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04/10/2015 Blackheath

Posted by Felix Mottram, 04 October 2015 - - - - - - · 22 views

On arrival at 10:30am the sky was cloud free and there was a very light southerly breeze.
Conditions were just right to follow on from last weekend and to try and see if we could really feel the difference between the diamond and green race verticals.  The simple answer is that we could but that once the windspeed was making the diamond frame...

28/09/2015 After Vienna

Posted by Felix Mottram, 28 September 2015 - - - - - - · 32 views

It was very wet in Vienna on Friday afternoon and there was the prospect of further rain on Saturday morning.  A quick stroll to St. Stephens and after that, a pause for coffee and cake set the tone very well indeed, especially for Saturday when the hospitality was almost overwhelming…
It was occasionally damp on Saturday morning but si...

20/09/2015 Blackheath

Posted by Felix Mottram, 20 September 2015 - - - - - - · 40 views

A ridge of high pressure had arrived to provide a dry weekend just when we needed one.  Bright sun and a light slightly variable breeze from the SW so full 1.5 sails with various flavours of race rods.
It seemed as if every time Ashley decided to call some moves the breeze dropped out or shifted but despite that we did run through some of the...

13/09/2015 Olympic Park

Posted by Felix Mottram, 13 September 2015 - - - - - - · 53 views

Today was one of those where nothing quite works.  Blackheath was off limits because of a music event.  Our fall back site at the north end of the Olympic Park was, we found, all too late also unavailable due to an event yesterday.  There was a slight breeze on the remaining ‘lawn’ but little room to manoeuver.
We could...

06/09/2015 Blackheath

Posted by Felix Mottram, 06 September 2015 - - - - - - · 56 views

We did a brief detour to Stratford station today so arrived on the heath just after 11:00am.  No breeze at all to start with so we set up 1.5 sails with diamond rods assuming a SW wind direction.
On taking off I quickly found that there was air movement from the NW, that being the forecast direction, but it remained intermittent and light....

30/08/2015 Blackheath

Posted by Felix Mottram, 30 August 2015 - - - - - - · 73 views

We flew the new 1.5 JMH sails on 100ft lines for a short while on Saturday in a light southerly breeze at the Aquarius event.  Jacob then had to go and play his set with Jonah’s Raft.  By the time he came back onto the flying field the rain had set in and wet lines and kites were not going to work.
Today on Blackheath there was a c...

23/08/2015 After Bristol

Posted by Felix Mottram, 23 August 2015 - - - - - - · 85 views

We arrived on Friday afternoon at the new site and set up the vented JMH 1.5 sails with 4 wrap as the wind was blustery.  At ground level, though, there was often very little consistency and it was difficult to lift the sails.  All rather frustrating!
Saturday was very warm and the southerly breeze was often very light.  Our first t...

17/08/2015 After Portsmouth

Posted by Felix Mottram, 17 August 2015 - - - - - - · 75 views

It was very wet on Friday afternoon when we arrived in Portsmouth but the weather on Saturday was good.
We had a film crew in tow on Saturday morning and our warm up session was interrupted by the researcher phoning wanting to know where we were!  The preparation for our first demo went quite smoothly considering that we had the full crew tra...

09/08/2015 Blackheath

Posted by Felix Mottram, 09 August 2015 - - - - - - · 80 views

Mostly clear blue sky on arrival c11:30am today.
Light SW breezes so full 1.5 sails with race rods.  Typical summer breeze so no consistency in strength or direction.  Making the best of it free flying was fine but putting the five kites into formal team figures was just tedious.
Cloud cover eventually arrived from the NW with so...

02/08/2015 Blackheath

Posted by Felix Mottram, 02 August 2015 - - - - - - · 103 views

A bright start to the day but a sports event meant that the Blackwell tunnel was closed first thing in the morning so there were a few anxious moments looking for confirmation that the route was clear before setting off.
A light southerly breeze switched direction and strength periodically but 1.5 full sails on race and diamond were OK.  I re...

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