This morning was 14m kite (or 12 & big board) and lasted a long time. Steve Linane and I got there about 7:15AM and left just after 10:30AM. Decent wind once you got to it. The launch zone had the biggest longest lasting wind hole I've ever seen @ LP and the wind line went way up the channel and stayed. Not only was there a big wind hole, but what little puffs did come by the beach were extremely southerly and swirly from coming off the hills. Pretty tough getting out in no wind. Eddie was the first kiter to try to get out after we got there and he dropped his kite TWICE in the water right by shore as others waiting to go helped him deal with his troubles.
The kite launch area can now get pretty crowded with lesson takers, post-lesson newbies, and the usual crowd. I think it's getting near the time that we'll have to establish etiquette rules to keep the launch zone as efficient and safe as possible, and avoid problems and tempers.
Eddie, you remember when the terrible launch conditions forced me to wait with my kite in the sky, wading in water so I could be ready to go the instant some sort of puff arrived that offered some prayer of getting out?
- I'm pretty certain if I yelled at you the way you yelled at me, you'd have lost your patience faster than you lost it when you yelled. You'd have been really pissed if I did that to you.
- And you had the brainfart to yell at me right after you yourself had attempted to go out and dropped your kite TWICE in the bay totally blocking the takeoff path because you couldn't keep your kite in the air??? You were yelling at me to body drag out and get out of there when those very same measures did what for you???...made you drop your kite TWICE and block the whole takeoff? The advice you were yelling sure didn't seem too credible, based on your own experience, and another approach (like mine) seemed worth considering don't you think? If you hadn't dropped your kite TWICE, you wouldn't have been back in line waiting to go out again nor in a position to lose your brains and yell at anyone in front of you. You were only thinking about yourself.
- And did you notice when your kite dropped and blocked the area TWICE, no one yelled a peep at you. In fact, far from yelling they halted their launch preparations and came to your assistance (thanks, Jason....in case Eddie hasn't told you that yet).
- And I didn't hear anyone yell at you for setting up 3 kites in the small staging zone, spreading them all out and making no attempt to nest them to leave reasonable room for the others that were there and arriving. That crowding made launching much more difficult and less safe for the crowd that was there.
- Then once you got going and were out on the water, you just left two kites unused on shore taking up chunks of our limited space and making it tough for everyone else. That whole setup approach of yours was incredibly thoughtless and inconsiderate of other kiters.
- And I hope you make it clear to your students that your impatience, yelling, and inconsiderate use of launch space are terrible examples of what NOT to do. That stuff was unacceptable. That just leads to tension and careless haste that can produce real unsafe situations.
- I don't mind you making money at our kite spot, but I do mind if you unfairly take up space or do things that crowd out others or that make conditions far less safe. Your business endeavors have lower priority than our recreational interests, in my view, and they better not compromise our ability (or my ability) to safely and efficiently use our spot.
- Please be much more considerate in the future, do a better job of promoting safety, and set a better example for your students, or find another spot for your business pursuits.... perhaps you could use the boatramp as I did for many years before the beach was constructed.
Eddie, we all know you're basically a terrific guy and have helped us all immensely (including me), and evidently you just had a bad hangover or huge brainfart or some sort of seizure. I certainly forgive you primarily because I know what an overall great guy you are....but please be more considerate in the future.
The above said, let me propose the beginnings of some rules intended to make use of our spot as efficient, speedy, and safe as possible. Please feel free to add your own or disagree with any of these. If you disagree with any, say it now very clearly so we can get it resolved. Sadly the growing traffic makes it look like we need them. Probably better to get these understood and agreed now than to wait for an accident to say "gee, we should have done this awhile back". Once we agree on these, we may need to get a sign made and posted for all to see and remember.
1) Place your board at the waters edge so you can easily pick it up on the way out, instead of walking around on the beach hunting it down after you launch. (I think all of us do this now).
2) Be fully dressed with all gear on your body before laying out your kite and lines and pumping. If you come out and pump your kite up and layout 100 feet of lines and then go off to get dressed and ready and bullshit a little as you do it, your kite & lines consume limited space on the beach for a longer time than if you had your gear already on and could just launch and go the moment you finish setup. Unattended kites/lines can interfere with others closer to being ready to go out. We need to minimize the time that kites sit unattended on our small beach taking up space. Lucky Peak is cool in the morning and there should be no overheating problem from having to pump your kite with your wetsuit on. If you overheat in the cold mornings, see your doctor (Binegar or Kerr will probably give you a discount).
3) Anyone have a suggestion as to whether a kite should be pumped before or after line layout? Any advantages to one sequence or the other?
4) Setting up multiple kites is discouraged. ..after all, you can only go out on one. If conditions (the crowd) permit, and you want to setup multiple kites ask the others on the beach for permission & support. If they don't grant it, don't do it. If you get permission for multiple kites, NEST THEM. If you don't nest them, and others arrive and see unattended kites, the rule is the arriving kiters can deflate and move unattended kites (unattended either because the owner is on the water or up getting dressed). A fully dressed & geared up kiter starting setup has "choice of beachspot" over any unattended kites/lines. You cannot hold others responsible if an unattended kite is torn or nicked on our rocky beach when it was moved. You shouldn't have left it there in the first place.
5) When you lay your lines out, lay them out as far up the embankment below the patio as possible, keeping them in a corridor at the base of the embankment. This prevents an outgoing kiter from snagging lines of other kites or kicking & snagging a bar. It will also allow room for self launching ( inflatables or Peter Lynns) preventing the launching kite from snagging other lines if it sweeps forward after launch in our squirrelly winds.
6) Lines may be layered on top of other lines, but the top most lines have to be the kiter's who is clearly closest to going out. If at all possible, avoid layering of kite lines. If you're going to lay yours on top of another, get permission of the kiter(s) whose lines are already on the ground. Actually, if you are dressed when doing setup, you should be able to go the instant your lines are connected, and this should minimize any need to layer lines.
7) One kiter launching and in the water takeoff corridor at a time. Wind is too squirrely in Barclay to risk multiple kites in the air at launch time. A waiting kite in the air near shore could be a disaster if an outgoing kite luffs, detensioning lines and making the falling kite uncontrollable.
8) BE PATIENT & CONSIDERATE OF FELLOW KITERS. GIVE HELP WHEN NEEDED or coaching on these rules when someone doesn't know them and is holding things up. DON'T BE A JERK. TREAT OTHERS THE WAY YOU WANT TO BE TREATED. BE SAFE AND EFFICIENT.
Please feel free to add your suggested rules. I'll be happy to collect them, publish, and distribute to all, and investigate signage if we think we need that. Unfortunately, I feels like we're getting to the point that these will be needed.