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  1. RSS kites today in contrast to last weekend. Today there were also very localised heavy showers to contend with on the brisk SW breeze. We were mostly lucky but were dressed accordingly anyway. Extended no call flying watching the highly contrasted clouds passing by. The plantain seed heads that were becoming prevalent in recent weeks had been mown so really no issues today! No JMH kites today as it was clear that conditions would be a bit fierce. Happy to have the ‘drum kit’ bags back in use finally for kite transport and storage. Both of them were damaged during Cervia and have been replaced with new. Felix
  2. Zens with green race today gives a measure of the breeze from the SW. Mostly fair weather cumulus in long standing lines with very high cloud gradually thickening. There were occasional lulls which made a perfect excuse for putting together some of the JMH kites. First up was the re-framed late Delta. Mainly 10mm carbon tube but with a re-purposed Rev SLE spreader. This is a very good light wind option now. I note that this was flown on the rear connection point. I tried the middle point but the sail was immediately spilling too much air, not enough brake, one might say! Following this I put up both of the 2m Rokkakus having split the main rods for portability. The yellow kite flew perfectly straight away, the blue kite needed the lower bridle shortening slightly, a clove hitch around the 5mm peg that I had prepared before leaving Hackney this morning. I had remembered both kites as being slightly unbalanced but they were fine in ‘just enough’ breeze today. I had repaired the Edo after last weekends attempt but will wait until the missing diagonal ribbon fixing is replaced before trying another flight. I have decided that the Della Porta: Nine squares is probably needing stronger spars and have discovered that Not Zen green race rods with a short carbon rod supplement will fit inside the white fibreglass rods. This may be the next week’s project in addition to de-rusting one of the ‘stairway’ kites… Felix
  3. I had hoped for 8-10mph today but it ended up more like 13-15 with significantly higher gusts. Full vent 1.5s with green race were ok most of the time. I had not taken the RSS kites so that was not an option. During the week I had prepared a light wind frame for the large JMH delta and also modified the frames for the two Rok and Rev JMH Rokakkus which need further bridle adjustment. Today I opted to put together the JMH Edo from 1995. The fact that the bridle took a considerable time to untangle should have been an indicator that this was not really the right kite for the day. In the event there was too much breeze. This really is a light wind JMH design! Good to spend the time looking at the configuration anyway. Felix
  4. The weather forecast for the weekend indicated that Saturday was going to be the day that offered the opportunity to fly JMH kites as well as the Revs and possibly Rev stacks. On that basis we set up with the full banners and tent configuration first thing on Saturday. Not Zens were the right sail all day with green race as usual. We flew the three large JMH Rokkaku kites with the light weight frames and they looked stunning together in the sky. There was not quite enough breeze for the Della Porta: Eight rhomboids kite but it appeared to be completely viable. We did try the Della Porta: Nine squares but once again it exhibited the oscillation with the top of the kite dropping down. Two spars were broken on impact with the ground. We will have to have a close look at the bridling before further attempts to launch this kite. The Rev 1.5 eight stack was flown towards the end of the afternoon. There was rain first thing on Sunday morning with a blustery westerly offshore wind throughout the day. The Rev RSS kites worked reasonably well even in the strongest gusts but it was hard work. We did not put up banners or the tent and used the car as our base… Monday started with the same blustery conditions but as the wind direction slowly changed from west to north it eased somewhat and certainly became more consistent and without the wild changes in direction. RSS sails were again all that we were able to fly but as there was little else in the air that was not a problem really. Travel to and from the event was not too difficult for a Bank Holiday weekend with a total mileage of just over 500 miles. Felix
