We had a few day of flying, it have been stable and blue, but OK for local flying. Today was gray and overcast, soaring on the west launch and a few weak thermals. Lowpasses over the start for the camera crew pissed off the local Spanish paraglider pilots :-) Last night someone broke into Erik B’s car, and stole some CD’s, in addition to breaking the dashboard and window.
Lots of people have arrived, I met the Ozzies today – First question was: How’s your roof rack? They had not forgotten how much trouble we had finding one in Manilla earlier this winter. This time we had ordered a car with racks, but there was no racks on it. After some dealing we got one in the next town.
Algodonales seems like a nice place to stay, it’s hot and dry, cheap beer and food. The landscape around here is small hills with olive trees and few good landings. I don’t like this site for comp flying, the launches are too small for 150 pilots with cars, and the landings in high winds looks scary.
I’m off to Spain for the Pre-WAG competition. I’ll update these pages whenever I can with results and reports.
This server might be unstable the next few weeks, as we’re moving offices and I’m in Spain with no control of the process. Hopefully it’ll stay up, but come back in a few days if it goes down.
Hasta la vista baby… :-)
Hjartdal Cup was held last weekend. The weather was not so good, with strong winds and showers. We got a nice evening fligth on Saturday, and a few got off on Sunday. I waited for better conditions on Sunday, but it never cleared up. Sverre Bjølgerud won, total results are online.
The party at “Bottom Bar” was great though, but no paraglider pilots had the guts to stay.
Milsukern 2000 was held last weekend, we only got one competition day on Thursday. Ingar Johansen flew to Røros and won the comp with 153 km. Werner, Trond Olsen, and Sverre also got over 100 km’s. I flew into bad weather and landed after 30 km.
Next weekend is Hjartdal Cup, see you there.
Soaring in ridge lift over Salknappen on Saturday, then the snow came.
Day 2 at Ringerud turned out to be great, we got off earlier then yesterday and got on course quickly. Olav really went for it, and started final glide at least 150 meters too low. I was a little higher at the last TP but did not want to risk it. He landed in tall trees between TP and goal. Broken leading-edge tube, torn sail, and broken speedbar. Olav did win though, by 4 points. I got second place, and Ingar third.
The images from Bassano are finally uploaded to the picture gallery, check it out. I might even write a story later.
The results from the Meet are online at http://www.raasm.com/volo/classifiche/index_eng.htm