Archive for July, 2008


Post cold frontal but with later storm

July 11th, 2008 - Posted by Steve Ham

A nice fly around town in the morning with a classic looking sky (though very low) and strongish thermals. We bailed out of doing the XC flight due to some big build ups coming in from the NW

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Big forecast, small flights

July 10th, 2008 - Posted by Steve Ham

With a cold front just about to skim the north of Spain, all things were set for a big day. However, after a good start, most got stuck before the pass. Myself waiting there, then unable to fly back when all were down due to increasing westerlies. An interesting thermic evening flight with a goal […]

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3700m. 2 in Avila and 3 beyond

July 9th, 2008 - Posted by Steve Ham

With wind quite crossed at take off we scrabbled on the big spine before gliding down the valley and really getting up at the Long Bar (Lavadero). Unfortunately a few bomb outs, but Dave Shaw, Dave Cassidy, Paul, Piers and myself over the pass. Quite rough in places with climbs initially not more than around […]

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A late start then to pass and back

July 8th, 2008 - Posted by Steve Ham

A cool start to the day so we took off around 2pm into light and reasonable stable conditions. Quite a few bomb outs along the course to the Quarry, but by that time the climbs had improved with up to 5m/s climbs. The route back via the long bar then north of the road. After […]

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Sunday and Monday nice conditions

July 7th, 2008 - Posted by Steve Ham

Sunday morning we managed a quick soaring flight before taking our group to the airport, and a pleasant evening flight for the new group. Today monday saw excellent climbs on the early flight, good enought to do a quick out and return across the valley and back. Hero of the afternoon XC was Mike Blaine, […]

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New site record 247km

July 5th, 2008 - Posted by Steve Ham

Our congratulations to Bruno Croué from France who made some fantastic flights this week. Last saturday 178km, and on Monday he beat the site record (prevously 245km by Steve) with 247km. A great flight in very pleasant conditons with very little wind but great convergence and Cu allowing him to negociate the new airspace after […]

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Mainly Blue with 4m/s climbs

July 4th, 2008 - Posted by Steve Ham

A late start, with light conditions on take off till around 4pm. We took off at 2, and only Ian and myself got properly established. There were wave clouds in the Ambles valley, so at the pass we turned back along with the french, though the way back was into a 20km headwind. We went […]

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July 3rd, 2008 - Posted by Steve Ham

A french pilot made 250km on Monday, successfully avoiding the airspace just after Avila. The big days are certainly here…..though we of course landed at Avila that day. Today, after the passage of a cold front yesterday we reverted to the early morning flight then the XC flight. Quite difficult conditions, light wind and bullet […]

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Epic stuff

July 1st, 2008 - Posted by Steve Ham

Today I flew with Catherine on the Tandem, and amongst our bunch, Mike, Mike and Nick got over the pass. The conditions, with 3200m cloud base were quite fantastic with a good spread of Cu in the Ambles valley. Mike Thomas landed at Avila, needing a pee, and Mike Blain some 12km short. I did […]

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Back to Spain and over the Pass

July 1st, 2008 - Posted by Steve Ham

After very little flying last week in the UK, Monday here turned out to be a high quality XC day. Sunday we got in an evening flight on getting back from the airport,and yesterday Nick and Paul got over the pass, Paul landing at Muñana, and Nick going down at Villatoro. A booming Cu filled […]

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