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13/04/2014 Olympic Park, East London

Posted by Felix Mottram, 13 April 2014 - - - - - - · 83 views

The London Marathon took over Blackheath today, hence the change of venue.
 
The field to the west of the River Lea and the Velodrome is in the shadow of the media building but clear of obstructions in other directions.  As luck would have it the NW breeze today was affected by thermals as well as the building so occasionally we were well and t...


06/04/2014 Blackheath

Posted by Felix Mottram, 06 April 2014 - - - - - - · 72 views

Another, post clock change, late start today.  Heavy rain at about 8:30am didn’t exactly help matters. 
 
Soon after 11:00am the question was whether to go Xtra Vent with green race or Full Vent with 4 wrap.   We went with the latter option and flew some slow, no calls, close, rolling patterns.
 
The greening of the G...


30/03/2014 Blackheath

Posted by Felix Mottram, 30 March 2014 - - - - - - · 92 views

Hazy and grey today with a variable light SE breeze.  With the temperature hitting 20 degrees C it was almost T shirt weather.
 
It certainly was a treat to fly the 1.5 full sails with Diamond Rods again today.  The ‘two turn’ pull to the top of the window and the long, long downwind walk are just great.
 
We dropped in a...


23/03/2014 Blackheath

Posted by Felix Mottram, 23 March 2014 - - - - - - · 92 views

I did get to Blackheath today but only to see if any of the team were still there.  It appeared that the thundery showers had sent them packing.
 
I was on my way home after taking part in a bicycle ride from SE23 (Devonshire Road Nature Reserve to be precise) on the 23rd March led by Jacob who had estimated the ride as 23 miles.  It turn...


16/03/2014 Blackheath

Posted by Felix Mottram, 16 March 2014 - - - - - - · 102 views

A sharp clear blue sky today, almost cloudless at c10:15, wind from WNW so the sun was not in the middle of the wind window.  Similar temperature to last weekend but felt cooler occasionally given the relative direction of sun and wind. <grins>
 
Mid vented with Race Rods only occasionally felt over powered.
 
We took advantage of...


09/03/2014 Blackheath

Posted by Felix Mottram, 09 March 2014 - - - - - - · 89 views

Some of us didn’t quite manage to arrive at 10:00am but it was not by much <grins>.
 
Who would not want to be out flying on this spring like day with the temperature approaching 20C?
 
Vented kites with race rods worked for most of the session but we switched to full sails with race in order to do some ‘team’ flying...


02/03/2014 Blackheath

Posted by Felix Mottram, 02 March 2014 - - - - - - · 93 views

It was bright to start c11:45am but the low cloud gradually thickened and the variable breeze rose incrementally.
 
Xtra Vent kites again but because of the lulls we went for green race which mostly coped except for some of the more sustained gusts.
 
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23/02/2014 Blackheath

Posted by Felix Mottram, 23 February 2014 - - - - - - · 108 views

22mph gusting to 38mph* is not really very comfortable for team flying so we did not attempt too much today with the Xtra Vents and 4 wrap rods.  However, a neat rolling ball materialized at one point before a gust prompted a quick but elegant un-winding fire drill…
 
The Xtra Vents ‘side slide’ and ‘reverse fly’ v...


16/02/2014 Blackheath

Posted by Felix Mottram, 16 February 2014 - - - - - - · 197 views

Clear blue skies today with a few ‘fluffy white clouds’ in contrast to the gales and torrential rain up to yesterday and meant full 1.5 sails and race rods. 
 
The occasionally shifting breeze allowed us to ‘perform’ for the passing Blackheath audience who were particularly vocal today.  It is strange, though, to ha...


09/02/2014 Blackheath

Posted by Felix Mottram, 09 February 2014 - - - - - - · 136 views

Xtra Vents with 4 wrap rods today for most of us but Maggie flew her vented Rev 2.  It was blustery but not quite as extreme as at Washington Tyne and Wear one year when almost all of the single line kites had been brought down but we still went ahead with a demo…
 
In difficult conditions ‘free flying’ can be the most viable...






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