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07/02/2016 Blackheath

Posted by Felix Mottram, 07 February 2016 - - - - - - · 22 views

Brisk SW breeze mostly 18mph but often gusting considerably higher so Xtra Vents with 4 wrap frames today.
Mostly cloudy with occasional breaks of sunshine which almost countered the considerable wind chill even though the temperature was almost in double figures centigrade…
Some called moves today but also plenty of confident close...


Posted by Felix Mottram, 31 January 2016 - - - - - - · 37 views

A no fly day.  The rain might have stopped at midday but at that point I had set about unscrambling a ‘password’ issue and could not let that go until I had resolved it.  Ironically it was all about the number of characters allowed…
We are almost set for Cervia and Berck is shaping up subject to the team confirming indi...

24/01/2016 Blackheath

Posted by Felix Mottram, 24 January 2016 - - - - - - · 51 views

A later start today c11:30 and completely different temperature wise, well into double figures.  Wind was from the South and mostly 10mph+ so vented sails with race rods again.
Quite a lot of called flying today but only in a leisurely sense, no way ‘practice’; just for the simple enjoyment…
We should be able to firm...

17/01/2016 Blackheath

Posted by Felix Mottram, 17 January 2016 - - - - - - · 52 views

There was evidence of overnight snow in Hackney and on arrival on Blackheath there was a melting residue which had all but disappeared by Midday.
High clouds thinned at times to let a bit of sun through; just enough to see shadows on the ground.
Wind was from the SE and much lighter than forecast, c1-3 mph so diamonds in full 1.5 sails....

10/01/2016 Blackheath

Posted by Felix Mottram, 10 January 2016 - - - - - - · 60 views

There was an extensive potentially thundery cloud system looming to the south as I set off from Hackney this morning.  Even in the time that it took to reach Blackheath it became clear that this system was tracking quite quickly to the SE even though the local wind direction was from the SW.
10-20mph so full vented with race rods felt very co...

01/01/2016 Blackheath

Posted by Felix Mottram, 01 January 2016 - - - - - - · 70 views

The forecast looked better for today than Sunday 3 rd so we made an appropriately late start under thickening high cloud.  A flier was close to our usual pitch on the heath with some two line kites and also a couple of Revolution sails.  It was Damon Meheux making an occasional visit.  He was in the process of packing up so we exchanged se...

27/12/2105 Blackheath

Posted by Felix Mottram, 27 December 2015 - - - - - - · 79 views

There was a bit of drizzle in the air on the way to Blackheath but it stayed dry for a while on arrival.
C20 mph from the SW again with similar temperatures to last week.  We started with full vented and race rods but switched to four wrap.  This felt a bit rigid and on reflection I would have preferred Xtra Vents and race.
It is...

20/12/2015 Blackheath

Posted by Felix Mottram, 20 December 2015 - - - - - - · 91 views

It was a showery SW airstream today with un-seasonally high temperature of c14 centigrade again.
Full vented 1.5s with a variety of race rods and 3 wrap felt comfortable.
Some called moves today along with plenty of close freeflying.
Lots of sky-scapes including the one I have attached to this message.
We’ll probably...

13/12/2015 Blackheath

Posted by Felix Mottram, 13 December 2015 - - - - - - · 80 views

Very wet underfoot this morning under a low almost featureless cloud ceiling except for a slight brightening to the south early on.  3mph Easterly breeze so full 1.5 sails with diamond rods were mostly smooth and precise even with a bit of movement required on the ground. 
The wet lines did occasionally ‘lock up’ but that was...

06/12/2015 Blackheath

Posted by Felix Mottram, 06 December 2015 - - - - - - · 87 views

Arrived at about 11:00am.  14 degrees celcius, wind from the SW about 18mph gusting to 30.  The lulls gradually stretched with 10mph or less occurring more frequently.
Xtra Vents with 4 wrap were fine to start.  Close, slow, not called moves worked well with a few formal sequences.
Berck, Cervia, Portsmouth, Bristol, Exmouth...

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