We had a few good days of flying but not that many taskable days because of unfavorable weather conditions. Yesterday was the best day so far, with a 90 km task down the valley. Conditions were OK with 2500m cloudbase, but quite broken and difficult thermals.
A snapshot from yesterdays task, on top of Norway;
I got stuck at Otta with Kjell and Erland, and lost quite some time there, after I finally got up we still struggled in the broken lift, but slowly got aorund the first and second TP, and to goal as 3. for the day.
Today was gray and with no lift we had to cancel the task, but we got to fly and do the spotlanding.
I got a short but nice flight last weekend, landing on the frozen Steinsfjorden. I did not expect to be the only one flying this day as it was super nice. Walked across the fjord to Vik and back with Georgia to get a waffle with strawberry jam and sourcream.
Thick cold and still winter air is perfect for Rotax-assisted flight. Had a nice nav-training flight with the Zenair 601 this weekend, it has cockpit heat so it’s a bit less chilly than the Dragonfly in -15 degrees. We met some low clouds over the frozen lake we planned to land, but it cleared up nicely on the way back home to ENSM.
Another great day for racing hanggliders, with strong thermals and high cloudbase. I was up early to do a quick spin training session with Bobby in the Dragonfly, and it was very windy in the morning. I was suprised that we got a triangle task, but the forecasted winds were spot on and we got a great day with around 20km/h headwind on the long leg of the triangle.
We got up to over 3000 meters, Erland reported 3700m, and I was very glad I had put on some extra clothes today.
I took the first start with a small group of pilots, and we stuck together for most of the day and to goal. I was quite fast today, but really missed my RX (or some ballast for the RS) on the long headwind glides where I lost out to the guys with heavier wingloading. Blinky was first in and probably win the day, while I was 5. or 6. into goal.
All of us but Thomas made goal, now it’s dinner and prizegiving night.
We were home at 03:00 after day 6, so I’ve not had time to write up any details here so far. I’ll summarize the long 370km flight in a separate post sometime soon.
Quickly on day 7 – Classic Forbes racing conditions, but very cold. I launched first as I “won” the alternate launch lottery, and had to waint for 1:30 in the sky for the first startgate. I was shaking of cold after 45 minutes, and decided to loose som altitude to get down to 1500m where it was a bit warmer. I lost a lot more than that trying to get back up, and very nearly landed at the edge of the start-cylinder. I found a rowdy thermal getting me back up from the trees to cloudbase. I wished I was warm – Careful what you wish for…
From the start it was an OK run for me, Olav Lien Olsen and me caught up the leaders at the first TP, and there we split up, I went a bit right where most pilots went and Olav did the right ting and headed left to the better clouds. He did a great flight from there and came in just seconds behind Gerolf, and might win the day.
I took it a bit slower as I really did not want another drama landing short, and came in very high over goal around 15. place just before Opanger and Johnny Durant crossed the line.