After a slight delay due to a flat battery in my car I eventually got going after Ozzie came to my rescue with some jump leads.
The lapse rate charts were showing potential for good lift if the sun ever did come out, 2pm was when things should clear, but after my delay I missed this hour when the day seemed most active.
Rigging was intersting only in so far as I was not able to feel myself do it as my fingers were so numb. Eventually I got it sorted and made it to take off where I found a modeler, I asked him to refrain from flying while I was low on the ridge, he was resistant and then confessed he was a paraglider pilot – what else should I say.
Take off was interesting – a little bumpy but fine – during the flight I thought to some of the things I read this week while on the train in ‘The Secrets of Champions‘. Following this advice I spent time letting go and feeling what the air was telling me. Seems simple but its so important to gain this dialogue with your glider. I was happy to feel that I was boating with some purpose, learning a little, it was great.
I was however worried about landing, this seems to be a feature of recent flights meaning I thought to bottom landing, or flying to Firle but in the end I was determined to make a standard Bo Peep landing and confront my worries with a good positive landing. My first approach was too high so I aborted it and got lower over the trees, then with plenty of speed made my final approach and a nice spot landing next to the rigging area. I had a little kick left about 5 feet from touchdown but I got it under control ok also managing to get much more upright than ever before.
I was happy a lot with this flight.