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13/01/2013 After Shipley

Posted by Felix Mottram, 13 January 2013 - - - - - - · 809 views

We had a great afternoon on Saturday mostly flying 12 (full 1.5 Race Rods) and getting up to speed with some of the 'familiar' team moves in the larger format.  It was a bit muddy as in the attached image. Occasionally we came up against the limitations of 'in-line' flying and we did switch to grid for a while.  I think that ease of movemen...

06/01/2013 Blackheath

Posted by Felix Mottram, 06 January 2013 - - - - - - · 311 views

The anticyclonic gloom had descended on Blackheath today but fortunately the drizzle held off.  The grass was very wet though so we had very tightly bound lines to contend with while setting up.  It always amazes me just how much adhesion can result so quickly.  It was a marginal breeze today which did not help matters particulary. We...

01/01/2013 Blackheath

Posted by Felix Mottram, 01 January 2013 - - - - - - · 329 views

A clear bright start to the year.  Happy New Year to all. Standard vented with green race rods worked well for me initially but a slight strengthening of the breeze towards the end of our fly showed just how finely balanced the configurations can be. Hanging on in a cold breeze is not as good as energetic input to keep the chill at bay. The...

30/12/2012 Blackheath

Posted by Felix Mottram, 30 December 2012 - - - - - - · 354 views

A short fly today given the strong westerly breeze. Xtra Vent with green race initially but replaced with Strong/4 wrap quite quickly when the initially warming sun disappeared behind clouds rapidly approaching from the west. There were a few breaks in the cloud subsequently but also rain falling from apparently clear blue sky as in the attached...

26/12/2012 Blackheath

Posted by Felix Mottram, 26 December 2012 - - - - - - · 299 views

It was bright on the way c10:45am to Blackheath but the high level cloud was approaching from the west. A brisk breeze so xtra vented with green race provided a relaxed configuration.  No physical stress beyond dealing with the occasional lulls.  Most of the time LE up was fine for holding the hover. Plenty of close improvisation with...

23/12/2012 Blackheath

Posted by Felix Mottram, 23 December 2012 - - - - - - · 307 views

It was dull and breezy at 10:30am today.  Full vented with 4 wrap.  Quiet, so I took the opportunity to try the new leaders. I am convinced that shorter adjustment intervals are the way to go but equally sure that sliding knots are not sensible. Ultimately, equalising the lines is the critical element so finding a way to undo and re-ti...

16/12/2012 Blackheath

Posted by Felix Mottram, 16 December 2012 - - - - - - · 282 views

A sunny south westerly day, standard 1.5 sails with race rods. Just enough 'forwards' to be able to land on the vertical spar point only and hold the angle without dropping to the leading edge end as well.I forgot to pick up my newly tied 'micro adjusting' <grins> snag-less handles so that will have to wait for another weekend.Four...

09/12/2012 Blackheath

Posted by Felix Mottram, 09 December 2012 - - - - - - · 299 views

The heath is finally returning to pre-Olympic conditions. The last of the temporary fencing has gone.A rising breeze today meant that we soon adopted Xtra vent sails with green race spars.Three fliers indulged in lazy free form flying with some very neat 'treacle' flying moments.Slow rotation in close proximity to other kites in relatively high wi...

02/12/2012 Dunstable

Posted by Felix Mottram, 02 December 2012 - - - - - - · 266 views

As Fusion had decided to travel south for the day we just had to get to Dunstable in case the opportunity for a Super 16 did occur. We would have been happy to fly 9...We, (a small sub-set of the Decs), arrived a little before 10am. While greeting a slightly puzzled Stephen Hoath in the car park a car did an aerial manoeuvre off the local road, landing on...

25/11/2012 Blackheath

Posted by Felix Mottram, 25 November 2012 - - - - - - · 250 views

Complete contrast today to last Sunday with c20mph winds gusting upwards so Xtra Vented kites with 4 wrap frames. Still got to ache after a couple of hours flying though, but maybe it was the wind chill as well.The distraction this weekend was a SLK flier setting up immediately upwind of us tying a large partially inflated sled with noisy line laundry to...

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