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I was still aching from yesterday's flight, but with the wind suitable for the Dyke again I couldn't resist a second day's flying. There were certainly more people out today, probably inspired by yesterday's flight reports.
After my usual faffing I was almost ready when I saw one of my work colleagues with his wife. After a quick hello and parading of my glider I clipped in, and made my way to the front of the hill. After patiently waiting for two young children to move out of my way I launched and began my initial beats of the ridge.
It wasn't long before I was in my first thermal and circling above the Devil's Dyke pub. With the wind very much off to the west, there wasn't a great deal of airspace to play in and with the sky full of other gliders, I had to keep my eye on the other traffic.
Several times I climbed close to 1,000 feet above take off and at one point I thermalled with a rigid hang glider. I was stunned at the speed this thing was running circles around me! After drifting back over the golf course I lost the thermal and slowly penetrated forwards back to the front of the Dyke.
After almost an hour, my arms were defeated and I set up a landing approach starting from the modellers bowl and passing across the front of the Dyke pub. With a very westerly wind, this seemed like the ideal approach. It was and I gently touched down. That was me done for the day and for the weekend!
|Flight Type||Hill Launch|
|Glider||AirBorne Sting 3:168|
|Launch Date/Time||15 May 2011 / 13:30|
|Flight Duration||0h 55m|
|Comments||10-20 mph; WNW-W; friend from work took photos of me in the air.|