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17/06/2012 Blackheath

Posted by Felix Mottram, 17 June 2012 - - - - - - · 135 views

We are wondering how much the Olympic events will impact on our usual routine. The Blackheath site is covered in tents and has expanded to the south side of the A2. Today was vented 1.5s with race rods for most of us. I set up the CR Rev1 as well with four wrap and it did not feel over powered but I do want to extend the brake options for this sail. The w...

10/06/2012 Blackheath

Posted by Felix Mottram, 10 June 2012 - - - - - - · 118 views

Gentle breezes from the South East on Blackheath today. The light rain forecast held off until later in the afternoon but while we were on the site the cloudscape looked increasingly inclement.I flew the Carl Robertshaw Rev1 with 4 wrap centre and 3 wrap the rest switching to the JB 1.5 with Green Race rods when the CR was 'borrowed' by other flie...

03/06/2012 Blackheath

Posted by Felix Mottram, 03 June 2012 - - - - - - · 131 views

The holiday weekend in the UK, steady light drizzle with a cold (12C/54F) NE 9mph breeze.With a wet 1.5 kite with green race this is just fine for a while. And then, solo flying today, I become aware that the foam on one of my handles is rotating on the handle. This would have been bad news at a team event but a simple fix would be available using 'br...

27/05/2012 After Exmouth

Posted by Felix Mottram, 27 May 2012 - - - - - - · 117 views

We had to re-arrange plans for this event rather late in the day but everything came together finally and we had two very different days in terms of flying conditions on this very scenic site.Saturday was clear blue skies with a strong blustery easterly breeze. Initially we used the JMH vented sails with four wrap spars but then switched to race rods. Lat...

20/05/2012 Blackheath

Posted by Felix Mottram, 20 May 2012 - - - - - - · 125 views

A dull grey day with an unseasonal chilly north easterly breeze but finally the weather forecasts are mentioning warmer prospects.The tents in the fenced Olympic encampment on Blackheath are nearing completion.Mid vented with shiny white spars today felt smooth in the forecast c8-11 mph breeze. I'll try a definitive comparison of all the Race Rods, so...

13/05/2012 Blackheath

Posted by Felix Mottram, 13 May 2012 - - - - - - · 123 views

Back to the home site today after four weekends away. The Olympic preparations are well under way here on Blackheath but no sign of those 'pointy' things today.A typical early summer breeze accompanied by swifts today. Standard 1.5 sails with race rods were only slightly stressed as the thermal gusts blew through. There were a few moments when the...

07/05/2012 After Cervia and Weymouth

Posted by Felix Mottram, 07 May 2012 - - - - - - · 134 views

I left the laptop at home for both events...Cervia was great in the special way of that event. I certainly hope that we will be able to get back next year. The c160ft circular arena with a hard barrier perimeter was interesting and occasionally challenging.Weymouth was very good as well, not least because of onshore breezes on Saturday and some of Sunday....

17/04/2012 After Berck

Posted by Felix Mottram, 17 April 2012 - - - - - - · 127 views

The team flew Thursday 12th and Friday 13th April prior to my arrival on Friday evening. They had been flying the Rev1s but on Saturday morning it was evident that conditions had changed and Rev1.5s in various configurations were used through the rest of the weekend and on Monday when the four remaining fliers were on Xtra-Vents for most of the day conclu...

08/04/2012 Blackheath

Posted by Felix Mottram, 08 April 2012 - - - - - - · 118 views

Another late start but there is no point in making kite flying a chore.A light wind day with lowering dark grey clouds and occasional drizzle lifted by lighter spells and the greening of the trees in Greenwich Park.I'm still puzzling over the white spars. They certainly seem to work for me in terms of flex and weight in the standard 1.5 sail.Later tod...

01/04/2012 Blackheath

Posted by Felix Mottram, 01 April 2012 - - - - - - · 159 views

A late start, something after 11:00am on the heath, no clock change excuse and the fuel gauge light came on as we came out of the Blackwell Tunnel. Note to self, must fill up before setting off for Berck...And..., then there was very little wind. Zens occasionally grouped for figures but otherwise taking up a lot of space in 360s. A family group stopped...

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