The weather cleared, the temperatures moderated and new kites were ready for their first flight. Ever since I flew the two stack of Revs I had in my mind to try a stack of three. The day finally came when I could train my three Rev custom B-Pros (full vent, mid vent, full sail) together. The winds were about 11 mph when we reached the beach. It took me a little time to get all the kites ready and the lines attached. Upon launching, the pull took me by surprise. They flew great but I did have to be careful and ride the brake a bit. After landing, a check of the wind showed it had risen to gusts of 14 mph. This made me a little nervous because I certainly didn’t want to break anything on my first three-stack fly. I flew enough to know I had control and to get photos of those great looking Revs.
In order to have some additional color in the sky, I put up both of my Brasington trains. They danced in the wind and drew compliments from some of the beach walkers. That’s what this kite flying is all about. Bringing smiles to those who see the kites in the air.
The weekly club fly was a couple of days later. Temperatures had dropped and so had the wind. The usual Sunday morning state of affairs. But this time I was prepared. I recently purchased a new low wind kite, the Skydog Black Dog UL. I had flown this kite a few years ago and was impressed with it. With all the low wind days we’ve been having, I decided to treat myself. It didn’t hurt that this kite was in my favorite color combination, red and black. The cooler temperatures and low wind kept all but a couple of flyers at home. They missed a beautiful day on the beach and I had a fun morning flying my new kite.
Got up in plenty of time to sort and load the kites for the weekly Carolina Kite Club fly. The winds were around fifteen mph and we planned accordingly. It was cloudy and gray but that wasn’t going to stop us. However, Mother Nature wasn’t going to cooperate today. On the way to the kite field, it began to rain. Not much but enough. And when the rain stopped, the wind picked up to around 20 mph. Neither my husband nor I like to get wet nor do we like be dragged around the beach by our kites. So the kite bags never left the back of the truck.
The week following the Carolina Kite Festival is one of cleaning out kite bags, re-organizing kites and getting things stored away until the next festival. It is also a time to rest and recharge from the intensity of two long days on the beach. The first fun fly after a festival is usually a lightly attended one and this week it was no different.
And as usual, we were visited by “The Sunday Curse”. The winds were light as we drove into the parking lot but we were prepared and had brought our light wind kites. We got to the beach and had a few kites up and flying when the curse hit. The wind completely died. The flag above the fort wrapped itself around the pole and all kites drifted slowly to earth. Now what do kite flyers do when the wind stops? They sit around and solve the problems of the world and ponder if they should just pack up and go home or not.
We are diehard kite flyers and we waited. The winds rose a little and some kites went back up. One of the kites I struggled to fly was a Malay Diamond, “Sunset”, by Into The Wind. My husband has the Sunrise Malay. This kite was an anniversary present and I really wanted to get it up, even though I knew the winds were gong to be a little too light to give enough lift. So I stubbornly persevered and got it to fly for a little while.
What ultimately drove us off of the flying field was not the lack of wind but rain. Quicker than we expected, clouds blew in and it began to rain. Now getting a little wet is not a bad thing. But having to pack up wet kites and then unpack and dry them when you get home is not fun. There is never enough space to spread out a bunch of kites, kite bags, anchor bags and spools of kite line.
All is dry now and we’re looking forward to more fine fall days to put color in the sky.