Sat, 2 Jun 2001

1Calypso : Devil's Dyke (H) Duration: 00:05, Gain: 15 ft, Distance: 0 km, Light wind, top to bottom in the rain - followed another glider during my flight!
2Calypso : Devil's Dyke (H) Duration: 00:52, Gain: 450 ft, Distance: 0 km, NW getting stronger, moving north. Couldn't top land as conditions were difficult.

Bottom Landings

Flight 1

My luck with the wind and weather wasn't in my favour. By the time I had rigged my Calyspo and checked it over the sky was looking grey and after making my way to the launch area, the wind had dropped and it was now obvious that this would be a sled ride. I was able to launch without event, although it needed a good solid run down the hill before the glider lifted me off the ground.

After I had completed my first beat I felt moisture in the air, then when I reversed my turn in the bowl area, the drizzle began. I had already dropped to just below ridge height and with the rain now started I headed for the bottom landing. With the onset of rain, the other hang glider pilot in the air with me, had the same thought. Together we headed to the bottom landing. I was slightly higher so followed the flight path set by the lower hang glider. We both successfully bottom landed without event, albeit, in the rain!

Flight 2

By the time I had recovered my glider and kit back to the top of the Devil's Dyke, the sky was still overcast but there was no sign of rain. The wind had also increased in strength and had veered to a northerly direction. I decided to give it another go and rigged my glider hopeful of a better flight.

I launched and was quickly established in the air. Others we exploring the Truleigh Ridge but I was contempt with just bimbling around in the main bowl and the ridge as far along as the Pylons (but not further). It was much easier staying up than my previous flight and I easily climbed to 400 feet+ above takeoff. As my flight progressed it was evident that the wind had increased in strength and with that, the air had become rougher! After 2 failed attempts at top landing (I probably didn't fly back far enough, but confess to being very nervous of doing so considering the conditions), I decided on the safer option of another bottom landing.

After packing up my glider for a second time in the bottom landing field, I decided to call it a day and headed home.

Flight Details

Flight TypeHill Launch
GliderAirwave Calypso
SiteDevil's Dyke
Launch Date/Time2 Jun 2001 / 00:00
Height Gain15ft
Flight Duration0h 05m
CommentsLight wind, top to bottom in the rain - followed another glider during my flight!

Flight TypeHill Launch
GliderAirwave Calypso
SiteDevil's Dyke
Launch Date/Time2 Jun 2001 / 00:00
Height Gain450ft
Flight Duration0h 52m
CommentsNW getting stronger, moving north. Couldn't top land as conditions were difficult.

Flying Statistics to Date 2 Jun 2001

Total Hours :
6h 53m
Longest Flight :
0h 52m
Glider Models Flown :
2
Sites Flown :
8
Best Height Gain :
1,056 feet
Total Distance :
0.0 km
Max Distance :
0.0 km
Total Flights :
27
Hill Launches :
27
Winch Launches :
0
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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