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Raglan Slope Fest 2016...do we want one?

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Bit too early to get over excited, but the forecast for the weekend is looking pretty good.

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There is often a bit more wind on the ridge than the forecast predicts o/a compression and slermal conditions. Low tide will be late afternoon both days and the exposed black sand generates heat that gets blown up the ridge and gives the lift some extra horsepower.

So all looking good at this stage :-D

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On 19 January 2016 7:14:39 am, ASK18 said:

See light winds predicted, will that mean a sea breeze?

not necessarily, but quite likely if it's hot and sunny. It's usually 2 or 3 kts stronger wind on the slope than the forecast predictions. If we get a sea breeze, it will be about 10-14 kts. which will be good.

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Hey everyone, in case you were not on my text list yesterday which I sent out to those who's number I have: I am hosting a BBQ after Saturday's flying at my place.

 

BBQ at PAUL'S      SATURDAY EVENING from 5 onwards.

 

ADDRESS: 5 ARAWA ST, HAMILTON

BRING YOUR OWN FOOD AND DRINKS

There will be a few beers I will provide, but if you want more, then BYO. My place is only 35 minutes from Raglan and easy to get to. I'm sure you will all have Google maps on your phones.

Jono and Dave: if you guys would rather do something in Rags after the flying since you are staying there, maybe we get together with you guys instead ? Whatever everyone thinks ....... see you on the slope.

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21 hours ago, KiwiKid said:

Bit too early to get over excited, but the forecast for the weekend is looking pretty good.

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There is often a bit more wind on the ridge than the forecast predicts o/a compression and slermal conditions. Low tide will be late afternoon both days and the exposed black sand generates heat that gets blown up the ridge and gives the lift some extra horsepower.

So all looking good at this stage :-D

Yeah Daz you just beat me to the draw! I was going to say I have succumbed to the temptation to look at the weather forecast and it certainly look great at this stage.  Friday looks like a stunner too ! It's going to be sea breezes and not much prevailing. Should be awesome for most gliders. The inland temperatures for Hamilton are hotter than those for Rags at around 27, 28 degrees C and that can't be bad for helping sea breezes although as we know, the SB at Ngaranui can be very localised.

Lets hope nothing changes. We deserve a fantastic weekend, I think.

What a complete PEST that the "Southern Fling" is happening this weekend also. I've had a few guys say they wanted to come to Rags but will be competing at Matamata. If anyone has a gazebo they would like to set up......go for it.  I think we have one somewhere?

 

Do we need a FREQUENCY BOARD? I have one which I will bring but I guess almost all of us will be on 2.4 (except me, on 40 mhz. 40.770). I won't be changing for some time yet either, don't fancy replacing 15 receivers.

Looks like we will be sharing the skies with several Parapenters and likely some Hang Gliders too, so remember, these dudes have total Right of Way at all times, which is not a problem. We simply fly with a "caller" and keep an eye directly overhead as well.

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Hi Paul, yep the frequency board would be handy. I am still running a couple of older JR radios (40 MHz) that just won't die on some models.

Good call on our fellow flyers, they have absolute right of way.

Just a few pointers for visitors:

- As with all RC flying we have to keep our models below 400' AGL. With ridge soaring this means following the contour of the ridge and out over the beach. The ridge top is around 200' above the beach. There may be light plane and glider activity coming from the Raglan airport that is 2.5k away, so keep an eye  out for those fellow flyers - they are able to come down to 500' (above the beach) on their approach to the airport. This airport is uncontrolled and we have obtained permission from the Wiakato District Council, as owner and operator of the airport and as owner of the land, to fly gliders at Wainui Reserve. This is a special dispensation as the WDC bans all other drone activity in its parks and open spaces. Particularly, we don't want any height incidents reported by passing aircraft. The regulations covering our activities were revamped as of 1/8/15 and the CAA are not mucking about in terms of prosecuting transgressors - see pic below.  

- Another aspect of the new regulations is that it is illegal to fly over people without their permission. The CAA have been reasonable about this, recognising that the situation can change while you are flying and it is enough to use your best endeavours not to fly over someone. This happens a lot at Rags so just keep an eye out when landing.

