The Bristol Kite Festival
One Of The Biggest, Best And Oldest
The Bristol Kite Festival, officially the Bristol International Festival of Kites and Air Creations is just one of many International kite festivals around the world. In most cases, they are held once every year.
How can I sum up everything that this massive event is, in just a few lines? I'm going to try! The Bristol festival is...
- 2 days of non-stop wind-driven flying, art and culture, both air-based and ground-based
- a partnership between the festival and the Bristol Children's Hospital charity
- a forum for international goodwill and showcasing the world's best in kiting
- a platform for breaking world kiting records, such as 'the largest kite to fly'
- an excuse for any member of the public to go out and fly their favorite kite as part of the festival
Having existed for more than 20 years, each year tends to have
the same main features as the year before. But I'm sure the organizers
try to get hold of something new and even rather special each time!
Regarding the last point in the list up there, this Rainbow Kid's Delta Kite
on Amazon would have to be a good choice, going by the reviews.
Bristol Kite Festival Highlights
I can feel another list coming on... Here it is, a summary of some great
things that were planned for what happened yesterday and the day
before! Yes, after finally getting around to writing the first draft of
this page about the 2007 festival, I discovered that it all happened
last weekend. :-/ On the opposite side of the planet... I'm in Adelaide,
South Australia, you see.
- Wallace & Gromit drew attention to the hospital charity in a special angel kite show
- large, spectacular sea-themed kites wowed the crowd, including a 30 meter long multicolored
- kite surfers demonstrated their extreme sport
- traditional Japanese fighting kites engaged in aerial combat
- more extreme sports - traction kites pulled buggies and land boards
- kite-making workshops were held for the kids
- a massive kite flew, in fact the world's biggest kite, the size of an Olympic swimming pool!
On that last point, did it actually fly? Hopefully it did, at some stage over the 2 days. It can't handle strong gusty wind.
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The Dopero is someone's clever idea to combine 2 Roller kites! Double Pearson Roller is where the name comes from. The resulting flat portion of sail in the middle makes this a very efficient design in light wind.
Even more so than the Roller before it, this kite has an attractive aircraft-like appearance in the air. This MBK version also excels in light winds.
If you have made Diamonds before, this kite takes somewhat more time to make. With the help of my instructions, it's still do-able by a beginner.
Get the e-book for making the MBK Dowel Dopero kite. After making your first one in plastic and seeing how it performs, you can try soft Tyvek or rip-stop nylon for your next build.
This Dopero can fly in quite a wide range of wind speeds thanks to the 4-pont bridle. The bridle lines keep the frame more rigid than a 2-point bridle could. Tail(s) are entirely optional, but may be added for looks.
The e-book is a PDF file - which means printable instructions to refer to while you make the kite. It also means convenient off-line access if that suits you better.
Mar 22, 17 09:00 AM
This knot doesn't have the greatest reputation - but it's simple and does have it's place in some less-critical kiting scenarios. Usually with the addition of a drop of glue ;-) ...
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