Tuesday, July 16, 2013
Woody and FlyStrong went first, followed by me and Thom. I waited a very long time for Thom to scratch his way up and join me. But it was worth it. It's always more fun flying with your buddies. We chased Woody and Bill up to cloud base over Sacred Falls, frolicking in the wispies and the most gorgeous afternoon light. We cleared 3,200 feet above the headwaters before heading out.
I took a line towards the shore before turning, going for the shoreline route that usually works best for me. I have tried the inland route thinking there might be some thermals back there, and have typically been disappointed to find only sink over all those deep green ravines. But the shoreline seems to offer a nice buoyant convergence of heated land air and cool marine layer air. Or something like that.
But on this day it turned out to be sinkier than usual. I just barely cleared the last fence at the ranch before the golf course and ran out a landing on the beach in front of the fourth hole. I packed up in the rough and collected the obligatory lost golf ball before hiking out to the highway. Bill landed just short of the ranch on the tip of the peninsula. Not bad for an EN-C chasing my IcePeak! Thom broke his longstanding curse and cleared Laie Point to land at Hukilau. Woody wanted to join him but played it safe and opted for Pounders. Thanks to George for the retrieve!
Later, Duck and Gaza ran up to chase us but they struggled to get high enough to even think about it. Even more later, Kevin and Solar Jeff launched in the late evening breeze. Finally George launched and flew a sweet evening flight before joining the debrief session on the beach. Kevin got up and away for the last XC flight of the day, shooting back to Punaluu, and then Hauula, and Thom and I picked him up at Hauula Beack Park. His first time there!
Nice flights, everybody! I look forward to many more golf course clinics. I know everyone will have their chance to land there one day. It really feels like a different corner of the island when you get to Kahuku. Plus they have the island's best poke, and tall boy torpedoes. And possibly the best Thai food!
Posted by Alex at 1:13 AM