Today a 49km task was called with Goal in the city of Arumino with 2 previous waypoints. Conditions were tricky with low cloud base. As I write over 50 pilots are expected to be in goal. A very bad day for me, throwing away the possibility of a good task finish by making a mistake going to the second waypoint. I thought that the waypoint was near the second lake on the ridge, whereas it was on the right on the valley below our main flying ridge. With a not very good height I hesitated several times to go with the others, given the scarce landing options and in the ned decided to go to land given I was now on my own. An amateurish mistake and I gave away the possibility of a goal and since it was and elapsed time task, also the chance of a nice result. Today I realised that I need to study the map in detail and carefully before each task and also that if you hesitate and not follow the gaggle (and I was with the main one after the first waypoint) you´re going nowhere. Now I have to change my glider (put my beloved Trango 3 into retirement) and put a lot more flying hours under my belt this season (I have not really flown a lot so far in 2010 compared to other years). A real shame today (but with only myself to blame). The scenery was also today stunning.. Bring on the Spanish Nationals soon…
We finally managed to get a valid task in and with a stunning scenery..the majestic Mount Fuji..a 63.9km task with multiple clock starts. We left Hakuba at 4.30 in the morning and arrive in the flying area at around 9 am. The take off was very small (2 wings maximum) so a ranking order was established. The first pilots who took off rode to base quite easily, with the passing of time the wind increased and the broken thermals made it difficult to get established high on the ridge. I took off very late and was difficult, with the drifting, to get high, when I finally managed I was already in one of the last gaggles. Conditions were turbulent and rough at times, there were news on the radio of some reserve throwing and pilots in the trees. I was also flying rather slow today as I did not want to scratch low on the heavy forested ridge and since I was late anyway, I just wanted to make sure to get to goal. I was going to tag the penultimate waypoint when ,at 2pm the cloud base suddenly lowered to 1100mt, and a huge cloud cover arrived shutting down all thermal activity. Disappointing result for me race-wise but at least we got to fly! I enjoyed it very much, the scenery was awesome.
Today it is very cloudy and windy so the 5th task was also cancelled. The organization decided to try for a task tomorrow at Mount Fuji, a good 4 hours drive from Hakuba where the weather forecast is promising. We have to leave at 4.30 in the morning!! The weather gods have not been kind to us, a real shame also for the wonderful Japanese organization who everyday entertained us and looked after us in spite of the really bad weather..
Todavia no hemos volado una manga, hoy hay mucho viento y nubes bajas. La organizacion ha decidido intentar disputar una manga manana cerca del monte Fuji donde la prevision meteo es algo mejor. Son 4 horas de viaje desde Hakuba y tenemos que salir a las 4.30 de la manana! Estamos teniendo una mala suerte increible con la meteo, una verdadera lastima ya que la organizacion y la gente aqui en Hakuba estan haciendo todo para que nos los pasemos en grande no obstante el tiempo malo.
Still no tasks flown, well the weather is so dreadful that I haven´t even had the chance to take my glider out of the bag. Yesterday we went up to take off but during the briefing the wind started to blow with hurricane force from the back of the mountain. then it started raining again all day, evening and night….this morning, Wednesday, the task was again cancelled at 9.30 am since it was raining and has not stopped since. The organization took us to the Nagano area again, tis time to see some Snow Monkeys having a hot spring bath. we are getting really desperate to fly…this is unbelievable and depressing at the same time..we are actually risking not flying at all in this PWC…
Rain, rain and more rain. Some real bad weather and low pressure is upon us. Today the task was cancelled and we went to Nagano to see a very old Buddist temple and for some sightseeing and sushi.
Tomorrow it looks like the weather could give us a small window to fly…the ground is unbelievably wet after two days of heavy rain so even if the sun comes out the thermals will be weak with plenty of cumulus.
After a very well organized opening ceremony and great food buffet yesterday we woke up this morning to some very bad weather with plenty of rain coming down. The forecast for the next days is also not very good, so please send some positive energy through so we can maybe hope for an improvement! Yesterday after a 5 hours bus ride from Tokyo I arrived in Hakuba-Happo and after having registered I went up the mountain for a quick flight. It was already late and most of the pilots had finished already with their training day (some went 20km down the ridge and back with a cloudbase of nearly 3000mt), but nevertheless I enjoyed very much the last few thermals and the breathtaking scenery of the Northern Japan Alps. The flying area looks really good for a competition, although the landing options are scarce (lots of rice fields and power lines). 18 nationalities are represented, with Japan, France and Korea having the highest number of pilots. R10s and Boom 7s are the wings most represented. Let´s hope the weather improves so we can fly a task soon.
PWC JAPAN Hakuba Happo del 22 al 29 de Mayo – Mi primera PWC, tengo mucha ilusion aunque la prevision no parece ser de las mejores – Japon es un pais increible, Tokyio una ciudad maravillosa, es como acer un viaje de 20 anos en el futuro.
PWC JAPAN Hakuba-Happo from 22nd to 29th May. My very first PWC and I am very looking forward to it altough the weather forecast is not great for the moment. We´ll see. Finally I got to see Japan, a beautifully striking country. Tokyo is an awesome place, like being catapulted 20 years into the future.
News and pics here – Stay tuned.