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  1. Delivery of the new Rev sails occurred on Monday 9th April. 41 Rev kites were duly packed ready for Berck and Cervia. We had an excellent four days in Berck. The 20 square meter parafoil flew beautifully, initially just from the bridle point, hand held, and later on the 100m x 5.00mm spectra which was wonderful to handle, and again, basically hand held. Our older (to us) parafoil needs some tuning. The new ‘1.5 proportioned Rev 1 format sail’ with green race rods worked very well indeed. It was ‘out of the bag’ and straight into an arena spot there! The mid vented JMH sails definitely filled the gap between the 1.5 sail and the full vented. Just what we needed. The wind today, Tuesday, was not as strong as forecast so we did not get to fly the RSS (Reflex Super Spider). 'Rest day' tomorrow than flying Heathrow to Bologna on Thursday ahead of 10 festival days in Cervia… Felix
  2. The rain/drizzle almost stopped for a while but there was little or no breeze so we did not really get any flying today. Rowan persevered walking and running 360s… I ran out a set of 150ft lines and briefly flew a Zen using longer handles. Typically I needed a small increment of extra forward, much less than the leaders offered. The new sails have arrived in the UK. I hope that delivery will be as advised on Tuesday. I will then have to shuffle the team kit box ahead of our departure to Berck on Friday. All being well, in addition to the new Rev sails we will also be flying a ‘new to us’ 1991 Jørgen Møeller Hansen parafoil. Felix
  3. Last week the slow recovery from ‘flu’ and the clock change conspired against me so I did not get to fly… Today the Easter Circus was on our regular field so I set up on the ‘church’ field just before the footballers arrived. They were intent on using the marked field so there was no conflict! A light northerly breeze was not particularly consistent and I was not in the ‘mood’ for running around so full 1.5 sail, diamond LE and race uprights… The forecast had indicated higher UV levels and despite the thickish cloud my glasses were at their darkest. We will have to do a kit check ahead of Berck and Cervia next weekend. Hopefully this will include the new sails! Felix
  4. 18/03/2018

    I have been suffering from a bout of ‘flu’ for the last few days so, given the weather conditions today, did not venture out! Felix
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  6. There was an easterly breeze again today c10mph but it was arriving from the Iberian peninsula not the Siberian north! Full vented 1.5 sails with race rods and the RSS kite once again. I have been filling a gap in my music history so today we had c1970s classical at length… Not too bad against the low grey clouds with brighter interludes, only a hint of higher humidity keeping it cool. Felix
  7. Southerly breeze 6-8 mph, about 9C and only a light occasional shower today! Quite a contrast to the weather during the week… I did not switch spars in the RSS kite today but it did keep on flying, albeit with a lot more input than a standard 1.5 sail with black race rods. Line sets ordered, kite sails in hand, events listed and just under six weeks before Berck… ‘Time to relax… and fly kites’ Felix
  8. Almost cloudless today but the sun couldn’t really help much in the strong easterly breeze. We did notice some possible thermal effect when the breeze dropped after shifting direction slightly. Xtra Vents again today and after re-adjusting my line set ‘considerably,’ in the case of one line, the RSS kite performed very well indeed. We switched kites around between fliers to understand a bit more about the ‘variable’ settings in use… New sails, Zens and 1.5 mid vents in JMH designs should make the trip from The Scilly Isles to San Diego before the end of this coming week. That will be something to focus our attention ahead of Berck! Felix
  9. Probably 8 mph gusting 15 mph today from the South with the temperature about 10C, so fairly benign for February in London… Mostly full vented 1.5s with race rods and the RSS with standard reflex spars. I am interested in the line settings for the RSS as it seems more sensitive to precise adjustment or maladjustment as the case may be with my current set. Time to get the ‘equaliser’ out really! Another flier put the RSS kite on their own lines and seemed perfectly happy with the overall performance compared to the full vent sail. We are in discussion about an event in Ireland at the end of June. Always good to go somewhere ‘new’. Felix
  10. Sunny to start but the convection clouds soon developed and eventually became an almost continuous cover. The westerly breeze was about 15mph but gusting considerably higher. Mostly Xtra Vents with four wrap spars (which were occasionally overpowered) but once again I was flying the RSS kite with the standard Reflex spars. In the higher gusts I definitely needed additional brake and it was clear that the ‘tractor’ like stability of the Xtra Vents did have some advantage that may or may not be countered by the lighter weight and speed of turns of the RSS kite. (A further brake step on the RSS kite may do the trick) Quite a bit of called flying today but it was limited by the ‘tired hand’ factor. The lack of warming sun eventually saw us packing a bit earlier than usual. As luck would have it traffic back to Hackney was slow today! Felix
  11. There were a few sunny intervals today when there was a perceptible warmth from the sun but it was mostly thick low clouds in the brisk and cold NE breeze. The forecast was for 13 - 26 mph but I don’t think that the gusts really approached 26 mph. Full vented 1.5s with green race and the RSS again but I went with the standard Reflex spars today. Speed and window were mostly consistent given it was mostly called flying today. The edge of window lulls had me needing to move quickly to get the sail moving but ironically in some of the gusts I felt that I could use more brake! The Portsmouth event is confirmed now so we only have a couple more events to finalise. Felix
  12. Mostly stable WSW breeze under cloudy sky today. 12mph (probably) gusting to c18 plus but only briefly. Mostly on 1.5 full vented with green race, (I didn’t look closely). I was flying the RSS with the ‘Diamond’ rods. There certainly seemed to be a good wind window match between these kites and when I added 2cm ‘forward’ on my line set others in the team found that this sail and configuration worked fine. I had also tightened the bungees reducing the sail profile deflection to about 2cm, probably less than half than with the factory setting. Nothing called today. We were looking out for the occasional breaks in the cloud… Invites have arrived for Berck and Cervia. Just need to get the ‘team’ up to speed! Felix
  13. 21/01/2018

    For a while this morning it looked as if the forecast rain was going to arrive late. The radar showed a shadow effect persisting from St Albans down to East London. It was not to be; the initial rain really did close in and then turn to snowflakes in Hackney… Our plans for a mid vented 1.5 sail are almost finalised and they should be ready in time for Berck. We also have other sail projects in the pipeline for later in the year. The forecast, however unreliable at this distance, looks positive for next Sunday! Felix
  14. From the web cam it looks like it was sunny all day in Berck. The initial brightness on the horizon just about reached Blackheath by the end of our session today. The predicted 2mph gusting to 0mph was about right so not a lot of called flying today. We were six up again and then Tom and Frances appeared en route to the north of England. It was an opportunity to catch up on planning details for 2018 events and for Tom to get back in on the line albeit briefly. Events for 2018 are shaping up. We just need to get some formal invitations in place now! Felix
  15. A bright day with a blustery NE breeze probably averaging about 15mph. Mostly Xtra Vent sails with race rods and the Reflex Super Spider with its standard frame. Six up so mostly called flying today against a ‘random’ musical background. The RSS was very light compared to the Xtra Vents. There is a slight issue with the RSS when it is stalled at the edge of the wind window at the end of a move. Getting it moving again requires ‘a lot of input’. With so little sail area there is inevitably ‘not a lot of grip’. The lightness and speed of turns was certainly appreciated by the fliers who tried the kite today. We’ll have to get all the team to fly it in line with the other higher wind sails. Felix
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