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07/11/2010 Blackheath

Posted by Felix Mottram, 07 November 2010 · 53 views

A bright start with cooler breezes from the North, light to begin with (soon after 10:00am) today. Forgot the sunglasses again!

It was one step up from Zen conditions at the outset today so the sequence has been broken. At this stage there is nothing special to 'show' (as in video) for the Zen flying. They have the capability to carry on going for longer up to and including those 'over vertical' moments in 'rising air'. There is a point at which the Rev 1 or 1.5 kites stop going forwards. The Zens keep on going and for the flier this is a significant moment even if nothing special appears to have happened from a spectators viewpoint.

So with standard 1.5s and Race Rods we looked at grid 360 upward and downward rolls along with ladder up/down and block moves. With 5 kites the parallel diagonal infinity looked like it would run out of air space but I think that it will be worth trying in the 16 grid.

As the breeze gradually increased a point was reached where the sail and spar configuration felt overpowered. We could have changed spars/sails but took the lazy option and packed up. The journey home usually takes me 15 minutes but today it took an hour due to the temporary closure of the Blackwall Tunnel under the Thames.


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