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This page provides the latest news and announcements from STACK.

19/6/17
STACK National Champions
With three rounds of IRB competition completed over two weekends, we now have a new (well, not all that new) set of National Champions, based on the best two precision and ballet scores.
Congratulations to the new STACK UK National Champions:-
  • Dual Line Individual Champion - Tony Shiggins
  • Dual Line Pairs Champion - Phoenix
  • Dual Line Team Champion - Flame
  • Multi-Line Individual Champion - Josh Mitcheson
We also have a winner in another open championships:-
  • Multi-kite Champion - Josh Mitcheson
Well done champions and all competitors.
Overall results and results for each round are available on the results page.
19/6/17
STACK National Championship Dunstable - Thanks
Thanks to everyone who participated in the two rounds of the STACK UK National Sport Kite Championships over the weekend at Dunstable Downs - competitors, crew and spectators.
A big thank you in particular to the crew - field director Vee Griffiths, event steward and PA engineer Keith Griffiths, and to the judges: Martin Baker, Tony Cartwright and John Williams (and also to Alistair Hunt who judged at Round 1).
Thanks also to the National Trust for having us again.
18/6/17
STACK National Championship - Rounds 2 and 3
Round 2 and 3 of the STACK UK National Championship were held at Dunstable Downs on 17th and 18th June.
Round 2 on Saturday was hot, with light wind. There were quite a few wind checks, but the whole round was completed, and followed by the Multi-Kite event for people flying two or more kites - though in this case it was person, as Josh was the only entrant. We even had enough time and energy for some mega-team flying afterwards, with 8 competitors and crew flying together.
Round 2 on Sunday was even hotter and with a very intermittent wind, frequently dropping to none. Despite many wind checks and breaks the round was completed with some excellent performances in between the wind recesses - and a few good performances that deteriorated to fights to stay airborne as the wind stopped part way through. This day was so hot and sufficiently hard work that no one felt up to a mega-team this time, especially with the arena to take down.
Unfortunately we did not have time to get to the Freestyle competition - if we can this will be run on another date.
The results of round 2 and round 3 of the STACK UK National Championship are now available on the results page.
14/6/17
STACK National Championship - Rounds 2 and 3

The final two rounds of the STACK UK National Championship competition will be held THIS weekend: 17th – 128th June.
These will be held at Dunstable Downs (National Trust site - Whipsnade Road, Dunstable, Bedfordshire, LU6 2GY).
We will be running two round of IRB competition, for individuals, pairs and teams in both dual line and multi-line. One round will be run each day (weather permitting).
We will also run a round of freestyle competition and a round of multi-kite ballet competition, provided there are participants.

Notes
The IRB competition will include individuals, pairs and teams in both dual line and multi-line. Obviously this is dependant on who turns up to compete in each category. The IRB competitions will be run according to the latest International Sport Kite Rule Book (Version 3).
The freestyle competition will be loosely based on the Tricks Party format.
The multi-kite competition will use the IRB ballet rules.
The competition is subject to weather and in extreme circumstances may have to be shortened or abandoned.

Outline Programme
Saturday 17th June
9:00 Arena setup completion
9:30 Pilots' meeting
10:00 Competition start
Rest of Morning
- IRB Precision Competitions
- Dual Line Individual
- Multi-Line Individual
- Dual Line Pair
- Multi-Line Pair
- Dual Line Team
Lunch break
Afternoon
- IRB Ballet Competitions
- Dual Line Individual
- Multi-Line Individual
- Dual Line Pair
- Multi-Line Pair
- Dual Line Team
- Multi-kite Ballet Competition
Break
- Coaching (if requested)
- Demos
- Mega-team
17:00 Debrief
Sunday 18th June
9:00 Pilots' meeting
9:30 Competition start
Rest of Morning
- IRB Precision Competitions
- Dual Line Individual
- Multi-Line Individual
- Dual Line Pair
- Multi-Line Pair
- Dual Line Team
Lunch break
Afternoon
- IRB Ballet Competitions
- Dual Line Individual
- Multi-Line Individual
- Dual Line Pair
- Multi-Line Pair
- Dual Line Team
- Freestyle / Tricks Party Competition
Break
- Coaching (if requested)
- Demos (time permitting)
- Mega-team
16:30 Debrief
17:00 Arena take-down
17:30 Finish
This is an outline programme - times and the order of events may be subject to change based on weather conditions, and other factors.

