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Andrew Craig  All flights
National League 2018
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Turnpoint Flight on a Paraglider
Club
Southern
Glider
Nova Phantom
Date
5th July 2018
Start
14:22
Finish
16:56
Duration
2hrs 33mins
Takeoff
Combe Gibbet
Landing
Near Ibworth
Coords
Takeoff
51.35868, -1.47963
Start
51.35922, -1.48405
TP1
51.17203, -1.27968
TP2
51.29602, -1.25578
TP3
51.30567, -1.31325
Finish
51.28928, -1.20230
Landing
51.28952, -1.20230
Distances and Score
Leg 1
25.24k
Leg 2
13.89k
Leg 3
4.15k
Leg 4
7.95k
Total
51.23k
Score
51.2
Open Distance
Total
25.2k
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Yes
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Height   -   GPS data
Maximum Height
[14:41:05]
5965 ft
Lowest Save
[16:28:42]
2369 ft
Takeoff Height
[14:21:11]
909 ft
Landing Height
[16:56:09]
577 ft
Total Ascent 22648 ft
Height Gain
Above Takeoff 5056 ft
Maximum 5066 ft
Low Point
[14:21:57]
899 ft
High Point
as Maximum Height
5965 ft
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Maximum Climb
[15:38:39]
4.5 m/s
Minimum Climb
[14:53:31]
-4.3 m/s
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Speed
Maximum Speed
[16:48:35]
63.0 km/h
Average Speed
around course
20.0 km/h
Average Speed
over track length
33.8 km/h
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Tracklog
Flight Duration 2hrs 34mins
Track Points 9299
Recording Interval 1 secs
Statistics Interval 4 secs
Track Length 87.2 km
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Flight instrument
Type Syride
Model Sys'Nav
Firmware 3.27
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Track Length is the cumulative distance between track points from Takeoff to Landing.

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I drove to the Gibbet past verges full of pink and purple cornflowers, to find no one there but Mark and Annie with their tent under an umbrella. Launch itself was dotted with clover and big thistles, with a lot of butterflies enjoying them.

A big triangle was planned, and Hugh, Luke and Roger soon arrived. My own plan was, as usual, to try to get high and then to try to go somewhere. It had to wait while Hugh and Luke climbed out very slowly, as Mark bombed. But he got away, with Roger and a couple of others, a little while later.

For a while the wind disappeared, with the occasional cycles blowing from the west. I went to make myself some tea, during which time, of course, another gaggle climbed out. But my last big (by my standards) flight from Combe started after 2 pm, and I was hopeful that the same would happen again.

It did. Dickon punted off and started going up, and a few of us exploited his bravery. We began to climb, but I felt myself starting to blunder out of the thermal. Then Dickon, who had been exploring further west, came low over the back, found the core under me and allowed me to take it up to 5,900 feet - the hightest I've ever been in Britain.

He and a blue Delta eventually outclimbed me and set off downwind, but I caught them after a glide. Beyond Whitchurch, although climbs were plentiful and strong, I began to worry a bit about some of the clouds ahead. Given the forecast of possible thunderstorms in Sussex, I decided that today was not the day to fly there. Instead I decided to head north to where there was plenty of blue sky to escape to, with the vague idea of flying to Basingstoke to get the train back.

I flew close to Popham airfield - perfectly legal, but it was a bit busy, so I didn't want to thermal right over it. As I thermalled over Overton, I tried to work out if there was a station on the railway line at Quidhampton (there is). But I found very strong lift as I flew in a straight line upwind, making me glad of my decision to avoid the bigger, spreadier clouds.

I could see Newbury, which would mean a quicker journey back than Basingstoke… But I managed another couple of clouds upwind - could I get back to Combe for a triangle? I ran out of clouds and decided to try to glide downwing to Basingstoke after all, but hit big sink followed by a windy attempt at a low save.

I startled a hare as I landed in the baking hot middle of nowhere, despite all my clever transport plans. But Owen rank me from the Airworks van, and soon he, Chris and Ross picked me up and dropped me at Newbury station before going on to get Steve.

Roger was already at Newbury, and we went to Hungerford, where we were joined for dinner by Mark, Luke and Hugh, who'd all completed their record 110k triangle, as well as Annie and David Williams. What a nice day! And unusually my Oudie got it wrong - it said I'd done a 47k turnpoint flight, but this lovely league says it's 51.

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