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03/04/2011 Blackheath

Posted by Felix Mottram, 03 April 2011 - - - - - - · 493 views

After a late start last weekend due to the start of summertime we did better today and were rewarded with mild and sunny conditions with plenty of evidence of the greening of the trees in Greenwich Park.Standard 1.5 Sails with race rods, to start with (four fliers), and, for us (The Decs that is), the almost complete novelty of flying to music when not...

27/03/2011 Blackheath

Posted by Felix Mottram, 27 March 2011 - - - - - - · 462 views

Summertime started today so it was an 11:00am start on Blackheath with the first green tinge evident on some of the trees beyond the wall of Greenwich Park.High hazy cloud gave a 'summery' look to the scene but the easterly wind was not exactly warm. It was race rods and full 1.5 sails again. Some consideration in flying planning was given to the...

20/03/2011 Blackheath

Posted by Felix Mottram, 20 March 2011 - - - - - - · 204 views

10:00am start and the first Spring weather fly with a light south westerly breeze and some warming high cloud broken sunshine.1.5 full sails with race rods were only occasionally stressed or left without direction. The fliers were taking the lazy option as no one could be bothered to call so mostly random flying followed by some silent following. Some int...

13/03/2011 Blackheath

Posted by Felix Mottram, 13 March 2011 - - - - - - · 265 views

Murky grey start c10:30am gradually resolved into a short spell of rain followed by a lifting cloud base and a moment of spring sunshine.A smooth light breeze so full sails with race rods, plenty of random flying before we fell in to a couple of runs through 'Plan A' the first of which was attempted without familiar team order. That is always a ch...

06/03/2011 Blackheath

Posted by Felix Mottram, 06 March 2011 - - - - - - · 122 views

Only an occasional glimmer of sunshine through chilly North Sea blown anticyclonic cloud cover today. The sunlit patches scudded across the heath without so much as a warming pause. The current forecast for next weekend is heavy snow...Anyway, another chance today to explore the sparing options for the 1.5 vented Pro. The Green Race Rods seemed to 'sp...

27/02/2011 Blackheath

Posted by Felix Mottram, 27 February 2011 - - - - - - · 167 views

A low turnout today despite the promise of early morning sunshine. The sunshine proved to be unreliable with a band of high level cloud drifting to the east but regenerating on the upwind edge. Just when you expect the clear blue sky to arrive another band of cloud appears limiting the effective warmth of the sun.Standard vented with race rods fitted the...

20/02/2011 Blackheath

Posted by Felix Mottram, 20 February 2011 - - - - - - · 141 views

In contrast to the last two windy weekends today was a light wind day with intermittent fine drizzle. Saturated lines tend to magically bind together, locking tight, even without wraps so there were some interesting fire drills today on the muddy field.The seven fliers alternated between flying six and seven and re-visited some of the themes developed ove...

13/02/2011 Blackheath

Posted by Felix Mottram, 13 February 2011 - - - - - - · 92 views

The forecast was for rain all day but happily it held off between 10am and 1pm. The wind was stronger than expected so once again we had the opportunity to fly the Xtra Vent 1.5s today.I have speculated that given the right balance, low wind techniques could be applied to higher wind conditions and that 'long arm' methods could be beneficial in al...

06/02/2011 Blackheath

Posted by Felix Mottram, 06 February 2011 - - - - - - · 73 views

So the parcel arrived on Friday 4th February and the forecast for today was for 'up to' 25mph. The Rev 1.5 Xtra Vent certainly felt rugged and very well constructed (what do I know? <grins>) straight out of the bag. Having the chance to try it out 'for real' today was a very timely treat. The usual 90lb 120ft lines with 4 wrap spar...

30/01/2011 Blackheath

Posted by Felix Mottram, 30 January 2011 - - - - - - · 63 views

Another cold day with a variable NE breeze that just about justified the use of the mid vent 1.5s. Sometimes too light, at other times too strong. I was on 'long handles' so the light was easier to cope with than the strong.The 'not called' free flying is becoming more 'elegant' as the capabilities of the fliers increases. This wil...

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