Figures
Figures for Rounds 2 and 3 of the Nationals will be selected from the following list (3 per discipline):

Dual Line Individual
DI 07 - Jump
DI 09 - Octagon
DI 16 - Two Squares and Stalls
DI 18 - Square Cuts
DI 19 - Launch, Circle, and Land 2P
DI 20 - Boomerang
Dual Line Pair
DP 03 - Pair Circles Over Diamonds
DP 06 - Inverted Eight with Landing
DP 09 - The Cliff
DP 16 - Pair Square Cuts and Land
DP 17 - Pair Jump with Rolls
DP 19 - Boomerang
Dual Line Team
DT 02 - Pick-up Sticks
DT 04 - Team Hairpin
DT 05 - Arch de Triomph
DT 10 - Team Diamonds
DT 11 - Cascade
DT 17 - Boomerang
Multi-Line Individual
MI 24 - Basic Elevator (Novice)
MI 23 - Slide and Square (Intermediate)
MI 26 - The Arch with Stops (Experienced)
MI 29 - Quadrato (Intermediate)
MI 32 - All Slides (Experienced)
MI 31 - Circle Over Clock (Experienced)
Multi-Line Pair
MP 03 - Quadouble-S
MP 06 - Peaks
MP 07 - Circles and Slides
MP 10 - Parallel Boxes
MP 12 - Split Square
MP 14 - Boomerang
Multi-Line Team
MT 01 - Cascade
MT 03 - Vertical Thread and Rotate
MT 04 - Rainbow Slide
MT 06 - Steps and Turns
MT 12 - Boomerang
MT 09 - The Basket
Freestyle Competition Imposed Tricks
Four imposed figures will be selected from the following list:
Flic Flac (2)
Two Points Landing (2)
540 (3)
Lewis (3)
Rolling Cascade (3)
Spike (3)
Duplex (4)
Taz Machine (4)
Yoyo Take-off (4)
Multi Yoyo (5)

Parking
As this is a National Trust site there is a small charge for parking. Parking is free to National Trust members.

Camping / Accommodation
There is no camping on site but there is a camping site a few miles away (Town Farm Camping). There are also hotels and B&Bs in Dunstable and the surrounding area.

Elligibilty
You do need to be a STACK UK member, or a member of an equivalent non-UK organization, to compete in the IRB competitions. However you can join STACK UK on the weekend (£14 basic or £5 junior/retired, plus £5 competition fee for new competitors). The Freestyle competition and the Multi-kite competition are open to non STACK members (subject to £5 competition fee). Note that non-STACK members (including members of overseas organizations) will need to show proof of £5M public liability insurance (a condition of use of the site).
17/5/17
STACK National Championship - Round 1 - Outline Programme
Saturday 20th May
9:00 - Arena build
9:30 - Pilots' meeting
10:00 - Arena final set-up
10:30 - Competition start
Morning
- Dual line individual precision
- Dual line team precision
- Multi-line individual ballet
Lunch break
Afternoon
- Multi-kite ballet (if required)
- Dual line pair ballet
- Mega-team
Break
- Coaching (if requested)
- Demos
- Mega-team
- Debrief

Sunday 21st May
9:00 - Set-up
9:30 - Pilots' meeting
10:00 - Competition start
Morning
- Multi-line individual precision
- Dual line pair precision
- Freestyle competition (tricks party style)
Lunch break
Afternoon
- Dual line individual ballet
- Dual line team ballet
- Mega-team
Break
- Coaching (if required)
- Demos
16:00 - Debrief
16:30 - Arena take-down

