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  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. The weather turned out to be fairly benign today compared to the forecasts, 10-12mph or less and no rain during our usual flying time. The new kite had arrived on Wednesday having spent the previous few days in Leyton. On Thursday I flew it for a short time in about 4mph with the new Diamond rods. Today it was flown for somewhat longer with the standard Reflex frame alongside an Xtra Vent with 4 wrap frame. Today the ‘Reflex Super Spider’ felt light and quick especially through wingtip turns. We did not make much attempt to check the wind window but it felt reasonable without a strict comparison. For our purposes we will have to fly it ‘inline’ in order to assess it fully but my first impressions are that this is a very useful configuration for a 1.5 sail. Felix
  9. The low ‘anticyclonic’ clouds did not break but the SW breeze was mostly consistent. We were mainly on full vented 1.5s with race rods which were only stressed a couple of times. The UE device software has been updated and now has a ‘stereo’ option when using two units. There were plenty of called sequences today with this improved sound system. The new kite arrived at the courier transit facility in Leyton early on Saturday morning according to their tracking. That is about 3 miles from home but delivery is not expected until Thursday… Felix
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. 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
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