WSKC in France / New Kites from Peter Lynn
I left the hotel at two in the morning, hoping to make my seven o’clock flight out of Paris. It was dark, windy and wet. But I made the flight and I'm now settled into my seat 17C by the window, working on this Update and hoping for a bit of sleep before we touch down in ten hours. I'm scheduled for 36 hours at home before I fly out to China.
This had been Berck's 20th anniversary and a huge celebration was planned. But the elements had something to say about that! All week we have been hammered by heavy wind and rain. Of course, it was still a great gathering of kite friends. And between squalls, the show continued.
The World Sport Kite Championships returned to Berck this year. Sixteen teams from nine counties showcased the best of sportkiting from across Europe, North America, Asia, and South America.
Cutting Edfge (USA)
Tame Bird (France)
6th Sense (USA)
Matrix Mgt (UK)
El Fabuloso (Argentina)
Equipo 2600 (Columbia
WSKC has traditionally operated over three days. Precision is flown each morning and ballet in the afternoon. The best two scores for each are combined to generate a final ranking.
Thanks to Berck for hosting the event, and to the judges and staff that spent hours on the field directing operations, assisting competitors, and calculating over 1000 scores each day!
While conditions were daunting -- and actually cancelled at one point when winds exceeded 50 mph - it was competition and camaraderie at its finest. Scores were close all week.
New teams learned from the more experienced ones. Older teams pushed the envelope with bolder maneuvers or by adding members. Other teams played safe and continued the previous year's routine.
In the end, Cutting Edge prevailed by two points. Tame Bird was clearly disappointed but should be back again next year. And the Japanese took three of the top six places. That's a development to make note of.
Last week we shared a few images from among the kites of Berck. More fliers arrived during the week to loft new creations between cloudbursts.
Without question, the biggest hits of the festival were the two new kites introduced by Peter Lynn. The first was his delightful Dog. And although some observed that it was shaped a bit like the popular Cat, the long snout and floppy ears quickly won the fliers and public over.
The other new kite was the remarkable Geisha. A radically new concept for Peter, the giant Japanese lady floated above the beach bringing a serene sense of calm to the turbulent winds.
Generally, the Dog tended to appeal more to the show kite fliers and the Geisha was more popular among the art kite group. It will be interesting to see how both are received by the kite community in the coming months.
Berck is winding down today. Huge crowds were expected for the second weekend but the weather has dampened attendance. That's a shame. But next year, the weather should be warm, sunny and breezy!
We are about two hours from touch-down in Oregon and the flight attendancts are getting the morning meal ready. I'll be back in the air all to sonn, taking off for Beijing Tuesday morning. But between now and then, there is pleny of work to be done in the home offiice.
PL New Kite Sale: You've seen the two new giant kites. The question now is, who will be the first to own one in North America??
To make that question more interesting, we'll offer a $500 discount on either kite through May 15. The normal price on a "maxi" forty foot giant is $4200. With the discount, we won't make any money, but it will be fun to get a few over here.
No "middies" yet, but we're working on it.
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