The Dyke

The plan to go to The Dyke was made for me via some visiting pilots, Richard Hunt and Andy Hollidge, I had to admit I had not given the weekend a lot of thought so when asked to confirm their plans with some local intel I found myself getting interested too.

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So after a fantastic comedy night in the gliding shop on Friday night, turning up to a sun bathed winters day on my favorite hill felt like a gift. Initially the wind felt lighter than forecast. A paraglider launching struggled to stay up although at the same time there were a few up ok at Truleigh. This simply made it easy to rig and then later when we were ready to launch and the wind strengthened it was perfect if a touch north.

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For me I had about an hour enjoying the beautiful light, practicing with my glider on full VG and at slower speeds. I was getting locked out a few times with the little weakies that came through along the ridge. Which was quite hard work but worth getting used to after seeing others do well in light conditions.

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It was great too watching Cookie and Andy Hollidge racing each other in with the aim of checking different trim settings. That was the excuse, but to me, it looked like a lot of fun. Great too to see so many sailplanes ridge running, for me, there was a few minutes when I seemed to be right in the centre of their waypoint and they were everywhere all at once, beautiful machines.

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After we met up in the pub where I had a nice hot bowl of soup while discussing the day and listening to Andy reconfigure Steve’s overly complicated instrument.

My latest interface for my Flymaster is a touch too brief I think and Ill have to think about it more and add something to make it more urgent feeling when I look at it. I fear I may have taken away too much or reduced or not quite got the layout correct. But a few more flights will be needed to know really what to do to fix it.

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