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13/10/2013 Blackheath

Posted by Felix Mottram, 13 October 2013 · 243 views

Heavy steady rain this morning so no point in an early start on Blackheath today.  Time to do the ESTA application ahead of the Miami trip… 
 
Careful ‘study’ of the Met Office forecast today suggested that the rain would ease around 1:00pm over East London and that was what happened. 
 
Some of the site at Blackheath has now been mown but not the corner where we usually set up.
 
It was very wet underfoot.  We flew ‘wrong sails’ today, Xtra vents with race rods, getting some more low wind technique time in the sky.  Another incremental ‘extra brake’ adjustment on Rowan’s lines appeared to suggest that the difference in spring back between standard race and green race really can have an impact!  We were switching kites/lines as the conditions were constantly changing so it was hard to assess the different configurations…
 
Ultimately a team, (even a mega team) would need to have kites and lines ‘set up identically’ in order to achieve consistent performance <grins>
 
Felix




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