High Hopes in the French Alps

Annecy Re-Visited

my feet in pod, heading for the golf course for, turnaround landing approach

We had a low airtime pilot, wanting to work on his landings in Annecy,  so the arrangement was to go to Annecy and meet up there.

Shane, just launched

The forecast was looking ok, and eventhough it would be good here it would also be ok there. It was an almost cloudless sky, with the added componant of a visible inversion but flyable. Dennis flew with Shane on the first flight and I had a second flight, just a ‘pleasant enjoy the view’ bit of ridge soaring… I enjoyed what I did, but am looking forward to getting a smaller glider now, as I am certainly feeling the difference in handling and am now back to carrying ballast, which I’m non too keen about. Anyway, my glider should be despatched soon.. fingers crossed. I would really like to get familiar with it before the competitions start. It looks like there might actually be a possibity of us getting a couple of places in at the British Open in St Jean Monclar.. but still nothing confirmed as yet, we’ll know nearer the time.

It turned out to be a good day, and pre-frontal by the looks of things. Cloud base was high when it eventually appeared, along with some high white out slabs being blown over Les Dents de Lanfon towards Montmin. There were gliders climbing out easily enough up to the ‘Teeth’ over the lake, but quite late in the day. The wind did pick up a bit later, but it was certainly a good distance day, for both valleys.

July 5, 2011 - Posted by | Flying, Tuition

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