Note that this is an outline programme - times and the order of events may be subject to change based on weather conditions, and other factors.
15/5/17
STACK National Championships - Round 1
Round 1 of the STACK UK National Championships will be taking place THIS weekend, 20th - 21st May at Billing Aquadrome in Northampton.
If you are planning to camp, you can camp at Billing Aquadrome - and they have camping pods too. There are also hotels and B&Bs in the area.
Start time will be 9:00 am on both days.
23/4/17
Freestyle Competition Imposed Tricks
Imposed tricks for freestyle competition rounds at the Nationals will be selected from the following list:
Two Points Landing (2)
Straight line entry. Decisive landing on both wingtips simultaneously. Held in this position on the ground for minimum two seconds.
Spike (3)
Vertical entry. Clear and decisive stab. Held stable on the spiked wingtip for minimum two seconds.
Lewis (3)
No break between Yo-Yo and lazy susan. Nose-up exit. As an imposed trick: nose up entry (just like the Yoyo).
Taz Machine (4)
Horizontal entry. Horizontal exit in opposite direction. Flat rotation. Only two inputs.
540 (3)
Straight line vertical entry. Flare is flat, as well as the rotation for the full 540°. Out is straight upwards.
Duplex (4)
Same speed throughout this trick, no pause between parts, flat backspin rotations, flic-flac in a vertical line, no drifting sideways, 3 visible rotations, deliberate OUT.
Flic Flac (2)
Minimum three sequences. Constant speed and movement in one vertical line. Parallel position to the ground in both PANCAKE and FADE. No over-rotating.
Rolling Cascade (3)
Minimum three half rotations (e.g., right, left, right). Constant speed. Vertical (straight-line) descent. 5 half rotations for high score.
Multi Yoyo (5)
Minimum 3 yoyos. Straight vertical line. Continuity. OUT is straight unrolling UP.
Yoyo Take-off (4)
Clean roll-up in a vertical (straight-line). The wingtips must not touch the ground. Vertical line of flight rolled up. Vertical (straight-line) unroll.
22/4/17
STACK National Championship - Round 1 (May) - Figures
Figures for Round 1 the Nationals will be selected from the following:-
Dual Line Individual - Round 1
DI 03 - Circle Over Diamond, DI 05 - Lap and Snap, DI 08 - Pyramid, DI 11 - Split Figure Eight, DI 12 - Stops, and DI 17 - Wedge.
Dual Line Pair - Round 1
DP 07 - H, DP 11 - Meet Again, DP 12 - Pair Stops, DP 14 - 2 Squares, DP 15 - Thread and Roll, and DP 18 - Pair Launch, Circle, and Land 2P.
Dual Line Team - Round 1
DT 03 - Follow, Flank Up, and Square, DT 07 - Sorted Rectangle, DT 08 - The Basket, DT 11 - Cascade, DT 12 - Loops and Vertical Threads, and DT 16 - Team Square Cuts.
Multi-Line Individual - Round 1
MI 24 - Basic Elevator (Novice), MI 27 - Up, Down, Up (Intermediate), MI 28 - Square (Intermediate), MI 36 - Rise and Lap (Intermediate), MI 30 - Vertical Pivots (Experienced), and MI 34 - Circle (Experienced).
Multi-Line Pair - Round 1
MP 01 - Qisses, MP 04 - Two Down, MP 09 - Lollypops, MP 08 - Double Diamonds, MP 11 - Triangle Split, and MP 13 - Pair Pivots.
Multi-Line Team - Round 1
MT 01 - Cascade, MT 02 - Follow, Slide, Roll, MT 05 - Two Down, MT 07 - Arch du Carousel, MT 08 - Team Pivots, and MT 11 - Solaris.
22/4/17
STACK National Championship - Round 2 (June) - Figures
Figures for Rounds 2 and 3 of the Nationals will be selected from the following:-
Dual Line Individual - Rounds 2-3
DI 07 - Jump, DI 09 - Octagon, DI 16 - Two Squares and Stalls, DI 18 - Square Cuts, DI 19 - Launch, Circle, and Land 2P, and DI 20 - Boomerang.
Dual Line Pair - Rounds 2-3
DP 03 - Pair Circles Over Diamonds, DP 06 - Inverted Eight with Landing, DP 09 - The Cliff, DP 16 - Pair Square Cuts and Land, DP 17 - Pair Jump with Rolls, and DP 19 - Boomerang.
Dual Line Team - Rounds 2-3
DT 02 - Pick-up Sticks, DT 04 - Team Hairpin, DT 05 - Arch de Triomph, DT 10 - Team Diamonds, DT 11 - Cascade, and DT 17 - Boomerang.
Multi-Line Individual - Rounds 2-3
MI 24 - Basic Elevator (Novice), MI 23 - Slide and Square (Intermediate), MI 26 - The Arch with Stops (Experienced), MI 29 - Quadrato (Intermediate), MI 32 - All Slides (Experienced), and MI 31 - Circle Over Clock (Experienced).
Multi-Line Pair - Rounds 2-3
MP 03 - Quadouble-S, MP 06 - Peaks, MP 07 - Circles and Slides, MP 10 - Parallel Boxes, MP 12 - Split Square, and MP 14 - Boomerang.
