03 July 2007

Hanggliding at Jämi

This weekend went to Jämi to help out with a round of the Finnish Hanggliding League, organized by my club Jämin Riippuliitäjät. used the opportunity to refresh my own hanggliding skills a bit with 3 flights in the calm air on Friday evening, and 2 more in the lightly thermic Sunday morning. Nice to be flying like a bird again!
The competition did not enjoy the best possible weather; Saturday over-developed quickly and even with start windows opening and closing and changing runways it was impossible to tow all pilots up. The task was to fly out for 12 km (in any direction) and back and then again out and back to goal at the airfield. Only Antti Numelin managed to get away.
On Sunday conditions were better, and soon the sky was filled with hanggliders. Thermals were weak though and the cloudbase very low so several pilots droppped out and flew back to the airfield to try again. In the afternoon we got some impressive showers and a thunderstorm nearby, but some pilots managed to get away right before those. In the end 2 pilots had flewn out and back (once) and shared the 1st place: Jari and Heikki, several others flew out and partly back.

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