FlyBC "Site of the Day" - February 7/2016


Manzanillo, Mexico

“Pies . . . para que los quiero, si tengo alas para volar?" - Frida Kahlo

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2-7-16
Should be good flying at El Toro today

Manzanillo MX

Partly cloudy. High around 30C. Winds WSW at 15 to 25 km/h.
210° @ 10
-3.8°C (unstable)

2200 metres
Coaches Corner - we are in Manzanillo for our tours, flying El Toro today. Richard & Jeff are headed home today a little worse for wear but they had good flights everyday!

2-6-16
Should be good flying at El Toro today

Manzanillo MX

Plentiful sunshine. High 30C. Winds W at 15 to 25 km/h.
110° @ 7
-3.1°C (unstable)

3200 metres
El Toro Report - we are in Manzanillo for our tours, flying El Toro today and this place is just getting better everyday.

We arrived a lot earlier today at 1130 am, and we had perfect cycles. We chose Wouter's Launch again as it is less snaggy.

Jeff launched first and got up over the towers.

Sean launched next and flew around to the north side as suggested, and disappeared out of my view.

Richard also got up after scratching around the north side for 15 minutes kicking trees.

From Feb2016
Jeff saw Sean also kicking trees way down low and suggested he fly out to the Pemex LZ we had checked out earlier.

From Feb2016
Jonathan was here with some Montrealers kiting and he picked up Jeff and headed back to Indio's Restaurant on the beach.

I drove down and saw the guys still up high over El Toro!

From Feb2016
I was in the Indio's Restaurant having a coconut drink when the boys were landing on the beach. Perfectly laminar NW winds made for nice spot landings. Richard got 1:00 and Jeff got 1:30, landing with big smiles!

From Feb2016
We ate and then headed to Pelican Bay after picking Colleen up at the condo.

The Suburban was still in the shop getting its second steady bearing this trip, must be the sandy roads here (or just a faulty part). It is a cheap part to replace, just 1000 pesos this time.

From Feb2016
I took everyone to Pelican Bay and after some kiting left Colleen in charge as I had to take the rental Subrban back by 4 pm and then pick up the old one at the shop.

It took about an hour round trip and when I got back Jeff was in the air soaring, Richard & Sean had had a flight and Sean had been dragged through the shale on launch tearing his swim shorts and almost hurting some parts under the swim shorts.

Tip of the Day: Never land on your weiner!

Jeff eventually landed after 2 hours with a nice top-landing on launch!

From Feb2016
Meanwhile, back at Woodside Claudia reported that they got a cold hour of soaring too.

From Feb2016
2-5-16
Should be good flying at El Toro today

Manzanillo MX

Plentiful sunshine. High 31C. Winds SW at 10 to 15 km/h.
210° @ 7
-3.1°C (unstable)

2200 metres
El Toro Report - we are in Manzanillo for our tours, flying El Toro today.

Good launch conditions as Sean G arrived last night and he has not flown for a few months.

We used Wouter's Launch as it is less snaggy and also has less obstacles after yesterday's mayhem at Tapalpa!

From Feb2016
Jeff found the magic elevator above launch and flew for an hour at 1000 metres. He should have some great footage. He is hard to see here as his blue/green Buzz Z4 blends in with the sky, but if you zoom in you might see him.

From Feb2016
Sean G had a great forward launch and got a few bumps on his way to the beach LZ.

From Feb2016
On the way down a recently installed steady bearing failed making the Suburban vibrate pretty hard . . . except in reverse, so I backed out to the highway before I managed to hammer it back into place.

I stopped at VASA Rental Agency and got a 2004 Suburban so I could drop off our Suburban to get it fixed again and we headed to Pelican Bay.

From Feb2016
We arrived to very strong winds on top and Jeff had a few failed attempts despite my ballasting, Richard too. I sent them all down to the beach to kite and it was very productive.

Colleen took the Rapido put for a kiting session on the beach.

