THE NAV OPEN NEXT YEAR IN ST JEAN - JUNE 24 - 29 (Lovely place to fly!) This comp is a slightly higher level but still good fun! Reg opens Boxing Day........
The Naviter Open. Take your flying to the next level! The GIN Wide Open became so popular, it spawned another event. Welcome to the Naviter Open! This is the second Naviter event and we expect it to be even better than the first. Pilots love the fun and friendly atmosphere, the in-depth daily briefings and the easy access to some of the best pilots in the world. You will find this to be the perfect springboard into competition flying, or maybe you will see it as the ideal environment in which to improve your XC skills. Or simply enjoy flying in an international friendly setting where the flying and social experience counts for much more than the results. Registration?
The Naviter Open is so popular that for every pilot that we accept we turn several away. We therefore urge you to register quickly once we open registration so as to ensure you do not miss out. The Naviter Open is a competition in its own right, but will share many philosophies with the GIN Wide Open.
The venue for 2018 is St Jean, France. Registration will open on December 26th 2017 at 11:00 CET (10:00 UK time, 11:00 Central Europe) ... See MoreSee Less
St Agnes 3rd dec 2017. Watching the forecast it was fairly sure to be ok for the day so why not. Turned up and Cloud 9 were setting up so i followed. Not at all Breezy but showed good lift with good weak thermals for added height. Tim Jones now arriving and rigging.Managed a 1000ft amsl and just above cloud base at times and as Tim launched the plan was set and see where we get to. Tim Jones joined me at a 1000ft and the arms started to wave, ok lets go, Lets go to lands end. 71kmh down wind beat over Chapel Porth over the gap and don't look back, Tim Jones now only 30 meters to my right but leading the way. :), Straight onto Porthtowan and across we went, By now we lost 200ft , not bad :) . and now into lift. Topping up on some good lift was worthwhile as we can enjoy the new scenery as we go. Cruising speed now mostly 40 to 50kmh at trim. Portreath ahead, ooo the Cove is huge on its own and thats before the gap! nevertheless straight as as were over 800ft. The push across was fairly straight forward and once across we came into super bits of lift with some bad lumps of turbulence too. Wow now onto North Cliffs, Well super lift and was really good place to be. Some amazing views along here, Really is. The jump across Godrevy next and thats if we jump, Well Tim Jones takes the lead again and were off, Massive turbulence in the middle and looking North its hard to appreciate where the lumps of Rotor came from but the higher cliffs change the rotor's behaviour in bigger and different ways, Caution!!. I just just knew to stay in front of the Godrevy ridge as the downdraft will pull us down maybe we were still close to the downdraft airflow. Its a long bit of mainland to cross so height loss. Keep flying and don't look back
Coming over Gwithian beach i was searching for Tim Jones and then see him on approach to land, i unzipped/ trimmers off i set up to join.
No regrets, but a few good pointers for the next flights.
Finally a massive thanks to Graham for the pre advice, Mark A. Smith for relighting the candle for the ridge runs, and of course my wing man Tim Jones