The largest ship ever powered solely by a kite in U.S. waters — a 308,000 lb. commercial barge — glided across San Francisco Bay as part of the second annual Family Day Kite Festival on Saturday September 15, 2007. The enormous wind sail that pulled the vessel, a 3,000 sq. ft. traction kite designed by KiteShip of Martinez, California, was only one of the many astonishing and innovative kites flown at the festival.
Held on the panoramic Marina Green overlooking San Francisco Bay, the week-end festival included the broadest range of kites ever assembled, from paper kites made by local children to high-tech contraptions flown by professionals from across the United States; from one inch to over 600 feet in length; from stationary American diamond kites to fidgety and maneuverable Indian fighter kites.
Just back from the Toronto Kite Fest. A great time, as usual, I would like to thank George P., Don B. and Gary M. for all their support this year and for making it possible for me to come up and fly at this great 2 day festival.
Saturday greeted us with cool temperatures and high winds, but we still had a blast. I was able to fly my pilot, with my new piranah drouges, my new idol and my banner tail fish. I was very impressed with how the pilot handled the high winds. I would happily fly it in gusty, lumpy wind again without hesitation.
By the end of the day we were all ready for some good food and drink. As in previous years there is a traditional chinese banquet, complete with presentations, entertainment and a raffle. The food was quite good this year, it was our first time at the Mandarin Club Golf Course and it was a nice change from the previous years venues.
Sunday was warmer but the winds were variable and light. That didn’t stop us from putting on an aquarium in the sky theme at around noon. This was a great demonstration with 2 maxi PL octopus kites, 2 mid size fish, a lobster, Scuba Steve, and the huge star from France. The wind came up at the right time and held on long enough for us to put on a great show.
I had to wrap up on Sunday pretty early to catch my flight back to Halifax. This was my 4th Toronto Kite Festival, but hopefully it won’t be the last.
Great event coming up this weekend (15th and 16th) in Toronto at Miliken district park (Steeles ave east and McCowan)
Featured guests include:
Cliff Quinn, Coopersburg, Pennsylvania
Team Skyburner, Detroit, Michigan
Windjammers Kite Team, Detroit Michigan
Meg Albers, Buffalo, New York
Carl Bigras, Ottawa, Ontario
Terry Thillman. Pierrefonds, Québec
Yves Laforest, St-Éustache, Québec
Daniel Rémillard & Christine McGee, Brossard, Québec
Normand Girard, Montréal, Québec
Jean Poisson, Montréal, Québec
Jean Lamoureaux & Michèle Berubé, Montreal, Québec
Jacques & Francine Létourneau, Québec City, Québec
Bill Wilson, Halifax, Nova Scotia
Gary and Kerry, along with Miss Ohio, the kite flying chicken, were on Breakfast Television this morning to promote the festival…
Good Job to all those that showed up early to setup kites and put on a great face for the fesitval…
Well today I decided to head out and test my newly built 4 sq. m. Peter Lynn Pilot and my softkites.com long fin Banner Fish. I walked quickly up to the hill right after work, since this was the first flight of a new kite I was eager to get it into the air right away. I noticed a small dual line foil buzzing around on the opposite side of the hill. Normally I would walk over and introduce myself, as I am always looking for new local fliers to kite with. Today, however, I was focused purely on my new pilot. The kite flew quite well, a few bridle tweaks and I will be happy with it.
(here it is )
Shortly after I had the kite in the air I noticed someone walking up the hill toward me. This happens fairly often when flying kites on the hill, people are fascinated by them and usually have some questions. This time, however, I was asked if I was “Dean Parsons”, my instant reply was “no, Dean is from Newfoundland”, this got me a strange look and a “small world, isn’t it” comment :), kiting really is a small world.. Dean is the organizer of the Avalon Kite Fliers Club based out of St. John’s, NF. I only know Dean through a few email exchanges we have had over the years. The chap I was talking to mentioned that Dean was in town and was looking for a place to fly. He just assumed, since I was flying kites on the hill, that I was Dean. He proceeded to email Dean (gotta love the blackberry) and let him know I was flying.
So not 5 minutes later, Dean comes marching around the corner with his prism kites strapped to his back. He was the one flying the foil on the other side of the Hill, (great minds think alike) It was great to finally meet Dean in person and his passion for kites is fantastic and refreshing. Dean is a serious trick kiter, proudly sporting his Prism Quantum Pro and a few other SUL beauties. Dean cracked open the Quantum Pro and started banging out some sweet tricks!.. While Dean was flying, I added my Robert Van Weer’s flong fin Banner fish to my pilot line and it too had it’s first flight … It feels great to be building again, not sure why I ever stopped
So all in all a great day, 2 new kites in the air, and a great surprise meeting with Dean…