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30/08/2015 Blackheath

Posted by Felix Mottram, 30 August 2015 - - - - - - · 30 views

We flew the new 1.5 JMH sails on 100ft lines for a short while on Saturday in a light southerly breeze at the Aquarius event.  Jacob then had to go and play his set with Jonah’s Raft.  By the time he came back onto the flying field the rain had set in and wet lines and kites were not going to work.
Today on Blackheath there was a c...

23/08/2015 After Bristol

Posted by Felix Mottram, 23 August 2015 - - - - - - · 41 views

We arrived on Friday afternoon at the new site and set up the vented JMH 1.5 sails with 4 wrap as the wind was blustery.  At ground level, though, there was often very little consistency and it was difficult to lift the sails.  All rather frustrating!
Saturday was very warm and the southerly breeze was often very light.  Our first t...

17/08/2015 After Portsmouth

Posted by Felix Mottram, 17 August 2015 - - - - - - · 49 views

It was very wet on Friday afternoon when we arrived in Portsmouth but the weather on Saturday was good.
We had a film crew in tow on Saturday morning and our warm up session was interrupted by the researcher phoning wanting to know where we were!  The preparation for our first demo went quite smoothly considering that we had the full crew tra...

09/08/2015 Blackheath

Posted by Felix Mottram, 09 August 2015 - - - - - - · 56 views

Mostly clear blue sky on arrival c11:30am today.
Light SW breezes so full 1.5 sails with race rods.  Typical summer breeze so no consistency in strength or direction.  Making the best of it free flying was fine but putting the five kites into formal team figures was just tedious.
Cloud cover eventually arrived from the NW with so...

02/08/2015 Blackheath

Posted by Felix Mottram, 02 August 2015 - - - - - - · 74 views

A bright start to the day but a sports event meant that the Blackwell tunnel was closed first thing in the morning so there were a few anxious moments looking for confirmation that the route was clear before setting off.
A light southerly breeze switched direction and strength periodically but 1.5 full sails on race and diamond were OK.  I re...

19/07/2015 Blackheath

Posted by Felix Mottram, 19 July 2015 - - - - - - · 96 views

The overnight front that had shown thickening high cloud on Saturday evening was still just evident retreating to the SE as we arrived on Blackheath.  We had a period of mostly clear sky before the cumulus set in but there were some curious lenticular clouds to the NE in the meantime.
The westerly breeze was variable, mostly towards 20mph but...

12/07/2015 Blackheath

Posted by Felix Mottram, 12 July 2015 - - - - - - · 89 views

Morning rain interrupted our routine last week and threatened the same today.  It did, apart from a few spots, hold off and so it was 1.5 vented sails with green race which were just occasionally a little over powered under a grey sky.
The heath was looking very brown apart from the plaintain plants but we avoided any significant snags during...

28/06/2015 Blackheath

Posted by Felix Mottram, 28 June 2015 - - - - - - · 128 views

Driving towards Blackheath from Hackney it was apparent that the early morning sunshine was being overtaken by dense high cloud approaching from the north west.
The WSW breeze was fairly consistent under the scenic grey sky with only the occasional slow developing lulls.  Standard vented 1.5 sails with race rods were just right with very slow...

21/06/2015 Blackheath

Posted by Felix Mottram, 21 June 2015 - - - - - - · 112 views

A late start for me today, I arrived on the heath at about 11:30 am.
The breeze was basically from the west and some of the time it was about 17mph.  Xtra Vents were the kite of choice and by default 4 wrap spars.  It soon became evident that these were too heavy during the persistent lulls so we switched to Race Rods.  Temperatures...

14/06/2015 Blackheath

Posted by Felix Mottram, 14 June 2015 - - - - - - · 129 views

While other sites might have been in the low clouds today the drizzle mostly held off on Blackheath but the temperature was not summer like.  The mown grass reflected a normal season, as in somewhat brown, but the low grey clouds suggested an entirely different time of year!
The northerly breeze mostly held up the 1.5 vented sails with green...

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