Ken McNeill 61/49

61/49  

Presented by Ken McNeill, Lenoir, NC
TYPE OF CLASS:  

Sew Project 

CLASS SIZE: 
Class Size - 15 

SKILL LEVEL: 

Intermediate


CLASS LENGTH: 

Day and a Half Project


TIMES OFFERED: 

Offered Once


SIZE OF PROJECT:

Project is 64" high, 63.5" wide


WIND RANGE: 

The 61/49 flies best in 0-8 MPH
 

The 61/49 is a light wind, controllable single line kite. It can make those days with light and variable, frustrating winds fun!  One of our friends calls the 61/49 “the most fun you can have with only one line!” I tend to agree. It’s a natural bridge between the worlds of the static single liner and the often frantic stunt kite.

I'd built a lot of kites before this one came along, but If I were to pick one kite that was a turning point in rethinking design and construction as a whole, it would be the 61/49.  I started the project with a vague idea of where I wanted to end up, but the 61/49 taught me so much along the way. It's informed design decisions in every kite since. It was a major influence in the updates of the Ichiban and Reprise, and opened my eyes to the path towards my Vixen.

Ten years in, it's still the kite I always keep at hand at festivals. When the wind lulls, the 61/49 becomes my dance partner, and it's still teaching me new steps.

Supplies/Equipment Needed for class -- Sewing Machine, thread, ripper, scissors and regular sewing supplies is typical of sewing classes