The camera is suspended from the line, which is attached to the kite, creating a bit of a shock absorber. A battery powered servo rotates the camera rig every 30 seconds and snaps a picture. Winds can blow the camera around, so we use a fast shutter of at least 1/400 second. It takes about 12 mph of wind to lift the rig. On this day, we had 15-20 mph and the kite shot up like an elevator with almost no coaxing. The view is of the Congressional Cemetery on Capitol Hill. It is a 35-acre burial ground with about 55,000 “residents.” The river is the Anacostia, a tributary of the mighty Potomac. Big thanks to kite wrangler Rasheed Willis for his exceptional work on this project.
Jeff is an activist sailor who likes to stay busy. No trouble with that this Saturday as the shifting winds required constant trimming and the currents were just fierce after five days of rain following Hurricane Irene. All this was a bit funny because when we put up the sails at 7:30 it looked like we were going to be paddling the boat more than sailing…ha!
This is a beautiful I-20 converted from a 1977 Melges M-20. Melges is still making M-20s. This one looks like it got very light use … and was mothballed for a few decades. Blue and white hull is nearly perfect. Check out the cool green non-slip deck. Sails are just a season or two old…very stiff.