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kiting near the causeway


i was on the causeway this afternoon around 4:30pm and the wind was howling from the north, mad whitecaps north of the causeway and beautiful flat water to the south. have any of you ever tried going from rmc? or are there just no launch sites?

also, in a south wind, could you go north of the causeway? or are launch site an issue there as well.
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Re: kiting near the causeway


in a word, no!

Been riding here for going on 6 years and back in the day we tried it all.

North of the causeway is both a disgusting and very sketchy launch with the causeway itself as a downwind hazard. You gotta have a good exit spot for when things go wrong and there just isn't one there.

Launching from the fort and riding in RMC bay is no longer a go as they dont want kites on fort henry hill. Had a few good sessions in there years ago, but its pretty tight and you really have to be good at getting/staying upwind to pull it off. Either way its not really an option.

The only NE option for K-towners is Dunes beach in Picton. Over an hour of travel but its well worth it for a sure thing. Had fun there Yesterday with a few other K-town faces.

Remember you land a kite on the causeway and you ruin it for all of us, so choose your launches wisely. Even our main launch in Kingston is an ADVANCED launch. If you are a beginner, don't try and learn in places you have never seen kites. There is a reason we dont use those spots. If it's a viable spot, trust me, we use it.

The only time I would even consider north of the causeway is snow kiting and even then the ice is always sketchy on the far side due to current. Stick to the established spots as noted on the rider map of the KBK website.
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Re: kiting near the causeway


Brent,

what's this about no kites on Fort Henry? does that go for wintertime too? do you mean on the back (south) side? Can you clarify, please as i was starting to think about land riding with this snow coming.

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When the fort is closed (off season) you can get away with flying a kite on the property.......we've snow kited there a few times early in the season, it's a fun place to ride. But please give the tobogganers a wide birth. Assume they have right of way. One complaint can give us all a bad name all over town. Best to go at night when there are less people around. It's lit up pretty nicely emoticon
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