- There is a picnic area at the far end of the carpark that provides a good landing area, but again, if people are picnicing or walking across the area give it a miss. There are farm paddocks all around the car park that provide good landing grounds. If you are flying a foamie you can often land on the edge of the ridge in the long grass.

- The ridge front is very steep and covered in gorse - would pay to pack jeans, gloves and gumboots to help with retrievals. When you are up to your neck in gorse, fitting a lost model alarm suddenly seems like a good idea :-D

- On the right hand edge of the main ridge is a gully that can cause quite severe turbulence and loss of control, so try and avoid getting low and slow in this area. The ground around this area is a jungle and most unpleasant to move through.

This vid gives a pretty good look at the site - look forward to seeing you on the weekend :-D

https://vimeo.com/115836314

 

 

  

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oooh wow, that's pretty definitive.  Good info Daryl.

 

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I'm planning on coming up for the weekend - bringing the family & dog in our old camper.  Only issue is camping - the holiday park doesn't allow pets.  I've looked at bookabach & holidayhouses.co.nz but no joy yet & a couple of other places.  Does anyone local know of a place where we could camp (campground / freedom camping etc) for a night or two?  Otherwise the best i could do is a day trip & we'd have to head south into Taranaki where it's easier to find a place to stay.  We're planning on taking next week off to slowly make our way back down to Wellington.

Cheers,
Nick

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Hi Nick, you guys are very welcome at my place. We are in Hamilton on the Raglan side, 35 mins (bit longer in a camper) from Rags, you are welcome to park outside our place. We are at the end of a very quiet cul 'd sac right on a big park. You can have an extension lead from the house out to your van for power. We are doggy people and you could have come up the drive except that we have a new puppy who has not completed her vaccinations yet, so best not socialise with your dog. I have done this before for an other friend and worked well. Cheers. Paul. ph. 0274 052 961

Check out 5 Arawa st. Hamilton, New Zealand on Google Earth. you can easily see the number 5 on the big gate post from Street view.

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Hi Paul,  thanks so much for your offer.  I just heard back from a place I called last night - Solscape - which is just out of Raglan and we've been able to book in there.  Looking forward to a great weekend regardless of what the wind does.  My mobile is 027 4787494 in case you need it.

Cheers, Nick.

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I am packed and ready. Just waiting on the better half (Leigh) to finish work at 1.30 and I will be heading up . It will be great to catch up  with some of the Waikato mob again. The wellington contingent is making a good appearance with 4 pilots :-D:-D

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Great stuff Jono - look forward to catching up.

Paul and I shot out to Rags thisafternoon just to make sure that the place still works - it does. :-D

Rags was generating great lift initially, but lost a little as the wind direction turned a bit southerly.

Met up with John from Waiheke Is who is down for the weekend and had a good fly of a couple of models.

Looking great for the weekend.  

 

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Jono, great to see such a good bunch coming all the way up from Welly. Goodonyas.

 

Daryl, I suspect the bumpy ride we had today was due to the (almost) southerly prevailing wind. It always amazes me how the Wainui Slope site can exhibit quite a different wind direction to what is happening just a few metres further inland. This is due to what I believe to be a very localised convection/sea breeze system which invariably creates the westerly we need for flying. So my theory as to the bumpy air today is that the two systems interfere with one another, both trying to prevail somewhere overhead and thus create some kind of upper altitude turbulence...........but I could be completely wrong in which case I'm talking a croc load of total crap.

Having said that, the lift was pretty good most of the time, the view was spectacular and the blue sky and hot sun all added up to being another classic Raglan day.

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Nick and Gareth were there this afternoon shame we didn't start the fest today !!!!!

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Rags turned on a passable day for us today with the ridge flyable from about 9:00am with the windspeed fluctuating a bit during the day, but flyable at most times, with just the odd drop-off as thermals passed through. 

We had a good turnout and some nice models were flown. Marce and I flew our Eagles at the same time, which may be a worldwide first :-D

Paul had a great flight with the 5M Petrel and a variety of other models were constantly airborne.

 Between flying my socks off, I managed to snap a few pics which you can browse through here: http://s516.photobucket.com/user/KiwiDaryl/library/Raglan%20Slopfest%202016%20-%20Sat

Here's a few of my favs:

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Just starting to get a little nervous at this point. :-D

This one is just a split second after full body contact which took down both models.

