Sunday was the weekly club fly at Fort Macon. Quite a few of the usual suspects were there. It was a gorgeous day with great winds for all types of kites. And we had kites of all types in the sky. One of the better shows in the past few weeks. I put up my mesh delta with the transition tails and spinner. It’s been a long time since I’ve flown that kite. I also put up a White Bird dragon. I used to fly at least one of these every time I flew but had gotten out of the habit. Time to renew this habit. My husband put up his early Father’s Day present, the very colorful Flo-tail Delta by Premier. It is one beautiful kite with a lot of pull.
There weren’t a lot of stunt kite fliers present but I did get some practice with the quad lines. First, I got a chance to fly the Volksquad by New Tech. It was a very short flight. Before I could get the kite balanced and a feel for how it flies, one of the bungy cords on the sail snapped. That was the end of my test. With no tension on one side of the sail, the kite came tumbling down. I will probably hear about “breaking” the kite for quite a while. At least I won’t have to fix it. It was a tester from the kite shop. However, It may be a while before I get to try out a new kite again. Later, I put up my Vamp Devil. Flew it for a while and then stopped for a some water. I highly advise everyone to mark their quad line handles so you can tell right from left. I haven’t and when I picked up the handles again, I got them reversed. The end result was a mess of tangled lines. It’s no fun to have to spend the end of your kiting day untangling lines so you can wind them up and put them away. Not my morning.
The day got better, however when we were invited to join some friends on the beach for more kite flying and good company. Someone had been flying on the beach in front of their house and the kite-flying gauntlet had been thrown down. It would be an afternoon of big kites and even bigger line laundry. We took two of our biggest kites to fly. And out friend had a huge Premier spinner to try out on his large Sutton. The winds had picked up from the morning and it was a perfect kite flying day. Before we arrived, the spinner was put up. And it broke the heavy line it was attached with and straightened out a large swivel. We missed the show of our friends running across the beach trying to get the spinner deflated and safely grounded. The call went out for a heavier line and swivel.
Our local kite shop owners came to the rescue and brought over the line and swivel after the shop closed for the day. The guys put up the spinner while the gals visited and supervised. The first attempt resulted in the sand anchors being pulled down the beach as the spinner caught the wind. It was gorgeous, but the pull was tremendous. Not to be defeated by line laundry, the anchors were re-buried and the spinner was put up once again. The spinner was a great show on the beach and drew a small group of people to watch the launches and the flight. When, once again, the anchors started to be pulled out of the sand, we quit and brought the spinner down. It went home to the kite shop and we enjoyed the last of the afternoon sun.
Thank you, LeeAnn and Bob, for the invitation and the great company that afternoon and evening.
That really doesn’t mean much to me anymore. Every day is a Friday or a Saturday. What distinguishes the days for us are trips and kite flying days. Our next trip is a week from today. We’re going to our first sport kite competition. No, not to compete. Just to watch and see what they’re all about.
What distinguishes today is that we went flying at our favorite beach. We popped up three of the Prism Stowaway series of kites. Our two parafoils, one in ice and one in citrus, and the delta in ice. Yes, I couldn’t resist and I bought another parafoil. The citrus one (green). All three are so easy to carry and put up. I recommend them to anyone who wants a “spur-of-the-moment” kite in their car. And, of course, I practiced with my Vamp Devil. I tried out a new set of quad handles. They’re a slightly different configuration that my other handles. I didn’t notice that much difference but I’m such a novice at the quad line thing, I may not have known any better.
Was there a reason we flew today? Actually there were a couple of reasons. It is hot and only going to get hotter. We wanted to take advantage of the cooler (relativity) morning before the scorcher afternoon. And school is now officially out and the tourists are going to be arriving in force. We will be trying to avoid the beach on the weekends and, thereby, avoid the traffic and the attitudes. Yes, there seems to be a growing attitude of visitors that they’re wants and desires (I won’t say needs) are to come above anything else. They are on vacation and are, therefore, to be catered to. I grit my teeth. And they dont’ think they need to follow basic driving courtesies. Agreed, not everyone is like this. But you know what they say, a few bad apples can spoil the barrel. On to more pleasant things.
Upon checking my emails today, I found quite an unexpected surprise. OMG I am now the proud owner of a Chiroptera by Will Sturdy. The Chiroptera is an indoor/xUL single line kite. An original design. And I won it in a raffle. Me, who’s unluckiness is legendary, won a kite. I will pick it up when we go to the sport kite competition next weekend. I now have a kite to fly on those miserable windless days this summer. I’m very, very excited!
I’ve started another kite building project but I’ll leave that discussion to another day.
Have you ever gotten up in the morning and just felt like crap. No distinct symptoms, just a general blah feeling. Well, this was my morning. Today was the weekly kite club fly and I just didn’t feel like packing up the car and going to the beach. Egad! Did I really write that? Not going to the beach? There is definitely something wrong.
I ended up going to the beach but not to fly. I returned the borrowed blue Vamp Devil and made an equipment exchange with a friend that was promised last week. Then, after a short stop at the kite store, I went home. And didn’t do much. I watched TV, dozed a bit, and equalized some quad lines so they would be ready for the next flying day. And I started getting the pattern ready for my next kite build. That’s about it.
Just before sunset, I was feeling the urge to fly. So my husband and I went to the beach. There was no one there. Of course, there was only an hour to go before the gate to the park was closed for the night. And clouds had started rolling in and taking a beautiful sunset away from us. But the temperature had cooled down and the breeze was coming up. And I pulled out my latest acquired kite. Yes, it was the Vamp Devil Quad.
Right now I am finding out exactly how to set the lines so that I have a comfortable feel for the kite. The really hard point to find is the right setting for the brake lines. I thought I had found a solution and I was right. Today I felt I had the best control that I’ve ever had. It’s just a matter of tweaking until it feels right. I flew for a little less than an hour. The sun went down and the gate was about to be closed when we left. That’s twice this week we’ve been the last car out. Keep this up and the rangers will start to know our car on sight and tell up to lock up on our way out.
I am really loving this kite. It is such fun to fly and almost makes a spectacle of itself it in the air. It is not only me who is captivated by this kite. One of our out-of-town fliers has purchased another color Vamp Devil and is having it shipped to him. Another flier is seriously, seriously considering a purchase. That’s three gone in one week. I don’t know if it is catching on as fast in other areas of the country but it’s making a stir here. Who knows? We may start up a Vamp Devil flying team and fly at our fall kite festival. Well, maybe not. I may not be that brave.
The Vamp Devil quad line kites by Flying Wings have finally arrived at the kite store. All four colors came in and two were already spoken for. Yes, one of the two was mine. I now am the proud owner of a black Vamp Devil. It does look devilish. So many quad line fliers don’t like this kite because it is slow and not too precise. But it is fun and that is what I’m looking for in a kite. It has a long tube tail that is pointed on the end. This slows the kite down but adds a great effect in the sky. Being I prefer “old school” kites, this one flies just the way I like to.
I took it out last night just before sunset. The wind was very light so I flew it without the tail. (Yes, the tail is removable and the kite flies with or without it.) It is going to take some time to get the lines tuned just right. But it was fun, fun, fun!!!!! Photos soon. But in the meantime, check out this video.