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14/03/2010 Blackheath

Posted by Felix Mottram, 14 March 2010 - - - - - - · 27 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 - - - - - - · 27 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 - - - - - - · 36 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 - - - - - - · 27 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 - - - - - - · 53 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 - - - - - - · 43 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...

31/01/2010 Blackheath

Posted by Felix Mottram, 31 January 2010 - - - - - - · 45 views

A bright sunny day with a westerly breeze, frosty underfoot.Today we flew Rev1s with 3.4.3/3.3 UL spars sometimes at the top end of the comfort window. I wanted to push the extended handle issue and found that in the slightly stronger breeze than last weekend 'too much forward' is very difficult to cope with. If the breeze gets up the kite becomes...

24/01/2010 Blackheath

Posted by Felix Mottram, 24 January 2010 - - - - - - · 43 views

Following on from last weekend but in lighter conditions (2-4 mph) we flew parallel moves, 5 fliers on Rev1 3/4/3-3/3 90lb 120ft and just for fun had Jacob calling from the middle of the team for a while. He was not entirely happy about this which is understandable as callers do like to have an exit strategy rather than being 'locked in'.Parallel...

17/01/2010 Blackheath (Interlaced parallel team flying)

Posted by Felix Mottram, 17 January 2010 - - - - - - · 39 views

We had a very creative few hours on Blackheath today.The sub-title says it all. There were also plenty of parallel 180 degree wing-tip turns, both forward and reverse in the equation.One of the key considerations for grid flying was to keep the individual fliers in the centre of their wind window. The next step is to expect them all to be able to deliver...

10/01/2010 Blackheath

Posted by Felix Mottram, 10 January 2010 - - - - - - · 31 views

Last year on Saturday evening, the second weekend in January, I tripped and fell, badly bruising my left elbow. Last night I slipped on ice and fell, badly bruising my right elbow. The symmetry is spooky <grins>Anyway the weather on Blackheath was relatively benign today compared to what was forecast. A few inches of snow underfoot (and a smooth n...

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