|April 4||Wellington Country Park|
|April 18||Streatham Common|
|April 24 - May 2||Cervia|
|June 12 - 13||Fylde|
|July 3 - 4||Sunderland|
|July 10 - 11||Brighton|
|July 24||Whitley Bay|
|Aug 1||Royston (possibly)|
|Aug 14 - 15||High Force|
|Aug 20 - 23||Port Stewart|
|September 3 - 5||Bristol|
|Sept 11 - 12||Hartleypool|
|June 11 - 12||Wirral|
As you can see, Veronica is an Octopus. She has been custom built by Peter Lynn in New Zealand from Icarex, a particularly light ripstop polyester fabric that gives her an unusually wide wind range. She flies with two other large kites, Ben the Manta Ray and Anuj the Gecko.
Most folk that fly large Lynn kites fly them on relatively short lines (note that an 170' line is relatively short for an 85' kite...), on the grounds that there's no point in having a large kite if you're going to fly it so far away that it looks small.
But we have a different point of view:
When we went to Bristol, whe soared on thermals and used almost every last foot of the 2000' of air traffic clearance available. Those who have been to Ashton Court before, will know that because the location is out of town and surrounded by trees, it's generaly not possible to see the kite festival until you are inside the the park. Veronica changed that because she could be seen from the city centre.
When we flew that Manta Ray at an altitude of 1000' at Washington Tyne and Wear, the kite was clearly visible from Gateshead.
At Basingstoke in 2001, again, we had the space and clearance to fly high and were visible to people coming down the M3, a number of miles away:
We love to travel and to find new places to fly. The following list is inclomplete:
When conditions and prudence the ATC permit, we often fly considerably higher than other kites, in order to attract people to an event:
Landmarks are provided purely for a sense of scale
Note that considerable space is required in order to fly at altitude. The rig for flying the Manta at 1000' is nearly one third of a mile in length and we must be able lay out the entire thing in a line in the same direction as the wind for safe launch and landing. Often we are restricted not by the CAA, but my the limitations of the site.
If you'd like Veronica and her friends come to your festival, please drop a line to Andrew & Kathleen.
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