Hang gliding 2017
Hang glider: Wills Wing 145 U-2
Harness: Aeros Myth 2
Camera: GoPro Hero 3+ Silver Edition
A handful of hang gliders took advantage of classic post-frontal conditions at Ringstead on the coast of Dorset, England, in mid May. I watched from the hill as Steve W, in a high performance rigid wing, curved round an isolated orographic cloud, turned round, and dived through it.
Veteran pilot Wayne B set my camera straight after the struggle from the rigging area (in partial shelter of some bushes) to the launch slope knocked it out of whack, resulting in much better pictures.
The air was perfectly smooth over the cliffs and sea, but the wind was westerly and strong.
I crossed behind Steve (another Steve) flying a Wills Wing T2, as he threw it around upwind of my track, but well below my height. As we know, an aircraft’s wake travels downwards, so I relaxed and enjoyed the show. Whoomph! My wing lurched to one side and dived, then righted itself. Yes, his wake traveled downwards in air that was rising upwards. Duh!
For variety, this is a wooden sailing ship that visited the bay the previous day.
Landing in the west wind was the usual roller coaster.