Monday, January 12, 2015
The speed flyers pioneered it but we are finding out that it works well for us too. When I say it works well, I should point out that it's our most daunting mission: an hour and a half of driving, followed by forty five minutes of hiking, and then a very tricky crosswind shelf of a launch that requires crack ground handling skills, if the airflow is even working right. It’s not for everyone. But if it’s for you, you need to check it out.
Today, four of us checked it out in the most ideal light southwest flow, launching from the point, and then soaring in smooth and stable conditions across Yokohama Bay, and Makua Valley, to reach Ohikilolo Valley, on the south face of the Makua ridge. There we found some of the same stable broken thermals we’d encountered at Nanakuli the day before, and we battled our way up, trying to get high enough for the return trip. We made our way back and then soared all over Yokohama Bay until the sun was sinking into the ocean below, four hours after we launched.
That was one of the sweetest and prettiest flying days I can remember in a long time. Jorge said it ranked among the top 1 flights he's had here. Now that's a rare flight!
Roll call: Allegra, Flystrong Bill, Jorge, me.
Posted by Alex at 11:59 PM