A windy winters day.

by Johan

The homesick kite.

The homesick kite.

The homesick kite.
Barn door kite.

My kite flying spirit had been in hibernation for most of the winter. But today the wind was begging me for some kite action. Picking up some kites from the storage me and my youngest daughter went to the nearest field.

First to fly was an experiment with a Rokkaku type of kite. The wind was too strong so after just a couple of minutes the kite broke the line. After we had given up looking for the lost kite we went home. And guess what we found, the kite had landed in our garden, I bet it flew straight home.

Getting stronger line we let loose the Barn Door kite. It flew beautiful and gave us great joy. The tail of plastic band was added to get some stability. After an hour of flight we went home, it was freezing cold, about -10 C. With the kite under my arm we went home with smiling faces, it was a good day.

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by: Gary Crenshaw

Some kite fliers are beginners, some are experts. You seem to fall in the category with most of us, just a plain ole dedicated kite flier. That's the best. Enjoyed your story.

by: Tim Parish

Some nice kites you have there Johan. But flying in -10 degrees? That sounds painful! I think -5 is the coldest I have ever experienced, that being as a school boy in Central Australia. Far inland and semi-desert.

Gave you a 4-kite rating, but changed it back to 5 since you posted 2 photos :-)

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Light air
1-5 km/h
1-3 mph
1-3 knots
Beaufort 1

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6–11 km/h
4–7 mph
4–6 knots
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Gentle breeze
12–19 km/h
8–12 mph
7–10 knots
Beaufort 3    

Moderate breeze
20–28 km/h
13–18 mph
11–16 knots
Beaufort 4    

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29–38 km/h
19–24 mph
17–21 knots
Beaufort 5    

Strong breeze
39–49 km/h
25–31 mph
22–27 knots
Beaufort 6

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50-61 km/h
32-38 mph
28-33 knots
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