First day of XC Open. High Base.

I am on the ground for the next 8 days as Meet Director for the  3rd Piedrahita XC Open. Looks like I am missing and going to miss some great flying.

The pilots were off around 12.45pm, with winds increasing at take off quite quickly, causing problems for many on launch.  Curiously, the wind eased right off around 2pm to 3pm, presumably due to the inversion breaking and the wind no longer being squeezed between the top of the mountain and the inversion.

Base was forecast to be well up near 4000m and there is fantastic Cu development to the West over the mountains.   Pilots have headed in various directions, thought we don´t yet know how the winners are doing.

To check landing coordinates as they are landing you can get a google earth reference from the sms page on the online sign in sheet

Posted: Sunday, August 30th, 2009 at 16:43 by Steve Ham in Flying Journal, XC Open 2009.

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