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21/07/2019 After Shropshire

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Felix

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There was a deluge on the M40 as we headed out for lunch and an after lunch stroll on Friday before the event.

The selected accommodation seemed fine on Friday evening.

Saturday weather was mostly dry but with a variable wind rolling over the field boundary of houses and trees.  We did, however, manage to launch Expandable box kite 1996 after some helpful advice and energetic contributions from the gathered kite fliers who also confirmed the source of the design, Eiji Ohashi.  It did not fly for long but we now understand the basics.

After a brief fly of the late JMH Delta and the 1990 Parafoil we set about launching the JMH Della Porta: Nine squares 1993.  I had added inserts to strengthen the main spars and we had time to accept advice on the bridle settings which entirely matched my perception of how the kite had behaved previously. Finally we reduced the tail load by one half, looping one of original tail ends back to the other attachment point.  We achieved a sustained stable flight before running out of field area.

Saturday evening meal at one of a number of local curry houses was rather good but there was a loud event back at the pub where our overnight accommodation was located.

On Sunday the breeze was slightly lighter but just as variable.  There was not enough consistent breeze to get both of the parafoils launched within the confines of the site but we did get the anchors and safety line configuration established.

We flew two of the three meter Rokakku kites with heavy spars over two sessions along with the late delta as well.

We noted that while we could have flown the Rev kites during the course of the weekend the conditions were really not likely to have made for an interesting or constructive experience.

Most of us were off site at about 5:00pm just after receiving an award for team effort over the weekend.

Felix

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