I have ghost-launched (chicken loop attached to fixed point, kite on wingtip at edge of window) OR kites, including my 2012 10m razor, many times with no problems with the kite resting on the beach. However, at a new spot I have tried to launch the razor with the bar at a fixed point and the kite resting in a foot or so of water, and the kite has dropped to its leading edge and drifted downwind. Anyone else had this problem?
One possibility that occurred to me is too little back line tension—I don’t use the sliding stopper on the OR bar and it is all the way up by the pulley, so there is pretty much no back line tension until I grab the bar. Could this be contributing to the problem (it doesn’t seem to matter when the kite is on land)?
Any help appreciated—it would be useful to have this work as reliably as it does on land. Seems to work fine for deltas and some other kites.