Conditions at Kahana on Sunday were even more north than on Saturday. At some times during the day it was a bit west of north. But a certain trio of die hard individuals refused to believe that it was too north to fly there, and somehow we made it happen. But not before a lot of kiting all around north launch, repeatedly launching, scratching, sinking, and top landing, until we got a lucky cycle to climb up and out and around the corner. I was glad to discover I can still do that!
Steve charged out there first, and I followed soon after, with Drew a distant third. After Steve and I climbed up in the super north flow, we crossed the bay with the blessing of a crazy tailwind from Kahana, and then scoped out the north flow above Kaaawa and Kualoa. It was the northest air I’ve ever flown over there. It was almost flyable from the other side of the bay, at the northwest facing launch we call Anti-Kahana.
Drew landed after a long session above Kahana. Steve and I were still up over Kaaawa when Thom arrived, and he hiked up only to find that it was definitely too north to get out of there, like 3 degrees. I flew back from Kaaawa to see how the backside of Kahana was working. Steve returned from Kaaawa and landed at Kahana, and I followed him in soon after. All three of us set up landings from the fish pond side; that’s how north it was. We were doing figure eights over the fish pond to lose altitude! Later, Maui Tim, Maui Justin, Gaza, and Portland Mark showed up, but they wanted to see what Thom would do before hiking up. When they heard he was hiking down, everyone pretty much gave up and left. But later I checked the numbers and of course it looked like it got better just after we all left.
So on this day, only the early crew was rewarded for their stubbornness, with three hours of cross country flying in gorgeous crazy north conditions. Let’s hope for more of that tomorrow!