Archive for June, 2011


David Cubel first to 100km goal near Fuentemilanos

June 17th, 2011 - Posted by Steve Ham

A stronger (20km ) W wind today, so once again we had to go with it.  Some high cirrus early on, with the base climbing from around 2300 -2800 during the task, though rising to over 3000m at the end of the day.  Most of the leaders bombed to the north of Avila with only […]

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13 to the 114,6km Goal at Segovia

June 16th, 2011 - Posted by Steve Ham

High cirrus made the going slow and difficult with many struggling after the pass.  After some 5hrs 30 minutes the first arrival at Goal was Lucas Bernadin (F), Within 15 minutes the other 12 had arrived, only minutes before goal close at 7.30pm. The start was at Villatoro some 20km from  Piedrahita with no zig […]

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85km race to goal……..and 255 km for the Wind dummy!

June 15th, 2011 - Posted by Steve Ham

Our wind dummy Robert Vandenbegine(BE) was going back home today after a few days practice before the Worlds.  He made a good section of his return home in the air, landing near Soria at 255km. On the competition side, well, a more modest 85km race, starting with a circuit along the mountain then a race […]

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92km Goal. Light SW going NW base to 3100m.

June 14th, 2011 - Posted by Steve Ham

Today I set a triangle reaching out well north of the Ambles valley (first time this has been used) at Solana de Rioalmar, the back to Solonsancho on the S side of Ambles, and finally a into wind push to the goal at Amavida.  2 parachutes deployed, both on 2 liners and both unhurt.  (Yesterday […]

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85km Race to goal (around 50+ arrivals)

June 13th, 2011 - Posted by Steve Ham

A forecast of 15km/hr WNW with base starting around 2300 going to over 3000m at the end of the day.  I set a ridge run and start point at ¨wooden house¨ to allow the day to develop a little.  The a race over the pass to a TP on the N side of the Ambles […]

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Great Pictures of Spanish Nationals @ removed

June 12th, 2011 - Posted by Steve Ham

This is the web page of professional photographer Mario Arque who edits the spanish magazine Parapente Vuelo Libre. He also does a full analysis of each day in spanish. Definitely the first place to go for he best pictures and most detailed report. This has been removed due to virus problems with his page

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First task cancelled in the air at 14.30

June 12th, 2011 - Posted by Steve Ham

A reasonable forecast with 15km/hr SW with base only around 2300m. However, the thermal quality of the day soon appeared to be better than the forecast. A race to goal with start gate near the Big Spine area. A period of back winds around the proposed window open time made us move the window open […]

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Dougal gets to Avila

June 11th, 2011 - Posted by Steve Ham

A cracking day with strong climbs to aroun 2800 m and a ligth W wind. I flew tandem with bullfighter Pepe Luis Gallardos. Unfortunately we landed at Narros del Puerto about half way. Dougal managed to squeak out near out landing to finish his two weeks with us with a great flight. V. nice evening […]

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Low and slow to Avila and our first flights with the R11

June 10th, 2011 - Posted by Steve Ham

A very nice forecast, but quite a lot of deep Cu and a base of only 2100 – 2300m. Three of us over the pass, my Ozone M4, Matts R11 and Arnies M4. We actually went over very low, maybe only 200m above, but with gentle conditons and about 11km of NW it was fine […]

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Flyable Lenticular sky

June 9th, 2011 - Posted by Steve Ham

A flyable day today, though if you took a snapshot of the sky you would have thought not. A classic wave forecast day with an inversion sitting around the tops of the higher mountains (2400m) and a SW flow at all altitudes, though very weak below the convective layer. Although the sky was covered in […]

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