Today we towed K2 with the Protector again. This time, we attached the load cells and the tow rope to the kite chair, to more closely approximate the kite force on the boat. After the tow test, we put up the 50 sqm red and blue kite, and we hit a new top speed with the boat, 36.3 knots! We sailed exclusively in the protected area off Alameda Point. Our data logger confirms that we exceeded 35 knots multiple times. Our previous top speed with this boat and kite was 32.5 knots. Note: Speedpuck said 37 knots, Jamie’s data logger said 36.3, which is probably more accurate; our previous top speed relied on Speedpuck’s reading. Screenshot from KAIView is attached.
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