32 knot ridge day

Posted 11 years, 2 months ago    0 comments

Sometimes the moons align. Even better sometimes the isobars align, and we get good strong Westerlies.

Today was one of those days, here's this evenings forecast (lunchtimes was about the same, but is no longer available).

This morning Sefton did some repairs on gliders, and helped get things ready to fly, so thanks heaps Sefton! Also thanks to Richard for driving out specially to give us a tow.

A lot of water was going backwards
A lot of water was going backwards
See the smoke bottom left
See the smoke bottom left

Being such a nice ridge day, I decided to attempt a 300km ridge task. From Gordon, to Thames and back, twice.

It all started out nicely but waiting for rain showers to pass slowed things down a lot. By 4pm I was only half way so abandoned the task. The showers, thermal streets and wave from the other side of the valley really made things interesting.

Looking up towards Coromandel, north of Thames
Looking up towards Coromandel, north of Thames

Just ducked past this monster on the way back from Thames
Just ducked past this monster on the way back from Thames

Jamie, Keith, Les, Carl, Brett and a trial flight or two also came out for a fly, sounds like everyone had a good time. Bad luck to Brett for missing the wave and landing at Tauranga!

Les noted there was up to 35knots wind at a few thousand feet. Good fun!

A lovely rainbow from Jamie in XP
A lovely rainbow from Jamie in XP



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