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Epic Late Day Solstice Flight With No Thermals

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Had an amazing 33 minute late evening Solstice flight with my Euphoria. Launched at 8:21 to about 170m not expecting a long flight. Cracked a Guinness Tall Boy at 8:22 and then sat back in my camp chair and trimmed for minimum sink to enjoy the celestial start to summer. At the top of the launch there were a few clues that something magical was going on with the air. While absolutely dead calm on the surface, there was a glass smooth West wind up high and I just pointed my nose into it. I down trimmed to just enough to penetrate, and the Euphoria began to climb in camber setting one. Once upwind I felt still better energy, and just weaved a bit cross wind left and right finding more smooth lift which eventually took me up to about 300 meters.

The sun was well behind the mountains now and the ground air was cooling off rapidly, but I could still see the big black silhouette of the Euphoria well enough to try to extend this ridiculous flight as long as possible. At about 30 minutes into the flight, I could feel the conditions change, the upper level breeze got shifty and slackened, and the glider didn't want to turn any more. Finished the last warm swigs of my stout and flew back over my really dark field and in another few minutes had set up for my traditional hand catch. Total flight time of 33 minutes with no thermal turns or even thermals for that matter. I know what was creating the lift, do you? No, it was not a classic 'glass off' late day heat release. 



 

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