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28/09/2014 Blackheath

Posted by Felix Mottram, 28 September 2014 - - - - - - · 106 views

I had been watching the forecast all week as it had been indicating light SE breezes around the 4-6mph mark.  That is what we got, mostly about 4mph from the East, so it was 1.5s with diamond rods.  Four fliers today and lots of ‘not called’ close flying with only the occasional hesitation or touch…
It was also the chan...

21/09/2014 Blackheath

Posted by Felix Mottram, 21 September 2014 - - - - - - · 99 views

Back on our usual pitch today and a ‘bright’ NE airflow so 1.5 full vented with green race frames.
Most of the kites (NB Xtra Vent Grey?) were back from Dieppe so were relocated in the main team bags.  A lost pair of Rev Handles also came back from Dieppe.  We’ll keep them safe for the ‘lucky’ owner!

14/09/2014 Olympic Park, East London

Posted by Felix Mottram, 14 September 2014 - - - - - - · 112 views

No parking on Blackheath today so an alternative venue was needed.  The easterly wind directions are good for the site at the north end of the Olympic Park just to the west of the Velodrome on the west bank of the river.
Plantains and other flowering plants had been left uncut in the sparse grass so launching was sometimes snagged but we most...

07/09/2014 Blackheath

Posted by Felix Mottram, 07 September 2014 - - - - - - · 109 views

Arrived on the heath today at 10:00am not having appreciated the likely effect of the tall ships event down at Greenwich.  Our early arrival was in the hope of catching the lighter breezes not competing for the limited parking spaces.
1.5 sails with diamond rods felt great in the c2-5mph breeze which was present for most of the time, only rea...

31/08/2014 Blackheath

Posted by Felix Mottram, 31 August 2014 - - - - - - · 101 views

We were back on home turf today after a relaxed afternoon at The Aquarius Festival in London SE22 yesterday.
Six up, we flew 1.5 sails with green race rods.  Rowan was on the line today and we occasionally had a vocal and appreciative audience.
Ashley and Martin are attending the Dieppe event in France 6th -14th September in collabo...

25/08/2014 after Portsmouth

Posted by Felix Mottram, 25 August 2014 - - - - - - · 130 views

Two very good festival days and then it rained on the Monday…
1.5 JMH sails with diamond frames were good for the midday session on Saturday.  By the later session full vented JMH sails with race rods worked very well.
On Sunday the breeze was much lighter at the start or the day so we had an opportunity to try the diamond rods...

18/08/2014 after South Shields with Fusion

Posted by Felix Mottram, 18 August 2014 - - - - - - · 118 views

Our journey back to London proved to be easier than the northbound one. 5 hours rather than 7 1/2. 
Despite challenging conditions this weekend we had a very useful time flying in 8 and 9 flier format as well as preparation for the 4 flier team that will be going to Dieppe.       
We are hoping that...

10/08/2014 Blackheath

Posted by Felix Mottram, 10 August 2014 - - - - - - · 119 views

Prospects were not good for today.  I headed for Blackheath at about noon in order to avoid the A12 closure for the London Bike Race.  There was a last band of heavy rain on emerging from the Blackwell Tunnel which mostly cleared in the short time it took to get to the ‘heath’. 
Thought about full vented but quickly deci...

03/08/2014 Blackheath

Posted by Felix Mottram, 03 August 2014 - - - - - - · 116 views

I had hoped to check out diamond rods in the Rev 1 sail today but the forecast earlier in the week was amended on a daily basis further away from the ideal 2-4mph!
It was a SW breeze today and partly sunny.  c8–18mph was forecast and 1.5 full vented with green race felt comfortable.  In over 25 years of kite flying I have never use...

27/07/2014 Blackheath

Posted by Felix Mottram, 27 July 2014 - - - - - - · 141 views

Thick high cloud bands over Blackheath occasionally thinned to a sunny sky with a gloomy backdrop.  Variable light N-NW today so full 1.5 sails with race/green race to start but eventually we decided that diamond rods were the better option.
The plantains had raced ahead over the last week so the field was occasionally treacherous at ground l...

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