Sunday, 6 May 2012

BOS Task Win...

Yesterday was by far my best uk flight to date, we flew at the malverns again on day three of the BOS (this time with a well checked/repaired harness), i sat on launch in my harness for well over three hours waiting for the sky to open up or something to happen. A few of the good guys (LESS THAN 5) had managed to get up in the rapidly over developing sky and were heading of for goal behind us, the wind was barely a couple of mph so completely unsoarable for pg or hg. Eventually a rigid wing dropped down from the sky and showed the 30-40 hg's sitting on the hill that there were some really weak thermals to be had, he dropped to ridge height and took over 10 minutes to climb 500ft in any one thermal. This encouraged a lot of people off the hill and into the bottom landing. i remained patient knowing this was a one chance flight, muck it up and its game over for the day and after my mishap yesterday i was wanting a good flight. Eventually i saw a couple of guys launch and just about go up in something really weak, maybe a 0.5up but the day was coming to an end and the sky was completely over developed so i want for it, a good nil wind launch took me to 200ft below take off when i finally reached the weak thermal, i stuck with it to about 500ft ato and moved forward a couple of times to a few others circling in front of the hill. Eventually i found something i decided to stick with at least to get over the back and go further than the rest of the club class but as i went with it the thermal dropped to nothing just behind the valley, just about maintaining i continued circling thinking at least i'm not going down and the drift is taking me where i want to go, but a few hundred yards back my vario started sounding better and better until it became a nice 3 up and took me to 3500ft ato, i didn't get to cloudbase yet and started heading for my 34k task downwind. I headed for the darkest bits of the clouds and kept finding little thermals but pushed too far too fast and nearly landed about 7km behind the hill, my harness was unzipped my legs were dangling and i had chose my field to land in less than 200 feet below me when beep, beep, beep, i found the weakest thermal of the day, it took what felt like hours to reach cloudbase but the tiny little thermal had taken me there. It was a very lucky save and as payback at cloudbase i flew through a shower of snow, sleet and a bit of hail, i started heading for goal this time staying high and climbing in every bit of lift i could find. A Topless glider had caught me up at this point and we were about 15km from take off when he decided to speed up and go off on his own, but he went down quickly and kept coming back to thermal 1000-2000ft under me. Eventually i think he landed about 10km behind my landing. I was very pleased with progress even if it was slow and was starting to think about reaching goal but it was now after 5pm and the lift was very weak, still i kept going slowly when my GPS suddenly made a strange noise and read "you will reach your destination after sunset", i also realized that you have to land before 6pm to make the flight count in the competition, so i headed forward much quicker and landed 4km short of goal at 5.45! i Was very pleased with my flight and will definitely continue with the BOS rounds as its a great way to learn loads and meet some great pilots...
I turned up back at the campsite to find out i had won the task in my class- Fantastic!!!

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