Posted by: cokenias | May 18, 2011

How Do I Get Down?

Mussel Rock, Pacifica, 2pm. WNW @ 14mph

Walker launch. Tide rising. Good ground control and launch, got up easily headed north towards cliffs. Climbed to 1100 feet (record), experimented with tight 360s (not quite a spiral) 2 or 3 revolutions. Used outside brake to control bank angle, noted ‘telephone cord’ ground track. Nice exit without extra energy. After a while, I was alone on the cliffs, so I went South to join the others. Wind picked up and got a little choppy, I decided to land. Approach was zig zag in front of Tomcat/Lemmings ridge, I’d get to about 200 feet agl, come inland for base leg and get lifted again. Repeated this several times, experimented going a little further inland on base leg, as expected no good (wind picks up dramatically due to venturi), quickly returned to the pattern I was repeating. After many passes, pulled in ears on final and held them in all the way down. Picturesque landing at the Saddle, kited to a nice spot to pack up.

Errors:

  • Did not announce launch.
  • Did not clear all turns.
  • Might have pulled brakes during big ears.

1:30 Mussel Rock (Walker), reverse launch.

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