Kitesailing around the world

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Tue Feb 27, 2018 4:47 pm

Hi all!

I am new to the forum - I'm very happy to join :)

I wanted to ask for your feedback on a concept I am thinking about.

I want to start a fun side project to create a boat that can circumnavigate using a kite power system and set a world speed record. I currently have a sailboat captains license (24 meters long class) and will soon get open ocean qualifications. As an aerospace engineer it seems obvious there is a much more efficient way of propelling a sailboat, by essentially moving the wings higher up in the atmospeheric boundary layer. Furthermore, circumnavigating with this technology would bring it in the spotlight and could play a role in accelerating its adoption for things such as renewable power generation and better kites in general.

Now, the starting point is the kite iself and thus I was wondering if you could recommend me any kites that could be used for this purpose i.e. high power delivery and quite robust. The kite would be inflatable and it would be released and retreived from the top of the mast automatically. It would be physically attached to the ship at the base of the mast (to mimise moments) via a single-line dyneema tether. This line would go to a small control box which essentially would simulate a human operator.

What do you think? :)
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