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kayak2A 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 2m 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 capsizing tendency.

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

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Could you imagine an unmodified K2
   at 15 knots thanks to a 5m wing?

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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 leeboard.

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 serious
about wind-kayaking. He speaks English. You will be welcome at his kayak school.

All photos are copyright WIPIKA, D&B Legaignoux.

 

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