Finally some flying - two and a half hours at Saleve
Today the weather finally let up a bit. We headed off for Saleve in the hope that it might be flyable. On the way we stopped by Planfait to see what it looked like. It was looking ok, but we decided by a vote of two to one to try Saleve (I voted against).
We managed to find our way to a launch area, but it was not quite into wind so we headed off on a little trek.
When we arrived the mat was pretty empty.
Jason got his prayer mat out and Andy did another spectacular Hare Krishna impersonation.
Looking northeast along the ridge - take off in the distance.
Saleve is an acro hotspot.
After two and a half hours of magnificent 'boating' interspersed with some filming I was forced to land. A big black cloud had formed over Saleve and my forward speed was virtually zero.
A glide ratio of 2:1 put me down just short of the bottom landing field, accompanied by two other pilots who hugged as soon as they were on the ground! I was reduced to a 1:1 when I came off speedbar and was straight on the C lines to avoid getting dragged.
Hugging pilots visible in the background!
The Norwegians returned from Italy. They are here for another week except Arild who was back off to Switzerland tonight.