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Michael Long  All flights
National League 2019
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Turnpoint Flight on a Paraglider
Club
Thames Valley
Glider
Gin Explorer
Date
21st May 2019
Start
15:13
Finish
16:28
Duration
1hr 14mins
Takeoff
Uffington White Horse
Landing
Combe Gibbet
Coords
Takeoff
51.57697, -1.56720
Start
51.57815, -1.56743
TP1
51.50920, -1.52555
TP2
51.49588, -1.55632
TP3
51.35780, -1.49355
Finish
51.35878, -1.47580
Landing
51.35858, -1.47777
Distances and Score
Leg 1
8.20k
Leg 2
2.60k
Leg 3
15.97k
Leg 4
1.24k
Total
28.01k
Score
28.0
Open Distance
Total
25.2k
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Yes
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Height   -   GPS data
Maximum Height
[16:13:23]
4705 ft
Lowest Save
[15:51:57]
1335 ft
Takeoff Height
[15:12:26]
833 ft
Landing Height
[16:28:59]
889 ft
Total Ascent 9262 ft
Height Gain
Above Takeoff 3871 ft
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Maximum Climb
[16:10:55]
4.6 m/s
Minimum Climb
[15:49:18]
-2.6 m/s
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Speed
Maximum Speed
[16:04:51]
59.4 km/h
Average Speed
around course
22.4 km/h
Average Speed
over track length
33.2 km/h
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Tracklog
Flight Duration 1hr 16mins
Track Points 729
Recording Interval 6 secs
Statistics Interval 6 secs
Track Length 42.4 km
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Flight instrument   -   reported as
GPSMap76CX Software Version 4.00
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It was a surprisingly tricky day to get up. Despite quite strong wind gusts neither us or the modellers could get much height. Four pilots from the Isle of Wight had turned up hoping to make the coast. I managed to find a climb over the trees. John Rudge followed (he flew 100km+) and found a better climb. However we were soon returning back to the hill; maybe John was hanging around for his mates… I flew out across the road and then to the main car park only to find sink all the way back to take off. The end of 40 min boat about. From then on wards not a lot seemed to be working. Eventually I decided to take the next thermal after a lull happy to call it a day if I landed in the bottom field.

As luck would have it I found a good climb and managed to gain some decent height leaving a struggling Zeno landing back on the hill. On a glide to Lambourn I began to think that was where I'd be landing. I knew of a ridge that faced into wind so decided to fly to it hoping something would trigger from there. Hooray! Got a nice climb to 4300'amsl. On my way to Hungerford. At least it was looking like I'd make the Common there. At 2800' a small but dark cloud produced a stonking climb to 4700'. Didn't need any more height so abandoned the thermal as I was now sure that Combe Gibbet, where I'd planned to land, was just a glide away. This glide was incredible - sun out, superb clarity, and air like I don't think I've ever experienced before. It was as smooth as glass. Unbelievably so. I could see that there was little wind on the hill with gliders there soaring just above ridge height. This made for a nice easy glide in to top land.

Got a nice reception from Helen and Ella, the latter kind enough to give me a lift home. Definitely an incredibly enjoyable flight for me.

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