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10/07/2011 Blackheath

Posted by Felix Mottram, 10 July 2011 - - - - - - · 127 views

It was another light wind day on Blackheath. There was enough to keep the full sail 1.5s with Race frames moving most of the time for individual flight.In team we slipped into parallel passes in a block form expanding and contracting the square of four fliers following last weekends grid fly. We did not try rolling the ball today. That is an exercise that...

03/07/2011 Sunderland

Posted by Felix Mottram, 03 July 2011 - - - - - - · 174 views

Well it really was sunny Sunderland, especially Sunday. Light and variable breezes through the weekend with occasional lulls to very little indeed. (Somewhat different to conditions last year!)However, some of Fusion and some of The Decs put together a couple of 'small grid' performances to round off the event on both days. Given the light bre...

26/06/2011 Blackheath

Posted by Felix Mottram, 26 June 2011 - - - - - - · 173 views

The forecast came good and shortly after 10:00am I arrived on Blackheath to find a 'full on' UK Summer's Day.Not much wind, that is, and the slight breezes shifting quickly through 180 degrees and more.It was great to get the Zens out and lock in to the 'treacle interval' some of the time. 'Flailing' in slow motion to accommoda...

19/06/2011 Blackheath

Posted by Felix Mottram, 19 June 2011 - - - - - - · 195 views

Second short weekend (working 9:30-1:30 Saturday) so looking forward to a proper weekend next week prior to the Sunderland event.The 'westerly' c15mph breeze on Blackheath was relatively clean today but still shifting c30 degrees in direction and proportionally in strength. Full vented and 4 wrap was the order of the day. After the rain and bluste...

12/06/2011 Blackheath

Posted by Felix Mottram, 12 June 2011 - - - - - - · 226 views

The forecast seen last Sunday was correct. It was wet on Blackheath today meaning that since returning from Cervia it has been blustery or wet every Sunday. Seems like we had Summer back before Easter...At least it was not too windy at c10:30am to put up full 1.5 sails with Race Rods but not much more than an hour later the decision was not to get another...

05/06/2011 Blackheath

Posted by Felix Mottram, 05 June 2011 - - - - - - · 219 views

A slight respite today, 1.5 Standard Vented 4 wrap was good for a late 11:00am start but thickening high cloud turned to rain early in the afternoon.The current forecast is for rain next Sunday as well, maybe making up for the drought, this Spring, in SE England. I will take the wet weather gear, just to be sure...Just before leaving Blackheath today we d...

29/05/2011 Blackheath

Posted by Felix Mottram, 29 May 2011 - - - - - - · 188 views

Blustery... the needle is stuck! I remember Bart complaining about local conditions in Canada but thankfully a more seasonal anticyclonic system will be back in place over the UK by next weekend. No doubt the Exmouth contingent will have a good time with my iQuad kite sets in the lighter conditions.Today on Blackheath we saw an 'uncalled' LE e...

22/05/2011 Blackheath

Posted by Felix Mottram, 22 May 2011 - - - - - - · 178 views

Another blustery day but no question about framing. Four wrap super vented was OK but flying alongside 4 wrap standard vented it was clear that conditions were marginal. Last year at Washington/Sunderland and Margate we experienced summertime conditions where the only viable kites were the ones that we were flying. The SLKs could not cope with English sum...

15/05/2011 Blackheath

Posted by Felix Mottram, 15 May 2011 - - - - - - · 150 views

It was Lee Sedgwick who suggested that we tighten the bungees back in c1990. 'More brakes' was a consensus which arrived very early on. Hovering horizontally with the leading edge up should never be easy... <grins>Today on Blackheath the breeze was variable in that confounding inland summer way. Vented 4 wrap one minute, full sail race the...

08/05/2011 Blackheath

Posted by Felix Mottram, 08 May 2011 - - - - - - · 114 views

After the relative calm of Berck and Cervia it was a blustery day on Blackheath to the extent that the Revolution Mega Vent had an airing with the 4 wrap frame.Earlier the standard JB vented 1.5 4 wrap frame had proved to be a bit of an arm aching handful in 'arm straight down' mode.Steve from Chicago found his way to Blackheath from his Hotel on...

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