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It's been a while since I've enjoyed a sled ride! The expected perfect conditions did not materialise; or I should have arrived an hour or so earlier (looking at those established high above), so with my glider rigged and it likely to sea breeze, I grabbed an opportunity to squeeze a top to bottom in.
Everybody was chilling on the hill, so I clipped in, hang checked myself and launched. As expected, I barely maintained. After a couple of beats back and forth a paraglider launched for a top to bottom. Unfortunately, the paraglider launched into the little bit of sky that seemed to be working. As I turned away to give him room I hit sink! Upon turning back I was now well below ridge height and destined for the bottom landing field.
We were supposed to be using the adjacent field to the one I was heading for, but I was too low to successfully make it. With everyone else also landed in the 'wrong' field, I tried my best to limit the impact and decided to land the glider uphill at the side of the field. As I turned onto final I realised that uphill was also downwind! With an aggressive flare, I successfully landed, if not with a little run to counter the downwind component!
|Flight Type||Hill Launch|
|Glider||AirBorne Sting 3:168|
|Launch Date/Time||20 Apr 2013 / 12:30|
|Flight Duration||0h 05m|
|Comments||With a risk of a sea breeze, it was time for a quick top to bottom. Made a little more interesting with an uphill, downwind landing!|