The displays in the arena were much the same as yesterday but today the whole timetable was going to be flown as the wind was much kinder, even with a full programme of flying available there was for me too much Rev flying, I think I counted over twenty Rev routines during the day not including the Mega fly, and that comes from someone who mainly fly's quad's, for me three or four plus the Mega fly would have been plenty.
The Mega fly was much better today as no one crashed out, and there was some nice applause as they spelt out 2012 in the sky, there were no power kite flying demo's for some reason, that was a shame as Kite surfing will be in the next Olympic's.
The timetable for flying started to overrun as folk spent too much time clearing their kites from the arena so it was obvious that the later display's would have to be cancelled if the event was to finish on time, thankfully the commentary team did not cancel the last fly from the Cerfs-Volants Follies as their displays were brilliant and were a huge hit with everyone watching, they were even applauded as they walked back to their tent by the arena edge and it was nice to see that they all acknowledged the crowd by smiling and waving back, they were so good I was too busy watching to take any photographs of their display.
It had made a nice change for me to sit and watch at a festival, I did not fly a kite the whole weekend, once again the Kite Society had done a really good job of putting on a great festival that judging by the number of people flying kites on the common at the end of the day had promoted the hobby/sport of kite flying to a wide audience.
Some pictures of the festival can be found HERE.
Time table of events, were the same for Saturday and Sunday
10:30 Altitude Sprint—Race against time to be the highest kite in the sky.
10:45 Team Spectrum—Father and Son team Bryan and Carl Wright with many dual line routines including “One Man—Three Kites”
11:00 Meet the Revolution Kite Teams—The Decorators, The Flying Squad, Team Fusion and, from Holland, Air-4-Ce. Watch the spectacular displays of synchronised Quad Line flying set to music.
11:40 Three Dimensional Kites—Sculptures in the Sky, graceful works of art in the sky.
12:00 Edo Kites—a Celebration of these traditional Japanese Kites with a western twist
12:20 Cerfs-Volants Folies. New to the kite festival this team has many forms with teams of 3, 6, 9 and 12 members flying synchronised dual line kites set to music.
12:40 Art Kites—The opportunity to see some of the spectacular and artistic kites from some of our invited guests.
13:00 Meet the Revolution Kite Teams—The Decorators, The Flying Squad, Team Fusion and, from Holland, Air-4-Ce. Watch the spectacular displays of synchronised Quad Line flying set to music.
13:40 Team Spectrum—Father and Son team Bryan and Carl Wright with many dual line routines including “One Man—Three Kites”
13:50 Kelvin Woods and Friends—Kaleidoscope of Butterflies. Mass launch of these fun Butterfly Kites.
14:00 Mega Rev Fly—the Revolution Teams and Individual fliers get together to fly these amazing kites in formation
14:20 Red, White and Blue—to celebrate the Great in Britain. Kites using the colours Red, White or Blue (or combination). All kite fliers welcome in the arena.
14:40 Josh Mitcheson—one of the youngest kite fliers who can fly three dual line kites at the same time.
14:50 Noah’s Ark. Mass fly of Frogs, Bears, Bees and other collections of “animals”.
15:05 Sweet Drop (Wind Permitting). The chance for the children to get involved with sweets being dropped from a great height for them to catch.
15:20 Carl Robertshaw, James Robertshaw, Chris Goff and Gregory Reynes—a special treat see some of the world’s best multi-line kite fliers in action
15:40 Edo Kites—a Celebration of these traditional Japanese Kites with a western twist
16:00 Spirit and Angel Fly—these ethereal kites provided a moment to reflect and remember.
16:20 Rokkaku Challenge Japanese style fighting kites battled in the sky for supremacy
16:40 Cerfs-Volants Folies. New to the kite festival this team had many forms with teams of 3, 6, 9 and 12 members flew synchronised dual line kites set to music.
17:00 Festival Close and Free Flying
These events took place in the main arena. There was a continuous display of kites in the other arenas.
A free children's kite making workshop was available in the workshop marquee.
There was also a Kite Exhibition
Robert Valkenburgh and Michael Lowe had their wind gardens on show.