Archive for July, 2018


80km Dog leg flight

July 31st, 2018 - Posted by Steve Ham

An excellent day with perhaps the strongest and smoothest climbs I have experienced this year. a 7.5m/s on the averager in the Avila Valley on one climb. A good cloud street to Avila, after which many of us headed north towards Penaranda. Iain, Neil, Sofia (a PB), Richard and myself landed in the same field […]

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55km Goal with 6 arrivals

July 30th, 2018 - Posted by Steve Ham

Sunday was rather stable, so I considered that with the similar forecast, although lighter wind, we might struggle.  We set the Goal at Avila, expecting some convergence across the Avila valley at Munogalindo and a probably N wind at Avila.  The convergence was there, and the conditions much better than anticipated with climbs to over […]

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Avila goal for 3

July 29th, 2018 - Posted by Steve Ham

Quite a scratchy day to start and with a NW wind initially in the Avila valley.  Only 7 over the Pass with Philip, Tim and I reaching Avila, where at last the condtions turned on to give climbs over 3000m.  Rather than landing there in the convergence we started flying back into the headwind to […]

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Segovia (114km) declared Goal for Tim and first 100km+ and PB for Helen.

July 27th, 2018 - Posted by Steve Ham

The fourth successive 100km+ goal achieved by our group this week. A convergence day, mainly blue but some Cu marking the line of lift. Helen took a northerly route after Avila, and although not quite reaching goal made her first 100km+ flight. Most of the group landed around the 50 to 80km mark, with only […]

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128km Goal. 4 Arrivals and Tandem PB for Simon and Abby

July 26th, 2018 - Posted by Steve Ham

Another excellent day with an easier start and most of the group over the Pass and moving well towards the first goal at 80km.  Due to a radio misunderstanding Indy and Simon, first at the 80km goal, landed there.  However the day was for continuing and we pushed on in the hope that Simon and […]

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Segovia Goal 114km. 4 arrivals.

July 24th, 2018 - Posted by Steve Ham

A decent forecast but with weak and inverted (around 2300 to 2700m) earlier in the day.  The SW wind came onto PN, but the anabatic wind was crossed making it tricky for many to stay up.  By the Pass, conditions had improved, but only 7 made it over, with Martin landing at the top near […]

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6000km+ flows far in July

July 24th, 2018 - Posted by Steve Ham

So far this July we have had phenomenal weather with it set to continue all this week. On 7 days this month, we have declared goals over 100km with multiple arrivals from our guests, mostly flying B class wings. On only one day did we not arrive, but with 3 pilots within a few Kms […]

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Declared 108km goal.

July 23rd, 2018 - Posted by Steve Ham

A tricky day with a relatively strong forecast, but light in the convergence towards the NE.  Setting a goal at Navalmanzano, with the option to go to 200km in the case of us all doing well and going early.  As it was we had to use a poor SW site north of the Pass.  4 […]

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166.59km Out and Return.

July 22nd, 2018 - Posted by Steve Ham

Ralph has been a bit of a star Pilot this week with already 2 returns of over 100km.  However, today, he has done probably the longest out and return in Spain this year with a phenomenal flight of 166.59km.  Flying alongside was was Michael who failed to get back over the pass, but also made […]

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110km out and return and 7 to 55km goal.

July 22nd, 2018 - Posted by Steve Ham

Light NW going more N in the Avila valley with good reasonably flat  Cu at around 2800m.  Quite an easy run to Avila with quite turbulent air near Avila.  A few attempted the fly back, and Cedric, on his PB (A class wing.. A Niviuk Kyot) nearing goal at Avila started to fly back with […]

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