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Re: Nick Roberts' Flying Diary 2007
« Reply #25 on: November 04, 2007, 09:51:14 AM »
03/11/07 - Cloud drift from the north and quite rapid so went to up to Rhiw Wen with Steve J and Viv but too light so went across to Fan G.  Pleasantly suprised to find the access track undergoing major repair work.  A nice breeze and sunshine on the way up but winds falling light thereafter.  Steve flew around for a while then myself , Viv and Owain flew top to bottom which is always nice here(1200') in light conditions.

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Re: Nick Roberts' Flying Diary 2007
« Reply #24 on: November 02, 2007, 20:37:48 PM »
Rhossili again today.  Overcast and wind veered from west to northwest upon arrival so soared the cliffs for a couple of hours.  The wind was quite light at times but there were some sea thermals giving some extra lift at times.  Nice to see a few gliders out on the hill : Jon M, Stevie G, Paul H, George W, Viv and the brummies.   :-D


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Re: Nick Roberts' Flying Diary 2007
« Reply #23 on: October 30, 2007, 23:41:33 PM »
Some very pleasant afternoon soaring at Rhossili with Stevie G, Steve J, Chris, Viv and Paul.  Nice to get back in the air again after my enforced absence!  Out of the tunnel and into the light - It's great to be back!   :-D
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Re: Nick Roberts' Flying Diary 2007
« Reply #22 on: July 25, 2007, 15:11:31 PM »
24/7  Went to Lletty Siac but well and truly blown out inland so headed for Rhossili with Kiteboard and paraglider for later.  Dismayed to see sign on gate to beach prohibiting Kiting on the beach between May and October. Is this new?   :?

Anyway, all was not lost as the wind seemed to ease at about 16:30 so it was up to the pimple for  a couple of hours pleasant soaring on my old Sigma 4.  Nice to see a good few pilots  out on the hill. Full credit to Rob Mansley and Flywestwales for injecting some life into the local flying scene.   :-)

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Re: Nick Roberts' Flying Diary 2007
« Reply #21 on: July 14, 2007, 20:39:36 PM »
14/7

Awoke after a post-work siesta to see a lovely looking sky but still pretty windy.  Thought I'd nip round to Mynydd Dinas for a late afternoon/early evening attempt.  Arrived at takeoff after the 30 minute walk up to find a nice breeze.  First time I've flown here this year and the glider felt great cranking into the small thermals 500 - 700' above takeoff.   :-)

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Re: Nick Roberts' Flying Diary 2007
« Reply #20 on: July 10, 2007, 22:32:15 PM »
A rather windy day but thought Graig Fawr was worth a look this afternoon.  Waited for a shower to pass by to the north before taking off at 15:00.  Quite gusty low down but eventually managed to get up to base at 2500' in very overcast conditions.  Flew home to Glais on a very buoyant glide and arrived with height to spare to float around over the village and then dropped onto the ridge at Graigola for a while but rather rough here so flew across to the rugby pitch to land.  Cycled back to car in the evening.   :-)   

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Re: Nick Roberts' Flying Diary 2007
« Reply #19 on: July 09, 2007, 16:01:34 PM »
08/07 - Went to Nant y Moel as planned but way too windy.  Too windy for plan B also(Mynydd Dinas) but someone came up with plan C - the dunes at Aberavon!  Arrived with a few others(Tom G, Sheryl, Andy and Glyn from S. E. Wales) just after a shower had ripped through.  The skies opened up to sunshine and we all had fun on the sands.  Tom, Andy and Glyn flew the dunes from a beach takeoff while Sheryl and me tried some kite boarding with varying degrees of success.

