It was nice conditions on Saturday when we woke up and went to the airstrip, blue skies and quite windy from the west. We hung around for a while and finally set up to test the aerotowing set up. They have a very powerful and fast BMW trike here, the first tow behind it I broke the weaklink as I could not get down fast enough when the trike hit sink. The second tow was fine, just needed to pull on more VG and keep the bar in to below the chest. There’s 4 trikes here, and 28 pilots, so it’s no problem to get in the air. The Swedes have a full team, and there’s a team from Denmark as well. No Finns this year.
The first comp day looked nice, with 4-6 m/s WSW and nice clouds by the time we were set up. The task was a 72km dogleg towards Sala northwest of Köping. I aborted the first tow when I got hit by turbulence and got way out of line. I landed at the end of the strip, and had to carry the glider back down to the takeoff area. After cooling down I got up again and towed to 600 meters. I searched into the wind and found some broken lift that I worked while drifting back beyond the strip. After some searching around I found a nice core that went to cloudbase, suprisingly low at only 1000 meters. I pushed into the wind again and crossed over to the next couldstreet, where I worked broken lift for a while, but could not get back up to more then 800 meters.
All lift seemed to form on th wrong place related to the wind sun and clouds, I had trouble figuring out where to look for it. After struggling for a while I went on glide to a more promising area with big fields and a nice cloudstreet, only to end up drifting into the forests in weak lift. I went back upwind, but got way to low before I hit strong lift again, unable to get up I had to land. I came down almost vertical in strong headwind, until the wind turned 180 degrees in 1 second when I was on final. I pushed out but had no chance to save the landing. The glider just stalled and fell, basebar hit the ground and I nosed over as the strong tailwind continued to push from behind. I got the glider down on the A frame before I became a turtle. The glider was whole, nothing broken or bent, except holes on the knees on my jeans.
I landed 15 km out, Nils Åge also got into trouble and landed 30 km out. 8 pilots made goal, Johan Dalquist got the best time. It was definetively not the day to race, with such low cloudbase and stong winds. All the pilots I’ve talked to expirienced broken and weak lift, I was tricked by the good looking sky. You always learn something new when flying competitons.
Today was forecasted to be shitty with wind and rain – they got it spot on. Canned today, tomorrow is forecasted fine again.
Tonight Nils Åge and I will drive to Köping in Sweden to fly the Nordics. The competition start on Sunday and finish next Saturday, it’s an aerotow only event. I’ve never been in Köping before, but the Swedes are very positive about the flying there. The forecast for the next few days seem fine, I hope we can get a good comp out of it.
Finally some normal weather, with blue skies and light winds from SW. We set up from Vole to fly free distance, the conditions were good, but high pressure made it a little difficult to get up if you got low. Most pilots chose to fly south into Gudbrandsdalen, and met headwind around Kvam. The longest PG pilots were Øystein Walle and Gunnar Sæbu who landed in the same field at 62.9 km out, to share first place. Rolf Dale took 3. place. Results paragliding at http://www.kkpg.no/index.php3?id=381
Jon Gjerde took the course downwind across Rondane mountains in his Litespeed, a bold route selection with some of the mountain roads still closed. He landed north of Tynset, at 120,5 km. Nils Åge flew to Ringebu, and managed to hold on to his overall lead. Results hanggliding at http://www.kkpg.no/index.php3?id=373
Jon Gjerde with price money, and trophies for 2. place and “Best newcomer HG”
We all went to Bøverdalen today as it was still quite windy in Vågå. We went up to Juvass and Dugurdmålskampen to fly. Sadly the strong NW winds in Vågå made it dangerous to set a open distance task for the Hanggliders as someone would fly to Vågå and end up in the turbulence. We cancelled the day a little to early as many of the pilots wanted to freefly in the nice conditions.
The paragliders waited for a long time at the top in the cold wind before it calmed enough to set a task. Lots of playing around soaring in the laminar air. We set goal at Garmo, and opened the window at 18:25 It was really nice conditions, with little wind and big thermals. 16 of the 44 pilots made goal. Stein Sørensen was the quickest, with Rolf Dale and Stein Tore on second and third.
We woke up to blue skies and some wind from the west. It quickly became clear it would be too windy to stay in Vågå, so we sent the Paragliders to Branstadkampen and we Hanggliders went to Lensmannsvangen. Some cirrus clouds spread wery quicky, and shut down the conditions, so we waited until 15:30 when the first pilots took off. Most pilots bombed out in the weak and windy conditions, but Nils Åge managed to ridge soar into the wind and get up to 1000 meters above takeoff. He flew over 70 km to Moelv, getting up to almost 2600m. Johannes Moger and Robin also got away, Johannes landed at Lillhammer and Robin near Fåvang.
The paraglider pilots were too impatient, and decided to go back to Vågå forom Branstadkampen. It calmed down and was quite flyable for a long time. We should have been there, as it was the right wind direction and conditions.
The day turned out to be much worse than predicted, the forecast for tomorrow is nice, and it should be less windy as the pressure systems are weak.
We have around 25 Hangglider and 35 paraglider pilots who have entered the competition. Lots of freeflyers here as well. I would guess there’s around 70 pilots in Vågå.
The weather today was gray, and we have had a few showers. We postponed until 12:00, and then went up to Vole. It was some sun around us, but we never got any good conditions to have a comp in. After waiting until 15:00 we cancelled the XC task, and set up a speedrun for PG and HG. It was difficult to launch, and most pilots went back down when the first showers came through. We who persisted got off and a nice run with light rain in the air. 15 paragliders and 4 hanggliders have flown the speedrun so far, some people went back up to try a again tonight. Forecast for tomorrow sems pretty good, fingers crossed!
The annual Milslukern XC competition in Vågå starts tomorrow, the forecast looks very good for the weekend. Registration tonight and tomorrow morning. Make sure you catch Frode Halse’s introduction to XC flying in Vågå tonight from ca. 22:00 at the center. We have a lot of pre-registered pilots, both HG and PG.
Results will be posted on the net every day.