From Feb2016
We kited for a few hours and it never subsided on top.

From Feb2016
Nice sunset as we packed up.

From Feb2016


Australia XC Open Report - Alex has been in Manilla for several weeks now and it's generally been a bit on the windy side.

However he was able to launch safely and get away from Mt. Borah today and fly to Burren Junction for 162 km.

It's the XC Open this week and the Kiwi Open next week (he's in both comps) so there's lots of pilots around; not sure if/where everyone else flew - Nicole

From Feb2016
2-4-16
Should be good flying at Tapalpa today

Manzanillo MX

Plentiful sunshine. High 27C. Winds SE at 10 to 15 km/h.
110° @ 7
-3.1°C (unstable)

3200 metres
Tapalpa Report - we are in Manzanillo for our tours, but flying Tapalpa today due to SE winds in the forecasts.

Kylene had a great forward launch into strongish winds, and got some lift but mostly sink requiring an outlanding on the hill side of the big powerlines.

A group from Colorado had many outlandings too as it was sinky in places.

Jeff & Richard had minor crashes due to frontals on launch, remember to load and accelerate your glider to keep a positive angle of attack!

Tom borrowed my Delta 2 and had an awesome first Tapalpa flight getting way above launch for over an hour. First flight for him on an EN-C.

I took Harlee for tandem #2 and we found a nice thermal off the fingers and climbed back above Launch and got an hour before heading out to watch Jeff outland again.

From Feb2016
Nice day for this as we also got to see the volcano erupt many times.

2-3-16
Should be good flying at Colima La Cumbre around noon, and then Pelican Bay with decent SW winds forecast

Manzanillo MX

Plentiful sunshine. High 31C. Winds SW at 10 to 15 km/h.
210° @ 7
-3.1°C (unstable)

2200 metres
Colima Report - we are in Manzanillo for our tours, flying Colima & Pelican Bay today.

We arrived at noon to perfect launch cycles and got Kylene ready for Flight #3.

She had a perfect forward launch and followed Denys out to the LZ, and when she caught a small thermal I had her 360 to the right and she was climbing fast.

Many other gliders launched and headed out to the same area and they were not getting as nice a climb and they were very experienced local pilots!

After about 20 minutes, Kylene lost the thermal (as did the others) and she headed out to the LZ and she had a very nice approach and landing deespite getting "bubbled up" on final.

Jeff, Richard, Tom & Shaun also launched and had decent flights but they too were in the LZ, so I asked them to hop in Jonathan's truck to come back up.

The second try at the thermals was much better for the boys, but it was a bit strong for Kylene for her fourth flight, so she sat this one out.

It was gusting +20 kph on launch and when Shaun launched he was going backwards and up for a bit.

From Feb2016
We drove down to the LZ to watch the progress after Shaun sunk out.

But the others were high on the east ridge but not penetrating well.

From Feb2016
After Jonathan landed at the LZ he radioed that it was getting stronger.

I suggested that the boys should get high over the launch and head North to the highway LZs.

I overheard Jeff saying something about an outlanding but when we got to the cane fields both Jeff and Richard were there.

We doubled back to the gravel pit area and reached Tom on radio. He had tried to thermal rather than fly straight out and got blown into the lee side of La Cumbre and fought rotor all the way to a creekside landing in a tree. His feet were on the ground but the wing took most of the force of landing and had 3 ripped cells.

Tip of the Day: In windy conditions the thermals will be upwind and stronger as you Figure-8 rather than trying to 360 in them which often results in getting dropped out the back of the thermal.

We headded back to Manzanillo and Pelican Bay but it was too light to do anything but kite a bit.

Meanwhile . . . back at Woodside the loggers are working hard on creating a new thermal generator for us.

