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14/07/2013 Blackheath

Posted by Felix Mottram, 14 July 2013 · 518 views

Blackheath was in full on summer mode today.  The recently cut grass is brown but the plantain seed heads have carried on growing to provide plenty of snagging opportunities.  The forecast suggested light winds and it was 0-6+ mph predominately from the NW but with big swings either side.
 
It was another opportunity to test drive the Diamond spars but, while the spars are great, flying directly into the sun without sunglasses makes appreciation of the ‘top of the window’ capabilities a bit difficult.  While I could see the kite and still feel control I could not see the lines to understand quite how slack they had become on some occasions! 
 
Lower down in the wind window the JB Pro 1.5 sail with Diamond spars felt light but very precise.  We flew Zen (Race rods) and Robertshaw (3,4,3_3,3 I think) sails as well as the 1.5s with Diamond and Zen spars today.  There were some moments of ‘silly close’ light wind flying.
 
Rowan flew a Robertshaw sail with 3,4,3_3,3 spars on 80ft lines and he kept the kite airborne most of the time despite the light breezes.
 
Felix




Felix - Can you clarify your spar numbering for the Robertshaws?  I'm not sure I understand the 3,4,3_3,3 numbering.  Is it the center of the leading edge as a 4?

 

. . . I'm just curious . . . It's not like my flying ability would appreciate the subtle differences . . . 

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Felix - Can you clarify your spar numbering for the Robertshaws?  I'm not sure I understand the 3,4,3_3,3 numbering.  Is it the center of the leading edge as a 4?

 

. . . I'm just curious . . . It's not like my flying ability would appreciate the subtle differences . . . 

Sorry Steve,  I just made that up as shorthand but yes, since the beginning, almost, the Decs have flown Rev 1 kites with a 4 wrap centre and 3 wrap the rest.  We found that this helped the less experienced fliers as well as the old hands! <grins> It's a similar thing to tightening the bungees, I suspect...

 

Felix

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Hi Felix and Steve,

 

Just to clarify!

 

I was flying my Robertshaw  with R,3,R_ R,R spars. R=Race!! ;

 

Maggie

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Thanks Maggie

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Thanks for clearing that up.  I don't generally mix rods, but I did pull out a Rev 1 today after reading your blog entry.  Hadn't flown one in quite a while, and this was an old one (with the original bridle with swivels, metal end caps, and 4 wraps all around (I think)).  Winds were light & variable (probably gusting up to 8 mph at times), with some thermal direction shifting.  Typical midwest landlocked summer flying conditions.  However, it was fun to follow my son around the window (he was flying a 1.5 SUL with 2 wraps).

 

Hope you and the team are having a great year in the UK.  Hope to see you at WSIKF.

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