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|A lot of
sea kayakers are interested in sails as a mean to make larger trips and to increase their
safety by avoiding too much fatigue. But on so unstable boats, even a 2m² classic rig can
cause a capsize and is too lumbering.
The Wipika wing is the ideal answer: 1kg, no rigid part, no complicated bridle and no
Dominique's first kayak
sailing in 1993
|The attachment point of the lines on the kayak deck can
move thanks to a simple rope & pulley system so that a rudder is not needful, a bit
like on a sailboard.
For safety, a leash goes from the skirt to a quick release. In the case of capsizing, one
leaves the kayak, so automatically tighten the leash, open the quick release which loosen
one of the two kite lines. The wing immediatly falls on water
Could you imagine an unmodified K2
at 15 knots thanks to a 5m² wing?
By adding a removable leeboard, like on a dinghy, a
kayak becomes an efficient sailing boat which can go upwind at 45° on each wind side.
D&B Legaignoux going upwind at 10 knots thanks to a
How about kayaks?
The most experienced wind-kayak enthusiast that we know of is
Bernard Moulin, Douarnenez,
France (Tel: +33 2 98 92 16 94 or +33 2 98 92 73 07). Try contacting him if you are
about wind-kayaking. He speaks English. You will be welcome at his kayak school.
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