Yesterday morning at Bulwer after a cold front came through. This morning we have 100% cloud cover and zero wind. It looks like the cloud will break up.
A fabulous time was had by all with a lot of strong wind, and also Northerly wind and excellent flying. We had visitors and students from the Cape, Gauteng, Newcastle and England. Students logged good flights with top landings, big ears, d-risers, accuracy landings. On Saturday afternoon we had a good explanation and demonstration of the Parachute Landing Fall with beautiful crepuscular rays behind the mountain.
Yesterday was a spectacularparagliding day at Bulwer. Some guys got high in convergence. 6m/s averages were recorded. Pete Relleen made 2050m above take off. Marc Aldridge got to 3300 meters above take off! Many students had great flying.
It's a beautiful morning in Bulwer. 50mm of rain fell over three days. The wind is light NE this morning with a few puffy clouds hanging around the peaks.
A cold front moved in yesterday evening with thunderstorms. We've had 14mm of rain so far. The weather forecast for the weekend looks a bit dismal for paragliding with a lot of clouds on Saturday and still very cold. Sunday could be ok. It is likely that the wind will be North after the front has passed by.
Monday was a hot day with a West wind blowing. On Monday evening someone set fire to the grass at the bottom of the 600. It raced up to behind the peaks as we were watching, and we thought the whole mountain would burn for sure. On Tuesday morning at 05h00 the fire was slowly creeping down from the peaks towards take off. Around 06h00 mist moved in for the whole of Tuesday so we had no idea what the status of the fire was. On Wednesday morning the mist had cleared and we had a tri-colour mountain. On Wednesday the wind was strong North in the morning and it swung to a strongish East in the afternoon. On Thursday the wind was West all day and today another weather system moved in bringing 100 percent cloud cover and a strong ESE wind. It looks flyable, if chilly, for the weekend.
It was a really good weekend for paragliding at Bulwer. On Saturday the wind was quite strong East at times. Hans did some tandem flights but unfortunately student Mark Hendy was grounded. There were cumulus clouds dotted across the sky with lots of lift under each cloud. Sunday was epic with great climbs and quite a few pilots including Brett Powell and Jo Chanani had good cross country flights. We had a great music concert on the lawn at Wild Sky on Sunday. On Monday the wind was Westerly. Brett waited on the mountain to fly as the wind direction tried to go East but eventually gave up. Today a cold front has pulled in bringing with it much needed rain.
It looks like Bulwer will be flyable both days this weekend, with quite a lot of cloud around on Saturday. Its fairly chilly here today with a strong East wind blowing.
Bulwer has seen some great paragliding weather lately. Last weekend student Brad logged 16 flights! Hans had great tandem flights on Sunday. The air is very smoky despite a massive thunderstorm that swept through yesterday evening. We got 25mm of rain, finally some decent precipitation! This week every day has been flyable at Bulwer except on Monday there was a strong Westerly in the morning.
It was a great afternoon with student Brad logging nine flights and Dylan Fairfield logging tandem flights with Gerald Zondi as passenger. Josh landed in Himeville he got 700m above the peaks.