Sat, 5 Mar 2011

1Sting 3:168 : Bo Peep (H) Duration: 01:15, Gain: 675 ft, Distance: 0 km, ENE; 15-20 mph, broken thermals

Off and Onable

The best of it was certainly in the morning. Arriving mid-morning the wind was bang on (well perhaps a hint of east in it), so after a quick chat I was back to my car to collect my glider. A short time later I was rigged and ready to go.

As I stood on launch the wind had picked up and some turbulence was rolling up and across the launch area. Steve was great and assisted me and when I felt a lull in the wind I was off, probably a little quicker than Steve had anticipated.

For the next 20-30 minutes I enjoyed all the airspace to myself; well, a Kestrel and a few crows were having an air-to-air combat session below me. The air wasn't particularly buoyant (a result of the high pressure system sat across the UK) so I spent some time scratching along close to the ridge. Every now and then my patience was rewarded with a small thermal taking me close to 700 feet ATO before dissipating before I could use it to good effect.

Bo Peep
Bo Peep
Looking down at the road looking to the Bo Peep car park and take-off area.
5 Mar 2011

Soon Steve joined me and I was now determined to clock an hours flight in. Both Steve and I flew Sting 3's and it was incredible how similarly matched we were in the sky. One moment Steve was above me, then next I was above him.

Bo Peep
Bo Peep
Looking East towards Cuckmere.
5 Mar 2011

Later a third Sting joined us. Myself and the new Sting enjoyed a thermal together taking us close to 700 feet again. I will confess that this 'other' Sting got the better of me; it turned out to be Johnny Carr test flying it, so I can be excused!

Eventually the hour in the air came and passed and my arms were now starting to ache. After watching Johnny Carr almost top land on another glider, I decided it was time for me to come down. There were now quite a few gliders rigged all around the hill so I decided to land clear of them (just in case).

After gently landing clear of everyone I walked my glider back, collapsed it and decided to conclude my flying for the day.

Bo Peep
Bo Peep
The road leading to the Bo Peep take-off with a couple of gliders rigged almost ready to fly.
5 Mar 2011

Flight Details

Flight TypeHill Launch
GliderAirBorne Sting 3:168
SiteBo Peep
Launch Date/Time5 Mar 2011 / 00:00
Height Gain675ft
Flight Duration1h 15m
CommentsENE; 15-20 mph, broken thermals

Flying Statistics to Date 5 Mar 2011

Total Hours :
42h 38m
Longest Flight :
1h 15m
Glider Models Flown :
4
Sites Flown :
18
Best Height Gain :
3,000 feet
Total Distance :
7.0 km
Max Distance :
7.0 km
Total Flights :
181
Hill Launches :
87
Winch Launches :
82
Aerotow Launches :
12

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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