Not being a seasoned Rokkaku flyer I am grateful for helpful advice from Mike Jones and Craig Lovejoy and I have begun to familiarise myself with the performance envelope of my new 8′ wonder. I have found launch speed to be 4mph with some difficulty and 5mph with ease. Mike says that with bridle tuning it’s possible to get it to fly in 3mph, today’s wind was 5mph at lull and 11 at gust so I thought I’d see how it fared around its top end.
The comfortable top speed for it is reckoned to be 11mph. I tethered the kite on about 20m of line and recorded the wind speed as the kite rose and fell. Rokkakus change shape as they fly in different wind speeds so I have tried to capture this:
As the gusts strengthened I decided to call it a day for the big rok…it’s a light wind lifter afer all!