We’re all still very saddened by Ray’s passing, he will be very missed by all of us in the BCKA and around the world. His family has recently setup a memorial page for Ray, we encourage you to visit:
If you feel so moved, please consider a donation to a tribute to Ray at the BC Children’s Hospital.
On behalf of the Executive of the British Columbia Kitefliers Association, wishing you all a very happy, healthy and safe holiday season with your family and friends. Just a reminder of our New Year’s Day Fun Fly at Garry Point Park in Richmond January 1, 2019 (weather permitting of course!).
See you on the field next year!
Sincerely, Cathie Jung
It is with a sad heart that I must tell you that our dear friend and fellow kite flyer Ray Bethell passed away yesterday. Ray has been an honorary member of the BCKA for many many years. He was well known as a local multiple sport kite maker and flyer. He passed many happy hours kite flying at his home flying field at Vanier Park. Well known to many spectators as “that tanned skin man who flies three kites at once”, Ray amazed spectators locally at our Pacific Rim Kite Festival as well as internationally at the Washington State International Kite Festival, and as far away as England, Italy, France, Guam, and other places around the world.
I had the pleasure of flying with Ray when I first got into sport kite flying. He was a patient and kind teacher, who enjoyed sharing his passion of kites with others. Ray was always the first flyer at Vanier Park, enthusiastic to help set up the flying field, and get his kites in the air.
Ray will be fondly remembered by all who had the fortunate experience of knowing him. May he rest in peace, and as his honorary bench at Vanier Park reminds us: “Ray: May the wind be always at your back”
I am awaiting news from Ray’s family as to a memorial lunch that is being planned in his honor. I will let you know when I get more details.
Sincerely, Cathie Jung
An excellent video of Ray at work
Once you manage to wake up on January 1st, 2019, shake off that hangover and head out to Steveston Park in Richmond for our Annual Fun Fly!
The Executive of the BCKA cordially invites you to participate in a kite making workshop with Master Kite Maker, Mr. Dan Kurahashi.
Dan will teach two kinds of heat sealed kites.
When: SUNDAY FEBRUARY 3, 2019
Where: Steveston Community Centre
Time: 9-5 pm
You can choose to build one or both of these kites.
If you’d like to join in this fun and informative kite making workshop, please confirm your attendance with me ASAP so I can guarantee you a space. Space will be limited to 12 kite makers. Coffee and goodies will be provided. Please bring a bagged lunch. See details and photos of the project below.
*Peter Lynn 3D kite, 40″ wide, 20″ front to back, 28″ tall.
*Starflakes 14″ high, 24″ round outer frame
All materials will be supplied by Dan
Tools ( you supply, except #1, 2 & 3 for those who want borrow from me. Do not buy, I will guide you, if you see this process useful)
- Heat adjustable soldering Iron. (I will bring 8 of those to share but if you have one, please bring them)
- Copper modified tip with Teflon cover.
- Stable (not tippy) Ceramic coffee mug use as soldering Iron rest whilst hot.
- Tweezer to be used to avoid burn from touching soldering iron, I am brave or stupid I do not use it.
- Wax paper, 5′ or so will do
- Non heat melting plastic or metal Straight edge longer than 16″. Hot soldering iron tip needs to slide along, so need to be heat resistant. Aluminum may take away heat too much
- Glue stick, like the one used in school. I like LePage brand
Following are not mandatory:
- Multi Outlet extension cord, we will set island of 4 tables and we need one in center
- + head screw driver.
- 1/8″ and 1/4″ hole punch if you have
- One day’s worth of newspaper to use as the base of heat seal
Students will learn:
Kite construction and use of tools
Information about plastics, melting points, strength, thickness, reinforcing material, bind-ability, kite repair
Several methods of heat seal. You will also learn heat joining to make kites and join different colors
Step by step guidance and practice of the technique will be provided, as well as written instructions
I hope to see many of you there!
Cathie Jung, President, BCKA