Another point to tack on the end of this excellent safety message, is that
leaving a kite flapping in high winds dramatically reduces the life of any
brand of kite.
Nothing is more motivating than the hi pocket nerve, for some people.
Subject: PROPERLY ANCHOR YOUR KITE
Just saw this on the BKSA list:
A 60 year old man apparently was wrapped and dragged along the beach by a
poorly anchored kite and suffered a broken rib.
1. Do not leave kites rigged and unattended.
2. At a minimum, always take the lines off of unattended kites in light to
moderate winds. MAKE SURE you have piled adequate sand over several points
along the kite.
3. A BETTER APPROACH and an essential one if winds are strong or gusty, is
to deflate your leading edge and roll, tie your kite if you leave it
unattended. Afterward, thoroughly anchor the rolled kite.
These sort of accidents are EASILY AVOIDED! Use common sense and look after
yourself, others and our access, don't take things for granted.
I just came across another report from the UK on a related subject:
"Also general carnage here on the beach with kites being blown over beach as
people thought a few "rocks" would hold kites down - not a good idea as
highest gust here was 44mph at 15:15."
I remember a notable incident that happened in South Africa a while back
involving a runaway kite that was launched by a dog (?), and caused a bit of
chaos. Anyway, higher winds and loose kites are no joke and to are to be
avoided. I have watched fairly heavily anchored kites unanchor themselves in
solo launching position in high winds. If they are anchored leading edge
down they might be a bit more stable in higher winds. Still nothing is as
stable as deflating the leading edge, rolling, tying and anchoring the
resulting ripstop nylon burrito.
Have others seen or heard about other incidents involving kites coming
unanchored and flying off downwind to cause problems?
transcribed by: Rick Iossi