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Dunstable League 2018
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Turnpoint Flight on a Paraglider
Club
Sky Surfing
Glider
Triple 7 King
Date
16th July 2018
Start
13:45
Finish
16:03
Duration
2hrs 18mins
Takeoff
Milk
Landing
Didcot
Coords
Takeoff
51.37883, -1.85528
Start
51.37895, -1.85898
TP1
51.39083, -1.77910
TP2
51.41750, -1.80302
TP3
51.50898, -1.40898
Finish
51.60910, -1.30857
Landing
51.60727, -1.30873
Distances and Score
Leg 1
5.72k
Leg 2
3.40k
Leg 3
29.21k
Leg 4
13.14k
Total
51.47k
Score
51.5
Open Distance
Total
46.0k
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Height   -   GPS data
Maximum Height
[15:14:46]
6152 ft
Lowest Save
[14:11:10]
1145 ft
Takeoff Height
[13:42:58]
919 ft
Landing Height
[16:05:33]
279 ft
Total Ascent 18714 ft
Height Gain
Above Takeoff 5233 ft
Maximum 5253 ft
Low Point
[13:45:33]
899 ft
High Point
as Maximum Height
6152 ft
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Maximum Climb
[14:40:10]
4.3 m/s
Minimum Climb
[14:21:46]
-4.3 m/s
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Maximum Speed
[15:44:06]
71.1 km/h
Average Speed
around course
22.3 km/h
Average Speed
over track length
37.6 km/h
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Tracklog
Flight Duration 2hrs 22mins
Track Points 8556
Recording Interval 1 secs
Statistics Interval 4 secs
Track Length 89.4 km
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Flight instrument   -   reported as
Flymaster NavSD SN00883 SW1.06j
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To expand a bit on Mike B's story - the forecast was terrific on RASP, but if, as some wise souls did, we had looked at the top-cover on other forecast sites, we probably wouldn't have bothered with the 2 hr drive.

It was so utterly clagged over on arrival ≈ 11am, that you wouldn't have given the day a second thought…

… Yet, there were lots of active small CUs off to the East, and if you peered hard enough into the murk to the West, a line of CUs was forming S. Of Swindon to the coast. Andrew Craig had picked up on it in the synoptic charts as a small front; so sure enough, all the info was there had we cast our forecasting nets wider.

The truth of the day was revealed by those early to soar - despite the oppressive heat and complete & heavily overcast sky, the air was buoyant and the first thermals trickled in without having had any direct sun on the ground.

In the end, the thermals in 'my' second attempt proved to be quite "sporty", though reasonably smooth once established; but definitely ugly & rough if scratching low as I was at one point. I think the difference in Mike's experience and mine was that although we both left the hill in the initial gaggle - just on or ahead of the front - I dropped out of the bottom & turned tail for another go. By the time I relaunched 30mins later, I was in post frontal air and it was a "different day"

I'll be thinking about that the next time…

Landing S. Of Didcot was a rough & tumble affair over a very thermic paddock, but the only cropped field free of livestock around. Although I could hear the screeching calls of a couple of nearby buzzards, I was too focussed in getting down safely in the last 100' or so to be thinking about joining them. Feet firmly on the ground, I looked up, only to watch the pair rocket skywards from less than 50m away.

Jealous, moi? You bet!

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