Aberavon seems to be a really "happening" place for wind sports and we were amazed at the number and variety of wind powered craft going back and fore along the beach.   :-)

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Re: Nick Roberts' Flying Diary 2007
« Reply #18 on: June 07, 2007, 20:53:37 PM »
06/06/07 - Heol Senni

A good session on the tandem.  Thermalling takes some effort but she gets up there alright!  Glide into wind isn't so good by today's standards though.  Strangely, we seemed to be in a bit of a blue hole for most of the afternoon.  Good climbs to around 1000' a.t.o. - not quite enough for an XC!  Passenger Stuart enjoyed the experience.  :-)

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Re: Nick Roberts' Flying Diary 2007
« Reply #17 on: June 05, 2007, 22:19:09 PM »
05/06/07 - Heol Senni

Seemed to arrive just as the wind dropped to manageable.  A nice sky developing.  Chris D and Steve P were first away.  I left the hill a short while later with Steve J and Dave Birch.  We reached cloudbase at 4500' amsl,  some 3km behind the hill.  We hit big sink after Fan G but climbed again under a cloud above the "sleeping giant" and then set off on slightly different routes.  The northeasterly wind was quite brisk which held the seabreeze back quite close to the coast and we managed to get out onto Gower and land near Penclawdd.  Superb views over Swansea and the surrounding area!  50km for the XC league!   :-D

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Re: Nick Roberts' Flying Diary 2007
« Reply #16 on: June 03, 2007, 09:34:34 AM »
Cwmafan 02/06

Thought Cwmafan was worth a look yesterday.  Sun came out when I arrived and some half decent cloud started to form.  Launched 14:15 - not much happening for a while then pow!... a 3m per sec climb to cloudbase at 2500' amsl.  Not looking good over the back though so I headed upwind but not much doing that way either as it rapidly clouded over and the wind increased.  Despite overcast conditions thereafter, I still found some nice thermal climbs in the local area.  Landed back on takeoff at 16:00 in by then rather breezy conditions.   :-)

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Re: Nick Roberts' Flying Diary 2007
« Reply #15 on: May 27, 2007, 09:48:52 AM »
25/05  Graig Fawr

Brightened up in the afternoon and fairly breezy so nipped over to Graig Fawr to find the wind not too strong on the hill.  Easy climb to cloudbase albeit only just over 3000' on the hill.  Quite blue behind so took the Swansea route with a view to try and fly to my brother's place in Porthcawl.  A good waftabout above Royal Mail (my place of work) on the way but hit bad sink thereafter.  Landed on the grass strip at Aberafon Seafront - cool!   8-)

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Re: Nick Roberts' Flying Diary 2007
« Reply #14 on: May 27, 2007, 09:39:36 AM »
24/07  Merthyr - Arrived late afternoon to grey skies but nicely soarable conditions with weak thermals.  Sun broke through later on to brighten things up but wind picked up also - good call by Chris D to come here instead of Fan G.  A bit of a gale-hang towards the end but a good session. Good to see Tom G making the most of the flying.   :-)

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Re: Nick Roberts' Flying Diary 2007
« Reply #13 on: May 23, 2007, 22:34:33 PM »
23/07 - Nice evening flight at Fan G. Arrived at takeoff at 17.00. Three gliders flying(Phil C, Maxturner and Steve from Cardiff) and all thermalling well.  Small thermals to cloudbase at 3500'.  A beautiful evening and noticeably warmer than on the coast at Rhossili the previous day.   :-)

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Re: Nick Roberts' Flying Diary 2007
« Reply #12 on: May 22, 2007, 22:33:59 PM »
Rhossili 22/5

Arrived late afternoon to find the wind not too strong.  Very lifty - 1200'+ above the beach.  Quite a few pilots enjoying the flying.    :-)

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Re: Nick Roberts' Flying Diary 2007
« Reply #11 on: May 22, 2007, 22:28:18 PM »
Monday 21/5

Arrived at Heol Senni just as the sky opened up.  Nice thermals in the late afternoon/early evening.  Flew with Jon on his new glider- guess what? yes another Sigma 6!  Flew out into the Senni Valley then south to Fan Nedd then across to Fan G and then over to Fan Hir for the best ridge run this side of Pandy. Landed at Dan yr Ogof.   8-)