Last night at the Friday Night Fly™, winds started out at 15-20 mph and
over the hours settled into a very bumpy 3-8 mph.
Kent and I went over the very nice build quality of the Fazer XXL he had loaned.
He noticed that the wingtip tensioning I added, had loosened a bit, probably
due to sail stretch (and I learned the battens were supposed to go on the back
side of the kite, duh). So Kent really cinched down on the multiple wrap wingtip
tensioning. And, indeed, the wings curved a bit more and the sail tightened.
Ten minutes later, when the wind had died, we starting putting the kites away.
One of the recently severely tightened leading edge spars had ribboned in bending
on the lower spar. We looked at each other sheepishly. I'm sure we both
immediately went back into our pasts remembering other times where an innocent
kite was wounded by our "superior" muscles and inferior thinking.