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08/08/2010 Blackheath

Posted by Felix Mottram, 08 August 2010 - - - - - - · 48 views

After a tense week, both at work and personally it was great to wind down in light breezes on Blackheath today. For the third weekend running it was light enough to set up the Zen alongside the JB Pro. Today we were flying into the sun so the plain white Zen glittered dramatically.I ended up leading a 'no call' routine with the 1.5s in 'treacl...

01/08/2010 Blackheath

Posted by Felix Mottram, 01 August 2010 - - - - - - · 72 views

Another Zen possible day but again, like last weekend, alternating with the 1.5 JB Pro. Both line sets benefited from some precision adjustment enabled by the needle nosed pliers. I'm thinking that a finer leader knot spacing is going to be beneficial, about 1/4 inch steps should be good. Sliding adjustment has it's attractions but I do not think...

25/07/2010 Blackheath

Posted by Felix Mottram, 25 July 2010 - - - - - - · 57 views

So it is now three weeks to WSIKF. I flew Saturday and Sunday this weekend. Winds were light enough on Sunday to get the Zen out. I tried the 'very long' handles initially but the kite felt 'too heavy'. Switched to the 13 inch clip-less and found the sweet spot without delay. Flying with 3 wrap centre and Race rods the kite was 'spring...

18/07/2010 Blackheath

Posted by Felix Mottram, 18 July 2010 - - - - - - · 61 views

A quiet fly on Blackheath today.With just four weeks to until the WSIKF event I was contemplating the static drift we used to enjoy when flying the Paul Morgan Mega Deltas. I recall seeing six or more kites at the top of their wind window drifting in unison if not spiralling on thermals.At Portsmouth 2008 I remember watching the ripple of gusts moving acr...

11/07/2010 Blackheath

Posted by Felix Mottram, 11 July 2010 - - - - - - · 65 views

Jørgen Møeller Hansen joined us on Blackheath today and we were able to fly the vented 1.5 sails that he had designed for us last year. It was the first time he had seen these sails in action and having been anxious about the graphic he was very pleased with the results.We were four fliers today and flew 3 wrap frames in a relaxed slo-mo pace (verging on...

04/07/2010 Sunderland

Posted by Felix Mottram, 04 July 2010 - - - - - - · 65 views

The Northern Area Playing Fields at Washington proved to be a testing venue this weekend. Light breezes on Saturday prevented a grid demo going ahead on Saturday despite sterling efforts from the potential participants earlier in the day.Sunday provided some really difficult conditions with wind speed variations occurring very quickly. We ended up flying...

27/06/2010 Blackheath

Posted by Felix Mottram, 27 June 2010 - - - - - - · 58 views

Since last weekend the weather in London has been transformed into 'full on' summer mode. Today on Blackheath there was an intermittent light breeze up to c5mph providing the opportunity to fly the Zen again.With switches in direction I am sure that I did fly from all 360 degrees between 10:30 and 12:30. The strongest air was moving vertically so...

20/06/2010 Blackheath

Posted by Felix Mottram, 20 June 2010 - - - - - - · 63 views

As expected it was quiet on Blackheath today after the excitement of the Kite and Bike festival last weekend. A cool northerly breeze and thick grey clouds did little to lift the atmosphere.Thoughts turned to forthcoming events at Washington Tyne and Wear and Washington State International Kite Festival. Mount Rainier (or Mount Tahoma) may not have the cu...

13/06/2010 Blackheath Festival Weekend

Posted by Felix Mottram, 13 June 2010 - - - - - - · 53 views

I arrived on Saturday mid-afternoon, after work, to find the team comfortably established on the heath in the north easterly breeze. I watched the six person team going through their paces with confidence led by Mark and David.On Sunday we were eight and again Mark and David took advantage of the favourable, though occasionally blustery breeze, first on t...

06/06/2010 Blackheath

Posted by Felix Mottram, 06 June 2010 - - - - - - · 51 views

A late entry as I have been mesmerised by Alex's video of the Decs at Berck. (The routines tend to be unique, we will never fly it again...)A light rising breeze today allowed some experimentation with spars in the Zen sail.Later, race rods in the JMH vented sail proved the range for that kite. 'Sprockets' <grins>Felix

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