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Felix Mottram

Member Since 03 Sep 2007
Offline Last Active Feb 07 2016 07:53 AM

Rev Kite Team Notes, The Decorators > 04/05/2015 After Cervia

Posted Felix Mottram on 04 May 2015 - 03:55 AM

I travelled to Cervia on Wednesday 29 th April arriving in time for some late afternoon flying.  Four full days followed with varying conditions, the highlight day being Saturday 2 nd May when the onshore breeze started early and firmed up sufficiently for a very well received arena performance towards the end of the afternoon.
Along the wa...

Rev Kite Team Notes, The Decorators > 26/04/2015 Olympic Park/QE Park

Posted Felix Mottram on 26 April 2015 - 07:58 AM

Blackheath was unavailable today because of the London Marathon so we met at the north end of the park just to the west end of the cycle circuit.  There is a small area of ‘lawn grass’ rather than the plantain infested area that we had used previously and as line preparation was on the agenda this was the better site.
It just happ...

Rev Kite Team Notes, The Decorators > 08/02/2015 Blackheath

Posted Felix Mottram on 08 February 2015 - 08:09 AM

A mostly smooth c7mph NW breeze and limited convection/relief cloud had us somewhat dazzled but at least slightly warmed today with full 1.5 sails and standard race rods.
The consistency of wind speed really does have a major impact and today, I would say, that there was a gradual increase through the session which meant that the sails were slight...

Rev Kite Team Notes, The Decorators > 01/02/2015 Blackheath

Posted Felix Mottram on 01 February 2015 - 06:27 AM

A blustery NW airstream kept a cloud cap on the heath today with tantalizing glimpses of clear blue sky to the NW.  The sun almost broke through on a couple of occasions, not that it would have made much difference to the wind chill.
Xtra vents with 4 wrap mostly were a bit of a handful in the lulls but the long arm horizontal handles of ligh...

Rev Kite Team Notes, The Decorators > 14/12/2014 Blackheath

Posted Felix Mottram on 14 December 2014 - 06:47 AM

It was bright today with a brisk southerly breeze.  Mostly sunny but with little warming effect.
Full vented 1.5s again with green race were beginning to feel a bit over powered by the end of the session which may be because of flier fatigue, cold getting through or an actual slight increase in the wind speed.
Free flying to start and...

Rev Kite Team Notes, The Decorators > 13/10/2013 Blackheath

Posted Felix Mottram on 13 October 2013 - 06:56 AM

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 Blackheat...

Rev Kite Team Notes, The Decorators > 22/09/2013 Blackheath

Posted Felix Mottram on 22 September 2013 - 06:15 AM

It was a light breeze on Blackheath today but the clouds did not burn off as forecast and at times there was a hint of drizzle.  The field is still not mown so we had to contend with snagged lines yet again. Plenty of line set adjustments today in setting up a variety of spar configurations in the 1.5s and a couple of Robertshaw sails as well....

Rev Kite Team Notes, The Decorators > 21/07/2013 Blackheath

Posted Felix Mottram on 21 July 2013 - 05:45 AM

A cooler start today under full cloud cover.  The breeze at c5 mph from the NE occasionally dropped out completely but full 1.5 sails with 3 wrap mostly worked OK.  I was flying the Diamond spars again and having finally tied on a set of ¼ inch stepped leaders enjoyed the fine tuning and snappy responsiveness <grins> I’m...

Rev Kite Team Notes, The Decorators > 24/03/2013 Blackheath

Posted Felix Mottram on 24 March 2013 - 07:01 AM

Late March gloom with an overnight dusting of snow did not present any real obstacle in getting to Blackheath today but the wind chill on site made it feel colder than any other flying day this winter.Full vented with green race for me again was over stressed on a couple of occasions even with extra brake.  My kite and others with different frames we...