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18/04/2010 After Berck

Posted by Felix Mottram, 18 April 2010 - - - - - - · 31 views

A great week in Berck, France. Heavy winds earlier in the week finally gave way to the chance to fly the Zen in near zero mph this morning. The 'turning interval' is different and I will be interested to do some more flying on a 'more comfortable' surface than soft sand.The Team was led by David Ellison for the first days of the event and...

04/04/2010 Blackheath

Posted by Felix Mottram, 04 April 2010 - - - - - - · 23 views

This was the last Blackheath fly for a while. The next two weekends will be in Berck and the two after in Cervia. Getting to Blackheath from home is very easy in the car. A quick drive past the Olympic Park, through the Blackwell tunnel, turn right at the top of the hill and that is it! (15 mins max) A bit more travelling for Berck and Cervia <gri...

27-28/03/2010 Blackheath

Posted by Felix Mottram, 28 March 2010 - - - - - - · 25 views

We arrived mid afternoon on Saturday to kick off our pre-season warm-up for the 'complete' team. Rev1s were the order of the day until the breeze dropped off almost completely ahead of a squally downpour. There was time to fly David's Zen before the storm broke. We then retired to 'The Tolly' on Royal Hill.Most of us coped with the clo...

21/03/2010 Blackheath

Posted by Felix Mottram, 21 March 2010 - - - - - - · 21 views

Arrived just before 10:00 am to see Jade and Martin with Rev1s set up but zero wind speed.Just for fun, I set up the Rev2s Race Rods on 80ft x 100lb and 15 inch handles. (On reflection now I can see that additional flex in the spars may be advantageous. I had got used to compensating for the lack of flex in the speed series kites. The tracking advantage m...

14/03/2010 Blackheath

Posted by Felix Mottram, 14 March 2010 - - - - - - · 20 views

There was sunshine on Blackheath today. The temperature may have reached double digits (Celcius) for the first time this year!The custom Rev2 Race Framed on the 80ft lines and long handles (15in) was once again set up alongside the vented Rev1.5 JB Pro custom 4 wrap on 120ft lines (13in handles) in a brisk NW airflow (which meant we were flying direct...

07/03/2010 Blackheath

Posted by Felix Mottram, 07 March 2010 - - - - - - · 19 views

A complete contrast weather wise today after last Sunday with clear skies, bright sun, but a steady, (most of the time) cold easterly breeze.Put out the pair of Rev2s Race Framed on the 80ft lines and long handles, not least to dry them out. (?) It was interesting to fly out to the edge of the wind window and 'throw' the kite through 'precise...

28/02/2010 Blackheath

Posted by Felix Mottram, 28 February 2010 - - - - - - · 25 views

A very wet morning but lower wind speed than forecast provided an opportunity to set up lines and handles for the 2 new Rev2 kites that arrived last Monday morning.For reasons I will not go into here we are using the 15 inch handles. The top leader extensions I had to make measured 11 inches to the used knot.The kites felt fantastically light and extremel...

21/02/2010 Blackheath

Posted by Felix Mottram, 21 February 2010 - - - - - - · 19 views

David Ellison was up from Devon this morning so we planned a 10:00am start. At 9:45am driving towards the Blackwall Tunnel the rain was getting heavier and the skies lowering.Happily the forecast for early rain with brighter conditions following was completely correct. By 10:05am the downpour had eased and the sky was brightening from the south.Six fliers...

13-14/02/2010 Penshaw Monument

Posted by Felix Mottram, 14 February 2010 - - - - - - · 29 views

It was strange to fly in close proximity this weekend to the monument which dominates the area close to the Washington Kite Festival event which I first attended individually in about 1987.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Penshaw_Monument The local road system presents the monument from many directions and so it can be confusing as an outsider to know one...

07/02/2010 Blackheath

Posted by Felix Mottram, 07 February 2010 - - - - - - · 27 views

A low grey cloud backdrop lifted soon after I left the field today.Team fliers were not out in numbers today so I was able to concentrate on the turning interval etc. of the 1.5B/Bazzer sail with Race Frame on extended handles. I have alluded previously to the throw, spin and catch aspect of flying this kite and the similarity in this to a diamond fighter...

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