It’s a three hour journey from south-London to Stokes bay and it felt frosty early that morning, so in the early hours I imagined flying while trying my best to ignore my numb hands. Winters were harsh when practising on the Llyn Peninsular, I lived at a high altitide so in the winter the Welsh gales prevented me from flying much at my 900ft roost between October and March. The expense of shattered frames and the gracelessness of strong wind nudged me to concentrate on music practise during the winter season instead.
I let the smartphone calculate my best route, which took me onto the Gosport ferry from the mainland to the mainland for want of a better description, a beauty of a pleasure ride, although only an eight minute cruise. It was a bright sunny day (also pretty warm) and although I missed my Sunday bus connection on the other side another friendly bus driver dropped me off a short walk from the bay. After recharging at the cafe I scanned the entire bay for kites and saw nothing but yaughts, then turned back towards the cafe and shortly spotted L-katz (Lex, Irma, Rog, Neil, and soon me on kite three of five) flying with DreamOn kites.
I had met pairs team Flying Fish at some London kite festivals as well as Brighton and Lex helped me out find an opportunity in the weather worth my travelling time, and suggested the Skydog DreamOn as an affordable tool to introduce people to team flying. It was a wonderful winter sunny day with winds around 8mph. There were small wind dropouts but nothing to prevent over three hours of team flying and learning.
Useful practises which helped me keep up with learning new information on the day with the team were the STACK guide to team communication and the team figures which I have been accessing through roy reed’s animation series as well as through the rule book updates. It has been a while since my first experiences with team flying at Leominster kite festival and I kept up and gained some happy hours on the circuit. It was a really comfortable and friendly experience with L-katz. More to come hopefully!
Figures that we practised:
Horizontal thread with stall and ‘under’ to turn down to the horizontal.
Boxes in diamond, parallel, 5-dice with square to right and square to left, also jumps and starbursts.