Below are all of my XC flights to date (ordered by longest distance, longest at the top). There are many types of cross country
flights (triangles, out and returns etc), but for me, I just like to know how far I can get (I normally fly one way... away!).
7 Feb 2018 Total Hours: 95h 00m
08:30 Hill Launch : Famara - Lanzarote : U2 160 : 01:09 : NW; 20 mph increasing. Low clouds, crashed on bottom landing when a left turn developed that I couldn't recover from as landed with full VG on!
21 May 2011 Total Hours: 47h 45m
14:45 Winch Launch : Mickfield Hall : Sting 3:168 : 00:26 : Good tow and released straight into a thermal. Worked this well and landed 13.4 km away. Andy H collected me!
11:30 Hill Launch : Swanborough : Sting 3:168 : 00:30 : NE; landed next to Brighton Marina.
20 Mar 2016 Total Hours: 83h 27m
13:05 Hill Launch : Bo Peep : U2 160 : 01:01 : 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.
13 Nov 2016 Total Hours: 90h 32m
11:15 Hill Launch : Devil's Dyke : U2 160 : 02:25 : New personal best for flight duration! NNW 15-20 mph. Truleigh ridge worked all day. Some punchy thermals, but difficult to stay with them. Almost made cloud base that was estimated to be 1600ft amsl. Landed in large field as Paddock was busy. Some stats from the track-log: Max Speed: 80 km/h; Total Distance: 71.3 km, Out and Return: 8.25km, Greatest Distance between two points: 4.18km.
18 Jan 2015 Total Hours: 76h 26m
14:35 Hill Launch : Devil's Dyke : U2 160 : 01:40 : After a poor start to the day (forgetting my harness), conditions improved and I launched into a northerly wind and did the Truleigh run 4 times before top landing in the large field. (TQ257109-TQ219111)
24 Jan 2015 Total Hours: 77h 04m
14:00 Hill Launch : Devil's Dyke : U2 160 : 00:38 : Rough windy day 15-20mph NW, gusting. Small punchy thermals present. Scratched to Truleigh and back. Top landed in large field.
7 Oct 2018 Total Hours: 95h 26m
10:47 Hill Launch : Firle : U2 160 : 00:22 : N; 10-15 mph decreasing. Paragliders had started taking off so I ceased the opportunity and launched. Decided to bottom land at Bo Peep when I saw the ridge full of paragliders when I turned back.
15 Mar 2016 Total Hours: 82h 26m
12:30 Hill Launch : Bo Peep : U2 160 : 01:46 : First flight in a long while. Take-off was a little rough, clouds thickened during flight. Some rough thermals. Made cloud base and got sucked up for a very short period. Flew out front and landed next to the A27. Ian White came to retrieve me!
29 Sep 2012 Total Hours: 55h 11m
12:00 Hill Launch : Devil's Dyke : Sting 3:168 : 00:30 : WNW, backing W and strength increasing.
12 May 2013 Total Hours: 58h 20m
14:45 Winch Launch : Mendlesham : Sting 3:168 : 00:08 : Still windy; 10-15 mph but wind smoother. Full tow to 1000 feet. Broken thermals with sharp edges. Managed to dip in and out of a thermal maintaining 500feet until landing 1.6 km from launch.
27 Jun 2015 Total Hours: 80h 25m
09:45 Hill Launch : Devil's Dyke : U2 160 : 00:05 : W 5-10mph; with hints of thermals. Didn't connect with anything and bottom landed.