Went out to join in on the community kite fly this past Sunday. The weather app on my phone said there would be winds between 10 and 14 mph. Perfect. The report from the kite shop before I left the house said the flags were wrapped around the poles and flying was questionable. Just to be on the safe side, I grabbed my bag of light wind kites, a couple of kites for higher winds and a variety of lines and anchors. (Here I must admit I forgot my shovel.)
When I arrived at Fort Macon State Park I found that my phone was the most accurate. The winds were around 10-12 mph. Grabbing a couple of kites and the bag of lines and anchors, I walked down to the beach to join the other flyers. This time of year it is just the usual small group of “locals”. However, each of us put up at least two kites and provided quite a show for all the visitors to the fort and on the hiking trail.
The first kite I put up was the George Peters Gypsy Moth delta. It was the first time I flew this kite since I reinforced the trailing edge. It wanted to leap out of my hand and into the sky. And the trailing edge did not flutter as much as before and showed no signs of fraying.
My second kite was my vintage rainbow double box delta. This one has wooden dowels for spars and really pulls when the wind picks up. Even on a cloudy day, the colors show brilliantly in the sky. And I was lucky to find matching tube tails to make it even more of a “showy” kite.
I had brought another delta with me but decided two was enough as the winds were picking up as the morning wore on. Also out on the horizon was a line of dark clouds indicating a storm front approaching. Now, none of us wanted to be taking home wet kites so we ended the kite fly a little early and met back at the kite shop before the rain came.
Despite the fact there was no sunshine, it was a very satisfying morning kite fly. And, hopefully, there are more to come.
Fair Winds All