The St Anne’s International Kite Festival was held on the evening of 1st September and 2nd and 3rd September 2017. Wow, what a fantastic weekend!
After a slow journey over the Pennines we arrived a little later than planned and then made a dash for the beach night fly. Sarah flew our Rolf Zimmermann octopus and Peter flew his ghost delta. It was one of those evenings that you want to ‘put in a bottle and keep forever’! It was great to see so many people on the beach enjoying the kites and fireworks.
We woke to lovely blue skies on the Saturday and drove onto the beach to set up for the day. We put up the lifter with maxi manta to only have it fall from the sky a short time later. The wind shifted direction and that resulted in everyone moving their cars and anchors to take advantage of it. Unfortunatly the wind again died in the afternoon which resulted in hardly a kite flying much to our frustrations. Sarah enjoyed flying her Nick James’ Sweetheart kite for most of the afternoon although it was dwarfed slightly by the maxi ultralight manta.
Sunday brought the rain which unfortunately stayed all day. We braved the weather and flew our trilobite for the hardy public. Despite the poor weather there was still a fair amount of kites decorating the sky. It might have been wet but it didn’t dampen our spirits.
Thank you to everybody that made this weekend the success that it was and we’re sure we’ll all be talking about the night fly for some time.