Niagara Windriders Newsletter

The Official Newsletter of the Niagara Windriders Kitefliers Association, Niagara Region, Ontario, Canada

Monday, July 30, 2007

July 2007 Monthly Fly

Sunday July 29 was sunny, not too hot and winds from the north east. There were about 25 kiters for most of the day. The wind was finicky as it always is when it is coming in from this direction. The kites had to be real high to get the steady consistent wind. Near the ground the winds were from 9 to 16 Kph, and on occasion non-existent.

As you can see by the pictures, there were various interesting kites and line laundry afloat in the sky and during the windless times, on the ground.

During the afternoon there was a short meeting to discuss some loose ends for Canal Days coming up the first weekend in August. Saturday night is the setup and Night Fly. Don't forget your high powered lights. We will have the spotlights again this year to light up the kite trains. Sunday is the main event. Flying demonstrations will be from 10:00 to 4:30. Don't forget to sign in at the registration table for the barbeque. There are lots of prizes this year with the grand prize of a Boreal Rokakku.

Monday is the Kites and Kids event from 1:00pm til about 2:00. Looks to be a great event, so let's all hope for great weather and good winds off the lake.

Sunday, July 01, 2007

June 2007 - Subway Beach Fest

For our June club fly, we were asked to participate in the Subway Beach Festival on Nickel Beach. It was a warm, sunny day and 43 kiters put on a spectacular show for the festival. Kiters cars lined the beach, and colourful kites were filling the sky.

There was a sandcastle competition and live entertainment for the kids. Bob White had kite kits for anyone who wanted to build there own kite. Several club members helped the kids cut out, tape and attach strings to the colourful butterfly kites.

By mid afternoon the wind picked up and Gary got out his big inflatable fish. I think it tried to eat several kites and the port-a-potties!

At the end of the afternoon, the sky had been filled with many different kites flown by at least 5 different clubs. The only problem now was how to get the cars out of the sandy beach and onto solid ground. As far as I know, everyone got out safely. All in all it was a beautiful day for kite flying and we put on a great show.

July 29th is the next club fly back at the regular spot, HH Knoll Park (Lakeview Park) by the marina. This is the fly before our big festival for Canal Days. There will be a short organizational meeting sometime during the fly to take care of any last minute arrangements. Hope to see all of you at the end of the month.