Over the Pass again.

A great forecast, but slow and tricky going.  Chris and I crossed on the north side plateu at around 2200m, Chris unfortunately landing around Amavida.  On his second flight, Laurie managed to fly to Muñopepe, some 15kkm from Avila.  Pleasant evening soaring once again later on.  That is it for our season.  We will fly a little with Simon tomorrow before he gets his but to Madrid in the afternoon.  The rest of this final  group leaving early morning.


Conditions improved a little more today, with still only 2500m and more often going to less than 2200m.  Light winds from the NNW.  4 over the pass, with laurie and Will making around 30km.  Chris and I managed to get to the south side of Avila after scratching along the south side of the mountains.  A very very pleasant day with smooth and generally light climbs and perfect visibility.

Chris to the south of Avila 60km +

Our the Pass at 2500m+

Another nice day with many at the Pass, but only Simon, Hans and myself going over.  However, only a few small climbs on the other side so no Avila today.

Nice flights down towards Barco.

A very gentle day with climbs not much above 2300m (some at 3m/s).  Light and variable winds but with a hint of N.  An early scratching flight to Santiago de Collado, followed by a longer flight down to Barco and finishing with an evening flight.

Back to nice weather.

It has been a tough two weeks with Cyclone DANA causing historic destruction in SE Spain, and contributing a fair amount of non flying weather in our area.   Today 3 flights, though very gentle and a low cieling.  Many of us managed a modest XC to the Pass, but with only around 1900m thermal tops, we declined to try to fly over.

A decent flight after plenty of bad weather.

Althogh we have had short flights at Chia on Monday and tuesday and an occational top to bottom from PN, today, we finally had a quality day with nice  thermal soaring around the Valley.  Cyclone Dana, which has caused so much historical devastation in the SE of Spain, has finally started to receed.   Many directions today, with Hans nearly to the Pass and back and Magnus a fair way to the West.

Local thermal soaring

With a very strong wind forecast we went up and launched early in still very light wind conditons.  Altough before 11am some of us were able to  stay up (Grita, Magnus, Hugo, Ben and myself).  Magnus was able to almost cross the valley, finding the stronger winds starting to enter over there.  After nearly 2 hours soaring we landed at El Soto as the stronger winds started to come down.  Considering the forecast, some pretty decent thermal flying.

The Final day for the Derbyshire Soaring Club.

A nice end to the last day.  A more thermic day than the previous day (also a Barco goal).  With better Cu and base above 2900m.  We flew a modest goal to Barco.  Myself, along with Alan Horsfield, on the tandem, making two nice tandem XCs with Alan over the 2 weeks (Avila and Barco).  A great 2 weeks with the DSC. See you all next year.

Alan in the goal field at Barco on the final day.

2 small XCs, early afternoon and evening to Barco (20km)

Quite a cool day, sunny, but with slow thermic conditons.  5 made Barco on the first flight, although a short distance, taking around 1.20minutes due to the thermal tops being little more than 2100m (200m above take off).  The evening flight, with restitution being easier and those trying making it in less than 30 minutes.

Early at Chia and late at PN. Thurs.5th Sept.

A very strong wind forecast so some light wind soaring (and downflights) at Chia until around 12, then at PN we found light conditions but reports of strong winds in valley.  We decided to return only for the eveing flight.

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