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05/01/2014 Blackheath

Posted by Felix Mottram, 05 January 2014 - - - - - - · 195 views

We did not fly on New Years Day but flew six today from soon after 10:30am. Full sail 1.5s with Race Rods and 3 wrap worked most of the time but there were lulls when the Diamond Rods might have helped keep the team work going in the southerly breeze.  The darkness of the weather front approaching from the west, dampness in the air and increasin...

29/12/2013 Blackheath

Posted by Felix Mottram, 29 December 2013 - - - - - - · 186 views

Clear blue skies today with occasional high cloud out to the west indicating the approaching but still distant weather front.  A SSW breeze was good in the main to put up a mixed set of 1.5 Mid Vents including Rowan’s new blue fade Pro with green race.  A very relaxed fly today with few incidents.  The bright sun was just strong...

26/12/2013 Boxing Day on Blackheath

Posted by Felix Mottram, 26 December 2013 - - - - - - · 203 views

Headed towards the Blackwall Tunnel it looked as if fog was burning off Canary Wharf and the buildings were emerging into the sunshine.  It turned out that this was the reverse of what was actually happening and the field at Blackheath gradually became enveloped in the fog. It was a mostly steady breeze by way of consolation so the full vented k...

22/12/2013 Blackheath

Posted by Felix Mottram, 22 December 2013 - - - - - - · 168 views

11:00am on the Heath today after negotiating an A12 closure and using the Crisp Street alternative route.  Full vent with race rods mostly coped with the blustery airstream but by the end of the session it felt like hard work filling the gaps when we were left without airflow when putting team moves together. Bright and sunny most of the time to...

15/12/2013 Blackheath

Posted by Felix Mottram, 15 December 2013 - - - - - - · 190 views

A late start today, c11:30 as I am still slightly on Florida time.  Did get a last fly last Tuesday on Miami Beach in the super smooth on-shore breeze.  Back to grey skies, intermittent drizzle, rain and a proliferation of worm casts on Blackheath today. Switched back to 120ft lines without issue but noticed a disparity between the bridle c...

After Miami Beach 9/12/2013

Posted by Felix Mottram, 09 December 2013 - - - - - - · 616 views

Thursday to Sunday we did get out on the beach in the morning. On Thursday we set up close to the water opposite our hotel c8:30 and having switched to the shorter line sets started to fly the the full vented 4 wrap iQuad training kites in the smooth onshore breeze.  Rich Comras arrived at about 9:30 and while he was setting up his kite the life...

24/11/2013 Blackheath

Posted by Felix Mottram, 24 November 2013 - - - - - - · 515 views

It has been an intense week in anticipation of Thursday’s HMRC inspection which was a gruelling four hour meeting. Glad to set off for Blackheath today for a head clearing moment!  c11:00am arrival and Martin and Maggie were changing to full sails with race rods.  The breeze occasionally dropped off or peaked but most of the time it w...

17/11/2013 Blackheath

Posted by Felix Mottram, 17 November 2013 - - - - - - · 253 views

Anticyclonic murk today with a very slight easterly air movement.  Hard to call it a breeze!  Standard sails with Diamond rods occasionally worked for team flying.  We should probably have got out the Zens and Robertshaws for comparative purposes but all six fliers were content to fly the 1.5 sail as and when possible. I spent quite a...

10/11/2013 Blackheath

Posted by Felix Mottram, 10 November 2013 - - - - - - · 585 views

It was a sunny November day, the NW breeze was reasonably consistent and the temperature may have reached 12c which was somewhat higher than expected.  The occasional small cloud obscuring the sun introduced a clear chill but there were only a few… The sun was, of course, almost directly in our field of vision! No hiding place available so we w...

03/11/2013 Blackheath

Posted by Felix Mottram, 03 November 2013 - - - - - - · 265 views

We were four up today in similar conditions to last weekend.  Xtra vents with 4 wrap on the usual site albeit with the detritus from the previous night’s firework display underfoot.  Not as bad as in previous years but maybe it was a smaller display. Rowan found that the combination of the ‘strong’ breeze and lower tempera...

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