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  1. Ah, those look like poke throughs caused by an object, stress is usually higher on the sail. I can't picture your holes getting worse, and tape might make it look worse than the holes, maybe a small dab of glue or like that. But you won't see the holes at the end of your lines anyways.

    I'm inclined to agree. Use Super Glue Gel first put some tape on the back of the kite, apply the gel to the front as neatly as possible, then when the glue has dried completely, remove the tape from the back of the sail. We have used this technique well on much bigger holes than you have there.

  2. Hi , I am lucky enough to be going to the festivals in Jakarta, then Lampung then Singapore at the end of June. I am really looking forward to seeing the rev fliers there.

    Who else is going and would anyone be interested in a little Rev Team coaching. The organisers have said they hope to have some time and space to make this happen.

    Really exctied about the trip as i have been trying to get to these festivals for about 10 years!

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  3. OK, so whilst we were at Berck this year there was a particularly windy day when all those fair weather fliers with 2 strings struggled a bit with the wind. Now, those die hard rev addicts amongst you will not be surprised that although very strong (30mph ish) the wind did not present the same problem to the Rev Teams :kid_smartass:

    On the field at one time were the Mega Vent kites based on the Barresi Pro, the Rev Polo vent and The Flying Squad's T-Bag kites built from a standard Barresi full vent then attacked with a soldering iron. All three designs were clearly effective at the job but all three had a very different feel in the hand. This lead me to wonder how much vent (or indeed sail) were in each kite?

    So, my question to you all is, has anyone done the maths? If so, what are the figures?

    My second question is, does the position of the vent matter more or less than the volume of vent?

  4. Many of us have been trying various methods of videoing our flying. Some have attached cameras to a cap, others to a kite.

    I found these, and gave us an early Christmas present.

    http://hsindustries.com/updateable/update_display.cfm?pageid=2624&categoryID=51&CFID=29896773&CFTOKEN=56822598

    I got them here.

    http://www.midwayusa.com/Product/197251/hunters-specialties-i-kam-xtreme-video-camera-hunting-glasses-30-megapixel-polymer-frame

    I understand that they are available at REI, but have not checked that out.

    We went to the park yesterday and gave them a try. This was our first try. I neglected to raise my head high enough when the kites were high in the sky. Easy to correct. Due to the preset camera resolution, the files are very large, but can be converted to other formats and made smaller. When that is done, the picture is not as crisp, but still very good. Here is a clip of our first try. This clip is at the higher resoulution, so I made it only 30 seconds.

    Thanks for the "heads-up" Jim (pun intended) and might i complement you and you good lady on some great flying!

  5. Great, thanks all for your replies.

    It sounds like a very happy Rev family.

    Yep, I'm slightly scared of becoming a Rev widow!

    I'm sure we'l be popping to Blackheath soon. I suspect I have very little talent and potential in kite flying though...

    Cheers again guys, that's all really useful.

    Clo, you will find that most of the top teams around the world have at least 1 female pilot. It's not a strength based skill so don't right it off until you try. Of course if you live in California or Southern France then the good weather and sunshine make it a little easier!

  6. After my doublet 8 days ago in French championship, here I am on returning to the moment of the Europe Cup with another two other international titles: champion of Europe in 4 lines (for the 3rd time) and vice champion of Europe in 2 lines (for the 7eme time).

    Balance sheet(Assessment) 2011: 4 championships

    Félicitations Steph. I hope you have a big trophy cabinet.

  7. Here is a link to the next routine...

    Still processing!

    Felix

    You must forget all you have learned and only then will you be open to the real dark side!

    Joking aside, from the crowds point of view this is pure entertainment. I'm guessing the wind was from the town?

  8. The weather is looking good for the event this coming weekend.

    We will have to deal with light winds and turbulence as the wind will be from the south, coming over the town.

    Let's hope that the tide is out! [EDIT High tide 10:58 and 11:45...]

    Felix

    Also for anyone thinking of going, there is a Spanish team called Imagina going. They fly rev team as good as the next man but then they have a ballet that is out of this world. Forget anything you have seen before in Europe, this is performance with Revs and fantastic to watch so, if you were thinking of going, make sure you stick around for Imagina.

  9. Check this out.

    Nice video of the Sunday Megateam @ Scheveningen Kitefestival 2011 (The Netherlands)

    Great performance done by pilots of The Flying Squad, The Decorators, Team AIR4CE, Carl Robertshaw and Mark Maier.

    Thank you all !!, i was great to be part this.

    Marc/Madquad

    Thanks Mark. Watching it seems hard to believe the other Mark has only flown in team a couple of times before this.

    Also i think this was the only time all weekend that The Decorators flew without being in a torential rain storm. Professionals to the last they kept flying even though there was only 1 person left on the beach.

