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Andrew Craig  All flights
National League 2024
Flight type image
Turnpoint Flight on a Paraglider
Club
Thames Valley
Glider
Ozone Geo 7
Date
17th June 2024
Start
14:37
Finish
16:27
Duration
1hr 50mins
Takeoff
Milk Hill White Horse
Landing
Goring on Thames
Coords
Takeoff
51.37340, -1.85992
Start
51.37340, -1.85992
TP1
51.37297, -1.86477
TP2
51.37725, -1.85437
TP3
51.37328, -1.85940
Finish
51.51585, -1.12545
Landing
51.51507, -1.12710
Distances and Score
Leg 1
0.34k
Leg 2
0.87k
Leg 3
0.56k
Leg 4
53.44k
Total
55.21k
Score
55.2
Open Distance
Total
53.8k
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Yes
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Height   -   GPS data
Maximum Height
[14:58:05]
4754 ft
Lowest Save
[16:15:10]
1257 ft
Takeoff Height
[14:37:22]
814 ft
Landing Height
[16:28:53]
157 ft
Total Ascent 13865 ft
Height Gain
Above Takeoff 3940 ft
Maximum 3967 ft
Low Point
[14:37:32]
787 ft
High Point
as Maximum Height
4754 ft
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Maximum Climb
[15:56:42]
4.8 m/s
Minimum Climb
[16:11:54]
-4.2 m/s
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Speed
Maximum Speed
[15:32:59]
63.9 km/h
Average Speed
around course
30.0 km/h
Average Speed
over track length
39.2 km/h
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Tracklog
Flight Duration 1hr 51mins
Track Points 5097
Recording Interval 1 secs
Statistics Interval 4 secs
Track Length 72.9 km
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Flight instrument
Type Syride
Model Sys'Evolution
Firmware 2.93
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Fail to prepare, prepare for an epic day!

I took the wrong train from Bath, not realising that there's wasn't a connection at Westbury, so I had to cancel my Wiltshire Connect bus up to the hill (which I was going to get after rushing home to get my wing). Instead, after supplying my blackbirds with fresh water and apples, I loaded up my kit on my motorcycle, and didn't realise until I got to the car park that I'd forgotten my sunglasses.

On the walk up, I'd expected to see the sky full of wings, and when I didn't, I thought it might be because they were all halfway to Didcot. But in fact, when I got there, I heard that it had been tricky so far and only Craig had got away. Luckily, Nik had a spare pair of shades in his van, and I got ready (while shooing away the bullocks and heifers) for a series of fairly small hops, while the first gaggle of half a dozen finally got away.

One of my hops turned into an extended attempt to climb out, which took me to the spur, then the white horse, then back to the spur, before the shade foiled me. I wasn't sure that I wanted to be on the spur rather than the bowl, and after a few more hops a bit of a climb gave me the chance to fly back to the bowl - but, with a bit of air under me, I realised that people were taking off on the spur again, and above them seemed to be the place to go.

Sure enough, I found myself at last in a proper climb - sadly with none of the spur gang able to get up and join me. One blue wing was above and downwind of me, but I never managed to catch him up. Still, after an initial climb to 4,500, I had a better array of clouds to choose from than I think I've ever had before. The better one, or the directly downwind one? I dithered a bit, and got quite low after Marlborough, but a sailplane guided me and both Axford and Ramsbury produced thermals.

It was easy for a while - although a bunch of sailplanes were occasionally disconcerting, as well as helpful - and I moved over the M4, tracking north of both Hungerford and Newbury, and resisting the temptation of their stations.

I considered trying to push south to reach Reading - where airspace would mean I'd have to stop, but there was enough south in the wind to persuade me to carry on to the nearest bit of the Thames. A red kite not only found me the best part of an initially scrappy climb, but allowed me to get close enough to tell it how highly I thought of it. A town with a station on the river was a suitable destination, especially as the fields on the far bank were nice and flat.

A couple of walkers asked me the usual questions about jumping out of planes and fans on our backs, but also pointed me towards the station, where I made the Reading train with half a minute to spare. After a sandwich there, I got the Pewsey train, having booked another Wiltshire Connect bus back up to the car park.

Two years ago I did my best flight of the season after forgetting my instruments. Perhaps I should become even more slapdash in my preparations.

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