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Peggy Williams  All flights
National League 2018
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Turnpoint Flight on a Paraglider
Club
Avon
Glider
Ozone Delta 2
Date
3rd May 2018
Start
11:55
Finish
17:04
Duration
5hrs 9mins
Takeoff
Frocester
Landing
Broughton
Coords
Takeoff
51.70925, -2.30028
Start
51.71147, -2.30375
TP1
51.73815, -2.12835
TP2
52.06222, -1.68578
TP3
52.05545, -1.60488
Finish
52.39290, -0.75047
Landing
52.38992, -0.75110
Distances and Score
Leg 1
12.48k
Leg 2
47.20k
Leg 3
5.60k
Leg 4
69.42k
Total
134.70k
Score
134.7
Open Distance
Total
130.8k
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Height   -   GPS data
Maximum Height
[12:52:14]
4367 ft
Lowest Save
[14:58:50]
610 ft
Takeoff Height
[11:48:32]
735 ft
Landing Height
[17:06:50]
223 ft
Total Ascent 31234 ft
Height Gain
Above Takeoff 3632 ft
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Maximum Climb
[13:33:14]
3.3 m/s
Minimum Climb
[12:53:50]
-4.2 m/s
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Speed
Maximum Speed
[15:57:56]
70.8 km/h
Average Speed
around course
26.1 km/h
Average Speed
over track length
36.6 km/h
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Tracklog
Flight Duration 5hrs 18mins
Track Points 3184
Recording Interval 6 secs
Statistics Interval 6 secs
Track Length 194.1 km
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I was unsure in the morning whether to go to Frocester or Haresfield. I didn't fancy Rybury or Milk with the hordes and also thought it may be too light there.

As I pass Frocester en route to Haresfield, I always call in for a look "just in case". A couple of pilots were already there having checked the trig and reported it WSW. There were six of us in total and once it switched on at about 11.30ish we were all airborne. Graham Richards, Tim Crow, Angus McLaren and myself got a climb out over the north of the gliding club as it was already going SW and off we went over Selsley and Minchinhampton Common. It was quite hard going for the first hour or so, which saw Angus and Tim both landing around 30km. Graham got his second low save at about 40km and I, having given up on my declared goal which was much further east, flew over him heading NE. Once he was up, he headed more east to get his goal at Northampton.

A really sweet low save at 60km near Shipton on Stour fired me up to keep going and I bumbled along enjoying myself now it was getting easier, until reaching Daventry at barely 2000ft on 97km. Having not yet got my 100km, I was certainly not going to be decked now! Smoke from a nearby fire started to rise in a thermal and I was up again. I'm not sure if the people of Daventry heard me whooping and hollering as I flew my first 100km over their heads.

Throughout the whole flight, I never got to cloudbase and I was now happily floating along under a 4500ft ceiling, leaving climbs at 3000ft and still going up as I glided on. The milky sky was catching me but there was still plenty of lift and blue sky in front. It was at this point that I spotted Graham Steel high off to my right, having seen him on FlySkyHy. He had climbed out of Haresfield almost an hour later than me. The milky sky overtook us at about 115km and Graham, having taken a climb, waited for me to catch up. There was still some lift under the milky sky but not enough to get me high enough to fly over Kettering, so we both came in and landed within a mile of the station.

My friend Sacha Dench had offered me a retrieve that day as I hadn't been enthused about flying far. When I called her she did offer to drive out and collect us. Not being that mean, I suggested that a lift from Stroud station to our respective cars would be a kinder option, Graham Richards having joined us on the train at Cheltenham.

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