2 Deltas Over October Sunset

by Liz and Ken
(Norton Shores, MI, USA)

The kites

The kites

The kites Sunset shortly after over Lake Michigan

9 Foot delta with laundry plus small Wild Horses delta. Lake Michigan, Muskegon, in Michigan

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Sunset shots
by: Tim Parish

Sunset shots featuring kites always seem to come out well! Thanks.

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Eight Flying Kites, One Man

by Joe
(Beavercreek, Ohio, USA)

Kites on Siesta Key Beach

Kites on Siesta Key Beach

Siesta Key beach, south of Sarasota, Florida: I was trying to get as many flying kites up as possible. Got this pic when I had eight up, later got one more of the "daisy" cellulars up for a personal best of nine at one time!

From lower left, the flying kites are: box, butterfly, parasail, Coyne, 6' delta, star, parasail and "daisy" cellular.

Tied lines off to beach lounges, umbrella stakes, whatever I could find.

Got a lot of thanks for the "sky candy" from the beach denizens. Had everything up for at least 30 minutes; big job taking them all down again without bashing the tanning beauties.

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My Kite Experience
by: MARY

I have gotten 5 kites up in the air on Cape Canaveral beach, I am wanting to add more to the collection! Gotta love flyin!

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Cheap Anchors
by: Jim Little

Joe, nice job, the pic looks great. You and another made a comment about anchors. I use the $1.00 cloth Wal-Mart bags. I put sand or rocks in them. They are very strong. Then I use a carabiner to connect the line to the bag handles. For hard tugging kites, more bags can be used. Keep'em flying Joe.

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Only Five Kites - But Cheated
by: Tom

One Man, Good job! I have done five but I cheated. (All Deltas) The problem for me is having enough anchors and kites. I only own 8 kites and have only been flying for 6 months now so we'll see. The challenge is ON! Keep it up OR Them up. Can anyone do 10?

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Great Shot
by: Tim Parish

Nice composition Joe, with that eye-catching building on the right. All those kites must have a reasonable wind range for them to all stay up at one time. Such variety - I can imagine you giving other beach-goers a kite-type education on that day!

I've had the 3 MBK Sled designs up at once, but now I'm inspired to try and do better...

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Three 10 Foot Bees Chased by 36 Foot Clownfish.

by Bill Vierra
(San Andreas, California)

One day while I was flying my three 10 foot Bee kites in Berkeley, California when all of a sudden out of no were came this giant 36 foot Clownfish kite and started to chase the Bees. I thought that the fish was going to eat them! But I was wrong; it only wanted to play with them. And play they did all day long. We all had fun especially in Berkeley, California.

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Humor
by: Tim Parish

Hey, there's a pic with a touch of humor! Thanks for that. Regarding the competition, the bar has already been set quite high at no less than 13 kites...

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13 Kites by 1

by Gary Resnick
(Dade City, Florida, USA)

A Bunch of Little Rokkakus

A Bunch of Little Rokkakus

Thought I would get your April challenge going.

This past Sunday the winds looked like they were blowing just right for flying a bunch of Rokkakus until I started to put them in the sky. At about kite number 4 the wind dropped. I figured it would come back so I just kept putting them out. Sure enough the wind came back up and I was able to get all the Rokakkus in the air for a photo.

While I was setting up the kites people driving by the field kept slowing down, trying to figure out what I was up to. When I finally started to send the kites skyward I got waves and horns honked in approval.

The whole thing took about three hours and twenty minutes. I had to hurry home, supper was waiting.

The kites are all paper and bamboo Rokkakus about 45cm x 60cm and painted with images I found in books and on the Internet. Since they are small kites cotton line around 10-15 lbs was plenty strong and for anchors I used wood dowels run through a pencil sharpener. Once the line was let out I attached it to the dowel with a lark's head and then used a rubberband to hold it in place. I thought that 12 Rokkakus would do for now but when I started to put them away I realized that 13 had actually made it into the air.

I know the Rokkakus are pretty small in the photo but they are little kites and the sky was rather large that day.

I have flown many more kites at one time but they were on a feather train line and I thought that trains would be cheating.

Looking forward to more photos.

Best winds,

Gary Resnick (aka Dade City Kiter)

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Flying start!
by: Tim Parish

Wow. A flying (!) start to the competition. Just hope everyone else hasn't given up :-) Oh, and yes everyone - NO TRAINS, STACKS OR ARCHES!

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Scrappy Wave Kite Train

by Bill Rodriguez
(San Jose, CA, USA)

25  14” x 20” kites

25 14” x 20” kites

Built in February, 2019 from scrap rip-stop.

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Love trains!
by: Tim P.

I'll bet this train gets some attention from onlookers! Good stuff. Again, feel free to add some more written info here.

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Love trains!
by: Tim P.

I'll bet this train gets some attention from onlookers! Good stuff. Again, feel free to add some more written info here.

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Light Air
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1-3 mph
1-3 knots
Beaufort 1

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4–7 mph
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Beaufort 2

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8–12 mph
7–10 knots
Beaufort 3

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13–18 mph
11–16 knots
Beaufort 4

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19–24 mph
17–21 knots
Beaufort 5

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25–31 mph
22–27 knots
Beaufort 6

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28-33 knots
Beaufort 7

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