Mon, 16 Aug 2010

1Sting 3:168 : Devil's Dyke (H) Duration: 00:45, Gain: 367 ft, Distance: 0 km, NW-WNW (10-20mph) smooth and concluded with a top landing

A Perfect End to the Day

Sunday I'd driven down to Bo Peep, but on arrival I immediately concluded that it was too windy and blustery for an enjoyable flight. With the knowledge that Monday evening may be flyable I returned home hoping I'd get my flying fix then.

Devil's Dyke
Devil's Dyke
After a mad dash out of the office, to home and then to the Devil's Dyke, my glider is almost ready to be flown!
16 Aug 2010

Monday was a work day and I will confess to spending much of it looking out of the window wondering if the strong blustery wind would drop a little ready for an evening trip to the Devil's Dyke.

Sneaking out of the office only slightly earlier than normal, I was able to get home, pick-up my gear and get to the Dyke for 17:40. Just goes to show if I prepare properly, I can make it down there after work.

Devil's Dyke
Devil's Dyke
Around 200 feet above the Devil's Dyke, looking easterly towards Newtimber Hill.
16 Aug 2010

On arrival the wind was still strong and coming from a north-westerly to a west of north westerly direction. I was very happy to see some familiar faces getting their gliders off their cars ready to rig. I quickly joined them.

Devil's Dyke
Devil's Dyke
Looking down towards the bottom landing field (still in crop, but about to be harvested). Also caught in shot is a paraglider and a hang glider.
16 Aug 2010

After my usual faffing (it always takes me longer to ready my glider as I have to rig it from a short packed state), I was ready to go. Nicos, who I'd finally met, assisted me to launch where I happily took to the sky.

Already flying was John B, Chris C, Ozzie and a couple of others who I hadn't met before. The only usable lift was on the small north-west spur but we all happily shared the airspace together comfortably.

Devil's Dyke
Devil's Dyke
This is what this sport is all about, sunset at the Devil's Dyke.
16 Aug 2010

I was amazed watching John B, sometimes below me, pushing out to the road then fly back without appearing to lose any height in the process; he was of course flying a rigid wing!

Gradually the wind began to ease as the sun fell low in the sky inviting the paragliders to join us. Unlike previous flights on my Target in similar conditions, I was able to maintain a good 100 feet above the paragliders. Looking down beneath me seeing another Target weaving around the paragliders made me appreciate the better performance of the Sting 3:168.

High Approach
High Approach
Chris T on his final approach to the Devil's Dyke top landing field, but perhaps a little too high?
16 Aug 2010
Almost!
Almost!
Almost, but not quite, Chris T overshoots his first top landing!
16 Aug 2010

After nearly 40 minutes of some incredibly enjoyable ridge soaring and with the traffic increasing, I decided it was time to land. As usual, something about the Dyke, makes me dread drop landings. I had a quick look at the landing field behind the bowl but ruled that out after seeing some dude on a land-surfing thing powered by a large kite zipping around it. I guess it had to be the paddock then!

Flying for All
Flying for All
As I pack away, Chris T goes around for another top landing attempt and joins all the paragliders. It's still pretty windy, hence the big-ears being pulled by one of the paraglider pilots.
16 Aug 2010
Flying for All
Flying for All
As the day draws to an end the wind drops a little and increasingly more paraglider pilots take to the sky.
16 Aug 2010

Having landed here a few times before, I'd made a mental note that 150 feet ATO is good altitude to start the landing approach. After a few beats along the ridge (amongst the paragliders), I was high enough but pointing the wrong way (I was heading westerly towards the bowl). I normally prefer to turn away from the hill but this time turned left heading downwind towards the paddock, slowly bringing the glider into wind. Crossing the large mound of earth that borders the western end of the paddock I moved onto the uprights and for a brief moment thought I was coming down right there. I pulled the bar in further for more speed and happily began to penetrate the wind, nicely touching down in the paddock! Job done!

With the sun sinking lower and the sky changing to a blaze of red I packed my glider away and headed for home. A perfect end to the day!

The Perfect Evening?
The Perfect Evening?
After top landing and with the sun setting, it's time to call this the end to perhaps a perfect evening's flying? That's my Sting 3:168 - what a lovely machine!
16 Aug 2010

Flight Details

Flight TypeHill Launch
GliderAirBorne Sting 3:168
SiteDevil's Dyke
Launch Date/Time16 Aug 2010 / 00:00
Height Gain367ft
Flight Duration0h 45m
CommentsNW-WNW (10-20mph) smooth and concluded with a top landing

Flying Statistics to Date 16 Aug 2010

Total Hours :
37h 25m
Longest Flight :
1h 15m
Glider Models Flown :
3
Sites Flown :
16
Best Height Gain :
2,508 feet
Total Distance :
7.0 km
Max Distance :
7.0 km
Total Flights :
157
Hill Launches :
82
Winch Launches :
75
Aerotow Launches :
0

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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