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29/05/2016 Blackheath

Posted by Felix Mottram, 29 May 2016 - - - - - - · 13 views

Another early(ish) start but the weather was not summer like at all.
Vented 1.5 with race rods were occasionally overpowered in the chilly Northerly breeze under low cloud cover.
We discussed handle holding today.  I find that a horizontal grip helps with avoiding inadvertent input in long power pulls.  This comes from ‘lig...

22/05/2016 Blackheath

Posted by Felix Mottram, 22 May 2016 - - - - - - · 28 views

Better start time today.  C10:30 on Blackheath.
Diamonds in 1.5s mostly.  I set up the Reflex for some comparison flying.  The muscle memory that we have for flying the 1.5 sails is quite deeply ingrained so it is difficult to assess a sail with different characteristics.
The larger sail does provide more ‘feedback...

15/05/2016 Blackheath

Posted by Felix Mottram, 15 May 2016 - - - - - - · 38 views

A bit of a late start today, almost made it to Blackheath by 11:30am but thwarted by heavy traffic on Cassland Road in Hackney.
Not quite Diamond conditions today so full 1.5 sails with race rods.  Some called moments and an occasional appreciative audience. 
This is the late spring/early summer week when everything is perfect e...

08/05/2016 Blackheath

Posted by Felix Mottram, 08 May 2016 - - - - - - · 44 views

Summer has arrived since we were last at Blackheath.  A month makes an extraordinary difference!
We were set to de-sand the kites after Cervia but there was little more than dust to shake away.  We set aside some of the vented JMH sails that need attention to the mesh edges.
C10mph from the east so we were on our own vente...

02/05/2016 After Cervia

Posted by Felix Mottram, 02 May 2016 - - - - - - · 54 views

The advanced party attended the event from the beginning.  Those less fortunate mostly arrived on Wednesday 27 th April ready for the final four days of the event.
We were on the beach early every day and thoroughly enjoyed our flying and using the full selection of team kites.  It was great to see the eight 1999 JMH sails together in t...

24/04/2016 Olympic Park/QE Park

Posted by Felix Mottram, 24 April 2016 - - - - - - · 84 views

London Marathon Sunday so we used the alternative venue which is good for the Northerly breezes.  The occasional sunny intervals were very welcome in the chilly breeze.
Checking 100ft lines was really the agenda for today ahead of Cervia.  By chance we ended up with an odd mix of 1.5 sails.  I was on full vented with race, others on...

17/04/2016 After Berck

Posted by Felix Mottram, 17 April 2016 - - - - - - · 76 views

We arrived late on Wednesday evening.  Thursday provided a light wind opportunity so I flew the Revolution Reflex along with other interested fliers.  I was impressed by the very positive feel down the lines even when the kite was lifting almost vertically.  I am familiar with hooking onto rising air with no real feedback.  Others thou...

10/04/2016 Blackheath

Posted by Felix Mottram, 10 April 2016 - - - - - - · 75 views

Soon after 10:30 again today for a final casual fly prior to the Berck/Cervia launch of our event season.
Some final shuffling of kit was completed and the flight box is now prepared for Cervia as well.
SE breeze again but colder and stronger than last week.  Vented sails with race rods today.  The circus has almost completely pa...

03/04/2016 Blackheath

Posted by Felix Mottram, 03 April 2016 - - - - - - · 83 views

10:30 start near enough and we were still on the East side of road because of the circus.  The light SE breeze was coming ‘up the hill’ from the pond so mostly steady.
Full sails and diamond rods for most of us.
We were six up today having been joined by Tom Greenfield and Damon Meheux.  Damon flew with the team from...

27/03/2016 Blackheath

Posted by Felix Mottram, 27 March 2016 - - - - - - · 97 views

Late arrival as usual after the clock change and we sat out the approaching torrential shower.  Once it had passed it looked like there was a half hour interval before the next one.
We set up xtra vents with 4 wrap spars as the wind speed was about 18mph gusting upwards to 25mph or more.
The following shower did not actually amount to...

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