May 7
Wading in Weymouth

Earlier this evening, we got home from our third overseas trip of the month. The Gomberg's are beat! But we're anxious to get back to work. We're also full of news, stories, and some would say full of other things as well....

Before we left for England, Susie checked weather forecasts on the web. Showers -- cloudy, damp and cold. We were not excited but packed our rain pants and headed for the airport. Fortunately, you can't believe everything you read on the web. Weather was sparkling, sunny and clear. We came home with tans and smiles.

Weymouth Flying Field

Weymouth is a lovely setting for a festival. A crescent of sand borders the bay and is framed by Victorian hotels and shops. Fliers from across the UK and around Europe welcomed a large American team on the beach.

Susie is Famous!

The festival was well organized with marked fields, special passes for fliers, retail space, demonstration areas, and expert commentary.

However, on day one, some of the local fliers set up tents, cabanas, and chairs in the middle of the beach. That made flying larger pieces a bit problematic. We couldn't lay out equipment or launch without being on top of someone and variable winds meant that fabric kept dropping on friends.

We popped up a string of Geckos and next thing we knew, a photographer was focused on Susie. We found her photo in the paper the next morning.

On day two, the winds shifted and brought the breeze to us over the tops of the nearby buildings. That meant we needed to climb 300 feet to find clean air. That's not good when the beach is just 200 feet wide.

I popped a Cody into the turbulence and thought I was doing well until it snagged the fringe tail of Phil Broder's Della Porta. The two began a long, lazy clockwise death-spiral toward the surf and landed about 100 feet out.

(Yes – 300 feet of line, less 200 feet of beach, equals 100 feet of water…)

I pulled off my shoes and waded in.

Wading at Weymouth

Now let me tell you that the English Channel is cold this time of year. Very very cold. I inched out to the kites and found myself arm-pit deep in the surf. I wish the English beer was as cold as that water. As I waded back to shore, one of the locals demanded a passport. English humor I guess.

Big Cat and Pilot Dragon Fly Humpty Dumpty

Strangely enough, a frigid swim and soggy jeans brightened my mood. The rest of the day went well despite bumpy winds and crowded fields. We tested our new cats, checked out some interesting local kites, organized big Bol Races, and watched a huge Rowland's Whale ease into the sky. We also saw lots of other folks wade into the Channel chasing downed kites.

That night we joined organizers Jon and Gill Bloom, and regular Pete Dolphin for dinner before retiring to our B&B.

Big Bol Races Giant AKF Whale

Like China, email connections proved difficult this trip. I couldn't connect with my laptop and used a local internet café instead. Apologies to any of you who were waiting for correspondence.

Our extended trips are over for a few months and the weekend jaunts we have planned should not be computer challenged. Email and Updates should be back on schedule.

Look for us in Grand Haven and Wildwood before the end of May. See you there!!

Pilot Sale!

Over the past six weeks, we've been advertising our new GKPI mid-sized Gecko, Bears, and Cats. They all fly better with a Pilot. So let's put the Pilots on sale.

Pilot Parafoils are the most reliable lifters we've found. Use them for stabilizing larger inflatables, displaying laundry, lifting cameras, or just for having fun. We have two sizes -- the 50 and 75 square footers.

The standard pricing is $250 and $325 each. But for the next ten days, we'll take off 20%. You get to choose the colors you want too. And if you have purchased a Pilot in the last 60 days, let us know and we'll credit you back the discount on your next order.

Pilot Parafoil

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