The site for Maine kite flyers
The Nor'easters is an unofficial kite club consisting of kite flyers who like to fly in the Portland, Maine area. There are no dues, no officers, no meetings, no by-laws and not much in the way of organization. Some of us are members of Kites over New England and/or the American Kite fliers Association.
We fly pretty much any kite. There are kite surfers, kite
skiers, stunt kite flyers, single line flyers, KAPs, and kite makers. We fly
at Bug Light Park in South Portland, Fort Williams Park in Cape Elizabeth, Pine
Point Beach in Scarborough, Long Lake in Naples and other fields in the area.
There are about 85 people on the group's mailing list and 3 to 20 of them will
show up at our events. To be added to this mailing list contact us at Noreasters. We send out emails to announce local kiting events but we try not to fill your mailbox with too much stuff.
We have been trying to schedule an informal group fly on the
second Saturday of every month at Bug Light Park in South Portland in all but
the winter months. We seem to have about 20 or so kiters who show up at Bug Light Park on a regular basis and lots more who join us a few times a year. We have had 3 kite making workshops in the past two winters and I expect we will try to hold 2 or 3 next winter.
As far as this web site is concerned, it is a personal project by me, Tony Heeschen, with help from my wife, Petra B and several others in the local kite community. We will welcome contributions in the future, especially photos. We have several KAP people and I would like to perhaps add a page for some aerial shots.
I fly almost anything. I started out with dual line sport kites about 20 years ago and have added four line kites, single line kites and traction kites to my kite collection. I have worked for the past few years on getting our local fliers a little bit organized and this site is part of that. I still enjoy my 2 line kites, especially my Prism Illusion. In the winter kite skiing is my first choice in kiting activity.
Petra has been flying for about 15 years, dual and quad lines and has begun to add some single lines to her bag too. Her favorite kite is a tie dyed Synergy Deca. She is also responsible for most of the photos on these pages. When the wind is right and the field is open we both like to fly our Prism Illusions as pairs.
We both enjoy building kites. We started 15 years ago with a simple fighter kite. Since then, we have made many more from little sleds to large Rokkakus (a traditional Japanese kite.)
We are both members of KONE and I am currently a member of the KONE board of directors. As such I have a real incentive in encouraging you all to join KONE at least and attend one or more of our regional events. You can find the KONE web site at www.kone.org and that will have a schedule of events for most of New England as well as membership information ($15 a year is a great deal) The AKA is a National organization and more information is available at AKA.com.
Contact us at:PandTkites@gmail.com