Posted by: 13rob | September 21, 2016

Sep 20 – Glorious day in N Wales

Unfortunately the thermals were rather autumnal and difficult to find so not quite so glorious for gliding.  Even so a couple of gliders managed flights in excess of 2 hours and Ryan did a cross country to Anglesey and back. The visibility was excellent and the scenery spectacular, so for most it was worthwhile flying.


View in the rear view mirror of CA, one of the Mynd Duo’s on tow with Cardigan Bay and the Lleyn peninsular as a backdrop.


The sunny scene looking North with Llanbedr airfield on the left


Posted by: 13rob | September 20, 2016

Sep 19 – Quiet day


The local area was largely cloud covered, as the picture shows. There were a few weak thermals and the viz was great. Though with little wind, it was not so interesting from a gliding point of view.

However, a flight in the afternoon with Richard Lancaster in LGC, uncovered some areas of convergence, each giving smooth lift with up to 3kts at times, all were located along the coastline or just offshore.

Posted by: 13rob | September 19, 2016

Sep 18 – Local ridge flying?

The forecast promised a good wind for the local ridge, in the event the wind remained firmly stuck in the SW and cloud determined to cover the tops of the local mountains. After launching a few gliders, “YM” made it’s way back to Dunstable.


From YM at 5000′ over Wales routing back to Dunstable


Posted by: 13rob | September 19, 2016

Sep 17 -Nice day but only weak thermals


A beautiful warm day in North Wales and the prospect of some decent thermals in the light NW wind. In the event the thermals weakened off as the axis the ridge settled over us. Most enjoyed the stunning views for an hour or so on the last day of week 2.


How the sky looked over the Harlech ridge


Posted by: 13rob | September 17, 2016

Sep 16 – Wave through the cumulus

We were expecting a largely thermal day with cloud bases off the mountains. In the end we had wave running through the cumulus notably near the Harlech ridge and in the Mawddach valley. Some gliders managed to make contact and were rewarded with climbs to a max of 10,000′ Below the cloud the Cadair Idris was facing the wind and the North face was giving strong ridge lift enhanced by thermals.


Running Eastbound on the Cadair ridge in 13


Shortly after leaving the Cadair ridge we were back in the wave and above cloud just South of Barmouth.


Here in wave behind Snowdon at 8000′ but not many clues as to it’s existence


Posted by: 13rob | September 16, 2016

More wave pics


Portmadog estuary looking NW, Snowdon top right


Afternoon wave behind Snowdon looking South


Running the front of the wave from 13


4M soaring wave taken by Clem in HCV


Looking down on the Rhyd Ddu track on the West side of Snowdon

Posted by: 13rob | September 15, 2016

Sep 15 – Coastal Cloud

Today, with little wind, Llanbedr was mainly subject to coastal cloud hanging low on the local mountains. It would be weak at best so most chose not to fly. Ideal for other forms of flying and Andy May and Dane Dickinson flew their paramotors.




Posted by: 13rob | September 15, 2016

Sep 14 – Perfect Wave Day

With an ESE wind forecast and clear skies, the likelihood of excellent wave close to Llanbedr from dawn today, almost all the party agreed to a hangar unpack at 7:30. The first tow with LGC going off at 07:55. The wave was almost overhead and all 15 of the early risers were airborne and in the wave by 10am. Remarkable.


Clem in HCV, took this stunning photo of the wave bar behind Snowdon.


This from the cockpit of “Mike Fox”

Here’s one view of the day from Guest Blogger: Graham Nixon

It all started on Tuesday morning as I was taking my first sips of coffee. From right field, stealthily aproaching was Dan Chilcot. Bugger I thought, what have I done wrong now? He ushered me to a quiet corner. We are first off in the Duo tomorrow be at the airfield by 7.30 for an 8 o’ clock launch. Great I thought (but I bet the forecast changes). Robin later, in the briefing, confirmed a forecast a good local wave profile.

Wednesday duly arrived and the weather was as forecast (I must have moved into the parallel world I thought). We launched at 0756 precisely. The views at that time in the morning were spectacular,with mist on the mountains,the sun glistening on the water. Amazing.

We first explored the potential of wave off of the Barmouth ridge a connected with an average two knots. After climbing to 6000 ft, Dan thought it was reaching its end so we moved over the Barmouth estuary to The Cader Idris. Despite the steep intimidating landscape this proved disappointing, only working weakly in small bars from two small bowls behind. We explored the local landscapes around Cader with little success but Word came through from Martin Smith and Phil Warner, in the K 21, advised that Barmouth wave was still working. We moved our way back to that area and from 3500 feet and started to climb. This started a passage of continued wave climb going via Harlech to Snowdon where we topped out at 12,000. The wave was strong here, with 5kts plus. The views across to Anglesey were again amazing.

This was my first UK experience of wave and I learnt lots in this flight. Whenever you get a combination of a young but more experienced person combined with older less experienced you tend to get those moments when the older thinks he knows best. So it proved with some differences of opinion as to which way to turn. To be fair Dan let me try my way most times, and most times his way was correct!

Having landed I then jumped in my own glider and experienced wave solo. A wonderful experience. A big thanks to Roger, my syndicate partner who got my glider ready whilst I was enjoying myself in the Duo. He in turn had a 6 hours plus flight with Mark Burton getting to 12500 and exploring North Wales. An experience he thoroughly enjoyed.

Many people had a wonderful day getting to 12000+, and visiting Snowdon, Anglesey and the Menai Straight. The wily fox who released at 2500, got down to 1600 but still managed to visit Aberystwyth! There maybe some gold height claims too. It was definitely a Grand Day out..


Posted by: 13rob | September 15, 2016

Sep 13 – Rain and showers today


With no prospect on any meaningful flying and a high prospect of getting wet we abandoned the day at briefing. Some took to trains, in this case the Talyllyn Steam Railway.



Posted by: 13rob | September 12, 2016

Sep 12 – No flying but a hangar repack


Wouldn’t it be nice to have one of these at Dunstable?

Wave filled the sky here this morning, but also loads of general cloud from the nearby front and it wasn’t long before the waves disappeared above a grey overcast. A leisurely briefing was followed by a hangar repack with a few gliders leaving and a few joining.

After lunch a few of us went to Black Rock beach, to speculate on a possible outlanding there. Safe enough if there weren’t too many people or cars on the beach and the tide wasn’t coming in..

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