The wind doesn't blow in Canada!

The wind doesn't blow in Canada!

Post by Justin » Wed, 18 Sep 1996 04:00:00


I've just got back from 2 weeks in Ontario and (apart from the tail end
of the hurricanes) the air was really still, does anyone in this part of
the world fly kites? If so how?

As a kite flyer I notice stuff like this though I didn't take any kites
with me. I thought it odd that I felt so little breeze. Perhaps it was
the calm before the storm and it was that no-one was able to fly in that
time.

Anyway, I'm just curious.

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The wind doesn't blow in Canada!

Post by mike m » Thu, 19 Sep 1996 04:00:00


Quote:

>I've just got back from 2 weeks in Ontario and (apart from the tail end
>of the hurricanes) the air was really still, does anyone in this part of
>the world fly kites? If so how?

Actually, the difficult part is getting your kite stake to penetrate the hard arctic tundra.
We occasionally fly kites in Canada, except we use douglas fir or maple branches
instead of pultrude or wrapped spars. I have a Phantom Elite Ultralite framed in maple
and polar bear hide.

There is some crazy guy out here in B.C. named Ray Bethel who is supposed to be pretty good.
I guess we get a little wind out here because Ontario sucks so much.

Back to ice fishin'

Good day, eh

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The wind doesn't blow in Canada!

Post by Jeffrey C. Bur » Thu, 19 Sep 1996 04:00:00



Quote:
>I've just got back from 2 weeks in Ontario and (apart from the tail end
>of the hurricanes) the air was really still, does anyone in this part of
>the world fly kites? If so how?

a)  Ontario = Canada?  

b) That's what SUL/indoor kites are for...times when there's not enough
breeze for anything else.  Trust me, though, you'll find wind at various
times in all the provinces of Canada...

jeff
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The wind doesn't blow in Canada!

Post by Pierre Audett » Fri, 20 Sep 1996 04:00:00

Ontario is quite big, so you should be specific about where. But you're right,
this summer has been pretty poor for winds. I sail too and didn't get much
opportunity to do that either.

 We typically get better conditions in the spring and fall. The winds are
starting to pick up now.

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The wind doesn't blow in Canada!

Post by Michael Grav » Fri, 20 Sep 1996 04:00:00

Quote:

>Actually, the difficult part is getting your kite stake to penetrate the hard arctic tundra.
>We occasionally fly kites in Canada, except we use douglas fir or maple branches
>instead of pultrude or wrapped spars. I have a Phantom Elite Ultralite framed in maple
>and polar bear hide.

Being from southern Ontario my preference is for a woven
peach fuzz sail on a wrapped unobtainium frame. These are
locally available, and very light though frail. Just right for those
two windless weeks at the beginning of August.

Quote:
>There is some crazy guy out here in B.C. named Ray Bethel who is supposed to be pretty good.
>I guess we get a little wind out here because Ontario sucks so much.

Wazat! Though I heard a noise from the other side of the
mountains. They don't fly kites over there...it rains too much ;-)

Quote:
>Back to ice fishin'

Ooooh! Ice buggying on the HUGE bay betweeen Trenton and Kingston.
It's a world class ice buggy spot. No kidding. Just hafta be
careful to dodge all those ice fishing huts!

Quote:
>Good day, eh

'fer sure

Michael Graves
Proud Canadian, former AKA liaison for Canada, Kitemaker,
Kiteflier, etc.

P.S. - I grew up in Northern Ontario and have actually seen
tourists trailering snowmobiles in June!

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The wind doesn't blow in Canada!

Post by Justin » Fri, 20 Sep 1996 04:00:00



Quote:

>says:

>>I've just got back from 2 weeks in Ontario and (apart from the tail end
>>of the hurricanes) the air was really still, does anyone in this part of
>>the world fly kites? If so how?

>I guess we get a little wind out here because Ontario sucks so much.

                                               ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

What the hell are you talking about? I just spent 2 weeks in the most
briliant place I have ever been!

I take it you've never visited England? I can't deny parts of England
are beautiful and some are pretty unique to this part of the world but
Canada has just so much open space and beautiful space at that, I'd
emmigrate if I could, just to spend time in the woods!
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                                           Wisdom is not truth.      
                                           Truth is not beauty.

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The wind doesn't blow in Canada!

Post by Michael Raycra » Sun, 22 Sep 1996 04:00:00


: >
: >I've just got back from 2 weeks in Ontario and (apart from the tail end
: >of the hurricanes) the air was really still, does anyone in this part of
: >the world fly kites? If so how?
: >
                        ...[...]...

: There is some crazy guy out here in B.C. named Ray Bethel who is supposed
: to be pretty good.  I guess we get a little wind out here because
: Ontario sucks so much.

This may be true.  But when it doesn't suck it blows.

So, take off, eh?
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