Thu, 25 Jun 2009

1Target 16 : Corton (H) Duration: 00:01, Gain: 0 ft, Distance: 0 km,

7 Hours for 30 Seconds!

This tuned out to be a bit of a non event. The days leading to today I'd been monitoring the weather forecast. Locally the forecast was east to north east and strong. That inferred Bo Peep as a possibility, but I know the bottom landing is currently in crop and I'm still not confident on reliable top landings. The wind direction was a little off so I ruled out Bo Peep. That left Corton, a coastal site used by the Suffolk Coastal Floaters Hang Gliding Club up in Suffolk. It's a 140 mile drive there so I wanted to go there only if it was on. Weather forecasts and early morning reports from the site confirmed this, so I packed up and drove the 140 miles in around 3 hours.

Sadly, arriving at site it was evident that the conditions were weakening so I quickly rigged and positioned myself at launch. With the assistance of other pilots I launched and flew down the slope skimming some foliage with my left wing (not that I noticed). It was pretty much a one way ticket and as I neared the sea defences I felt a bit of lift under my left wing, not enough to keep me aloft, but enough to turn me out to sea. A quick weight shift followed by a flare and I was down and back on my feet, but not in the sea. I'd estimate flight duration of around 30-40 seconds, not great considering the 7 hour round trip!

The Rigging Area at Corton
The Rigging Area at Corton
Gliders being rigged at Corton, Suffolk.
25 Jun 2009

On a positive point, it's a new site flown and I now know where Corton is (I just need to update by TomTom POI for future trips).

Flight Details

Flight TypeHill Launch
GliderAeros Target 16
SiteCorton
Launch Date/Time25 Jun 2009 / 00:00
Height Gain0ft
Flight Duration0h 01m
Comments

Flying Statistics to Date 25 Jun 2009

Total Hours :
23h 24m
Longest Flight :
1h 05m
Glider Models Flown :
2
Sites Flown :
13
Best Height Gain :
1,056 feet
Total Distance :
0.0 km
Max Distance :
0.0 km
Total Flights :
89
Hill Launches :
67
Winch Launches :
22
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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