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18/11/2012 Blackheath

Posted by Felix Mottram, 18 November 2012 - - - - - - · 213 views

The predicted ridge of high pressure arrived so it was a sunny day again with very light breezes sometimes dropping away altogether.We flew the Zens and remarked again how effectively they can glide away to make up ground. Some spontaneous parallel flying brought applause from passers by.A police operation involving coach loads of 'football fans'...

11/11/2012 Blackheath

Posted by Felix Mottram, 11 November 2012 - - - - - - · 193 views

A sunny Sunday with a steady winter wind from the west, about 4mph would be my guess, slightly less than forecast. Cloudless except for the high level line approaching from the west...1.5s with race worked fine but I also put up the mid vent with those 'magic white spars'. It was also fine but required even longer armed input to keep up with the f...

04/11/2012 After Yorkshire Sculpture Park event.

Posted by Felix Mottram, 04 November 2012 - - - - - - · 234 views

We arrived on Saturday to find that Vince and crew had set up the arena and were ready to fly. Thanks very much to you all for having looked after the arrangements. Conditions at the site were not entirely favourable and occasionally on Saturday we had to test the random motion project, essentially to good effect. We did, however, also develop a simple an...

28/10/2012 Blackheath

Posted by Felix Mottram, 28 October 2012 - * * * - - · 331 views

High grey cloud cover today but the rain mostly held off. Full 1.5 sails with race rods worked in the mostly consistent SW breeze.We were only four but looked at the possibility of the leaders benefit/Felix in a circular format and it looks like the 'get-out' that I imagined will actually work. The other kites separate/fly out and the leader flies...

21/10/2012 Blackheath

Posted by Felix Mottram, 21 October 2012 - - - - - - · 218 views

A quiet day on Blackheath under low grey clouds with the trees turning colour around the heath.A steady NE breeze with occasional light drops of rain. Standard 1.5 with race or 3 wrap worked fine. Amongst other things face to face 180s was good to rehearse as it is a move that requires confidence as much as anything else. 'Just do it' in the verna...

14/10/2012 Blackheath

Posted by Felix Mottram, 14 October 2012 - - - - - - · 187 views

It turned out that it was better for me to do Saturday at Frieze so I was able to get to Blackheath today after all.Another light wind day flying directly into the sun. It didn't prevent us from doing lots of close free flying with the CRs and Zens.We occasionally lapsed into formal team flying as and when the breeze was more consistent.Once the after...

07/10/2012 Blackheath

Posted by Felix Mottram, 07 October 2012 - - - - - - · 183 views

In contrast to last Sunday, today was at the other end of the spectrum in terms of wind speed with periods of absolute calm.So it was Zens and CR sails. I was flying the CR with 3 wrap most of the time but finally changed to Race Rods which allowed the kite to float on the rising air when the directional flow died away. Sometimes a little extra weight all...

30/09/2012 Blackheath

Posted by Felix Mottram, 30 September 2012 - - - - - - · 190 views

The Canada Geese have certainly made an impact on our pitch at Blackheath this year. No sight of them in the air today, they were down by the pond, but the evidence was underfoot...The forecast today was for 15mph plus and although it was not quite that at 10:45am we set up Xtra Vents with green race and enjoyed a relaxed fly as the variable breezes stren...

23/09/2012 Blackheath

Posted by Felix Mottram, 23 September 2012 - - - - - - · 193 views

The rain started just before leaving Hackney and was steady during the c15 minute drive to Blackheath. Didn't expect much flying today given the weather forecasts leading up to the weekend.Out on the field the Canada Geese had made their presence felt after a couple of years when they did not impact the site. I wonder what changed?Some good free flyin...

16/09/2012 Blackheath

Posted by Felix Mottram, 16 September 2012 - - - - - - · 161 views

The Olympic restrictions are over so it was off to Blackheath in the car with the full kit today; not that we used it all of course, just the opportunity to get spars and kites in the right places in the bags!Full sails 1.5 with 3wrap/green race worked today with the occasional gusts highlighting the need for a little bit more sail tension on the vert...

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