Monday, July 08, 2013

Annecy Day 2

Had a fantastic flight yesterday.  Only flew a bit further than Day 1, but I enjoyed every minute of it.  It's really interesting to find lift in the most unexpected places here.  I was low hugging the mountain at one point and not getting anything when I noticed all of the PGs out over the flats, just next to the lake. If I hadn't been desperate, I wouldn't have flown over to them, but it turned out to be the best decision I made all day (probably the only good decision I made all day).  I came into the bottom of a PG gaggle of about 20 pilots and ended up in a 600 up, wingtip to wingtip with an awesome, well behaved, friendly PG.  Not only did he thermal exactly as one would expect (and I mean that in a good way), but he waved and smiled and all.  What a shocker!  We found the better part of the core just off from the rest of the gaggle and went up together as high as I got all day.  I'm starting to nearly feel guilty about all the worrying and whining about the PGs.  At least this one guy was a joy to fly with.

Anyway, we had a 80km task.  Glen said it was the longest 80km he has ever flown.  I wouldn't know....I only flew about 15km ;-).  Glen made goal of course, relatively fast - I think about 10th in.  The Frenchies are dominating this place, as they would.  I think the top three were locals again.

I'm really happy to be here checking out the place and making all of my usual stupid mistakes a year in advance of the real thing.  Two down over the last two days and hopefully not many more left to make.

Today's task was cancelled as the forecast called for thunderstorms in most directions by around 3 or 4. They did arrive eventually, but later than expected. Many free-flew from the beautiful new launch we went to. I hope we get a chance to fly there again.

Kathryn really wanted to get in the air today ;-)

Glen didn't just want to, he DID!


1 comment:

JackieB said...

Awesome! Glad you found great lift and enjoyed flying alongside the PG pilot.