Sunday 2nd August saw us flying once again at the Lade, Lydd-on-Sea. Since our last visit, about a month ago, the council have added double yellow lines near the car park, so we parked about 200 metres towards Dungeness and flew our kites on the beach there.

Arriving at about midday, shortly after Simon and Laura, Len already had two kites in the sky, a flotail, and a whale with two babies. The wind was already pretty strong and gusty, but it was a gloriously sunny afternoon. Soon enough, Simon and Laura had a large pilot in the sky. I think it is about 8 square metres. They proceeded to put a very large spinner underneath it. I think Simon said it was a Premier spinner. I moved down the beach a little and set up to launch my own flow form. This was a kite built by Air Dynamics of the USA, and was sold by Kapshop in Holland. I think Air Dynamics were the only licenced manufacturers of the flowform, and unfortunately no longer exist. This was a flowform 30 (so square feet). I know they also built flowform 16 and flowform 8. I put a blue bunny under the flowform and settled in for the afternoon.

After a while Simon and Laura decided that the large pilot was just too big, so swapped it out for an octopus. Laura asked to borrow my pink bunny, so we soon had two in the sky. Meanwhile Len had attached a spinner below one kite, and had a Jim Rowlands designed caterpillar flying below the other. The plans for the caterpillar are contained in Jim's book "Soft Kites and Windsocks" available to borrow from the club library. The wind speed had been increasing steadily and was soon blowing a steady 8mph gusting to 16. But it was to get stronger.

I went for a wander to look at the boats on the beach. By about 3.30pm the wind was blowing strong enough to make my anchor bag lean dramatically, so we all decided to pack things away. By the time we had cleared everything away the wind had increased to 18mph gusting to 25. Surprisingly, there was still only a light breeze at home when I got home later.