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07/07/2013 Blackheath

Posted by Felix Mottram, 07 July 2013 - - - - - - · 245 views

So it was ‘Race for Life’ again on Blackheath today.  Maggie phoned ahead having parked up in Greenwich Park at about 10:00am.  I arrived a bit later having encountered a slow bus (108) in the Blackwell Tunnel. In the spirit of the day we flew pink kites but with a twist.  The ‘Diamond Spars’ really are very goo...

30/06/2013 Blackheath

Posted by Felix Mottram, 30 June 2013 - - - - - - · 243 views

The forecast was for a proper summer’s day and that indeed was how it was today.  Arrived on Blackheath at 10:00am and initially the breeze felt fairly light but I set up the full vented with green race rods.  Over the next 2 hours the breeze gradually increased and by the time we wrapped, heavier spars, or the Xtra Vented sail, would have...

23/06/2013 Blackheath

Posted by Felix Mottram, 23 June 2013 - - - - - - · 342 views

Blustery summer wind on Blackheath today with occasional dark clouds spitting a few raindrops.  Xtra Vents with green race were occasionally at the limit.  I did not get to change to the latest refinement of close knotted leaders but adjusted an incorrect placed figure eight knot in the current set fairly quickly on the field.  Knowing that...

16/06/2013 Blackheath

Posted by Felix Mottram, 16 June 2013 - - - - - - · 239 views

Leaving Hackney at 10:30am it was another grey day and it looked like rain was approaching.  Another summer day!Full vented 1.5 kites were once again the best fit on Blackheath, mostly with race rods to coast through the lighter moments.  The swifts were out in numbers, but high up, not flying through the kite lines.Talk today was of 'holding th...

09/06/2013 Blackheath

Posted by Felix Mottram, 09 June 2013 - - - - - - · 299 views

Arrived 10:00am at Blackheath to find that the plantain heads had taken over from the dandy-lions.  Loads more line snagging potential until the next mowing!Cold 13C NE wind, low grey cloud, vented with green race rods flying solo did not last long.  Further acquaintance with the new leaders convinces me that this is a good thing.  3/8in st...

02/06/2013 Blackheath

Posted by Felix Mottram, 02 June 2013 - - - - - - · 264 views

Another sunny summery Sunday on Blackheath even if the temperature was not consistently in the t-shirt range.  Two in a row must be good!Another 'mostly wrong sail' day today with some careful line adjustments thrown in for good measure.  It's amazing how 'wrong' line sets can be and how much better it feels flying on correctly set lines. ...

26/05/2013 Blackheath

Posted by Felix Mottram, 26 May 2013 - - - - - - · 265 views

It really was a sunny Sunday despite worries about climate changes and the dismal cold weather during the week.Another light wind, wrong sail day.  Mostly full vented with race spars, kites occasionally falling out of the sky only to get snagged on the dandylion heads on the recently mown field.Some fluent interaction without calls and plenty of atte...

19/05/2013 Blackheath

Posted by Felix Mottram, 19 May 2013 - - - - - - · 254 views

The swifts have finally arrived in Hackney and at Blackheath.  Their fast/slow interactions in flight are an inspiration every year and their screaming calls the signature of summertime.A light wind exercise on Blackheath today.  The premise being that the full vented B1.5 can be flown in light breezes with extra input from the flier and that th...

12/05/2013 Blackheath

Posted by Felix Mottram, 12 May 2013 - - - - - - · 224 views

The trees in Greenwich park have turned full spring green in the last four weeks.It was a quiet day on Blackheath today compared to the rigours of the previous 3 weekends.Mid vented 1.5s with race rods were good to start with at 10:00am but the windspeed gradually freshened over about 2 hours so we changed to full vented 1.5s and finally Xtra Vented 1.5s...

06/05/2013 After Weymouth

Posted by Felix Mottram, 06 May 2013 - - - - - - · 267 views

Arrived Saturday midday and the strong westerly breeze rolling across the buildings was not really 'flyable' so as it was not a day that was formally part of the event we retired early to a late lunch. ;-) Sunday was sunny but the wind, although lighter, was still from the west and given the available space on the beach it was far from clean.  W...

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