Sun, 15 May 2011

1Sting 3:168 : Devil's Dyke (H) Duration: 00:55, Gain: 974 ft, Distance: 0 km, 10-20 mph; WNW-W; friend from work took photos of me in the air.

Another Dyke Day

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.

Crossing Gliders at the Devil's Dyke
Crossing Gliders at the Devil's Dyke
Dan flying the Sting 3 above the Devil's Dyke, and a higher performance rigid passes close by above! Photograph by Chris Chapman.
15 May 2011

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.

The Sting 3 at the Devil's Dyke
The Sting 3 at the Devil's Dyke
Dan flying the Sting 3 above the Devil's Dyke. Photograph: Chris Chapman
15 May 2011

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.

Target Launch at the Devil's Dyke
Target Launch at the Devil's Dyke
Nic launching is Target hang glider at the Devil's Dyke.
15 May 2011

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 Details

Flight TypeHill Launch
GliderAirBorne Sting 3:168
SiteDevil's Dyke
Launch Date/Time15 May 2011 / 13:30
Height Gain974ft
Flight Duration0h 55m
Comments10-20 mph; WNW-W; friend from work took photos of me in the air.

Flying Statistics to Date 15 May 2011

Total Hours :
47h 03m
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 :
195
Hill Launches :
94
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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