  5. Cloudy today with occasional brightness and the threat of a shower. Light NE breeze which was mostly steady. Zens and CR sails mostly with green race were comfortable but I did feel somewhat constrained having woken today with an aching left leg. Despite the discomfort I did put together the Della Porta: Nine squares 1993. All seemed ok but there were some questionable knots on the bridle ring and an odd overlay of a couple of the individual bridle lines. As the last time that this kite had been flown five spars had been damaged I was not overly hopeful. The first launch was too short but the kite was certainly tracking to the centre of the wind window. The second launch was longer and appeared to be going well until the top edge of the kite dipped and caught the wind on the back of the kite. The kite was grounded and nothing actually got broken on this occasion but obviously something is not right. A light shower meant a quick pack away of this kite and then a further short Zen session. I may stick to the other two Della Porta kites for Scarborough! Felix
  6. A quiet day on Blackheath, light NE breeze and a first sighting of swifts against the blue sky and bubbling cumulus. Took the Della Porta: Eight rhomboids 1993 today but didn’t check to see if the tails were in the bag. As with the other two kites from this period the tails are actually bagged separately… Still, no broken spars in this one and there is a chance to try it next weekend ahead of the Scarborough event the following weekend. I’ll try to sort the broken 5 spars for the bigger Della Porta: Nine squares 1993 in the meantime. Some of the team will be attending the Shropshire Kite Festival 20th - 21st July. We will take JMH kites on that occasion, for sure, looking for advice on re-sparing some of them. Felix
  7. We took all the team kit to Blackheath today for de-sanding. Many hands made relatively light work of this necessary process. Some of the sand dust is well and truly ingrained in the mesh and fabric of the full vent sails. Only a thorough soaking will remove that! It has been an energetic month with 21 flying days since 5th April. I did not get to fly a kite today and have been reviewing images from Cervia this afternoon. Many of them have been posted on Facebook already! Felix
  8. I had decided not to make notes during the event and do find myself somewhat at a loss to find the words and details to summarise Cervia. It was a very good event, needless to say! Caterina made it known that she wanted to talk about our ‘location’ for the event and had planned to reduce the size of the single line art kite area where we have been for quite a few years now and add a new area to the south of the main arena for the displaced art kites with us as a buffer before the large ‘inflatable’ kites. On the first morning of the event we set up immediately out side Bagno 111, Adriasol, our lunch venue from previous years. That was to remain our location for the entire event, setting up the ‘tent’ and newly acquired JMH banners depending on the weather prospects. Apart from Robert Brassington and Joel Schultz the single line fliers did not take the opportunity to migrate and so we utilised the area along with Team 4 Fun. We did fly some of the JMH collection kites as requested as and when the conditions were favourable. We also set up the 2007 JMH Rev 1 and Rev 1.5 stacks with special help from David Hathaway on the Rev 1 bridles. The team did a very effective relay effort in flying the stacks especially when the conditions were not good for normal team flying. The final day of the event included our participation in the ‘Black Sail’ project with Ashley looking after the music selection and calling the routine. This was deemed a success and the response outside the immediate Rev community was very positive. Felix
  9. It was my 25th visit to Berck according to the records that we have. Conditions were not forecast to be good but we survived the only one really wet day and mostly coped with the offshore wind spells. The NE winds were often pushed round to a northerly flow by the sea-land tendency. Conditions were not good for flying the JMH collection kites much of the time and there were space constraints. It is not good manners to occupy temporarily vacant space where tethered kites have landed… The large Delta kite was the one that proved very stable and with a small launch window so the obvious choice for the night fly on the final Saturday evening. Travel to and from Berck was straightforwards and the grid lock on the final Sunday afternoon did not materialise but we found that we had to queue in a holding process before being able to check in at Eurotunnel for the return crossing. Just a couple of repairs/finishing need to be done before repacking for Cervia. Re-bridling the Rev1 four stacks may have to wait until we are on site. I need to locate the rest of the spares. Felix
