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Danni Capelin  All flights
National League 2018
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Turnpoint Flight on a Paraglider
Club
Sky Surfing
Glider
Nivuik Ikuma
Date
23rd June 2018
Start
13:07
Finish
16:27
Duration
3hrs 19mins
Takeoff
Combe Gibbet
Landing
Emsworth
Coords
Takeoff
51.35808, -1.48477
Start
51.36048, -1.48693
TP1
51.13720, -1.19065
TP2
51.15052, -1.15437
TP3
50.97160, -0.88793
Finish
50.85557, -0.93040
Landing
50.86353, -0.93182
Distances and Score
Leg 1
32.33k
Leg 2
2.94k
Leg 3
27.30k
Leg 4
13.25k
Total
75.82k
Score
75.8
Open Distance
Total
68.8k
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Height   -   GPS data
Maximum Height
[15:31:28]
4711 ft
Lowest Save
[14:44:44]
833 ft
Takeoff Height
[12:56:36]
915 ft
Landing Height
[16:34:07]
52 ft
Total Ascent 22733 ft
Height Gain
Above Takeoff 3796 ft
Maximum 3878 ft
Low Point
as Lowest Save
833 ft
High Point
as Maximum Height
4711 ft
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Maximum Climb
[14:47:32]
3.8 m/s
Minimum Climb
[14:37:48]
-4.0 m/s
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Maximum Speed
[15:14:00]
58.5 km/h
Average Speed
around course
22.8 km/h
Average Speed
over track length
34.7 km/h
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Tracklog
Flight Duration 3hrs 37mins
Track Points 13052
Recording Interval 1 secs
Statistics Interval 4 secs
Track Length 125.7 km
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This flight was for the BCC round at Combe Gibbet. Unfortunately due to borderline conditions the competition was cancelled. It was very gusty on launch, the wind off to the west & that unhelpful combination of people thermalling low down & others trying to ridge soar so sensible call.

Regardless, I had picked my moment to launch & found some space to climb up before committing to a thermal. My thermal joined with another but just 3 of us left the hill. One of wings was Orange/Black & I had assumed it was Chris Drabble, but was probably Peter Baines.

Up to Whitchurch was a struggle. The thermals were very rough & broken & it was impossible to turn completely in them. I did see another wing get a better climb but I've made the mistake of thermal envy before only to encounter massive sink in between so stuck with what I had & kept working it till it petered out then went for a glide over Whitchurch.

I picked up a few more scraps of lift the other side of Whitchurch where a sailplane came over to play but unimpressed it soon went on its way. There were more scrappy thermals on the approach to Popham airfield. I adjusted my track so as not to fly over & was watching aircraft take off & land & fly circuits well below me.

Shortly after the airspace warning went off. I think i set it to 2Km so was still a safe distance but it looked like my track would cut it a bit fine so headed cross wind & decided to follow a road as I was getting low. A low save followed and after a glide I approached four marks. I had another climb out from there and my goal at Petersfield was within reach.

Reading the rules I didn't do the declaration quite right & couldn't enter it. But the flymaster Binged & told me I'd hit it.

Having reached goal with plenty of height, the fields around Petersfield lake looked like a nicer landing spot & as I headed over it became rough & bumpy & probably would not have made for happy landings so took my final climb of the day.

The wind was rather west & there didn't seem to be much going on around the downs. Butser was well to the west so aiming there seemed like folly. So I headed for the coast, following parallel to the A3(M). Looks like that was rather cross wind! At some point the airspace warning went off for Chichester but I wasn't going anywhere near it.

Arrived at Emsworth with plenty of height, didn't want to get wet, most of the fields looked in crop, & there were lots of built up areas I didn't want to land in. I picked out an area of rough looking land with a pond & children's park at one end. It turned out to be full of thistles but I put feet down on a path. Turns out it was next to Stuart Garbutt's school!

Dropped my pin to left everyone know I was OK & one of the locals let me know I was at Emsworth & chatted as I packed up. A quick call home & a scout about revealed it was less than a mile to the train station. So was a quick train ride to Fareham to meet my other half for a lift home. Retrieved the car on Sunday.

So, this was a new PB, a first attempt to reach a goal & fulfillment of a personal goal to fly from Combe to the south downs. Quite a day out: ) And a blue sky day.

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