Gone With the Wind Classic, March 4-5,
Once again, Tybee Island, Ga hosted a small group of WACKOS for the Gone
With The Wind Classic. Reid Smith and his cousin, Chris Smith, joined Jim
and Kathren Martin and Marty Groet on the first kiting trip of 2000.
On Friday night, we all convened at MacElwee's Seafood Restaurant for what
is becoming a traditional WACKOS event, a pre-Tybee Island kite festival
dinner. Although wary of the weather forecast, all were full of anticipation
for the coming festival.
We shared one end of the beach with Gary Resnick, Dirk Eliker and Sandy
Fowler from the Treasure Island Sport Kite Klub. Dirk and Sandy own the
Kitesville USA shop in Indian Rocks Beach and Gary is one of the friendliest
and most knowledgeable kite people around. As before, we saw some old kiting
friends and met some new ones from all over the Southeast.
Check out the pictures below. All of the pictures below are thumbnail
(small) images of the full size picture - click on the thumbnail to see
the full size picture.
I found these pictures sufficiently interesting to feature them
here rather than mix them in with the others.
|Entry to Okra Central - Anyone taking the North beach access had this
view on Saturday.
||Late Saturday afternoon, Jim said he wished he could have gotten a
shot of a freighter under the arch but was disappointed he hadn't seen
a freighter all day. Saturday night, I showed him this picture I took earlier
in the day.
||I thought the black and white lighthouse and the black and white kite
in the sky made an interesting picture. This was Sunday afternoon.
Sunday turned to be a perfect day. Sunny and warm with light breezes
in the morning, increasing to about 7 - 8 mph by mid afternoon. It
was a completely different festival from Saturday with everyone attending
in a very good mood. Lots of kites in the air and many more people coming
to look at all the kites and talk with the kite fliers. It was very difficult
for those who had to leave the festival for the drive home.
|One of the WACKOS decided he couldn't live without the pink and white
||I tried to catch Kathren flying her Jiggly Puff fighter but it was
too fast. Click here for a better picture
of Kathren and her fighter.
||Here's an interesting kite from Level One flying over the banners at
the sound tent.
||On the right is one of the local channel's photographer taking some
video of Jim's recently finished Circoflex kite.
|Gary's Sutton 125, Marty's snowflake and Jim's circoflex.
||The big foils belong to a small group of kite buggiers at the festival.
But with the crowds on Sunday, they didn't get too much riding done.
||The black and white banner also got sold Saturday night. But Sandy
and Dirk grabbed this one.
||If you ask the manufacturer of the dragonfly kite, you'll hear that
it will be the hottest kite of 2000. Guess we'll have to wait and see.
The pictures on the right show how large the crowds got on Sunday
afternoon. Many people walked around and talked to some of the kite flyers
to learn more about some of the unusual kites being flown. There were lots
of families with children flying new kites they had bought in the sales
|Late Sunday afternoon, Marty was able to hold the Sutton 125 easily
due to the light winds. If he had tried that Saturday, he'd have been "Gone
With The Wind"!