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  1. High cloud and a light SW breeze to start today. Mostly 1.5 sails with diamond and race rods but I put up the standard Reflex as a reminder for the ‘feel’ of a larger sail. Just a small bit of called flying today with some musical background. We should be on site as usual on the next two weekends and hope to have a new kite to test fly at some point! The fast approaching slightly lower clouds partly prompted our departure today. It didn’t look particularly threatening but as soon as we were all in the cars it started raining… Felix
  2. The forecast was such that we had decided against any attempt to fly today. The rain turned to snow shortly after 8:00am in Hackney and it was still falling at 1:00pm. There is no real accumulation as the temperature has been just above freezing point… A slow trudge in the slush proved the be hard work, not least because of the ‘age related slip fear’. I may have to forego the usual bicycle circuit on Monday if conditions do not change. Felix
  3. Low grey clouds and heavy drizzle at times today! The breeze was from the NW and mostly about 5mph so there was some lift available for the wet kites and lines. Full 1.5 sails, mostly with race rods worked with occasional wet face down moments. There were some issues with wet line wraps; somewhat inevitable, I guess… No calls and no tunes today, just the hiss of the traffic on the A2. Felix
  4. Mostly clear blue sky with a reasonably steady westerly breeze today. Mid vents with race rods were used but the one full vent was only occasionally underpowered. The fillers between the Decs tracks were supposed to have been edited out but somehow that hadn’t happened. Another try required but we put up with the drums today! Just the occasional call today and we finished when the tracks ran out and the occasional clouds began to become more frequent. Accidents at the Blackwall Tunnel meant that some of us took the scenic route home via Rotherhithe. Felix
  5. Variable cirrus and other high cloud today meant that there was no low cloud formation so some sunshine filtered through. The NW breeze was mostly at about 4mph but quite often dropped away after shifting towards the SW. Full 1.5 sails with diamond LE and race uprights were mostly OK but a few line catches proved to be ‘final’! Not much called today but we did have some of the team tracks playing. Felix
  6. Variable breeze from the NW today, sunny spells in between dark cumulus. We were on full vented 1.5 sails with race or 4 wrap spars. Xtra vents with race rods would have been a better set up as the wind speed was based around 15mph but was gusting much higher for extended periods. We had a ‘line’ incident’ at the start and the solution was to pull the lines tight together and then tease out the counter twists under pressure. There really was an actual crossed line at the core of the problem which was simply resolved by untying one line at the handle end while holding the line tension to the kite. Mostly called flying today, once we got started, with various tracks from the team music list. I had taken the precaution of wearing extra layers so remained reasonably comfortable. Others were less prepared for the 7C less windchill. Felix
  7. Clear blue sky to start but over the two hours on site the fine weather cumulus gradually built up in the WNW breeze. Full vented 1.5s with race rods were only occasionally overpowered. Mostly free flying but when we added some music to the mix there were a few calls as well. No issue with the site today. The breakdown and cleaning were well advanced… Felix
  8. We were on site at the normal time despite the clock change!
 Northerly breeze, probably 10 plus mph gusting higher so full vents with race rods. While the temperature did reach double figurers (centigrade) today I was glad of an extra layer, just in case! The clear-up after Blackheath Firework display may impact our regular flying site next weekend but the plan is to be there as usual… Felix
  9. It was not quite as windy as had been forecast but we still flew the Xtra Vents with 4 wrap spars today. While it was not actually ‘cold’ it was a timely reminder to layer up and remember the gloves, ‘just in case’. No calls and no music today. Just the whistling lines… We might be on site a bit early next weekend after the clocks change! Felix
  10. The day had started with clear blue sky but a dense layer of low cloud formed before we set off from Hackney. This cloud layer gradually broke up in the SW breeze and later in the day there was plenty of sunshine. Full vented kites with race rods were only occasionally slightly underpowered. We were talking again today about the merits of a mid vented sail and the cost of getting a team set for the rare occasions when they would be needed. Doubling up the the music playing device worked very well today once the technical issues were resolved finally. Martin has the reserved ‘seat’, of course… When it is working the web cam at Berck streamed via You Tube is very good. I hope that it will be in place for the kite event in April next year! A two hour window should work very well… Felix
  11. The light west to north westerly breeze today was a bit elusive but there was some warm sunshine to make it feel less autumnal than might be expected for the OSOW weekend in the UK. Full sails with diamond LE and race uprights but we had one casualty with an awkward ground contact. Two clean breaks in one diamond spar! I’m wondering if they are still available? Some called moves today with a different soundtrack… Chris from Ireland (Ohio/New York) paid us a visit today having recently moved back to London. We will expect to see him on the kite circuit again! Felix
  12. The weather had not looked promising but we were lucky with our usual timing. It was showery during the drive from Hackney but there was no rain on Blackheath. SSW with low clouds and the occasional brightness. The breeze was probably 12 mph with occasional higher spells so we were flying mid-vents with Race Rods. Nothing called today but we had musical accompaniment and the occasional passing murmuration of starlings. It seems very early but we are getting asked about plans for 2018. It is 30 years for the team so we might have to do something special <grins> Felix
  13. A mild sunny day with a gentle SE breeze today. Mostly blue sky with high cloud approaching very slowly from the west. Full sails with Diamond LE and Race uprights were just occasionally a little overpowered in the variable breeze. There were quite a few direction shifts suggesting thermals were passing by… After last weeks introduction to music on site, this week with the brighter weather brought out interested ‘passers by’ in greater numbers than we have seen in a long time. It was almost all called flying today interspersed with conversations with our audience. Quite a change… Felix
  14. Back at the usual time and place today. NNW breeze was supposed to be 6mph but it was not consistent. Full sails with Diamond LE and Race uprights seemed fine when there was some air movement. Quite a bit of called flying today not least because we finally (after how many years?) acquired a viable rechargeable music playing ‘device’. Somehow, even for intermittent flying, having something to counter the A2 traffic noise was very welcome. Having been dazzled in the sunny intervals a rather dark cloud did produce a short shower that sent us on our way. The last few spots falling as we got back to Hackney… Felix
  15. A music event on Blackheath meant that we had to find an alternative venue today. There was a pop-up running event on the Olympic park so we flew in the east end of Victoria Park. There was a running event in Victoria Park as well as a cricket match but there was still some space in the NE ‘corner’. The westerly breeze was somewhat erratic and gradually strengthening. Mid vents with race rods were OK most of the time. Nothing called but there was a sax, bass and drums combo that set up close by soon after we arrived so we had a live accompanyment. It was a pity that the breeze was not more consistent but in a tree lined area that is what would be expected. We should be back on Blackheath next weekend. Felix
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