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National Paragliding League
Ken Wilkinson
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Turnpoint Flight on a Paraglider
Club
XClent
Glider
Skywalk Chili 4
Date
16th March 2020
Start
11:01
Finish
14:45
Duration
3hrs 43mins
Takeoff
Merthyr
Landing
Nr Corse Lawn
Coords
Takeoff
51.72442, -3.33573
Start
51.71745, -3.33675
TP1
51.72730, -3.33823
TP2
51.71005, -3.33605
TP3
51.73340, -2.91765
Finish
51.96900, -2.25858
Landing
51.96862, -2.25890
Distances and Score
Leg 1
1.10k
Leg 2
1.93k
Leg 3
29.03k
Leg 4
52.44k
Total
84.50k
Score
84.5
Open Distance
Total
79.7k
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Yes
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Height   -   GPS data
Maximum Height
[12:06:00]
4426 ft
Lowest Save
[14:12:58]
1699 ft
Takeoff Height
[10:58:48]
1430 ft
Landing Height
[14:46:03]
102 ft
Total Ascent 24541 ft
Height Gain
Above Takeoff 2995 ft
Maximum 3038 ft
Low Point
[11:17:07]
1388 ft
High Point
as Maximum Height
4426 ft
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Climb   -   Pressure data
Maximum Climb
[11:39:35]
3.3 m/s
Minimum Climb
[12:25:35]
-4.3 m/s
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Speed
Maximum Speed
[12:24:27]
69.3 km/h
Average Speed
around course
22.7 km/h
Average Speed
over track length
37.2 km/h
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Tracklog
Flight Duration 3hrs 47mins
Track Points 13636
Recording Interval 1 secs
Statistics Interval 4 secs
Track Length 140.8 km
Invalid Positions
[< 1%]
5
Units
Flight instrument
Type Flyskyhy
Model 6.15.1
Firmware 6.15.1
Notes

Climb and Speed averaged over 4 second intervals.

These values may be lower than those shown by a flight instrument, which has access to continuous raw data.

Red values indicate suspect data, because the tracklog contains invalid points.

Average Speed around course is measured from Start to Finish points.

Track Length is the cumulative distance between track points from Takeoff to Landing.

You can change the default units displayed - see the Options page.

I had just enjoyed three days of mountain biking in N Wales and got back home on Sunday evening tired, with a car full of dirty clothes and bike stuff. I flopped in front of the computer with food, and had no energy to check the weather. Rob Kingston called me and said 'get ready, its on for Merthyr tomorrow! '. I packed my stuff ready and he picked me up the next morning.

We picked up Peggy Williams and Ollie Clothier and arrived to reports of strong winds, but its often like that on Merthyr when its perfectly flyable. I had a new harness (Delight 2) and a new glider (Chili 4) and was unfamiliar with both so waited for a lull and luckily I got off easily. My goodness it was cold, and I spent ages plugging in my electric gloves, which proved essential. In all that faffing I hadnt seen that loads had gone south over Aberfan, and were slowly climbing out. Some were starting their XCs and I thought I might have missed it. Soon I was in a steady but slow climb, and met 3 other pilots, The base was about 4200ft, but it was hard to find a really decent climb. I usually make my own way on XCs (not really a gaggle flyer) and soon I was getting low in the lee of the hills, near Pontypool. Ollie on his Zeno, had been low but now was showing me a reasonable climb to base. The lee of the S Wales hills are a classic place to bomb at 20k and I was glad to head upwind to join him.

After that it got really easy, with little puffs of cloud, all of which worked. Ollie lead me out but I took to flying through his lift and finding some further on. (I love leading out Zenos on B gliders, tee hee! ) Little puffs mapped out the route, and we crossed Raglan, following the road to Monmouth, swapping the lead, taking different lines, but always ready to help each other out. The air was remarkably crisp and cold, and was some of the best and most bouyant I have ever flown in. I then decided I needed a wee. Normally I put on a pee tube but didnt bother this time, a bad mistake. Near Monmouth I had to lean forward, and most finished on my harness and trousers… I relaxed again, and Ollie and I climbed together over Ross.

It was easy to stay up, but difficult to get up high, and we were milking everything. Ollie went for a glide further north, I did the same but on a line to Tewkesbury, as Ollie's line seemed to not be working. The Severn flatlands were getting wetter and I tried to eke out any lift but the now milky sky had killed the small chances of getting across this well known sinkhole. I landed, glad that the increasing wind was not too strong, and realised that with the Covid crisis looming, hitching was not going to work. Luckily Ian Smallwood was around and gave me a lift to the station, where the radio told me that this was likely to be my last XC for a while… Great day out tho!

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