Multi-Line Team - Rounds 2-3
MT 01 - Cascade, MT 03 - Vertical Thread and Rotate, MT 04 - Rainbow Slide, MT 06 - Steps and Turns, MT 12 - Boomerang, and MT 09 - The Basket.
19/4/17
STACK UK Nationals
May Event
The first round of competition will be held over the weekend of 20th – 21st May. This will be at a new venue for us, Billing Aquadrome Holiday Park in the Nene Valley in Northamptonshire (Crow Lane, Great Billing NN3 9DA), using the Shelduck Number 2 arena. Please be aware that there is a car parking charge of £5.
We will be running one round of IRB competition, for individuals, pairs and teams in both dual line and multi-line. We will also run a round of freestyle competition and a round of multi-kite ballet competition.
June Event
The next rounds of competition will be held over the weekend of 17th – 18th June. These will be at a Dunstable Downs (Whipsnade Road, Dunstable, Bedfordshire, LU6 2GY). This is a National Trust site, which we have used for a few years now. You will need to pay for parking, unless you are a National Trust member.
We will be running TWO rounds of IRB competition, for individuals, pairs and teams in both dual line and multi-line, one on each day. We will also run a single round of freestyle competition and a single round of multi-kite ballet competition.
General
IRB competition rounds will include individuals, pairs and teams in both dual line and multi-line. Obviously these are all dependant on who turns up to compete in each category. All IRB competitions will be run according to the latest International Sport Kite Rule Book (Version 3).
Freestyle competition will be loosely based on the Tricks Party format. The multi-kite competition will use the IRB ballet rules.
All events are subject to weather and in extreme circumstances may have to be shortened or abandoned.
We are still looking into the possibility of an extra competition event; if this goes ahead it will likely be late in the season.
18/4/17
STACK Equipment Inventory
This year we are intending to inventory all of STACK UK’s equipment. If you have any of the STACK kit, especially kites or banners, please can you bring it along to one of the rounds of the Nationals, or if you cannot make any of those, please contact us to confirm the equipment you have.
10/4/17
AGM Minutes
Minutes of the STACK UK AGM held on 19th February 2017 are now available in the resources section.
9/3/17
Competition Date #2
And here is another provisional date for a STACK (UK) National Championship competition round - 20th & 21st May. This one will be at a site that is completely new to us, more details soon once details are agreed.
(Apologies for the cloak and dagger ish announcements, but we want to announce the dates as soon as possible, but can't give details of venues until they are finally confirmed.)
So that's 20th-21st May and 17th-18th June so far.
3/3/17
Competition Date #1
STACK is pleased to provisionally announce that one of the rounds of the National Championship will be held over the weekend of 17th - 18th June - subject to getting all the necessary permissions and paperwork sorted. Location and further details will follow once things have progressed a little more. Please keep the weekend free.
9/2/17
Tricks Party Imposed Figures
The imposed figures for use in Tricks Party competitions in 2017 have been announced on the TricksParty Website.
STACK UK will be selecting from these figures for freestyle competitions at the National Championships this year.
8/2/17
STACK UK AGM
The STACK UK AGM will be held on Sunday 19th February 2017 at 13:00 for 13:30 start in Farringdon, Oxfordshire.
We expect that the AGM will take about 2 to 3 hours. Coffee and tea will be provided. Please let us know if you will be attending.
As the AGM is being hosted by existing members at a private property we will send you the full address if you contact us.
Agenda
Here is the outline agenda for the AGM – though it won’t be too formal.
1 Apologies
2 Minutes of last AGM
3 Reports
3.1 Membership Secretary’s report
3.2 Treasurer’s report
3.3 National Director’s report
4 Election / re-election of officers
5 Fees
5.1 Membership fees
5.2 Competition fees
5.3 Insurance costs
7 Competitions and National Championship 2017
8 International Events
9 AOB

