Paul from Slope Soaring Sussex was on a flying, (pardon the pun) visit to S Wales and joined me at the Bwlch for an hours flying on the Wrecker on Saturday before rain stopped play.
Now, whenever Paul visits the area, or threatens to visit, the wind all of a sudden decides to do a disappearing act, and this weekend was no different. There was barely enough slope lift to keep even a Libelle in the air, but thankfully the odd thermal came our way to keep us in the air and entertained.
Here is some video Paul took of our flying.
About A470 Soaring
This is the blog for a few guys who spend their time flying radio controlled gliders, or slope soarer's, from the many and varied slopes around SE Wales.
This usually begins at the northern end of Cardiff, driving north up the A470 up to the Heads of the Valley's and the southern fringe of the Brecon Beacons. But the A470 road continues its windy way all the way to N Wales.
There are many slopes available for most wind directions, the most famous being the area between Nant-y-Moel and Treorchi known as The Bwlch, which has some of the best slopes and flying in Europe with many F3F competitions being held there each year and visited by many fliers from Europe and around the world. At 1500 feet (450m) above sea level, there is usually more wind than not, and certainly more than at sea level.
If you require any further information, are new to slope soaring or are visiting the area, please contact Steve at firstname.lastname@example.org . I look forward to hearing from you.
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