Archive for September, 2015


Much better flying weather

September 17th, 2015 - Posted by Steve Ham

Well, the horrible stuff has gone through and now we are getting the change for the better which looks like it will last well towards the end of next week.  The aforementioned “veranillo de San Miguel”, or Saint Michaels little summer. Wind at take off at 9 am is not that strong and cross on. […]

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A tiny chance at the end of the day.

September 16th, 2015 - Posted by Steve Ham

Obviously there is no chance for decent flying today.  However, there is the remote chance (forecast on the local) of a drop in the wind after the front passes later in the day.  The wind should be on PN at that time so we will keep an eye on the windsock at take off (though […]

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Awaiting the little summer of Saint Michael.

September 15th, 2015 - Posted by Steve Ham

The next two days will be unflyable, however, from Thursday we have a recovery and then for the following week the meteorological occurrence which is termed the Veranillo de San Miguel.  This is so common it has a name and refers the normally week long period of good weather with higher temperatures as we would […]

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West winds, base rising to 2500m

September 14th, 2015 - Posted by Steve Ham

Today is something of a transition before the very deep low comes in and makes things very unflyable for tomorrow and wednesday.  After that the Azores high will stabilise things and Thursday to Saturday should be very good flying days. Today we will try to make the most of things. The base will not go […]

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Lizzie the Mountain Runner. XC magazine

September 12th, 2015 - Posted by Steve Ham

Here is my Illustration for XCMag 164. This one is of Lizzie the Mountain runner, who one of those amazing women who manages to multitask kids, work, hobbies and husband. Charlotte King was the reference I was given. However, when I did this last winter I was still new to the art of caricature and […]

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Unlikely today.

September 12th, 2015 - Posted by Steve Ham

The cold front is pushing in and we are in a low pressure sector and the winds are high from the SW. Best chance is early on at La Lastra but enjoyable flying is very unlikely.  I´ll be around at 10am to see what we might do on this potentially fun packed day…Walking routes, city […]

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PB for Gunnar 175.4km.

September 11th, 2015 - Posted by Steve Ham

A big day from Lastra today with Gunnar making his PB of 175km.  Curiously, his last PB was in 1995 in the PWC race task I set to Acrones from La Lastra.  That 170km goal was something of a revelation in the PG world when around 50 pilots made it.  Even now nearly 20 years […]

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Classic SW convergence day for open distance.

September 11th, 2015 - Posted by Steve Ham

From the Hirlam surface winds we can see a typical convergence setting up running for about 200km in the afternoon.  Winds are SW and on the stronger side.  It is unlikely to be any good for decent evening soaring so this is the day for sure to go big if you can.  Thermal tops altitude […]

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West with climbs to c3000m

September 10th, 2015 - Posted by Steve Ham

Briefing at 10am.  We will try to get going to PN by 10.30am.  Wind at 9.15 is cross on the hill.  Take off before 11.45 is unlikely as conditions will be poor early on, Not a bad day with good climbs later in the afternoon to c3000m but an inversion near take off height at […]

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SW going NW. Briefing 9.45am

September 9th, 2015 - Posted by Steve Ham

Today the forecast is a bit stronger than anticipated.  Perhaps around 30km/hr at 2400m.  Also throughout the day we are going to have a degree of cirrus which will slow things down, especially as there seems to be an inversion at around 2600m.  As the afternoon progresses the wind is due to veer more to […]

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