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Paul launching the Granau Baby

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Now we get to do it all again tomorrow :-D

 

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Thanks Daryl, for taking such a superb set of pictures and posting them up for us to relive that awesome day yesterday. It was spectacular from start to finish, although I left the slope a little earlier than most of you. I'm sure we all had our fill of good flying as the wind gradually picked up throughout the day until reaching the very best flying at around 2.50 until about 3.30 pm when it was a good 12-15 kts straight in. The lift then was good and any of the more than 40 models could have been flown.

From some period around 3.45 however it became somewhat inconsistent with short periods of bumpy air and unpredictable lift. A few of the larger models left the air at this time whilst several more robust Fusions and flying wings remained, persevering with the less than satisfactory conditions. I'm unsure what happened after 4.30 as I was heading home by then.

For me, the model of the day was Marcel's Eagle, looking very realistic not only from our point of view but from that of a passing seagull, which must have been sufficiently concerned about this unusual intruder to approach it in the air with definite cries of alarm. But once both Daryl's and Marcel's Eagles were in the air at the same time it became a sight never before seen at Raglan. I found myself imagining we were witnessing something from an Attenborough documentary. 

I would like to express my thanks to all those who came a long distance to attend. It's often a bit of a lottery as to what conditions will await us at these meetings and I'm so glad Rags did not disappoint. And Of course there's always today ! Another glorious weather day awaits; lets hope the winds cooperate again.

The only glitch experienced my me was the launch of my Ceres; at around the time when the wind was turning a bit inconsistent and the lift became sporadic, the Ceres went straight into the gorse in front of me, disconnecting only a flap clevis and leaving me with a few thorns to deal with as I was wearing jandals at the time. Otherwise an incident free day (for me).

Looking forward to more sun, wind and fellowship today.

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The second day of our slope fest was again a great success with the slope being on all day and the wind speed peaking at 12/15kts in the afternoon.

We had a few new faces about today with Mark, Gordon and Rex along for some fun in the sun.

There was hardly a cloud in the sky again and Gordon and Jono started off  with some slightly mismatched combat and friendly banter which took me back about 5 years :-D

 

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Paul had fun practicing his slope racing.

 

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And the combat continued from yesterday.

 

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Another great days flying in the sun and we finally packed up about half past six fried to a crisp, but having had a excellent weekend of flying and camaraderie.

 

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Here's some more pics: http://s516.photobucket.com/user/KiwiDaryl/library/Raglan%20Slopfest%202016%20-%20Sat/Raglan%20Slopefest%202016%20-%20Sun

 

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WOW, what a weekend!  I'm totally stoked that the weather remained beautiful for the entire weekend and that everyone had their fill of flying.

Thanks once again Daryl for another set of great pics and to everyone for coming.

Thanks go to:

Vic, Gareth, Jono, Dave, Nick, Daryl, Len, John, Simon, Marcel, Grant, Rex A, Mark and myself.

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What a weekend?? I guess I will recover from the sunburn over the next couple of weeks but I sure can't complain about the weather.

It was great to be back at my old home slope (as I still think of it) and see so many of the friendly Waikato faces and the same fun banter. 

Apart from one glider left up a tree and one damaged by hitting a fence there were minimal casualties as well

 

thanks for a great slope weekend !!!!!!!

 

Jono 

 

 

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Jeez that was a blast.  What a fantastic site up at Rags, great to experience it there finally and with a great group of people.  Thanks Paul, Daryl & co for organising it, without your motivation this wouldn't have happened.  I personally enjoyed the great mix of people and planes - some good combat sessions and some awesome planes out in the air on display.  I do regret those a few short seconds of impotently trying to gather some speed to take back control as my Bee limped into the pine - optimistically aiming for best case scenario rather than trying to avoid worst case.  A good lesson.  Ironically the same day my wife optimistically tried to park our camper under one of the Pohutakawa's down beside the harbour and left pieces of the roof in it too!!

If any of you are down in Wellington give us a shout - there's often a good breeze and more flying to be had.

 

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So has anyone been out to rags since the slope fest to see if that red hunk of foam is still up the top of the pine tree?

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Possibly not - I will try and get out in the near future and see how it has got on.

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