On Sunday, June 23rd my friend Holger Lendla reported in on the outcome of the kite auction that had been held on the previous night. I had made a Match Rokkaku for the auction and miraculously I had managed to send it on time.
Apparently the kite was first obtained for €700 by Hanne Thyssen from DANIBO Sommerhusudlejning who then, to everyone’s amazement, gave the kite back to the auction. This time it went for €550. In all, the kite raised €1250 which went to the charity Kinderhilfe Kolumbien (http://kinderhilfe-kolumbien.de/) that supports children from Colombia.
The two photographs on the left, taken by Heiko Armenat (from Celle, near Hannover), show Reiner Kregovsky surrounded by the many donations.
I was really pleased and for many reasons. For a start, hardly a day goes by when I don't think that I should be seriously getting into some kind of organized charitable work. Then I have a story of... absence related to the Fanø gathering. I flew kites on Fanø in the spring of 1991 with Axel and Katharina Voss. I loved it and said to myself that I would be back for the Summer gathering. That was a clean 28 years ago and I still have not managed to attend the gathering.
Also, the Match Rokkaku kite I gave to the auction has a curious history which is also a history of absence. Some 26/27 years ago I made a few Match Rokkakus and then devised a different pattern, made a few mock-ups, and planned to build the kites accordingly - that also did not happen.
A few years ago I looked again at the mock-ups and thought I should finally make them, once and for all. At the same time I discovered a web site by two Swiss kite lovers and flyers (http://www.drachenwelt.at/) and they had several kites made by myself including this small Rokkaku. So, I learned that I did make one after all.
I made the Fanø rok by repeating the same colours and having at the back of my mind my old conversations with Hans Soyka in Berlin in 1989 about choosing certain colour combinations.
I would certainly love to see this kite in the sky as I do not plan to make one with the same colour combination ever again: this is and will remain the Fanø Match Rokkaku.
And here's the finished kite on the right. Those who are old enough to remember will notice on the wall next to it a photograph of an early man-lifting train by Erhard Höβle from Ebenhausen, Bayern. I went up on that very train under Erhard's supervision at the 1986 edition of Cervia Volante in Cervia, Italy.
Lastly, the kite in the air! Holding it is Henry Johns from Hamburg. The first two photographs were taken by his wife Sonja Johns. The wind is reported to have been gusty and strong (Bft. 5 and stronger) and the kite really likes a light-medium wind. The last photograph was taken by Detlef Griese.
Thanks to all - Heiko Armenat, Sonja John and Detlef Griese - for allowing me to upload these photographs and to share fragments of this year's gathering at Fanø.