A very flyable week.

Yesterday and today, flights to Barco for some.  A light wind week, though with relatively low climbs yesterday and today and an easterly drift. Only Alister made Barco today, though many of the group managed it yesterday.  A change to NW tomorrow, so hopefully a better XC day.

John Youle. DSC

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John Youle DSC

I have taken quite a few snaps of the DSC members for wintertime scribbling of caricatures.  I don’t really have any time during the summer months, but I thought I saw a likeness in John as a turtle or tortoise, so tried this one of him.

Arrival of Derbyshire Soaring Club

A decent day yesterday with many doing good XCs between the Pass and Barco.  Our group arrived too late for the XC flight by enjoyed a good evening soaring, may doing the full ridge run and Valley flying in the restitution.

Evening Restitution

A reasonable forecast, but gusty strong winds from quite early on.  Only Hans decided to fly, where he found reasonable conditions, though the rest of us decided to leave it until the evening.  Once again, like many evenings this week, a fantastic restitution flight with abundant lift on hill and out in the valley til after sunset.

Towards Barco

A poor forecast today with strong SE early on.  However, Peña Negra worked its magic and the wind came on by 1pm.  An early bomb out of me (Steve) near Santiago, but much of the rest of the group flew down to Barco.  Still too cool and stable for it to be decent and interesting for good XCs.

British Team HG World Champs

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British Hanggliding Team

Opening Ceremony yesterday in Brasilia for the HG Worlds.  Here are the British team sporting my T shirt design I did for them.  Jenny the Team Manager also made one up for me with my name on the sleeve.  I did make a minor HG Brit Team event about 30 years ago (Bleriot Cup) so proudly have my embroidered Brit  Team badge somewhere.  It was my unfulfilled ambition to be on a HG Worlds team.  Well now, at least I have the T shirt.

Best of Luck to the Team.  I will be watching closely on the blog and FB page

NE and down to Barco.

Not a great day with climbs little above 2300 and an increasing NW wind.  Most landed at Barco, some 20kms, with a few extending up towards the Tornavacas Pass.   Great floaty evening flying with dynamic lift up to 600m above take off.

Light NW flow, base to around 3200m

Another good day, with more of a W flow than yesterday so it may be worth pushing on to Segovia rather than the out and return.  More detail at 11am briefing.

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Surface Winds

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Skew-T Chart

NW going NE. Lighter Winds. 3000m

A reasonable day with blue thermals going above 3000m.  More at briefing at 11.15.

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Skew-T Chart

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Surface Winds

Another Avila Goal. This time for Alan

Another day for a flight to Avila, though only Alan arrived, with 4 other over the Pass downed in the Ambles valley.

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