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post Jun 19 2007, 11:35 AM
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this thread is intended to communicate and maybe improve our beloved launch. any comments from any level of rider are welcome. Lets be careful to not go overboard, I think basic rules of the road and kite etiquette work pretty welll at Metro now, just maybe some general refinements would be helpful especially on busy days.

+be mindful to rig and park your kite out of the main launching area. Metro has a limited "sweet spot" locate on top of the grassy knoll downwind of a gap in the trees. if kites are parked in the sweet spot it becomes difficult to avoid snags and find the room to launch. The main launch area is bigger than just the "sweet spot" too, the central lawn also sees launching traffic. Maybe only park kites on the outside of the knoll?

+roll up your lines if you dont foresee immediately relaunching your kite.

+lets be direct in our actions between the guardian trees and around the general entry/exit point. commit to coming in or going out, dont waffle around. kiters coming out have the right of way, give them space. if you're riding and having difficulty staying upwind, dont add to the problem and get stuck in the outgoing and incoming traffic.

+respect the windsurfers

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post Jun 28 2007, 03:27 PM
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It looks like we are going to write down some guidelines specific to Metro and hand them out. Mostly they are going to be courtesies for the launch about keeping kites on the lawn and entering and exiting through the narrow gap between the trees.

Brian Lefeve came up with some for Tawas that he passes out to his students during camps. He is going to tailor them for Metro and I will post them here for you guys to comment on. I have spoken with Kyke and he is comfortable with the idea. Maybe Turtle can post them on Kite Mi in the launch information section.

Positive news is Metro put in a foot wash station by the drinking fountain on the outside of the bathrooms. I asked for it when I spoke to the park super this spring. He told me it was a good idea and he would look into it. I never expected him to follow through with it but by the looks of things he did. Cool thing is it shows that they are willing to work with us.
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