The Decorators Team Fliers
Jørgen Møller Hansen, Flare Kitestack 1987
Recovery and repairs after Blackheath
The bundle of kite sails after recovery from the trees of Greenwich Park, 24th October 2021.
There were two tears in the fabric and one torn seam, a few broken bridle legs and one pulled out eyelet. There was only one sail with both upright spars missing and one sail with one broken upright. There were two missing lower spreaders.
The first damaged elements, a torn out eyelet and broken bridle leg.
Some dacron has been added to form a strong base for the replacement eyelet.
Eyelet in place with main line re-attached using the original mark on the line.
The bridle leg line is quite 'stretchy' so has been fixed using an insert of braided polyester line until an exact match can be found.
Torn seam located.
Top corner of the right hand lower keel element.
Torn seam, detail. The frayed edge had to be tucked back into the seam and secured from the reverse side. It was not possible to access one side of the joint directly so the seam has been oversewn at the edge!
Disconnected spar pocket and torn sail.
Repaired sail and pocket.
Jørgen had bound the ends of the spars so his example has been followed using waxed polyester line.
Site Updated October 2023 Felix Mottram
Ends were trimmed and then some candle wax was added and melted gently over a flame.