45.078 Knots peak speed on a 5m Prodigy

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Took a chance and went out today with varied success, on one hand I managed a peak speed of 45.078 knots but with rolling waves down the speed bank and gusts just over 50 knots the 10 second averages only managed 31.817 knots.
max. speed: 45.078knots 83.484km/h
  100m:  36.029 knots 66.726km/h [111.2m 6.000s]
  250m:  31.669 knots 58.651km/h [260.7m 16.000s]
  500m:  23.336 knots 43.219km/h [504.2m 42.000s]
  2s:  40.830 knots 75.618km/h [42.0m 2.000s]
  20s:  30.632 knots 56.731km/h [315.2m 20.000s]
I took a 5m and 7m Ocean Rodeo Prodigy and chose the 5m because of the gusts, On rare occasions in lulls that followed squalls I was underpowered but in general I think the 7m would have been a handful so good choice. The stability of the Prodigy even allowed me to self launch by use of a Boat mooring buoy and a spare leash, even in the massive gusts the kite sat nicely at the window edge where I placed it before running to the chicken loop end to hook in, this is just what you want from a high wind kite. I did manage to have a 3 cartwheel wipeout at the 45 peak but I just threw the bar and the kite sheeted out without doing anything stupid, This is also a good trait for a kite especially when you are bouncing on the water at 45 knots, Ocean Rodeo I’m not sure how this happened but please don’t change the Prodigy “if it’s not broke don’t fix it”. I hope to be doing OK at Weymouth speed week in 3 weeks time so any incentives would be gratefully received wink


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Wow,...awsome speeds!
Great info,....and Ill cofirm,....no major redesigns planned for the Prodigy.


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After playing with Gary yesterday I can confirm he has big gonads.! I held 34knots which was ok until Gary bore away an accelerated. left me for dead.
I am signed up to be the kite bitch at weymouth speed week .Well at least to Tuesday so I am sure we all wish Gary luck in becoming becoming the fastest kiter out there..


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Richard, way too much information there mate. you discovered I have big gonads after playing with me yesterday and you’ve now decided to be my bitch???
Great session yesterday mate, what amazed me was the diversity of kite sizes and that all 3 of us had a good session, a 9m Rise, a 7m Prodigy and a 5m Prodigy. Best of it was Danny must be 2-3 stone heavier than me and he had a ball on his King with the 5m. Next few weeks mission is to see what I can do in 10 to 16 knots of wind with the 14m Prodigy and the Light wind missile, one thing I’ve learned after 2 years of competing at Weymouth speed week is it usually only blows properly for 1 day out of 7 so it’s who has the best light wind tools that wins the fastest of the day tankards. I’ll see if I can get a few pictures sorted from yesterday of the Go Pro footage.