That was a really pleasant afternoon flying kites on the beach at Walmer, though the wind had its moments and made for a bit of a challenge at times.

Arriving around midday, there were already kites in the sky in the glorious sunshine. The carpark was full due to the sponsored dog walk and also there seemed to be a fishing competition on the beach. But not to be disheartened. we headed out to the beach to add some colour to the sky. The wind was currently blowing in a roughly northerly direction, along the beach from Deal.

Putting up a manta ray was easy enough and it seemed pretty steady in the sky, but then the wind started to move round to onshore, now blowing roughly easterly. As happens, the wind started to drop and we had an extended lull lasting for a couple of hours at a guess. Most of the inflatable kites came down, although we tried to keep them in the sky for as long as possible. Meantime the decorative kites were putting on a great show just along from us. They seemed to be having quite a Brasington moment.

A little later, and the wind, or what there was of it, was slowly drifting round to southerly, and started to pick up a bit, sufficient to get three manta rays into the sky along with some other stuff. The wind was now blowing towards Deal, so had swung through 180 degrees. Meanwhile Mike's beautiful lunar moth was starting to struggle in the stiffening breeze. It is an incedibly fragile kite that in the lightest of breezes just hangs there, but when the breeze picks up it soon gets overpowered, or worse breaks a spar.

Late afternoon and the wind was still swinging round, now blowing roughly south west, coming off the castle and blowing slightly offshore. It had stiffened significantly, and with the trees and hills around the castle was becoming quite turbulent. As the sun started to dip and the heat went out it was time to start packing up and head for home. A lovely afternoon with lots of appreciative comments from the walkers and bystanders, and a good turnout from club members.

 

 

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