March, the 29th. The race of “Les Dunes de l’Espiguette” took place on the great beach of l’Espiguette in south of France.
The race master made a very great circuit with a fast tack with the wind in the beam followed by a big downwind tack of 600m in dunes before progressing to another tack with wind in the beam in order to finish with a technical upwind zigzag.
I started this 2 hours race with the Quantum 5m², the wind was established around 20 knots with gusts up to 25 knots. I’m 3rd after the start procedure, but I quickly took the second place thanks to the speed the Quantum provides in downwind. Unfortunately, after 2 laps I had to stop because of a technical problem on my buggy. Quickly solved this but I lost my 2nd place with more than half a lap behind the leading pilot.
Thanks to the Quantum, I managed to regain my second place after less than half an hour and I was able to contest and take the first place two laps after.
After an hour of race the wind speed increased up to 30 knots with 38 knots registered gusts! I decided to stop and change to the Quantum 4m². I lost the first place during the substitution but I regained it in less than a lap! The pursuing pilot gave up after a quite big crash, due to a big gust, fortunately, with no consequences for his health. After that I kept my first place until the end of the race with a comfortable advance on the second. I took time to enjoy the downwind tack in dunes which provided great jumps and lot of fun!
After 2 hours of race I was tired but happy to had such fun in race!
The Quantum is an amazing race kite with a very good behavior in gusty winds, stable enough to provide a lot of fun and really efficient in race conditions!