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22/12/2013 Blackheath

Posted by Felix Mottram, 22 December 2013 - - - - - - · 128 views

11:00am on the Heath today after negotiating an A12 closure and using the Crisp Street alternative route.  Full vent with race rods mostly coped with the blustery airstream but by the end of the session it felt like hard work filling the gaps when we were left without airflow when putting team moves together. Bright and sunny most of the time to...

15/12/2013 Blackheath

Posted by Felix Mottram, 15 December 2013 - - - - - - · 136 views

A late start today, c11:30 as I am still slightly on Florida time.  Did get a last fly last Tuesday on Miami Beach in the super smooth on-shore breeze.  Back to grey skies, intermittent drizzle, rain and a proliferation of worm casts on Blackheath today. Switched back to 120ft lines without issue but noticed a disparity between the bridle c...

After Miami Beach 9/12/2013

Posted by Felix Mottram, 09 December 2013 - - - - - - · 263 views

Thursday to Sunday we did get out on the beach in the morning. On Thursday we set up close to the water opposite our hotel c8:30 and having switched to the shorter line sets started to fly the the full vented 4 wrap iQuad training kites in the smooth onshore breeze.  Rich Comras arrived at about 9:30 and while he was setting up his kite the life...

24/11/2013 Blackheath

Posted by Felix Mottram, 24 November 2013 - - - - - - · 342 views

It has been an intense week in anticipation of Thursday’s HMRC inspection which was a gruelling four hour meeting. Glad to set off for Blackheath today for a head clearing moment!  c11:00am arrival and Martin and Maggie were changing to full sails with race rods.  The breeze occasionally dropped off or peaked but most of the time it w...

17/11/2013 Blackheath

Posted by Felix Mottram, 17 November 2013 - - - - - - · 190 views

Anticyclonic murk today with a very slight easterly air movement.  Hard to call it a breeze!  Standard sails with Diamond rods occasionally worked for team flying.  We should probably have got out the Zens and Robertshaws for comparative purposes but all six fliers were content to fly the 1.5 sail as and when possible. I spent quite a...

10/11/2013 Blackheath

Posted by Felix Mottram, 10 November 2013 - - - - - - · 447 views

It was a sunny November day, the NW breeze was reasonably consistent and the temperature may have reached 12c which was somewhat higher than expected.  The occasional small cloud obscuring the sun introduced a clear chill but there were only a few… The sun was, of course, almost directly in our field of vision! No hiding place available so we w...

03/11/2013 Blackheath

Posted by Felix Mottram, 03 November 2013 - - - - - - · 219 views

We were four up today in similar conditions to last weekend.  Xtra vents with 4 wrap on the usual site albeit with the detritus from the previous night’s firework display underfoot.  Not as bad as in previous years but maybe it was a smaller display. Rowan found that the combination of the ‘strong’ breeze and lower tempera...

27/10/2013 Blackheath

Posted by Felix Mottram, 27 October 2013 - - - - - - · 220 views

With a little assistance from the clock change we were on the Heath at about 10:00am today. As the wind was c20 mph I helped Rowan set up his new lines and handles (thanks Lolly) and made sure sufficient brake was set before he attempted to fly the Xtra Vent sail with 4 wrap.  That was the set-up for the rest of us as well, or at least most of u...

20/10/2013 Blackheath

Posted by Felix Mottram, 20 October 2013 - - - - - - · 267 views

After the c8:30am downpour in Hackney the blustery SW airstream continued today with thundery showers looming on the horizon. The ‘heath’ was not as wet underfoot as last weekend.  Vented sails with race rods were just about at the limit occasionally as were the same sails with four wrap rods in the lighter moments. Rowan joined...

13/10/2013 Blackheath

Posted by Felix Mottram, 13 October 2013 - - - - - - · 249 views

Heavy steady rain this morning so no point in an early start on Blackheath today.  Time to do the ESTA application ahead of the Miami trip…  Careful ‘study’ of the Met Office forecast today suggested that the rain would ease around 1:00pm over East London and that was what happened.  Some of the site at Blackheat...

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