Jeff Curtis Flies
On The East Coast
Story by Jeff Curtis
Saturday, October 11, 2013
Flying my Wills Wing Sport 2 135 I
launched at 7:03:08, landed at 17:06:50 for a grand total of 10:03:42. I
made 2 trips to Highland Light, three crossing of Newcomb Hollow, 5
trips to Nauset Light, and 3 crossing of the gap south of Nauset light.
From end to end I covered 15.1 miles and in total traveled 200 miles. I
tried a round trip speed run from launch, lighthouse to lighthouse and
back to launch which took about 1:08,
setting up to cross the 2 big gaps to the north took a lot of time.
My maximum elevation was 479'. Windspeed in the air was about 20mph all
day, I had to push out to min sink to keep from advancing over the
ocean. I self launched with only a wuffo watching. At one point I
counted 23 vehicles in the parking lot with glider racks and I know some
of the vehicles brought more than one glider. There were vehicles coming
and going all day. I heard some pilots chose not to fly because it was
strong on launch. There were sea thermals that did cause some gusting,
they formed wispy clouds in streets that scurried low across the sky in
the morning. Up high the air was smooth with only minor surges in the
lift. Close to the terrain, flying fast there were some larger lumps and
I had been first off and my original plan was to land at sunset but
while the morning high tide was an hour before sunrise the afternoon
high tide was 5 minutes after sunset and 1 foot higher. As the tide came
in it started running up on the beach so I decided to land shortly after
I was the last pilot in the air.
It was a fun day and I learned a few things as a result.