Fri, 29 Apr 2011

1Sting 3:168 : Bo Peep (H) Duration: 00:22, Gain: 0 ft, Distance: 0 km, 10-15 mph, scratchy with thermals and holes - had almost the entire ridge to myself.
2Sting 3:168 : Bo Peep (H) Duration: 00:17, Gain: 0 ft, Distance: 0 km, 10-15 mph, scratchy with thermals and holes; almost caught the fence on take-off!

The Royal Wedding... NOT!

Was Everyone Watching The Wedding???... not me; it was bang on at Bo Peep - where was everyone?

I arrived early and watched a few PG's fly and the sky was really murky and not looking very inviting. With that in mind and possible over-development, I popped down to Middle Farm for a coffee and a cake and by the time I was back, blue bits in the sky had appeared!! YAY!!!! The wind was also on the increase, so as the PG's landed it was time for me to launch. I had it all to myself for 20+ minutes. A bit bumpy in places and the quarry seemed to be pumping off regular thermals, which I badly exploited. As expected, it wasn't that lifty but with the odd thermal I was able to top up my height when required.

Wondering why all the other hangies hadn't launched; I top landed to see what was going on. Just the usual hill-side banter, so, off I went again! This time I launched into a hole - why does Bo Peep do that? I know, those damn trees! I narrowly missed the barbed wire fence and dropped down the hill sufficiently low enough not to be able to clear the trees to get to the bottom landing field! :-( Seriously, it was a nasty hole that I hadn't expected!

Expecting some nasty air I stuffed the bar and flew eastwards on the lee side of the trees and just in front of the hill and scratched into the main bowl east of takeoff! This was not pleasant flying! At that point I was back at ridge height with some mildly soiled underwear! Eventually I relaxed a boated back and forth with myself and one other (rigid wing).

20 minutes later, after again enjoying some quarry thermals, I was back on top of the hill. That was enough excitement for one day, so it was off to the pub for a late lunch.

Flight Details

Flight TypeHill Launch
GliderAirBorne Sting 3:168
SiteBo Peep
Launch Date/Time29 Apr 2011 / 11:30
Height Gain0ft
Flight Duration0h 22m
Comments10-15 mph, scratchy with thermals and holes - had almost the entire ridge to myself.

Flight TypeHill Launch
GliderAirBorne Sting 3:168
SiteBo Peep
Launch Date/Time29 Apr 2011 / 12:30
Height Gain0ft
Flight Duration0h 17m
Comments10-15 mph, scratchy with thermals and holes; almost caught the fence on take-off!

Flying Statistics to Date 29 Apr 2011

Total Hours :
45h 03m
Longest Flight :
1h 15m
Glider Models Flown :
4
Sites Flown :
20
Best Height Gain :
3,000 feet
Total Distance :
7.0 km
Max Distance :
7.0 km
Total Flights :
193
Hill Launches :
92
Winch Launches :
87
Aerotow Launches :
14

Total Flying Statistics

Total Hours :
96h 29m
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 :
288
Hill Launches :
158
Winch Launches :
106
Aerotow Launches :
24
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