ronnie wrote:So the other 17m kites vary from 43% heavier than the Cloud to 63% heavier.
Bigger gap than I expected and the Cloud doesn't use a lightweight bladder like some of the other kites.
Wow! That is pretty damn impressive when you look at it like that.
Is this new cloud a lot lighter than the original?
I've seen the C1 quoted as 3.2 kg with the original bridle and Greg, the Cloud designer has shown how to copy the C2 bridle layout using parts of the original C1 bridle and after that mod, the C1 would weigh 3.02 kg.
There seems to be a consensus that the C1 top end is better with the bridle mod.
Yeah 2.74 kg is very light. Doesn't take much wind to produce 2.74 kg of lift from a 17m.
From the C1 relaunch video it looks like the technique is to turn the kite so the LE is always trailing the canopy behind it. Don't scoop water onto the canopy.
So when its on its back, he lets one end drift downwind and keeps the other end stationary in the water, then adjusts it so its at the optimum angle to the wind for the wind to get under the upwind end and flip it over.
Then from the parked position let one end drift away and position the other end so the opening under the canopy presents as big an area as possible to the wind and let the wind fill it and peel the canopy off the water.
Probably going to be similar for the C2.