Ye Editor ran across these pictures from last Fall’s Kitefest at Woodbine Beach:
The picture above tells almost the whole story of the Toronto KiteFest this past Fall in Toronto.
It was a gray day for kite flying with no wind to propel the windsocks. Cool and overcast with spits of rain. Not even a mouse’s stirrings in the wind sacks and kite flaps for most of the afternoon events. Even the rain spits coming in off Ashridge Bay at Woodbine Beach were deflationary – wet kites add weight to the various wind riders.
Kite fliers from Michigan, Northern Ontario, Quebec, New York and local kiters were treated to tantalizingly nice weather in the morning ; but by noon the doldrums set in. So kiters had their work cut out for them – only by running across the beaches could they get the lift that was required. Some were more stoic and just waited for the air to breeze – as seen below.
Wind Jammers from Detroit put on a clinic on light air flying.
Okay, some of the lite gliders were able to lift off and catch some of the higher air – to give kiters and viewers some wonderful views of gliding and doing acrobatics in the lightest of airs.
Flying off with the greatest of ease.
If you are a kiter, or just an admirer of flying fancy-free, check out this schedule 0f 2011 kiting events in Eastern Canada. There are a number of events scheduled well before Spring; but as might be exopected the warmer months brings out the kite runners and players.