Monday, May 12, 2008

Marina Beach

Kraig flying the Malibu

After waking up at 3:30am and making the 6.5hr drive north to Marina beach for the Festival of Winds,the conditions turned on.
There was not much wind when we arrived but they locals told us to set up and g et ready for when it comes in. There were a few attempts in the floater gliders and once they were able to stay up,it was time to bring out the Litespeed RS.
This competition is a low key out and return ridge race. The last time this comp was run was about 20 years ago so it is great to see it has returned.

The Litespeed Rs waiting for action.

We were allowed to keep our fastest run of 3 flights on a 6 mile out and return for today and tomorrow will be the same except we only get 2 flights and probably a 10-12 mile out and return course.
So far Kraig is the fastest at 8mins 05 secs and Ken Brown 2nd mins 14secs and Me third at 8mins 20 secs.
It was amazing flying our gliders so fast and low over the beach then pulling back up to the ridge and flying away. This was some of the most fun I have ever had flying on the dunes and I am looking forward to tomorrow.

The day was finished off with a nice BBQ at the organisers house Lee Gardner and even a few light beverages thanks to Ben and his bartending skills.