Thursday, November 14, 2013
We were lucky to be flying on a rare high cloudbase day with nice thermals, and it was pretty sweet flying for the early shift, but it turned a bit sour as the flow veered from northeast to due east, or further, shutting down many in the late shift.
I only had time for a short trip with a guaranteed return, so I watched from Olomana as Mad Dog and Allan blazed downrange, before I headed back to Makapuu. It was actually the first time I've tried to get back from there! At Makapuu I found Joey, Thom, Ike and Brent at Ironwoods, with Dave and Jorge just launching from Cactus. Meanwhile we heard that Mad Dog and Allan made it to Hygienics.
Most of the guys now up at Makapuu were not willing to jump downrange in the veering flow, but Jorge and Dave weren't worried about it - they just burned back to Puu O Kona to see if they could get up from there. And they did, although they found themselves facing into the wind as they pointed at Koko Crater. That's pretty easterly flow! Dave ended up dirting at the marsh, but Jorge managed to connect all the east faces to join Mad Dog and Allan at Hygienics.
Nova was out there too, and Allegra, and Maui Doug was there to work on the carpeting at Juice.
So much for the executive summary. If anyone is willing to share pictures or details of the day's flying, please leave a comment here or feel free to post an article of your own!
Posted by Alex at 1:53 AM