mentioned in other threads that a rigid-wing looking apparatus is what
kiters will eventually be going to in the future. My 15m Exxtacy will carry me at
nearly 80mph in smooth air ; not bad for a 10 year old hang-glider.
Look at today's Rogalo-wings (pictured) , they represent the lower end of performance
for a HG, but compared to a water kite they are Years ahead of us aerodynamically ;
but a cheap one is triple the cost of my Ozone. SO i would imagine that a devise like
this would be race specific. Even at the higher price, we're Still doing better cost wise
than a sailboat. How much money went into hydrosphere or sail-rocket?
I believe the main reason i like current kite design is for their convenience in transporting
and user friendly along with low cost ; as for efficiency though they are Years behind
Go-Fast technology used in other sports like sailing or HG. So if we were to adapt
the wing technology for kiting , there is no telling how fast we could go ; kiteboards
are already in the ball game with what we got now , so a better wing will only make
us Faster !