Yet again Nelson showed off what a great place it is and that it has more sun shine hours then other place in New Zealand. With perfect weather and a nice steady wind off the sea, it was great times had by all that came to Neale park to experiance the festival.
This year I got the oppatunity to attend the Xinjin Kite Festival in Chengdu China. Meeting up with Peter after he had been at the festivals in Xiamen and Taiwan.
Xinjin is a small but well organised festival were all the kite flyers were well looked after for there stay, taking us on tours of there local attractions including the Panda zoo were they have over 60 Pandas.
The only problem with the event was the lack of wind, this can be a big problem when you are there for a Kite Festival, but everyone worked really hard to put on the best display they could in the light and infrequant winds.
On one of the days there was not enough wind for any one to fly.Then someone had a brilant idea and borrowed one of the many balloons that were tied up around the event, tied it to his kite and started to run around the feild with it. Before long everyone was borrowing these balloons, and before long the sky was full of sticked and inflatable kites. The inflatables had just enough wind to hold preasure inside them. It made an amazing but unusual aerial display.
This was a great event since next year is the year of the horse to show of our new 12 meter long horse kite.
The Peter Line Kite crew inside the 30 meter long Blue Whale kite holding a 8 meter long Humpback whale kite. From left-Peter Lynn, Simon Chisnall, Gav Mulvay, Pam Shanahan and Elwyn Lynn. Absent from photo Craig Hansen and Jenny Cook.