Knot what it seemed

by Alex
(Tampa, FL, USA)

I had bought some new kite line and wanted to add to it, so I spliced two sections together thinking I had made a good knot. I was out flying the kite and about 10 minutes later, the knot broke loose and it sailed away into the woods.

I frantically chased after the line but it dangled above the ground just above my reach! The line snagged on the top of a tree about 200 meters into the woods and the Delta kite flew majestically above the tree tops till the wind died and it came crashing down.

I ventured into the woods seeing if there was a chance I could retrieve it, but after a few spider webs to the face I turned back and learned a valuable lesson!

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Apr 13, 2014
by: Tim Parish

Thanks for yet another true story (I've seen your video) in the 'lost kite' genre. 'Knot' the first time a kite flier has sadly reported a loss due entirely to a less-than-secure attachment somewhere in the kite / line system.

To tell the truth, I have also had a Delta kite let go in mid-flight. In that case, the Lark's Head onto the keel was tied in low light and without reading glasses ;-) Perhaps it didn't actually turn out as a true Lark's Head, but it held for a few minutes until some periods of very light line tension. Whatever it was, the knot loosened and just slipped right off.

Found the kite later, so that turned out OK on that occasion.

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