Slow Saturday?

Regional weather map shows cloudy skies moving away from area. Looks like clear skies to west.   Thermal soaring forecast is only good—400’/min—because of high level clouds?  No over development forecast so perhaps conditions will improve later.

Posted my flight at the Cove in Utah—wish we had a 2,000′ vertical drive up site for mornings like today.http://parasoftparagliding.com/parashop/parasoft-used-wings/

Also have a Ozone Rush and Swift 4 on my used paraglider page. Let me know if you want to demo them.

Sunday looks better!

Saturday was good but short: I saw a pilot soaring around for 1/2 hour before it clouded up. It was very humid. I got a first short early flight on my Delta 3!

Sunday looks better. Humidity is lower and no over development is forecast!  Thermals will start at 9:45AM and increase up to 1,000’/min!  Regional weather map shows High pressure and clear skies over CO. Winds aloft are again light but pressure difference is -0.2″ so easterly flow may take longer to start. NBR is light and variable now.

Here is my ridge soaring flight at Muscle Rock in San Francisco. I don’t think it will be as cool or soft here today!

 

Monsoon season is here!

The monsoon season is upon us with short soaring periods before thunderstorms. My best reference for this is the thermal soaring forecast.  It calls for thermal to start at 10:30AM and to be over developed—rain & gusty winds at  3PM! Thermals will strengthen up to 1,100’/ minute near time of over development so come early for smoother air!

Winds aloft are light and little pressure difference.  Today I hope to finally fly my new Delta 3!

I have posted another of my Rat Race Videos that shows the rules—this was a left turn day—and challenges of flying with 230 other pilots.

Back in Boulder for the 4th with Delta 3!

Returned last night from 3 week road trip to The Rat Race, Coastal Soaring in San Francisco, Glass Off Flight in Richfield, Utah, and Flight in Aspen. I have already posted some of these flights and others later but today I will start ground handling & flying my new Delta 3.

Looks like high pressure on the 4thwith local forecast calling for easterly winds all day.

10% chance of thunderstorms this PM. Thermal soaring forecast is excellent—1,500’/min—starting at 10AM with over development by 3PM! I will start ground handling my Delta 3 at 10AM.

P.S.  If anyone has Ozone Ozium pod harness, I now have the complementary replacement handle.

 

Progressing at the Rat Race

Today I progressed: I only had to get 1,000′ over before I crossed the valley to the first turn point!  The strong head winds made it difficult to make the next turn point so I chose rather to see how fast these winds would push me: 37 m.p.h.!  I made it up an unknown valley at great speed. See it all here. Videos will come later with better up load speed.

 

Struggling at Rat Race!

I have had 4 days of flying at the Rat Race.  It has been a very educational and exciting place to be.  I made goal twice missing a few way points.

Yesterday I got 2,000′ over launch twice but the valley winds and extreme sink prevented me from making the valley crossing.

My glide ratio into the valley was only 2/1! Video to come latter with better up load speed.

Sunday looks softer?

Saturday was very strong.  Northerly winds were forecast so about 10 of us launched from the drop off site about 11:20AM.  I and most pilots were able to quickly climb up and I hit peak climbs of 1,330’/min and sustained climbs of 740’/min! After 31 minutes of rock and roll I decided to fly out and land. My Dorama.

Others stuck with the active air and several made it all the way to Colorado Springs! Good job cowboys—-new site record?

Sunday looks softer.  Regional weather map shows clear skies and high pressure.  Boulder Airport  shows easterly winds all day.  Thermal soaring forecast is good at 785’/min starting already at 9AM! No over development forecast. A softer day?