The kite flying weekend continued with the regular Carolina Kite Club fly. We almost decided not to try to fly in the 2-3 mph winds. However, when we arrived at the beach, there was a large delta in the air with a spinner trailing behind it. Logically, this kite should not have been flying in those light winds, especially with the drag of the spinner. But there it was. So we gathered up our light wind kites and went to join the other flier. To add to the amazing flight of the delta, it was flying on heavy line which was adding to the drag.
Not to be outdone, other members of the club put up a RWB delta with tails and a couple of the Critter kites by Skydog, the Penguin and the Elephant. I got out a small six-sided kite that I made some years ago and my light wind Fled. It took some work to get the kites up but once they were high enough, they flew pretty well. The Fled almost got away from me when a sudden gust of wind came up. There was not enough sand in the bag anchor and the kite started dragging it across the beach. Then the wind dropped and they all fell down. Except for that amazing delta kite.
Before leaving, Don from the Kites Unlimited Kite Shop brought out a small light wind stunt kite from Into The Wind called the Wisp II. This kite was just right for the 2 mph wind we had. At first it seemed too fast and twitchy. But once I lightened up on the lines, it was a blast to fly. For a small light-weight kite, it tracked across the sky surprisingly well and only needed fingertip control. I guess you could say it was love at first sight. There is one of these on order for me and it will be a red one.
This past weekend was one of the busiest we’ve had in a while. The Carolina Kite Club was asked to participate in Kite Day at Sturgeon City Park in Jacksonville, NC. The Parks & Recreation Dept. sponsored this activity to promote family fun. The club was invited to put some kites in the sky and help those attending with their kites. Small diamond kites were provided for the kids to decorate and fly. They could also bring their own kites.
Weather-wise, it was great. The temperature was not too hot and the sky had scattered, puffy white clouds. Wind-wise, it was a different story. There was no wind for most of the morning. The club members positioned themselves at the top of the hill in order to find what little wind was available.
Kites went up and kites came down. Kids ran around pulling their kites behind them. There were even a couple of optimistic souls trying to fly stunt kites. Despite the lack of kite-flying success, everyone seemed to be having a good time at the park.
My acquisition of new kites has continued. I obtained two more White Bird dragons on eBay this week. Months and months go by and White Bird kites are hard to come by. Then there is an influx of them as people empty their kite bags for one reason or another. So the latest additions to my collection are a 25 ft. Rainbow dragon and a 25 ft. Sun Face dragon.
The Rainbow dragon completes a set of Rainbow dragons of varying sizes. Putting them up at one time should look pretty impressive in the sky. The Sun Face adds another unique sail design to my collection.
The hard part about getting new kites is not being able to fly them when they arrive. We had house guests for the weekend and we missed the weekly kite club fly at Fort Macon State Park. This seems to be happening more and more often lately. Though I’m not complaining, I do have to get my kite fix or suffer withdrawal. So this afternoon I went to the beach and flew all of my latest White Bird additions. Five dragon kites in the sky. What a wondrous sight.
The two on the left are the latest additions. The middle kite is the White Bird Golden Gate dragon. The two on the right are both White Bird Friendly Dragon dragons. I think of them as the brothers and, true to form, they fought in the sky, tangled their lines and brought each other down. I had to separate them.
It was a great day at the beach. The wind was not too strong and the temperature was not too hot. I would have liked to stay longer but I was given a dinner invitation that I couldn’t refuse. It meant I didn’t have to cook and I didn’t have to do the dishes. And if you’re wondering how one person flies five kites at once. Here’s our secret (which is not really a secret at all). Sand bags made from inexpensive nylon backpacks.
The weekly Carolina Kite Club fly didn’t go very well this week. There was no wind, lots of heat and humidity and way too many “no-see-ums”. For those of you who don’t know, the no-see-um is an extremely small flying insect that has a big bite. They are annoying and persistent. Where there is one, there are a thousand and no bug repellant seems to keep them away. They can make a beautiful day miserable.
There has been kite activity in the past couple of weeks. Most of it did not involve flying however. Some hours were spent doing line maintenance. Specifically the untangling of a rat’s nest of a quad line set. At first it looked hopeless but with a little persistence and patience, I now have a line set ready to use. As long as I was working on quad lines, I rewound two other sets in order to reduce the possibility of future tangles. Less time untangling, more time flying.
There were some additions made to the kite bags recently. I managed to add a couple of White Bird dragon kites to my collection. One was the Golden Gate Bridge dragon, a pattern I hadn’t seen before and one not found on their catalogue pages. The other is a Friendly Dragon dragon. I already had three Friendly Dragon dragons in different sizes. This one gives me a complete family. The purchases bring my White Bird dragon collection up to a total of eleven. My ultimate plan is to put every dragon I own in the air at the same time. A festival of White Birds. There will be pictures when I do it.