Adelaide Kite Flyers
February kite fly

by Tony Sangster
(Adelaide, SA, Australia)

Sunday 9th February dawned windy and stayed that way all day. On the beach you could stay there for one hour or two and save on your ? weekly ? monthly dermabrasion treatment!

After midday Andy Rendell, Tim Parish and family and Michael Fardon braved the elements. Whilst we flew a few smaller kites the only one that reveled in the elements was Michael's small stunter kite - too quick to get a photo however.

After some previous challenges with the golf buggy converted for use carrying kites on and off the beach with a plastic bin I added a long handle bar at the back to help tip the buggy back onto its rear (doubled) wheels. For a rough and ready adaption performed on the Saturday (with the hardware store man shaking his head with that expression 'it aint going to work!') the contraption worked a treat!

Our next fly at Fort Glanville (south of Semaphore beach) is 9th March.

Work on planning the Festival at Easter (19th to 21st April) at Semaphore Beach is progressing well. See you there!

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Feb 10, 2014
Stunt Kite
by: Tim Parish

Yes, it was windy down there, with one gust to 50kph. A couple of larger kites were up too, a parafoil and a Sled.

Some interesting background on the little stunt kite... Called 'The Nipper', it is an early Tasmanian design. One of the first Delta stunters in the country.

Simple Delta outline with a single spreader rather close to the trailing edge. Boy, it sure nipped around the sky! Michael was flying it on good lines - might have been Spectra, although I didn't ask. Very little stretch and quite thin for minimal air resistance.

The kite is not as nimble as modern designs apparently, but looked like a lot of fun to fly. For me it also brought back memories of fast aerobatic control-line model aircraft in the 1970s.

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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
Beaufort 2    

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

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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    

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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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