Annecy Trip - Day 4
Three flights each, Jason gets to gloat
Irwyn drove us to a launch site that works earlier in the morning than Col de la Forclaz (Entreverne). The access to the launch area is via a well hidden tree covered path.
Irwyn gave us a few tips before we launched.
It was a pretty small launch site.
Jason went off first and was struggling to stay up for a while. He disappeared out of sight. Andy and I thought he'd gone down, but we soon spotted him way above us. Our wind dummy had confirmed it was flyable. Any went off without incident. My launch was not so good, as a thermal gust picked me off my feet. I took off backwards and was swinging around a bit, quite entertaining for the local French pilots who were arriving as I launched.
After not really gaining too much height we all headed off for the Doussard landing field ready to catch the 1 o'clock 'navette' to the top of Col de la Forclaz launch. We just made it in time for the second flight of the day. Jason and I flew across to the Lanfonnet. I went on to Les Dents and tried to push on toMont Barret, but I did not have enough height to make it. I headed back to Planfait to top up on some height and have another go. I still did not make it and ended up landing out, shortly followed by Jason. We had a beer and a chat to Chris White, Scary Mary et al who happened to be at the cafe, then we waited for Andy to come and fetch us in the car.
A nice shot of the lake, taken by Andy
Jason at the Planfait cafe.
Once back at the Doussard landing field we caught another 'navette' for the last flight of the day. We met Tom from Dagenham who actually recognised me as 'Mark who makes the videos'. He confessed that he was now an avid ColdPlay fan and had now bought two albums!
Jason posing for snaps in a thermal
Jason outclimbing me again.
Counting the calories! After a great day of flying we head off to a local restaurant for a slap up meal.