Rock My Rok

by Micki
(Idaho, USA)

Nothing but blue skies.

Nothing but blue skies.

I've had so much fun with your kite instructions, and the Rok caught my eye because I've tried several versions. I like your bridle ratio, easy and foolproof.

And a Rok is very forgiving, so the slanted sides can be approximate, top not equal to bottom so long as left is equal to right. So as is usual with me, I modify as I go, to see what effect it might have!

I made these from plastic and a Tyvec knockoff called Lowe's housewrap. The wind has been perfect to fly them this first week in July, when the weather is usually godawful hot and nearly calm.

Thanks for all your newsletters.
Micki Kawakami
Idaho Kite Festival
Pocatello Idaho US

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by: Tim Parish

Thanks for the pic Micki. The lower kite seems to be taking a pretty fresh blast of air, with its sides caved in like that! The artwork seems good, definitely worthy of a closer-up shot. Maybe next time hey? ;-)

If you're a festival organizer or participant, don't forget it's now possible to contribute there too - just follow the 'kite festivals' link over there on the left.

I've had a lot of fun with the 2-Skewer Rokkaku in particular. It's not huge, but I still remember being out flying one day with it overhead at 400 feet - people walking by weren't even aware it was there! The 20 pound Dacron line was almost invisible against the clouds.

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

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4–7 mph
4–6 knots
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Gentle breeze
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8–12 mph
7–10 knots
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13–18 mph
11–16 knots
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29–38 km/h
19–24 mph
17–21 knots
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25–31 mph
22–27 knots
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32-38 mph
28-33 knots
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