Saturday, March 30, 2013

Forbes in Autumn

The worlds ended over two months ago and I'm just now getting around to posting something.  It has seriously taken me this long to recover from that marathon of a hang gliding competition.  Anyone who has been to Forbes knows what it is like: briefing at 9:30, straight to the tow paddock for setup, launch around 1 or 1:30, fly for 4-6 hours, spend the evening getting retrieved and back to Forbes by 9 or 10pm on a good day.

In addition to the grueling daily schedule, my attitude, in light of my terrible performance, didn't give me much fun stuff to talk about by the end.  Well I guess a few months of reflection has improved my attitude (although now, I'm told, the my problem is a mid-life crisis ;-).  But, as I tend to do, looking back now I'm only remembering all the good stuff - and there was plenty of it.

What a difference 2 months makes though!  After 12 days of flying in sometimes insane conditions at the worlds in January, it's been fantastic to come back and fly under much more relaxed circumstances.  Easter weekend here is like another world.  Instead of 45 degree heat, 20mph wind and 10,000 ft cloudbase, we're all in long sleeves flying light winds, topping out at 4500 ft and then landing back in the green, green tow paddock.  I'm loving it!!

 His and hers RX's ;-)

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Damien looking for a new home

Damien, my beloved Litesport, is looking for a new home.  This has been an incredible glider for me and will be terribly missed.  It's a Litesport 4 with carbon outboards and a brand new (white/blue/grey) sail with zero hours on it (literally zero - it hasn't yet been test flown).  The frame is in excellent condition and with the new sail, it's virtually a brand new glider.  Currently, it's in Australia (NSW), but it can be brought to Florida in about 4 weeks or to Europe in mid-June.  $6000 OBO.  Just email me if you have any questions.