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RICV 32 - Berck Kite Festival

Four of us went to Berck sur Mer for Rencontre International des Cerfs Volant no 32 for 5 days of basking in the sun. As is to be expected, if you get into the town after about 9:30 parking becomes a bit of an issue, and as we ddn't get there until about 10:15 we had to park in the last space in the sports centre car park about a mile away from the front. But not to worry. It gave us an early chance to soak up the atmosphere, or was it the alcohol?

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In the past, we've experienced all sorts of weather in Berck, ranging from 50kph winds, to flat calm, and from freezing cold snow to baking sunshine. Once again this year, it was wall to wall sunshine and light winds. But the winds this year were tricky. On Friday morning while flying in a gentle offshore breeze, the breeze on the ground suddenly swung through 180 degrees to become an onshore breeze. But the wind above about 100ft was still ofshore. The result was that a log of lifters and rays were flying in on direction supporting other kites and line laundry flying in the opposite direction. It was most confusing!

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Meantime the world sports kite championships were progressing, and the winners were Start Air, the French team, and well deserved champions they were.

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There were very few new kites again this year, but the new Worlds Largest Kite (Hope) was flown regularly in the steady breezes.

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The Saturday night fireworks were as good as ever, or possibly better.

Fireworks and kites

And with the big wheel (grand roue) in the background, the sunsets were spectacular.

Sunset over Berck