From Feb2016
2-2-16
Should be good flying at Colima La Cumbre around noon, and then Pelican Bay with decent SW winds forecast

Manzanillo MX

Plentiful sunshine. High 31C. Winds SW at 10 to 15 km/h.
210° @ 7
-3.1°C (unstable)

2200 metres
Colima Report - we are in Manzanillo for our tours, flying Colima today with a truckload of happy pilots.

Kylene got her second solo in early as wind tech for the rest of the group and she had a perfect launch, perfect flight path and a nice landing even if she was a bit close to the trees and fence on final . . . because she could not hear the radio. Looks like she has this flying thing figured out pretty good!

Harlee stayed on top while I drove retrieve and left Richard, Shaun, Tom & Jeff on launch to launch themselves.

It apparently was too early for them to launch as they were all in the LZ when I arrived.

We drove straight back up and the thermals were pumping hard, so the boys got ready and Karlene sat one out.

From Feb2016
Everyone had a good 1.5 hours to 3 hour flights (Jonathan was the longest), and Richard landed in the Piano LZ failing to find the good climbes to the SE that Jeff snagged.

I suggested the others fly to the cane fields north as they were parked over the antennas.

From Feb2016
Jonathan's driver took Richard back to the hotel as we ordered lunch.

Awesome day but it was too late for Pelican Bay and it was light winds near sunset.



Woodside Report - Claudia flew Elk and later came over to Woodside and took this photo of the new clearcuts. Hard to recognize the mountain!

From Feb2016
2-1-16
Should be good flying at La Cumbre in Colima around noon, and then Pelican Bay with decent SW winds forecast

Manzanillo MX

Partly cloudy. High 29C. Winds SW at 10 to 15 km/h.
210° @ 8
-3.1°C (unstable)

2200 metres
Colima Report - we are in Colima today for our tours, flying La Cumbre & Pelican Bay today.

First time up here for everyone in the truck. They were most impressed with the astroturf launch.

From Feb2016
Once of the local lady pilots, Dennys, took off and had a nice smooth sled ride down to the Piano LZ.

We got Kylene ready for her first high flight and she had a brilliant forward launch, nice flight path with some soft thermals and lift, and a perfect Figure-8 approach into the LZ. She had a cheering squad on launch as the Mexicans whistled and cheered as she launched!

Jeff was next up and he had a nice launch too and it looked like he might sink out but he caught the Magic Bubble back above launch.

From Feb2016
Tom was off next and he did well right away, as did Richard.

From Feb2016
Harlee and I drove down to get Kylene, and she was all smiles! The tandem pilots were there too so we offered them a ride back to Colima town as the boys were happily thermalling above La Cumbre Launch.

From Feb2016
When we got back to the LZ everyone was on the ground after about 45 minute of flying as the seabreeze came in and tore up the thermals.

We got everyone loaded and headed back to the coast and Pelican Bay.

Perfect but strong conditions for us mountain flyers, and after some fun kiting on top where Harlee & Kylene were making everyone look bad as they kited the Rapido 13 like pros!

I helped Jeff with some ballast and we got him launched and he climbed out first try on his Buzz Z4.

From Feb2016
I was helping Tom too but he has lost so much weight that it is hard to kite his 31 metre E7 safely here. He smartly packed up and went swimming.

Richard was in the weight range on his Buzz Z4 too, but tired after kiting for 20 minutes so we packed him up too.

Jeff was still in the air overhead at Secret Cove.

Harlee was kiting here in Secret Cove where she got 3 little flights off the dunes before sunset.

Long days but very productive all around.

From Feb2016
1-31-16
Should be good flying at El Toro around noon, and then Pelican Bay with decent SW winds forecast

Manzanillo MX

Partly cloudy. High 29C. Winds W at 15 to 25 km/h.
210° @ 8
-3.1°C (unstable)

2200 metres
El Toro Report - we were in Manzanillo for our tours, flying El Toro & Pelican Bay today on the last day of January (a very busy month).

We headed up El Toro in Stefan's big Ford as the Suburban was making a funny noise in the driveline and the mechanics were off for the long weekend.

