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03/2015 Blackheath

Posted by Felix Mottram, 22 March 2015 - - - - - - · 40 views

It was a sunny start to the day but the cloud had very few breaks from c11:00am on the heath.
The NE breeze was consistently variable settling for minutes on end at anything from 7 to 15 mph.  Given that the temperature was only about 8C moving around to cope with the lighter wind moments seemed the best option so it was 1.5 Vented sails with...

15/03/2015 Blackheath

Posted by Felix Mottram, 15 March 2015 - - - - - - · 47 views

Anticyclonic murk again today with Blackheath having it’s own cap of low cloud that threatened rain.
The east/north easterly breeze was lighter than forecast, about 7mph gusting up to about 12mph occasionally.  Standard 1.5 sails with mostly green race rods were only occasionally overpowered.
Some neat free flying today, plenty...

08/03/2015 Blackheath

Posted by Felix Mottram, 08 March 2015 - - - - - - · 47 views

It was a clear blue sky except for a bank of cloud out to the west just after 10:00am on Blackheath today.  The temperature was well into double figures Centigrade and the wind c10mph from the SW.
Initially I set up a full sail 1.5 with the white race rods but eventually decided that it was a bit too much like hard work and so switched to a f...

01/03/2015 Blackheath

Posted by Felix Mottram, 01 March 2015 - - - - - - · 68 views

Mostly sunny but with broken clouds driven by a close to westerly breeze that was mostly fluctuating in the mid 20s but with occasional long gusts at or above 30mph so did not exactly make for comfortable flying today.
Xtra Vents with 4 wrap were the only option.  We decided against setting up the new lines to ‘stretch them in’!...

22/02/2015 Blackheath

Posted by Felix Mottram, 22 February 2015 - - - - - - · 72 views

The very thin high cloud was only just obscuring the sun but was effectively filtering any perceived warming effect.  As the weather front was approaching the high cloud thickened and eventually a band of lower cloud rolled in.
The forecast c18mph breeze from the SW was reasonably consistent so Xtra Vents with race were only occasionally unde...

15/02/2105 Blackheath

Posted by Felix Mottram, 15 February 2015 - - - - - - · 65 views

Anticyclonic murk gradually gave way to brighter moments with a light and then lighter variable easterly breeze.  We started with full 1.5 sails and race rods but as the airflow slowed we had to switch to the diamond rods.
Nothing too elaborate on the flying front today but some interesting ‘counter point’ flying and some reasonab...

08/02/2015 Blackheath

Posted by Felix Mottram, 08 February 2015 - - - - - - · 83 views

A mostly smooth c7mph NW breeze and limited convection/relief cloud had us somewhat dazzled but at least slightly warmed today with full 1.5 sails and standard race rods.
The consistency of wind speed really does have a major impact and today, I would say, that there was a gradual increase through the session which meant that the sails were slight...

01/02/2015 Blackheath

Posted by Felix Mottram, 01 February 2015 - - - - - - · 97 views

A blustery NW airstream kept a cloud cap on the heath today with tantalizing glimpses of clear blue sky to the NW.  The sun almost broke through on a couple of occasions, not that it would have made much difference to the wind chill.
Xtra vents with 4 wrap mostly were a bit of a handful in the lulls but the long arm horizontal handles of ligh...

25/01/2015 Blackheath

Posted by Felix Mottram, 25 January 2015 - - - - - - · 113 views

Broken cloud, light SW breeze 5-6mph so full 1.5 sails with diamond rods worked OK until the breeze firmed up and we decided that changing spars would be too much effort <grins>
Discussion today was about ‘precise’ stops assisted by vigorous throwing forwards of the handles rather than applying brake through ‘wrist’...

18/01/2015 Blackheath

Posted by Felix Mottram, 18 January 2015 - - - - - - · 97 views

The cloud was breaking as we left Hackney this morning and for a brief spell on Blackheath there was ‘full on’ sunshine.  As the light wind was from the North it was a bit bright!
Full 1.5 sails with mostly diamond rods, the green race were occasionally just a bit heavy apparently.
Some impressive free flying today with th...

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