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19/05/2013 Blackheath

Posted by Felix Mottram, 19 May 2013 · 270 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 the physical moves learned will translate to moves required with the full sail in really light conditions.  I personally have no doubt that this will be effective just like the importance of 'maximising' break settings in low wind conditions.  The 'fast forward' fliers will have no 'grip' in the sky and will be the first to give up in low wind conditions. <grins>

The switch to Zen/CR Masterpieces from the full vented B1.5s was an interesting transition.  Suddenly having a sail that could hold altitude required a quick switch in flying technique.  One day a careful comparison of the Zen/CR Masterpiece characteristics could be useful.  Both kites worked very well today as the prevailing breeze switched off and then re-established from the North-East.

Felix




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