Well what a day at tunk today!
I thought it might be one early – so I got started early and left home at about 9 I got to tunk at about 10:15 ish to find it WSW. I waited and enjoyed the sunshine while the posse turned up, but i wasnt the fitrst one there as wayne and his cohorts had beaten me to it.
for the next hour or two there was a lot of standing around – we all realized it was probably going to straighten up and that it would be better at blowhole but no one could remember the way to get there.
we also considered the bluff, but with such a big posse the bluff would have been a logistical nightmare, so we waited.
jonno showed us how its done and set up first. he had to endure a few gusts, but eventually he was geared up and launched and flying with eagles.
I got geared up and then launched knowing it was probably going to be a sleddie – and i was right – crappy launch too – I dont think I’ve ever flown tunk when it was so WSW. the wind was so off there was no lift and I had to turn to the south and out of what lift there might have been just to get some height.
Second launch was much better,
i dont know why , but i was the only one to move around to the SW and launch directly into the bowl. it was a lot better.
After getting a feel for it in the air, I wandered over to the bowl to the west over the powerline. I was pushing into wind and I made it with a little bit of height to spare and I think the advantage of having a better glide and ability to go upwind with a bit of speedbar became obvious because someone on an ozone wing tried to follow and bombed out.
( BTW – there’s so many new faces and new wings I have no idea who is who in the air anymore – how embarassing! – I used to know everyone’s wing at a glance! )
coming back I scraped over the powerline – ( i think I gave Wayne a fright! coz i was a bit close)
got back to the front and topped up with height. i tried a few very mild wingovers and realized that this wing rewards precision flying ( and might punish sloppy flying ) – I decided not to push my luck today with big wingovers.
I saw that adam and simon were heading down to tunk head. so I took after them. jumping the gap to the left of lauch was easy and as you would exepect going downwind to the nob was fairly easy with almost no loss of height. I met simona nd Adam coming back there and decided I’d turn and follow them.
It was obvious the difference in wings right there. – Adam in his DHV 2/3 peak was just effortlessly pushing back into wind, not losing height , and just left us for dead.
Simon, was low and scratching forward – but he earns the scratch and sniff award for today – it was amazing that he managed to scrape back all the way back to launch. !!!! amazing!
My new wing was halfway in between. I didnt have to scratch but I had to be careful with how much speedbar I used – too much and I was down with simon.
I made it back and after a boating about I went for a secong trip down to the nob.
This trip was harder! – the wind had gone more west and i was forced to scratch just like simon did !
Later on steve told me he was behind me scratching as well. I must admit that although I remember following a red wing down there I forgot all about it when I started concentrating on scratching back.
Steve apparently bombed out where I managed to scrape around the front of the hill with the house next to it and got back.
on the slope to the left of launch Adam was there and we did some side by side glides – and found that my glider is trimmed to fly a little faster than the peak. and they seemed to glide around about the same. but as soon as we apply speedbar Adam ” leaves me in his dust “.
to get back in front of launch I tried out full speedbar – which should give me a forward airspeed of around 52-55kmh – i wanted to see how fragile the leading edge was at that speed and how much sink I will get.
as is typical of a lot of this type of wing 1/2 speedbar is quite good and efficient – full speedbar is almost as terrible as a DHV 1/2 .
I lost hieght punching forward ( the wind was picking up ) and just as I got to the fog tree I got strange rotory air – the strange air that Helen warned us about when its so WSW caught me! – the wind instead of flowing up over the tunk launch was flowing along in front of it, and when I went ot scratch up the front I flew in to rotory air.
luckily It wasnt bad and I just went and landed in the paddock.
So, the wing is what I was looking for. – I wanted a wing like my old sport 2 – but with lighter brakes and better turn, shorter brake travel, and good launching characteristics.
I was also wanting to break with tradition. although i am happy with the passive safety of DHV 1/2 wings, I wanted better handling and shorter break travel. I wanted to see if a mild DHV 2 would give me a boost ing handling and performance without sacrificing too much in passive safety.
So far it’s looking good, but I have yet to fly it in thermic conditions.
They say that the Airwave Cobra is the wing you should get if you are looking for an update to the Sport 1’s handling and performance. – and I would agree with that.
but getting back to the day, – I think it was a challenging day today, flying tunk when its on with a consistent southerly is great but sometimes too easy – today a lot could be learnt from dealing with the conditions.
I saw a few blown launches and one drag, and you can now see that skilling up in higher wing launches is something you need for coastal flying ! 🙂
anyway I’m still in a buzz about my new wing.