  10. Preparations rather than the clock change meant I did not get to Blackheath until 11:15am. Quite a steady ENE breeze so we did put up full vented 1.5s with green race. All very straightforwards so far! I hoped to test fly some of the JMH kites today and started with the Della Porta: Four rhomboids 1993. Not knowing this format of kite (same as Della Porta: 4 squares) I was anxious to find a way to manage the bridle initially and then move the kite to a safe launch point. The kite is 4 metres tall, (measurements still to be amended on the collection site) so I positioned the kite at right angles to the flying line stake point and sorted the bridle with the ‘comb’ that Jørgen had fitted. Then with a ‘helper’ on the line I gradually walked the kite into the wind window turning it upright up to the point that it was ready to launch. The frame of the kite which is somewhat flexible was supported by the bridle at all times. The kite launched and flew very well! <grins> Next up was a more complicated affair, the Double Malay stack 1994. As with the Double/Single Eddy stack 1989, the flying line was staked and the kites set up nose to the ground starting from the front of the stack. We encountered some difficulty with the tails during set-up as well as a final 3 sail ‘loop through’. Once set the whole stack was rolled to the ready position and as soon as the breeze was right the stack launched successfully. The stack was flown from the ‘control bar’ initially but we found that it was stable enough to stake the bar. To land and pack the stack was flown towards the edge of the window and pulled down by the flying line leaving all the tails to the downwind side. Spars were removed starting at the back of the stack and the kites progressively bundled together with the tails free. The tails were then looped together and bagged with the kites. We then flew the Revs for a quick called session to wrap up the days flying. I have to juggle kites and bags for transport to Berck but I think that we have test flown enough kites for that event and will have others to show at the Cervia event which follows very soon afterwards. Felix
  11. Indeed... not used to seeing comments here!
  12. The forecast indicated light NW breeze and some broken cloud. The breeze was just a bit too light for the Double / Single Eddy stack 1989. I had replaced the spreaders and found today that the main spars are very brittle which given that they are 30 years old is hardly surprising! Did some more bridle adjustments on the Della Porta: 4 squares but something is not quite right. Probably need to start from the beginning again! I did remember to take Rev handles but didn’t get a chance to use them. We need to ‘cadge a lift’ for one person travelling back from Berck on the evening of Sunday 14th April. We are two fliers down for Berck, one of them being a driver with vehicle! Felix
  13. Fortunately this was the one Sunday in March that Jacob was in London so we could start assessing the JMH kites. Ironically having been concentrating on selecting kites to try and additional equipment I had left my Rev handles at home. Spares were offered but I did not get to fly a Rev today! For those that did it was RSS sails which gives an indication of the wind speed, probably about 15mph I would guess. First up was a set of 6 banners. Now we remember why we don’t do banners at close quarters. Very noisy indeed, partly, I expect because the fabric is like new.! The late delta seemed to be a reasonably safe choice and was made with different line attachment points. The front most point seemed to work fine but the kite did need a reasonable length of line for it to be stable. Jacob flew the orange/purple Rokkaku from the bridle. Far too much wind really! Finally we set up the late Della Porta: 4 squares with two tails. We do not think that this kite was ‘finished’ and it currently has a bias to the right. I was surprised that it could be flown at all given the wind speed. We did have a celebratory Gammel Dansk at the start of proceedings today! Felix
  14. It was windy as forecast so I did not expect to be on site for long today. Soon after arriving there were relatively long spell where the RSS kites were quite comfortable. Gradually the length of the calmer spells shortened and so kites on the ground time increased. It did not feel as if anything was going to break but it was sufficiently uncomfortable flying so we called it a day at about midday. The Aarhus trip was straightforward but I have to go back to collect four more kites weighing in at just under 20kg/44lb in the skiboard bag. Might have to have a celebratory Gammel Dansk on Blackheath next Sunday, weather permitting! Felix
  15. The weather for the 10th March still does not look promising. We didn’t even try today given the rain and wind! All set for Aarhus, Wednesday. The prospect of so many unique kites to fly is a bit exciting. A whole new chapter, even. Felix
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