Well kind of.

It has been a very long time since we have been able to fly together as a group. We are still very aware of social distancing guidance, etc., but are happy to be able to gather in the open again, and add some colour to the sky.

Sunday 14th June saw a group of us gather on the beach at Lydd-on-Sea, near Dungeness. A wide open expanse of pebble beach. I was a little concerned that we would find the area crowded in the warm sunshine and gentle breeze. Whilst there were plenty of people about, there was plenty of space for us to practise our own particular brand of lunacy.

So it was that we spent an afternoon in the sunshine flying kites of all shapes sizes and styles, and chatting to the public, who all seemed pleased to see us.

A few photos are attached to give a flavour of the afternoon. Stay safe everyone, and we'll see you again soon.

 

Despite the current restrictions imposed by the coronavirus pandemic, kiteflying is considered a (relatively) safe activity, provided that social distancing is maintained. So on a bright, but chilly Sunday afternoon, several of us decided to go to Mote Park in Maidstone to get some fresh air and fly some kites.. I was slightly surprised to find the car park quite full and a lot more people about than I was expecting. Subsequent government comment seems to suggest that this is not unique, and if it continues, further restrictions may need to be imposed. Let's hope this doesn't happen.

On the surface, it may appear that there is no link between the two, but unfortunately for us, we see events all over the world being cancelled, restrticted, acted out behind closed doors, etc. And kite events are no different.

Obviously there is a serious consideration. We have to do whatever we can to limit or restrict the spread of this deadly variant, and if that means events need to be cancelled or re-arranged then that is the price we must pay for the safety of the many. So it is unfortunate, but here is a list of kite related events that I know of that have been cancelled or re-arranged so far.

  • Doha, Quatar (postponed)
  • Al-Farsi festival, Kuwait (cancelled)
  • Cervia, Italy (postponed)
  • Pasir Guidang, Malaysia (cancelled)
  • Weifang, China (cancelled)
  • RICV Berck, France (cancelled)

At the moment Dieppe, France is still going ahead in September, but the situation is continually changing.

Today, I received the following information from BKFA.

BKFA has talked to its insurers about the effects, if any, of the current coronavirus emergency on
our kiteflying insurance policy.

Jerry Swift has produced the attached document and I am sending it round to all member clubs for information.
In essence, it says that kiteflying out of doors is still OK subject the maintenance of a proper distance (2 metres)
between fliers, but indoor activities such as workshops are not OK. All public events should be cancelled but
private and informal events such as fly-ins are permitted subject to the usual precautions and separation.
The document is also available on the website https://www.bkfa.org.uk

You can view the document on the BKFA website by following the link.

At Kent Kite Flyers, we rarely fly that close together, and whilst we may stop for a chat, or lunch, or when assisting colleagues, we will normally maintain a safe distance. So we intend to be very british, and keep flying if at all possible through the crisis. We welcome members of the public coming to fly with us, and will do whatever we can to help anyone in difficulty, but would ask that they respect the safe distance.

Meanwhile, sad to report, most kite events up to the end of May are cancelled. Midland Kite Flyers and White Horse Kite Flyers have taken the decision to cancel all club fly-ins until further notice. To see what is on, and what is cancelled, I suggest you take a look at the Kite Calendar, which is the most up-to-date source of information

 

While the United Kingdom continues to be battered by high winds and torrential rain, we are having to find new ways to entertain ourselves. Fortunately, on Sunday 23rd February, Peter had arranged our 3rd indoor fly at North School, Ashford.