Wednesday, May 22, 2013
On Monday, three of us headed out there to find the clouds streaming over the back of Kaala in the lee of a strong sea breeze. Completely different from the previous day where the clouds were all drifting onshore from the north. Kealia and Meadows seemed likely to be too leeside to be pleasant if they would even work. But since we had Joey's awesome 4WD assault vehicle, we followed a hunch and explored launch options at the very tip of the peninsula. We found a decent grassy spot about three hundred feet above the albatross nesting area gate, and took off into the sea breeze flow that was wrapping around from the north. It was one of the sketchiest bushwhack launches I've used, but probably not the very worst. It was about as low as you could take off and hope to get up, and Woody and I managed to squeak our way around and into some decent thermic lift. Joey hit a flush cycle and couldn't quite bench back up. Conditions turned out to be super light and thermic, a bit leeside, but not horrible like the last time we tried flying those conditions out there. (On that day the thermals were downright mean and nasty, but today's thermals were merely a bit grumpy.) There were a few thermals that stood out for their buoyant cheer, however, and we rode them up high above the meadow to points between two and three grand. Woody got the highest, drifting back above Yokohama Bay before returning. We flew to Kealia to verify that the air in that direction was way more leeside and nasty, before retreating back down the point where things were more organized. A great day of research! Roll call: Woody, Joey, me. Thanks to Joey for the sweet ride out to the point in the Hummer!
Posted by Alex at 9:57 AM