09/07/2017 Merthyr Tydfil
Viv and me arrived on the hilltop at 10:30 joining Aaron, Anna, Rhun and Rob Szarlat on time for the BCC briefing. The skies were overcast so there was no urgency to hurl ourselves off the hillside and with plenty of chatter, a relaxed atmosphere ensued.
At around midday, a few light thermic cycles breezed up from the southwest putting some life into our hitherto limp windsock. A few launched and despite the still overcast sky flew out optimistically on a Peter Lake style " death or glory" glide towards some seagulls that appeared to be rising a little but were not really circling. Three gliders agonisingly succumbed to the deck but Ali Andrews from SEW showed it was possible to climb out and set off towards Abergavenny.
Thereafter, the skies brightened a little and pilots climbed away in small groups or solos by gaining some initial height and flying out into the valley to connect with a fairly regular supply of lift - Merthyr doing its magic!
Cloudbase was still a bit low but up and away, I found the going straightforward for a while, meandering along under a nice active cloud line. Further on however, large amounts of cloud cover made things a bit more tricky but I managed to keep going, maintaining enough height to arrive over Abergavenny and search out a climb over the town.........but on this occasion - no joy. I ended up on the deck at the foot of the Skirrid a little after 14:00. A tricky day to get far perhaps but for sure, nothing is guaranteed in paragliding!
Anyway, our team scored quite well for the day and the tracks from all teams showed quite a variation in departure times and direction flown. On the one hand, Ali Andrews(SEW)went early and furthest to Ross on Wye but later on, Chris D(not flying in the team) made a landing near Ross on Wye too. Inbetween, a cluster of pilots from various teams rendezvoued at the Bridge Inn, Abergavenny for some much needed refreshment
Given the weather forecast, a better than expected day out
And many thanks to Aaron and Anna for the retrieve journey back to Merthyr!