So far, I've been able to get my hands on several dual-line deltas made by the Caribbean Kite Company: Jamaica, Trinidad, Mustique and Tobago. Obviously, I want them all, but the one I was especially keen to add to the collection was their largest (2.68m wing span) delta, which was specifically marketed as a trick kite: the Martinique.
I'm very pleased to be able to say that I now indeed have been able to get me grubby hands on a Martinique!
Flew it first in 5-8mph. Flight is quite slow in this wind; even though the official wind range is stated as 4-20mph, it really needs 7-8mph to fly well. Once flying, it really looks sleek!
Kite has a tendency to oversteer, and it really turns on a dime. That level of instability suggests it should trick well. So does it? I can honestly say that this is by far the trickiest Peter Powell delta I've ever flown: it loves axels and half-axels; it gives them away for free. It's purely my own limit flying tricks that holds it back.
So yes, definitely the best Caribbean Kite Company kite in my collection by a country mile and more.
A blog detailing our collection of Peter Powell kites, and chronicling our flying of these kites. Plus a bit of PP kite history thrown in. Our collection to date can be seen here. I am keen to expand the collection, so if you have an old Peter Powell kite, whether made in the UK or the US, gathering dust and looking for a new home, why not get in touch? Depending on the kite (does it bring something new or different to my collection?), its condition (is it flyable? how much TLC does it need?), and the price you ask (+ shipping if from outside the UK), we may well be able to do a deal.