Sat, 14 May 2011

1Sting 3:168 : Devil's Dyke (H) Duration: 01:05, Gain: 1562 ft, Distance: 0 km, 15 mph, thermic, bit gusty WNW; lift everywhere! Getting down was the challenge!

A Dyke Classic

I wasn't entirely sure today would be a Dyke day as the wind was forecast to be very westerly and possibly on the light side, but as the saying goes, you don't fly if you don't try so I arrived around 10am to see a few others, but not many, had similar thoughts. The wind however was right on the hill. There wasn't enough north in it to make the Truleigh ridge run feasible, but I was certain I would get my feet off the ground!

Soaring the Sting 3:168
Soaring the Sting 3:168
Flying the Sting 3:168 hang glider high above the Devils Dyke.
14 May 2011

As usual, I faffed for some considerable time getting ready but I appeared to be more efficient at it than most of the other pilots. I soon took to the air joining the pilots already established in the tight flying pattern. Flying around at ridge height required concentration but soon I bumped into my first thermal taking me to 1,000 feet above launch. From thereon in finding lift seemed to be a child's game. Several times I glided well back behind the golf course then pushed upwind back towards the Devil's Dyke. In fact, getting down proved to me more difficult than staying up! Especially when over 1,000 feet.

John and Dan
John and Dan
John and Dan flying their Sting 3 hang gliders high above the Devil's Dyke..
14 May 2011

In the end I forced myself down by flying well upwind of the Dyke - almost the second field across the road out front where I then turned tail and glided back to the hill, low enough to attempt a top landing.

Skies over the Dyke
Skies over the Dyke
The sky over the Devil's Dyke.
14 May 2011
Over the Pub
Over the Pub
Dan thermalling his Sting 3 hang glider high above the Devils Dyke pub.
14 May 2011

After safely touching down in the paddock it was time for an ice-cream after which I packed up as the forecast was suggesting rain in the afternoon. By the time I arrived at home a few drops of that rain materialised, but nothing like the BBC weather forecast had predicted!

Flight Details

Flight TypeHill Launch
GliderAirBorne Sting 3:168
SiteDevil's Dyke
Launch Date/Time14 May 2011 / 13:00
Height Gain1562ft
Flight Duration1h 05m
Comments15 mph, thermic, bit gusty WNW; lift everywhere! Getting down was the challenge!

Flying Statistics to Date 14 May 2011

Total Hours :
46h 08m
Longest Flight :
1h 15m
Glider Models Flown :
4
Sites Flown :
20
Best Height Gain :
3,000 feet
Total Distance :
7.0 km
Max Distance :
7.0 km
Total Flights :
194
Hill Launches :
93
Winch Launches :
87
Aerotow Launches :
14

Total Flying Statistics

Total Hours :
95h 58m
Longest Flight :
2h 25m
Glider Models Flown :
5
Sites Flown :
21
Best Height Gain :
3,000 feet
Total Distance :
67.9 km
Max Distance :
13.5 km
Total Flights :
286
Hill Launches :
156
Winch Launches :
106
Aerotow Launches :
24
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