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11/03/2012 Blackheath

Posted by Felix Mottram, 11 March 2012 - - - - - - · 145 views

The forecast weather duly arrived and so we were able to fly white kites in respect of the event in Japan on the 11th March last year. During my last long visit to Japan we travelled to Sendai in NE Japan and on to Matsushima and saw the islands that are the inspiration for the placed stones in the raked gravel gardens.http://maps.google.co.uk/maps?q=Send...

04/03/2012 Blackheath

Posted by Felix Mottram, 04 March 2012 - - - - - - · 213 views

The weather did not look promising this morning, it was raining lightly and the forecast was for more rain.On the way to Blackheath I saw two cyclists doing the Blackwall tunnel. Crazy people!I was not quite sure which 1.5 kite would be best today but the bag that came to hand was the mid vent and with green race rods it worked very well. As the team...

26/02/2012 Blackheath

Posted by Felix Mottram, 26 February 2012 - - - - - - · 144 views

Not many isobars on the map and the projected 4mph did not materialise in a consistent direction for more than a few minutes during the time we were on Blackheath today.Mostly it was a shifting 1mph perceptible only as a directional cooling effect in the warming sunshine.It was occasionally possible to get the Zen/CR1 to the top of the window and hang on...

19/02/2012 Blackheath

Posted by Felix Mottram, 19 February 2012 - - - - - - · 181 views

The 'half term fair' was still in place today but the prospects on Blackheath were altogether brighter than last weekend with sunshine and a variable NW breeze. Full vented 1.5s with 4 wrap were occasionally struggling in lighter moments but Race Rods felt over stressed in the gusts.Six up today so it was entertaining to visit the 'sprockets...

12/02/2012 Blackheath

Posted by Felix Mottram, 12 February 2012 - - - - - - · 69 views

The remains of last weekend's snow was still lying on the heath this morning but our usual pitch was occupied by a 'half term' fair, generator trucks, bouncy castles 4WDs barking dogs and all... Not a pretty sight!The forecast 6-7mph NW breeze was not in evidence so we made do with the 1-2mph SW one that was in place most of the time. The...

05/02/2012 Blackheath

Posted by Felix Mottram, 05 February 2012 - - - - - - · 65 views

I had go out and check the local road conditions before deciding that it would be OK to set out to Blackheath today. In the event traffic was lighter than usual. Only five inches of snow...Blackheath presented a bright white field under a gloomy sky. The breeze was slight but remained steady between 10:30 and 12:30.The Zens were the kite of choice today a...

29/01/2012 Blackheath

Posted by Felix Mottram, 29 January 2012 - - - - - - · 71 views

The construction next to the Olympic stadium was shrouded in the low lying cloud as we drove towards Blackheath this morning as were the towers at Canary Wharf.On the Heath wet grass meant bound lines after the initial winding out. Always a puzzle, that one, especially to 'beginners'! <grins> It's not so funny when it happens in th...

22/01/2012 Blackheath

Posted by Felix Mottram, 22 January 2012 - - - - - - · 69 views

Watching the weather forecasts during the week it appeared likely that mega vented sails would be needed today. As often is the case on a windy day the median may have been about 15 mph but the gusts were probably much in excess of 30 mph.So having set up the standard vented with 4 wrap initially it was not much of a surprise to find that really the mega...

15/01/2012 Blackheath

Posted by Felix Mottram, 15 January 2012 - - - - - - · 75 views

A bright sunny morning looked like an opportunity to get some time on the Zens but soon after setting up c10:45am the breeze picked up and we switched to the standard 1.5s. It was not long before these were feeling overpowered and so we were back on the full vented 1.5s with Race rods.Following on from last weekend we tried the parallel figure eights with...

08/01/2012 Blackheath

Posted by Felix Mottram, 08 January 2012 - - - - - - · 96 views

Another grey day but lighter breezes meant standard 1.5 sails with Race rods for the first time in a long time.Four fliers settled into some neat 'free form' flying with some good slow and close flying. Somehow linear flying as in 'follow the leader' seems so 'yesterday' after 'free form' but we did fall-in for some 'V...

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