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06/10/2013 Blackheath

Posted by Felix Mottram, 06 October 2013 · 254 views

Glorious sunny day today but there was no breeze at all when we arrived at 10:30am.  Occasionally there was a barely perceptible movement from the west.
 
The Diamond rods may not actually be lighter than the Race rods but they are ‘stiffer’ so the sail loads and the kite moves quickly in response to input from the flier.  In zero breeze the fighter kite technique of pulling the kite up and then letting it glide away works beautifully with these spars.
 
 The ‘lightness’ of touch really becomes apparent as soon as there is actually some breeze as eventually happened today.  I could see the lines at the top of the window today and it was fascinating to watch the ‘catenary’ of the lines as the kite circled.

¼ inch extra brake for Rowan made a significant difference in feel for him today.  The increase in sail loading gave him more to work with in the light wind conditions.
 
Felix




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