Sunday, December 21, 2014
The blipmap had predicted nice north flow bathing the whole island around noon and strengthening all day. It looked like an epic call for Dillingham. And lucky for us our homegrown VIP had other plans today, so ATC cleared us to fly out there.
But somehow the north flow never really showed up. The sea breeze effect predominated from both sides of the peninsula, but mostly from the back side. So we ended up getting just enough airflow on launch to get out of there but not enough to keep the flow from the back side from rolling over the top. Clouds were forming way out from the ridge on our side, and drifting further offshore. Cycles on launch started off east and ended up west by the end of the day. Good thing the knob goes both ways!
Everyone had some interesting stories to tell. Drew did a great job thermaling, flying farther than anyone else out toward the drop zone. Thom's landing was very exciting: he almost bought a van, but at the last second he tapped his brakes and shot over it. Reaper and Ike launched the west face of the knob for their first time (like I did yesterday). George enjoyed his very first flight after 10 months off. Welcome back! Steve avoided sinking out by top landing on the next ridge over, then hiked up in a quest for more airflow, all the way to the summit. He ended up struggling to launch up there for hours from a few different spots, before finally getting out and landing at the end of the day.
I'm sure there are other stories and more details to share: let's hear your comments!
Roll call: me, Drew, Thom, Jorge. Reaper, Allegra, Scrappy, George, Ike, Steve. Jim, Sandy. Shawn, Harvey, Gaza, Duck … and probably more that I'm leaving out!
Posted by Alex at 10:50 PM