Adelaide Kiteflyers
November Kitefly

by Tony Sangster
(Adelaide, Australia)




Last Sunday saw several of us down at the beach near Fort Glanville (Semaphore Park).

The wind was around 18 to 20 knots with gusts up to 25 - as capably measured by Kite Master Tim Parish.

Steve got his skin-diver kite up but in the gusts the drogue lifted too much destabilizing the leg/flipper kicking arm moving diver. At least he was getting plenty of air! A drogue in the form of a jelly fish seemed to steady the diver.

I tried out my trefoil kite. The design is a patented pattern from Helen Bushell, the colourful and buoyant elder stateswoman of Australian kiting. The wing tips were my addition to the original and seemed to work well even in the strong breeze. I will post some details on this site shortly.

Also there will be some information about line winders which takes up the challenge of a previous topic on this site.

One of our members has been unwell and we wish him, Michael Fardon, a safe and speedy recovery.

Enjoy kiting and hope to see you at our next kite-fly 9th December at Fort Glanville, Semaphore Park.

Cheers, Tony Sangster

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by: Tim Parish

Thanks for those photos - kites in bright sunlight are always so photogenic.

I wish I could have seen Steve's Genki doing its thing - before it got shot down in the boisterous breeze that swept in!

We'll have to try and arrive earlier in future to catch more of the action.

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Wind Speeds


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

Light breeze
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    

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

Fresh breeze
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

High Wind
50-61 km/h
32-38 mph
28-33 knots
Beaufort 7