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It was a proper thrill to finally get to fly from my local sites, High Cliff and Dizzard last week. (Oct 2016)
I've been wanting to fly here ever since I moved into the area almost 3 years ago now but I didn't feel confident enough back then as they are slightly trickier sites and conditions never seemed right.... until last week that is : )
Mark Nicol from Devon came over with his glider and he helped me to launch off the edge at Dizzard - a 45deg incline over a gorsey cliff.
After a lovely smooth take off, I climbed up gently in the ridge lift to 500ft above take off and cruised over to Millook to check out the massive cliffs with their dramatic layered undulation. Well, they certainly seem impressive when your standing below them , down on the beach, but from up here they actually looked a tiny bit pathetic but still it was a total joy to be flying over one of my favoruite little beaches in the world and I played in a few thermals circling round and round and up to 1300ft above sea level before heading back along the cliffs back past Dizzard and over the pretty landscape North of Crackington Haven. Mark flew up along side me and we carefully got closer until we were gliding along wing tip to wing tip.
Hanging about over the giant cliff North of Crackington Haven I caught another thermal and felt I had enough height to jump the gap across Crackington Haven beach to the cliffs on the other side of Cambeak so with no mucking about I pulled on full VG and gently made my way into wind and across my local beach. The tide was way out so I knew that if I wasn't going to make it at least I could safely land on the sand and call it a day but I manged to clear Cambeak by about 150ft and up I went again in the ridge lift.
Flying over the strangles was something else! When your this low the scenery gets expoentially more spectacular and it was a real buzz whizzing alongside the gigantic cliffs with all their massive cracks and half fallen boulders.
High Cliff lay ahead of me and seemed HUGE from this lower altitude. Lower down than these higher cliff tops at this point it was a lot of fun working my way up the cliffs hugging the ridge lift but being careful not to get in too close to the rocks.
High above high cliff I thought I'd see if I can get over to Boscastle. The cliffs here are much smaller and have no bottom beach landing so I had to keep a keen eye on my height and be ready to land in the nearest suitable field. There are plenty of nice big flat fields along this stretch of coast so I felt confident to continue on. Before I could say "Oh my God, I'm over Boscastle!" I was circling over the town and its interesting little harbour and off on my way towards Tintagel.
The wind was a perfect 20ish mph so plenty of lift was to be found all the way with sea thermals popping up all over the place. With heaps of height and feeling safe I pushed out over the headland of Tintagel Castle and returned a wave down to a family.
At this point I think I was getting a bit excited and forgot to keep up with my extra keen eye on the wind direction. I assumed it was blowing straight onto the cliffs above Trebarwith Strand beach but the cliffs here face 40 degrees more west than at Dizzard and so the wind was actually blowing alongside these cliffs offering no lift. I also stupidly got downwind of a headland jutting out and experienced the turbulance it was generating and the down wash pushed me down to an uncomfortable altitude. Zip undone and braced to land I checked my options - Nice big beach below, plenty of flat fields above, but a very tempting cliff to keep soaring which surely must be producing lift!
One extra beat too many and I decided to top land in the fields. Decision made too late I was far too low to safely approach and turn around into wind for a gentle landing.
I should have gone down to the beach but laziness prevailed and not wanting a harsh carry up I thought "Ahh I can make the field" but I did not have enough height to turn safely and I braced for a downwind landing. "Oh dear is that a stone wall?!"
Massive flare to slow the wing and down I came about 2 foot short of the wall, amazingly gently actually, miraculously with no damage to self or glider. The only thing that happened was the wing tip hit the top of the wall and the camera was ejected, tumbling into the bushes. Took me ages to find it!
What a fantastic hour and a half flight! Definitely my most memorable so far. The cliff-scape and scenery was just mind blowing and so much more enjoyable because I knew what I was looking down at - all the way recognising all these different places.
Definitely looking forward to doing it again - I will try to get to Port Isaac next time and will put into practise all the things I've learned - ALWAYS know the wind direction relative to the cliffs! ALWAYS decide to land early and ALWAYS opt for the beach if needs must! ... See MoreSee Less
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