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21/08/2011 Blackheath

Posted by Felix Mottram, 21 August 2011 - - - - - - · 56 views

Lighter breezes today full 1.5 sail with Race Rods. I had been worried that the tracking moves that I had been working on with the vented kites over the last couple of weeks would not translate back onto the full sail but today I found that everything worked just fine.* Taking it onto the team kites without the JB panelled sail structure will be the next...

14/08/2011 Blackheath

Posted by Felix Mottram, 14 August 2011 - - - - - - · 56 views

Vented 1.5 with green race today for me. Warmer than last weekend but still the occasional dark grey cloud passing low. No rain or thunder risk today...Ad hoc flying mostly avoiding anything that looked like a follow. With only three kites today we saw some drifting cogs and rotations. Some of those rotating moves can be executed quite passively as others...

07/08/2011 Blackheath

Posted by Felix Mottram, 07 August 2011 - - - - - - · 58 views

Bright and breezy start so full vented and 4 wrap.Applying 'light wind technique' to flying the vented kites has been my objective for some time now and today was another opportunity to test the concept further. From a practical point of view my 'test' is to fly the kite as slowly as is possible without ending up with 'tired' muscl...

31/07/2011 Blackheath

Posted by Felix Mottram, 31 July 2011 - - - - - - · 66 views

We learned that Knokke-Heist would not go ahead, for us, mid-week.Today was a typical summer's day on Blackheath which is now turning a more seasonal brown rather than the recent lush green after a mostly wet June and July.Breezes were light and variable often dropping off completely. The direction was switching c180 degrees over a short time frame as...

24/07/2011 Blackheath

Posted by Felix Mottram, 24 July 2011 - - - - - - · 58 views

Martin was on the field early and had done three changes of spars in the 1.5 full vented by the time I arrived. So it was full vented and green race for the second weekend running. Today was lighter than last weekend with no threat of thundery showers. The breeze dropped off completely on occasions. For most of the time we flew 'free form' hitting...

17/07/2011 Dunstable

Posted by Felix Mottram, 17 July 2011 - - - - - - · 137 views

It was Johnny Claffey's 50th birthday party celebration last night and while I had not expected him to be out flying kites today I had not anticipated that I would be the only one from the team to turn up at Dunstable c10:00am for a casual attendance at the two day event.At Long Beach last year it was apparent that most of the fliers were in possessio...

10/07/2011 Blackheath

Posted by Felix Mottram, 10 July 2011 - - - - - - · 100 views

It was another light wind day on Blackheath. There was enough to keep the full sail 1.5s with Race frames moving most of the time for individual flight.In team we slipped into parallel passes in a block form expanding and contracting the square of four fliers following last weekends grid fly. We did not try rolling the ball today. That is an exercise that...

03/07/2011 Sunderland

Posted by Felix Mottram, 03 July 2011 - - - - - - · 147 views

Well it really was sunny Sunderland, especially Sunday. Light and variable breezes through the weekend with occasional lulls to very little indeed. (Somewhat different to conditions last year!)However, some of Fusion and some of The Decs put together a couple of 'small grid' performances to round off the event on both days. Given the light bre...

26/06/2011 Blackheath

Posted by Felix Mottram, 26 June 2011 - - - - - - · 145 views

The forecast came good and shortly after 10:00am I arrived on Blackheath to find a 'full on' UK Summer's Day.Not much wind, that is, and the slight breezes shifting quickly through 180 degrees and more.It was great to get the Zens out and lock in to the 'treacle interval' some of the time. 'Flailing' in slow motion to accommoda...

19/06/2011 Blackheath

Posted by Felix Mottram, 19 June 2011 - - - - - - · 167 views

Second short weekend (working 9:30-1:30 Saturday) so looking forward to a proper weekend next week prior to the Sunderland event.The 'westerly' c15mph breeze on Blackheath was relatively clean today but still shifting c30 degrees in direction and proportionally in strength. Full vented and 4 wrap was the order of the day. After the rain and bluste...

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