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Andrew Craig  All flights
National League 2019
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Turnpoint Flight on a Paraglider
Club
Southern
Glider
Nova Phantom
Date
16th July 2019
Start
16:24
Finish
17:05
Duration
40mins
Takeoff
Milk Hill White Horse
Landing
Pewsey
Coords
Takeoff
51.37255, -1.85915
Start
51.37170, -1.86020
TP1
51.37910, -1.85688
TP2
51.37790, -1.85242
TP3
51.38242, -1.85698
Finish
51.33803, -1.75387
Landing
51.33852, -1.75677
Distances and Score
Leg 1
0.86k
Leg 2
0.34k
Leg 3
0.60k
Leg 4
8.72k
Total
10.52k
Score
10.5
Open Distance
Total
8.7k
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Height   -   GPS data
Maximum Height
[16:48:42]
3255 ft
Lowest Save
[16:58:25]
1112 ft
Takeoff Height
[16:24:18]
820 ft
Landing Height
[17:05:54]
377 ft
Total Ascent 4619 ft
Height Gain
Above Takeoff 2434 ft
Maximum 2444 ft
Low Point
[16:24:25]
810 ft
High Point
as Maximum Height
3255 ft
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Maximum Climb
[16:50:50]
2.8 m/s
Minimum Climb
[16:56:14]
-4.3 m/s
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Maximum Speed
[16:26:22]
48.6 km/h
Average Speed
around course
15.6 km/h
Average Speed
over track length
31.2 km/h
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Tracklog
Flight Duration 41mins
Track Points 2497
Recording Interval 1 secs
Statistics Interval 4 secs
Track Length 21.6 km
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Type Syride
Model Sys'Nav
Firmware 3.32
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Cycle or fly? RASP was average to good. I decided to do both: 43km with my Cycling Pewsey friends in the morning, and then try to fly something similar in the afternoon.

Frazer was also making a late start, so I cadged a lift to the hill. We heard that a gaggle had already climbed out from Golden Ball with triangular plans, but no one was in the air there when we passed it.

As we walked across the Milk bowl, crows were soaring and thermalling. The wind sometimes felt off to the south, sometimes coming straight up. We agreed that the bowl could be nasty in those conditions. As we neared the spur, a lone Advance climbed out. Those who'd missed his boat told us he'd launched into nothing.

A frustrating couple of hours followed, with the wind sometimes dying and sometimes gusting from almost every direction. We saw Jim Mallinson return from his triangle, and Xiaoting cruising about at base. Meanwhile we tried the south face and the western shoulder - or rather, Frazer did, while I stood ready to pimp. The air felt fickle; even when it was strong enough to kite for a while, it never felt as if it wanted to lift me into the air. At one point Frazer tried a forward launch and ran almost to the bottom of the hill with the air stubbornly refusing to accept him into it.

Finally, having no vehicle at the hill, I thought it was time to take a punt, expecting to land by the track out front and walk to the road to hitch home. I saw a swift a long way out, and launched. By pure good luck I found a climb much nearer, and followed it round the spur and into the bowl (Steven Shaw had done the same a little earlier, but not managed to keep going up)

I got to about 1500 feet, and lost it. But Mike Long had walked back to the bowl, and was soaring; he found a thermal and climbed up to join me. As he headed off to Rybury, I took a proper climb up to 3,200. This time the drift was westerly, not southerly, and I flew over Golden Ball, where Xiaoting came in under me to complete her big triangle.

I had a lesser ambition - to fly the few kilometres cross-wind to Pewsey. The glide was sinky at times, but as I neared home a swift marked a climb, and we circled together - the first time that I've actually thermalled with one of these superb fliers as opposed to using the lift that they find, although of course it did about three circles for each of mine.

When I've thought about flying home to Pewsey, I've thought about landing in the Broomcroft Road playground, or on the Pewsey Vale football field, but in real life both looked a bit too hemmed in by obstacles, so I flew over my house and headed for the fields beyond the Cooper's Arms. I was home five minutes after packing up.

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