With so many people setting up for the mega fly it is important that everyone can set up and pack away quickly and efficiently.
Based on some observations of less experienced flyers I have recently seen, may I suggest that they take the following tips into account.. for their every day flying too.
1. Wind all 4 lines onto a figure-8 winder. Don't waste time winding out one pair at a time. Leave handles attached. You don't need to separate left and right, but it may help to mark one handle and lineset at both ends of the sleeving with marker pen, as long as you remember to always attach that set on the same side of the kite! Get some coloured sleeving, green for "Go" (ie top lines) red for "Stop" (ie bottom lines) and always remember your colour sequence when attaching your lines (can cause severe confusion if you get it wrong!)
Always carry your line winder and a ground stake with you. Always!
2. Start at the handle end. Place your handles around a ground stake, it's easier if you put them in a 'W' shape so separating left and right sides. This will help in the untangling stage later! Wind out the lines and when you get to the end, separate the two pairs apart at arms length. You can start to untangle now, pulling gently to undo most of the twists and tangles. If a friend can help move the twists towards you it will help too, but you can also do this by yourself as it's easier if the kite isn't attached.
3. When assembling the kite, face the wind and lay the kite face down leading edge towards your handles. It's a lot easier when your kite is not flipping all over the place, especially in high winds, but I saw someone struggling with this in 5mph wind at Brighton yesterday. Why make life hard for yourself and risk damage!
4. When attaching lines, place kite face down, leading edge towards your handles, on top of the lines and about 2 feet closer than the ends of the lines. Flip up each wing up in turn, prop it up with your head, and this leaves you in a nice wind (and rain!) sheltered spot in which to attach your lines with both hands, checking the bridle is free before you attach them.
5. Pick the kite up by its leading edge, and gently turn it over and place leading edge down on the ground. It will not take off or fall over in this way! Check your bridle is not tangled or caught up in any way NOW! Trace the lines back to the handles and finish your untangling at the handle end. Again if you get really stuck get a friend to assist. Don't take off unless absolutely necessary - make your adjustments with the kite still leading edge down. If 50 people are spinning around in the sky an accident WILL happen.
6. When packing away, do the opposite. Land kite leading edge down, turn over onto its face with leading edge towards the handles. Detach the kite from the lines, making sure you pair up each set by larks heading the sleeving together, take up the tension on the lines gently, then wind up onto your figure-8 winder. Stick your deassembled and rolled up kite under your arm as you wind in.
Efficiency will be everything, with an event this size!
I guess we will have a small ground crew who will be able to assist, but if you're going to faff about while an audience of thousands watches, the rest might not wait for you!