  10. 1st Marc van der Graaf

    2nd Stephen Versteegh

    3rd Remco de Beijer

    Thank you Revolution !!!

    Well done all, we got to watch from the side and the standard was very high. There must be something in the water in Holland because we saw outstanding flying from all the Rev fliers, both in competition and down by the sea shore.

  11. The radio setup is one-way so that the captain speaks, but can't hear anyone else. Which is perfect for team flying: I can't hear whining from the team and if they misbehave, they have to listen to me sing. :)

    I so feel you Mike! It's a shame team fliers don't come with a mute button! :kid_devlish:

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  12. Its about time we stop the multilingual calling....Saves time...and Mr Hoaths throath too !

    Please....all learn to understand the international calls, makes everything much easier.

    Just my opinion. kid_content.gif

    Agreed and it also will stop me offending people with my poor Spanish and French. If people cant understand my calls in English i will just have to speak slower and shout louder until they understand me! :kid_smartass:

  13. So for example, we're leaving for WSKIF on Wednesday, returning home the following Monday meaning Laurel will miss 4 days of school. I know it's worth it. You know it's worth it. The question is, how can we justify it to the school so they will accept those days as "excused" absences?

    At WSKIF there are whale bones and the world kite museum. What else? Anything that will work for all kite festivals?

    I'm sure there must be some international fliers there this year? If so, it's a cultural exchange, worked for us last year!

  14. Blimey (Stone In Shoe) Bob - That's seriously vented! Not that I'm going to try this just yet, but what size are the holes? How did you make them? And what sort of winds will that cope with? I'm assuming an SLE spar??

    Tried your no-snag-handles mod at the weekend btw - Went a treat - Thanks :)

    Strangely we find a lighter frame in the T bag kites works best. They are a great solution before the factory made mega-vents were available. They are still a good solution if you have an old spare sail that you don't mind making hundreds of holes in. They have a smaller wind window than a standard Rev and don't like flat tricks like axles very much but if you need to fly in 30mph plus then they work just fine.

    The Flying Squad took delivery of 6 new Barressi full vents at WSIKF last year and then promptly burned over a 1000 holes in each one. The first hole was the toughy but after that you just get on with it.

    Come to Dunstable kite festival in July and we'll show you in detail.

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  15. There's lot that can be added to this conversation but for now i will just add two things.

    For groups of newer fliers it is helpfull to be descriptive and clear. People soon learn the calls and you are able to abbreviate soon enough. Taking a few extra seconds for the call is not so critical as when flying dual line kites.

    Secondly, give a good pause between the preparatory command and then final execution command. eg. individual, 180 clockwise.........(pause).......GO! (two reasons, it takes a while for some fliers to hear the command and understand it then apply it and finally it helps to give the fliers a chance to say "say what?" before you launch into a full move)

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  16. What causes horizontal lines (scratch like marks), on the sail directly over the vertical spars? (both sides)

    could it be caused ,from axels? or attempting anyways!!......normal wear?

    That would be the only thing new I have been doing, other than practicing no wind flying!!!

    .......STD B-Series,by the way...........confused_1.gifsmile.gif .........Thanks....All........

    One suggestion is that they are caused when your sail tension is too loose. The material creases and rubs against the spars. Try keeping the elastics tight on the sail so that it sits flat.

    If your sail already has these marks then you can either ignore them, keep flying until it gets too bad and use it as a reason to buy a new kite or you can run a thin strip of Ripstop tape down the sail or if you are really keen, smooth the ridges from the carbon rods.

    Either way, it's fairly normal wear.

  17. An easterly breeze at Weymouth would be 'onshore' or thereabouts rather than 'over the houses'. I guess that White Nothe/Ringstead Bay are far away enough for the bumps to be smoothed out.

    Felix

    Whilst the wind was technically on-shore, the arena had been relocated to the end of the beach tucked up behind the see wall and in the lee of the Ferry Port and tall hotels. We knew the wind was bad and that the vents were smooting it out but didn't know how much until we tried to fly a standard kite and had then changing directions all over the place!

    The vents are TFS Customs, it's a relatively simple job. Buy a new Baressi full vent then burn hundreds of holes in it all across the sail. Try not to cry too much when you make the first hole. It gets easier after that.

    They perform really well but with a slightly smaller window than normal. We got these just before the official mega vents were available so that's why we went down this road.

    So unless you enjoy mutilating new kites, do yourself a favour and buy the Mega vent from Rev!

  18. NOT gonna happen ... he has heart failure every time I make that suggestion.

    I have an solution to that problem though ... I believe there are some nice gentleman on the other side of your pond who can print pretty much whatever you want onto a Rev innocent.gif

    OK Baz, here's what we do. We take a picture of my Dragon Rev flying and then get Los Hermanos to print that onto a Rev. Job done, i'm sure that Bazzer wouldn't mind at all!!!! :ani_whistling:

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