torek, 24. marec 2009

Second in goal but yet 3rd

We had a second race this weekend for a national league. We gattered together on Lijak at the ramp because Lijak starting place was covered with paragliders. This sunday we had a day of our free flight organisation .
We set up a task of 80 km from Nova Gorica to Nanos and back. I was behind many pilots arriving to Nanos, the most further point from our start. It was very turbulent I had many problems with climbing over the ridge but I somehow made it. On the last jump over the valley to the last ridge there where 4 pilots waiting to get the height for crossing. We managed to get over so the race started again for me. On last 2 km I took the lead very low. Maybe I somehow sleept on the way and flew to slow or I was maybe watching for my height as I was almost to low to reach the goal. Franc Peternel came from behind and got in front of me just some 100 m before the goal. Aaah experiences.... Quite a lot to learn. Anyway on third place came Peter Kejzar but trough the scoring got in front of me as he was leading the race more than any of us. So the new glider is flying superb, I will still need to adjust my self to it but it shouldnt be a big problem. Bassano here we come!

My new glider, Combat L 08

torek, 17. marec 2009

The new start shows its possibilities

The sky looked great yesterday so I finished the job as soon as possible and went up to the new start above Volce viliage. When I was assembling the glider one bird showed that the conditions at the start are good. I ran down the hill and got straight up to 2100 m. Thank god I had a camera with me on the keel. Snow, lots of snow in the mountains which I reached over the valley. The flight was easy to the border with Italy, afterwards I got in to strong North wind with lots of turbulence. Yes, that is about spring pilots who don`t fly in winter time, but we will get used to it very soon :) Kobala will be soon reachable so I am looking forward to finally fly from our main launch above Tolmin. Enjoy the pictures.

nedelja, 08. marec 2009

First race this year

On Saturday we had a first race for a national league. We set up a short 52 km task from start Lijak near Nova Gorica. The guys who stayed up went realy high and 3 of them managed the task in all. On the last part pilots got in strong wind and many of them landed short of goal. I was inpatient and raced too low until I finally got to the landing finishing in the middle of the task.. I need to make it slower..

ponedeljek, 02. marec 2009

Now we can say the word SPRING

This Saturday I flew again but now with my Combat L for the first time this year. We went with 3 of my students to Kovk starting place 50 km south from my home town. There were at least 20 hang glider pilots on the top, that was a view to remember. Primoz, Regina and their friends came also from Germany to escape the high snow in Germany and Austria. It was nice to see all those friends again. The wind was quite strong and the visibility was very low but still it was a good day to fly. I felt much more confortable in the air since I changed the cluch in the harness so I was able to adjust the position in the air and enjoy the thermals with out too much strengt. I flew for 1.5 h, I could make it much longer but my chikens (students) were waiting on the top to make their first flight from this mountain. They made a 45minute ridge soaring flight so we were on our way back home with full smile on our faces. Next Saturday the first league comp is coming so we will be again on Kovk, hope with taskable day.