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|Pilot name:||dave edwards|
|Date / Time:||2005-05-30 12:15:00|
|Takeoff:||Llangollen witnessed by Jamie McRae|
|Landing:||Rodneys Pillar SJ283141 witnessed by Jonathan Bielby|
|Distance (Km) / Score:||26.70 / 26.70|
|Max altitude (feet) and Duration:||5120 75 mins|
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|Comments:||Arrived at Llan before 11am to beat the sea breeze, and then sat chatting for half an hour. Quite decent thermals around, while I was looking further out in front of the hill Jon Bielby was doing better just back behind the ridge, I don?t generally like flying too far back over the ridge because when you lose the lift you get nailed in the sink and the wind picks up just to add to your problems. But the wind seemed light, so I went back and was thermaling with Jamie for awhile. Jonathan was back behind the antennas and I was near the bowl as was thermaled back and the lower pilots headed back to the hill and we joined up as we tried to make the best of the now weak lift. With decent height but a long way short of cloud base we went on a glide, which was quite worrying as we where on falling ground with nothing to head for, made worse by the pilots on the hill being at base. Then I stumbled into a blob of lift and called Jon only to think it was nothing as I turned, but with a few more turns we had a good climb to base. Before Oswestry we had a choice of directions one to the left with a nice big crisp cloud and a good sky but the possibility of the sea breeze cutting under it, strait ahead with a lot of spread out and some sun. Or right that didn?t look that good at all. After some consideration I decided on the big cloud and the good sky, only to look back and see Jon gliding off straight, so I turned to join him. Jon found a climb by the quarry past Oswestry. We glided on for miles and arrived just over the top of Rodney?s pillar which as a flying site that takes the same direction as Llan ort to have been soarable, oh no not a breath of wind on the face of it. After a run up and down the face I headed back to land with Jon, We met up with Jamie in the local church hall for cream teas, very civilised|