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KAP – Boondock’s Tables – Fisherman’s Cove Dartmouth, NS

Fellow KAPper Rob Huntley from Ottawa and I spent Sunday KAPping around the Halifax area. We had good sessions at Fisherman’s Cove in Eastern Passage, NS and Peggy’s Cove. The wind was light at the dock’s but it quite happily lifted my 6 ft Rok with my 1+ pound rig. The winds at Peggy’s Cove were perfect, probably around 15 km/h, and off shore.

This is one of the shots fomr Fisherman’s Cove, it’s the picnic tables, and baord walk at Boondock’s restaurant.

There are more on my photo stream at Flickr, and of course you can see more KAP photos on the Flickr Kite Aerial Photography group.

US Military Hires Kite Ship

TreeHugger.com has an article about the US military hiring the Kite Ship “Beluga SkySails ” to transport Military equipment from Europe.

http://www.treehugger.com/files/2008/10/us-navy-first-kite-power-ship.php

Basically it saves them a huge amount of money by reducing fuel consumption. Although not the primary motivator, the fact that the ship uses innovations to reduce costs was a factor in the Military’s decision. Cuts costs, it’s better for our enviornment, and it has a huge ass kite! What more could you want.

See the complete press release on Military.com
Cheers,
Bill

Niagara 2008

I attended the Niagara International Kite Festival again this year, what a fantastic time. Meg Albers puts so much into this festival each year, and the kiting community shows up in droves to show their support. This year there were well over a hundred flyers from around the world. you can see the complete list here: http://www.niagarakite.com/flyers.html.

The festival, as usual, was a lot of fun. The wind was up and down on Saturday and Sunday so it made it difficult to keep anything in the air for longer than a few minutes. I managed to fly some smaller single line kites for a while and we did have the fish up for a good part of Sunday. Ted Gaudet of the Dieppe Kite club took delivery of his new mid size custom fish, we managed to get them hooked up to the same line on Sunday so we could see them flying at the same time. However both Ted and I were helping out with the “running of the bols” when they finally had enough wind to get into the air :) Looked good, even from 900 feet away

I did my first bit of indoor flying at the Saturday night event at the historic Buffalo train station. I was flying my Horvath Long Way Home, which has a wing span of about 2.7 meters (9ft or so), it was a lot of fun/work. I hope somebody ended up with some pictures so I can prove it :)

Had a great time hanging out with IQuad, these guys really shred the sky with their cool improvised routines. (check out the mega fly from Bristol in the post below). Picked up a couple of new kites this year, A master series Rev Bazzer’s Blue Flames, and a B Series Rev (Yellow). Had a brief chance to fly the the B-Series yesterday, now to practice practice practice

Many people have been posting their photos of this event so with the help of the TKF mailing list and a few other sources here are some photo links.

Carlos Simoes
http://good-times.webshots.com/album/567653426EvpWVm

Christine & Daniel
http://www.flickr.com/photos/57989237@N00/

Doug Isherwood
http://www.flickr.com/photos/dougish1954/sets/72157607869271509/

Ted Shaw
http://community.webshots.com/user/dancer2e?action=publicAlbums

Don Brownridge
http://community.webshots.com/user/etbco

MNKiteMan’s photos on Flickr
http://www.flickr.com/search/?q=niagara&w=84853337%40N00

Gary Maynard’s Photos on Flickr
(nothing tagged)
http://www.flickr.com/photos/windjammer/

Ralph Reed’s Photos on Flickr.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/rreed3/sets/72157607800953930/

Wayne has promised to upload a ton of photos from many of the flyers to the NiagaraKite.com website, as soon as they are up I will post a link here.

Cheers,
Bill

Niagara Day 1- Kite-flying icons to abound

Niagara gets off to a good start.. we have some rain today but hopefully it will clear up for the weekend…

Buffalo News – Kite-flying icons to abound

2007 festival opens three-day stand in Niagara Falls today
By Pam Kowalik – NEWS NIAGARA BUREAU
Updated: 09/27/07 7:06 AM

NIAGARA FALLS — An 82-yearold man who holds multiple world records for kite flying — one for flying three kites while standing in the back of a moving convertible — will take part in the 2007 Niagara International Kite Festival this weekend.

And Ray Bethell, a kite flying icon who has won numerous awards all over the world as a master kite flier, is the person who will give the festival its international flavor as it takes off today for a four-day run along the Niagara Gorge.

The event starts today in Niagara Falls State Park and moves to Reservoir State Park in Lewiston.

Bethell, who lives in Vancouver, B.C., started sport kite flying in 1980. For many years he flew in team competitions with the Vancouver High Flyers, often placing first, second or third in North American competitions.

He is the holder of 11 world multiple kite records.

“One of the very special [efforts] to me was flying three full-size sport kites . . . simultaneously standing in the back of a red convertible down the main street of Long Beach, Wash., with a police escort with hundreds and hundreds of spectators that lined the sidewalks including the mayor, chief of police and the fire chief,” Bethell wrote in an e-mail.

Bethell was inducted into the World Kite Hall of Fame in Long Beach three years ago, and is among about 40 people who have been honored for kite building, promoting and flying.

“It pleases me that I have been given the opportunity to share my love of kite flying to the people of Niagara along with so many other kite fliers that have come from every part of this planet,” Bethell wrote The News.

The theme for this year’s Niagara International Kite Festival is “Con-

necting the Past, Present, and Future with a Kite String.”

Some of the festival’s highlights include a ceremony from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. today and Friday. The event will take place somewhere along the gorge in Niagara Falls State Park and the exact location will be determined by the weather and the wind speed each day.

A kite made of organic materials will be “sacrificed” to the cascades in hopes of appeasing the wind and weather gods today and Friday. Actors also will display a Homan Walsh 1848 re-enactment contest, trying to connect a string of kites across the Niagara River between Prospect Point on the U.S. side and Victoria Park, in Niagara Falls, Ont. This is how construction started on the first suspension bridge across the river.

Ted Shaw, a director of the Great Lakes Kitefliers Society of Western New York, said he will be flying kites at the event.

“I just enjoy seeing all the color in the air, all the shapes,” Shaw said. “It’s amazing to me to be able to fly all the kites in the same area.”

Shaw spends a few hundred dollars a year on his kite passion.

Kate Scaglione, director of marketing and communications for the Niagara Tourism and Convention Corp., said people of all ages will have the opportunity to make kites in free workshops. She also said the festival will go on, even if it rains. “These kite fliers are so into what they’re doing that it doesn’t seem to bother them in the least.”

On Saturday and Sunday, the festival moves to Reservoir State Park. There will be kites of all descriptions — large inflatable show kites, artistic kites, sport kites, historical kites, indoor kites and fighter kites.

Activities run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. There will be kite making workshops from 1 to 3 p.m. both days.

Events include a discussion on kite history and exhibitions on kite aerial photography, miniature kites and kite stamps, and demonstrations of kite buggying and kite mountain boarding are scheduled for both days. For information on these activities and more, go to www.niagarakite.com.

pkowalik@buffnews.com