Sun, 20 Mar 2016

1U2 160 : Bo Peep (H) Duration: 01:01, Gain: 1023 ft, Distance: 5.8 km, Back at Bo Peep - a little windy to start off with. Flew to Firle Beacon but didn't really climb. Paraglider's bowl worked best. Thermic day concluded with an easy top landing.

First Day of Spring 2016

After such a long layoff, to be able to fly two days in one week was something that I couldn't turn my nose up at. Some had discussed flying on Saturday, but my interpretation of the forecasts was that it was likely to be blown out. When I arrived at Bo Peep on Sunday it was indeed confirmed, those on the hill on Saturday said it was too windy!

I had arrived late morning at Bo Peep and had expected to see hang gliders in the air but there wasn't a single one airborne. After I stepped out of my car I had an inclination as to why; the wind was again – strong! Unlike Saturday, the wind was forecast to drop off so after myself, Nicos, Scott, Cookie, Maciej and Neil had chatted we all rigged our gliders.

First Day of Spring 2016

First Day of Spring 2016
High above Bo Peep looking towards Alfriston
20 Mar 2016

Maciej was first away after an interesting launch. This was his first flight since qualifying so was full of enthusiasm. Shortly after Scott launched then myself, and Neil a short while later. Once in the air I headed to the paraglider’s bowl and connected with my first significant lift. I thermalled briefly with a kestrel and managed to record this on video; this is the only advantage to a helmet mounted camera – a little closer to the action. By the time I had completed my 360, the kestrel had passed under me and climbed above me – I suspect he was just showing off because he can!

After my climb I headed off to Firle Beacon - this is normally a good source of lift. Today however, the lift was poor and I arrived at the Beacon at ridge height and found myself stuck in the small bowl below it trying to regain enough height to safely fly back. I noticed Scott had attempted the Beacon also but had turned tail when he saw the predicament I had found myself in. Eventually my perseverance paid off and I was able to scratch back to the main ridge where I rejoined the other hang gliders. I had to pass the modeller's bowl and while doing so, noticed one remote controlled glider had passed just beneath me!

First Day of Spring 2016

First Day of Spring 2016
Bo Peep from the air looking back towards the launch, quarry and Firle Beacon.
20 Mar 2016

Once back on the main ridge I was able to exploit the thermals that had bubbled through and was able to climb over 1000 feet above takeoff. I had been airborne for just shy of an hour and was beginning to ache – probably a hangover from my flight earlier in the week and my body not being conditioned to hang gliding after such a long layoff. I had decided it was time to land and opted for the easiest option and landed gently, just behind the paraglider's bowl.

First Day of Spring 2016

First Day of Spring 2016
1000ft above take-off and looking down on the traffic soaring below.
20 Mar 2016

What I hadn't anticipated was the effort and abuse my body undertook lugging my glider back to the hang gliding rigging area – I had definitely damaged something in my back doing this and have to conclude, the Wills Wing U2 is a bit more of a handful to ground handle compared to my previous hang glider, the AirBorne Sting 3.

As I packed up my glider and departed I noticed Maciej was still in the air – wow; that was some flight; he must have been up there for in excess of 3 hours! Respect – it's not going to take long to get those first 10 hours at that rate!

First Day of Spring 2016

First Day of Spring 2016
The end of a lovely day soaring at Bo Peep and Nicos is packing up his glider.
20 Mar 2016

First Day of Spring 2016

First Day of Spring 2016
Dan's glider packed away and waiting to be loaded onto the car. The perfect end to the first day of spring 2016!
20 Mar 2016

First Day of Spring 2016
A short video edit of my first hang gliding flight on the first day of Spring 2016 at Bo Peep.

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Sunday 20 Mar 2016

Flight Details

Flight TypeHill Launch
GliderWills Wing U2 160
SiteBo Peep
Launch Date/Time20 Mar 2016 / 13:05
Height Gain1023ft
Flight Duration1h 01m
CommentsBack at Bo Peep - a little windy to start off with. Flew to Firle Beacon but didn't really climb. Paraglider's bowl worked best. Thermic day concluded with an easy top landing.

Flying Statistics to Date 20 Mar 2016

Total Hours :
83h 27m
Longest Flight :
1h 46m
Glider Models Flown :
5
Sites Flown :
20
Best Height Gain :
3,000 feet
Total Distance :
46.7 km
Max Distance :
13.4 km
Total Flights :
267
Hill Launches :
140
Winch Launches :
105
Aerotow Launches :
22

Total Flying Statistics

Total Hours :
92h 48m
Longest Flight :
2h 25m
Glider Models Flown :
5
Sites Flown :
20
Best Height Gain :
3,000 feet
Total Distance :
50.9 km
Max Distance :
13.4 km
Total Flights :
281
Hill Launches :
151
Winch Launches :
106
Aerotow Launches :
24
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