by Liz
(Norton Shores, MI, U.S.A.)

Soon-to-be-free kites!

Soon-to-be-free kites!

Never thought it would happen...

On the maiden flight of the Flock of Swallows pulled up by a Triangulation Delta... a huge gust of wind came along. I had been sitting on the beach for over an hour holding onto them using a Halo reel.

The winds were roughly 24-28 mph and I was getting tired... WHAM! The reel spun out of my hands and bounced along the beach, no way I could have caught them. They hung over Lake Michigan and rose higher and higher, drifting away and eventually became tangled in power lines.

Even when they were "free", the kites were so pretty to watch.

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Great Shot
by: Gary Crenshaw ( Hampton, Ga.)

Slow on the reel, but quick with a camera ...

Super Picture.

Short but good
by: Tim Parish

Glad to get an interesting, though short, 'kite-loss' tale! Yes, I shifted it here, from the 'pictures of kites' section. It makes a very worthy addition to the other tales of kiting woe.

However, sad that such a cool bunch of kites just flew away, as if representing a number of wasted $10 notes...

P.S. It's rare that someone in this situation actually gets a decent photo to illustrate the story! Well done.

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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