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 Post subject: Great Torrey Flying Day - April 3rd, 2014
PostPosted: Mon Apr 14, 2014 3:09 am 
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We had a great flying day at Torrey on April 3rd. I flew for about 2 hours. Here are a few pictures:

This was taken just after launch (shows the "North Face")
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Heading South (near the Gliderport)
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The southern "Rhino Horn" (on the far right)
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Because the wind was slightly north, and because the paraglider traffic was pretty thick around the gliderport, I decided to spend most of my 2 hours down south at Horizons which faces slightly more north than the rest of the cliff (and wasn't too crowded).

Looking North from "Horizons"
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As time went on, the wind began to dwindle, and I hoped it would pick up again to get me back on top. When Butch (a legendary HG pilot) showed up, I began to worry about sinking out while sharing the ridge, so I headed north toward the Gliderport. Unfortunately, my Falcon wasn't the right glider for the job, and I ended up on the beach along with several other paragliders who had also "sunk out".
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After folding up, I faced a long hike up the cliff:    :shock:
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That's when Butch headed north as well, and I got these shots of him on his way to a great top landing.   :clap: :clap: :clap:
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I could console myself that it was his sleek topless glider that made the difference, but the truth is that he's a much better pilot than me!!   ;)

Overall, it was a great day, and I got some exercise as well ... and my friend John hiked down to help me carry my glider back up. Thanks John!! :thumbup:

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