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Size IS important

On Sunday 18th November we decided to go to The Lade (Lydd-on-Sea) for a fly in. The forecast was for a bright day, so expectations were high. As I drove past Camber, I noticed that the flags were horizontal, the wind was directly offshore, and the car park used by the kite surfers was almost empty. Sure enough, coming along coast drive towards the car park, there were lots of kite surfers plaing far out on the sea at low tide. This probably meant that the carpark would be full, and there wouldn't be room to fly, even if anyone had anything that could take the wind. Arriving at the carpark, it was closed, something to do with a film crew arriving, so we had to park on the road.

But it wasn't particularly crowded, there seemed to be quite a lot of surfers out, but not a huge number of cars on the road. Simon and Len were already there, taking full advantage of the conditions, or at least trying to. Simon had a Peter Lynn pilot up supporting a spinner, and also a chinese octopus. Both kites were struggling in the conditions. The kites were being overpowered and flying themselves into the ground.

Mike and Barbara were also there, and it was great to see Mike out again after a bout of illness. It has not been a great year for Mike having suffered several consecutive bouts of illness, so it was really good to see him. Bill and Peter also came along to make up a squad of Kent Kite Flyers enjoying an afternoon of bright sunshine.

Why does size matter? well in these conditions, small is beautiful. The first kite I tried to fly was a Brookite Pockite. It is only probably 1.5 sq ft in sail area, but was being completely overpoewered by the wind. So the second attempt was with an HQ pockite, which is probably under a squere foot in area, and after a couple of false starts, it inflated and stayed in the air for the rest of the afternoon.

When Simon decided to bring down his kites, Peter decided to try to fly his anchor bag. Very reminiscent of a much more windy day at Ostend Kite Festival when some German kite flyers decided to fly a camping chair.

We all left at about 3pm when the sun started to drop and take the temperature with it.

HQ Pockite

Peter's new kite