fun2kite wrote:I also came up with an idea I will try next time I am on the water and report how it will work. It basically this :
Use a kite-leash ......
I used similar technique when I ended up in a wind shadow on our bay few times. Had to swim out of it, so while attached to the kite I wound lines on the bar leaving just enough slack to be able to flip the kite as needed. Flipped kite upside down and attached it to my harness with the leash, secured the bar by laying on it on the board and swam out into the wind line. When there, I flipped the kite on its leading edge (detached the leash of course), paying close attention to the lines, let it drift off, sat up on the board and unwound lines carefully. When at full line stretch, checked lines for any twists and relaunched the kite.
This is usually not very difficult because the size of the kite that I foil with tend to be rather small and can be easily handled. So even if I end up with lines crossed, I can fix it, plus I'm not dragged down wind too much.
Perhaps the most useful skill to have is to be able to sit on the board securely. This gives me two free hands and higher vantage point
Rubber band line stowing for drift launch idea (like on deployment bag on a parachute rig) was discussed somewhere few years ago. Someone actually sawed on few of bands on the leading edge to test it. I do not remember the outcome of that test though. If I had to do it all the time, I might consider it, but for my own use that would be overkill.