I was up at Cooktown for 2 days last weekend and the wind was howling in at Quarantine Bay. It was blowing consistently at about 25-30 knots day and night.
Back at Port Douglas, no wind though! I did some revision on the beach with Brett who detailed a means of self rescue by:
- Pulling in one rear line at least a kitespan (about 4 metres)
- Winding a few turns of line around the bar to lock it off
- Then wind the rest of the lines together along the bar (as per normal) until you get to the kite
- Hang on to the kite
- Make a sail by grabbing both ends of the kite and bringing them together
I found a small cut through the sail fabric which needs a repair though. I stuck on a patch and am now sorting out a more permanent fix.
Hopefully I can do an outer reef kiting trip. This is where the above "rescue technique" is essential for getting back into the boat without lines becoming too twisted.