The minutes of the previous AGM are available on the Resources page here.
We know this is short notice - but we want to hold it before the better flying weather arrives.
3/2/17
STACK UK Membership Renewal
All STACK UK members should by now have received their membership renewal notice by e-mail. Renewals are due by the end of February. If you haven’t received yours yet please get in touch.
We have not changed the fees for this year, so it’s £14 for individual members (and the first family member) and £5 for junior members, retired members and additional family members.
The competition licence for those wishing to compete in the National Championship is £20, or a reduced fee of £5 for junior members, novices in their first year of competition, or anyone entering only the freestyle competition or the multi-kite competition.
Insurance. STACK membership includes kite flying insurance at STACK events. However, if you fly kites at other times (which is probably most of you) then we strongly recommend that you take out the additional individual insurance which provides cover for flying at any time (subject to following the usual safety guidelines), and anywhere (excluding North America). The fee for this is £11 – again, this is unchanged; however we do reserve the option to levy an additional charge if our insurance costs go up significantly. Note that your insurance will lapse if you do not renew your membership.
Life members. Although your STACK membership is free, we do need you to send in your renewal confirming your details (address etc). You may want to take up the additional individual flying insurance – as noted above the fee is £11. And obviously, if you want to compete you will also need to pay the appropriate competition licence.
10/10/16
Alec Elliott
It is with great sadness that we inform STACK members that Alec Elliott, a kite flyer, long time STACK supporter, and PA supplier to STACK and others, passed away at the weekend after a prolonged illness. He will be missed. Our sympathies go out to his partner and family.
4/10/16
Freestyle workshop
Members may be interested in attending a weekend workshop for fliers aspiring to compete in freestyle competition being held in France in November. The focus will be on tricks and how to develop a trick-centric ballet. And it's free! (But you'll ned to get there and pay for accomodation.) This link gives more details - there is an English translation further down the page.
27/7/16
Updated UK Rankings
Updated UK Rankings (including DLI, DLP, DLT, MLI, MLP, Tricks and Multi-Kite), which now incorporate the scores from the 2016 National Championships, are now available on the results page.
26/7/16
Dunstable Kite Festival
Some STACK members will be appearing at Dunstable Kite Festival on Saturday 30th May and Sunday 31st July, at the National Trust site on Dunstable Downs. Expect to see team and pairs demos, multi-kite demos, lots of spectacular single line kites, and probably a mega-team (weather and time permiting).
8/7/16
STACK UK National Champions 2016
With four rounds of IRB competition completed over two weekends, we now have a new (well, new-ish) set of National Champions, based on the best two precision and ballet scores.
Congratulations to the new STACK UK National Champions:-
Dual Line Individual Champion - Tony Shiggins
Dual Line Pairs Champion - Phoenix
Dual Line Team Champion - Flame
Multi-Line Individual Champion - Josh Mitcheson
Multi-Line Pairs Champion - Amalgamation

We also have winners in the two other open championships:-
Freestyle Champion - Miguel Perez Sennet Multi-kite Champion - Josh Mitcheson
Well done all, both returning champions and new champions.
Overall results and results for each round are available on the results page.

For older announcements see the Archive News page.

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