Jeff, Tom, Mike and Stefan launched and all went up.

Mike is here for his last flying day before heading home tonight and he was not disappointed, getting to cloudbase and 1400 metres for well over an hour.

Stefan tried his new XC route but it didn't work out, despite being quite high when he left.

I launched the SORA Tandem off the top launch with Harlee and we climbed out well over the towers and had an hour long flight as Colleen & Kylene drove down.

From Jan2016
She quite enjoyed the experience out over the ocean too!

From Jan2016
Landing on the beach with many umbrellas and high tide proved actually quite easy as we floated in to a perfect spot where Jeff was kiting near Indio/s restaurant.

When we packed up and ate some ceviche everyone was ready to try Pelican Bay.

High winds on the top launch are but perfect for kiting on the black dunes at Secret Cove.

Later at Pelican Bay, Kylene & the EONA clicked and she was getting 5 metre hops on the beach landing very nicely. She will fly tomorrow!
From Jan2016
1-30-16
Should be good flying at El Toro around noon, and then Pelican Bay with decent SW winds forecast

Manzanillo MX

Partly cloudy. High 29C. Winds W at 10 to 15 km/h.
210° @ 8
-3.1°C (unstable)

2200 metres
Tour Report - we stayed in Manzanillo, and were flying El Toro & Pelican Bay today.

We arrived on El Toro Launch at 1145 and it was blowing down lightly, and at noon it switched to inflow like magic.

We had hoped to do some kiting in the Futball Field below but there was no wind, so new Tour Guest Tom had to just fly off El Toro (he has not been flying since September). But he got off first try from the Lower Wouter Launch.

From Jan2016
Stefan had launched from the original launch below the road and was climbing on the north Slope as Tom joined him.

Colleen was off next and was thermalling her way out to the Beach LZ. Mike had his first sled-ride here after 6 days of thermalling.

Kylene was not yet ready to fly so we drove down together in Stefan's truck.

After a swim we got in the trucks and headed to Stefan's favourite fish restaurant hidden away from town and had some ceviche tostados.

From Jan2016
It was light NW wind on Santiago Bay but we risked a trip to Pelican Bay to see if it was soarable.

At the top of the ridge it was quite strong and Tom got dragged. After that he went to the beach and kited with Kylene and Colleen to get used to some windy kiting.

From Jan2016
Up on top I ballasted Mike off and he got away and was soaring for about 2 hours while we kited and watched Stefan fly off.

From Jan2016
There was not quite enough wind now to keep Stefan up but Mike was already up higher in a good layer.

From Jan2016
We took Kylene to Secret Cove to the dunes again and she got some hops down to the Beach on the EONA. Almost ready to fly, maybe at Colima later this week.

From Jan2016
Mike was still trying to get down with big ears, but that was not working over Secret Cove.

From Jan2016
Mike finally landed on the beach where we started, and when we got back there it was even windier despite it being sunset.

Another awesome day in Manzanillo!

1-29-16
Should be good flying at El Toro around noon, and then Pelican Bay with decent SW winds forecast

Manzanillo MX

Partly cloudy. High 29C. Winds SSW at 10 to 15 km/h.
200° @ 7
-3.1°C (unstable)

2200 metres
El Toro Report - we are in Manzanillo for our tours, flying El Toro & Pelican Bay today with Kylene & Mike.

Kylene just arrived so it was kiting day for her and we used the futtball field in Naranjo just below El Toro in light south winds.

She has a mean forward launch, and can reverse launch too now.

From Jan2016
After an hour of kiting, the zopilotes were starting to soar El Toro so we headed up so Mike could get a flight.

We arrived to SW winds and Mike got ready and was off and soaring in nice smooth ridge lift.

From Jan2016
We watched for about 30 minutes before driving down to show Kylene the Beach LZ.

Mike was still soaring in +20 kph ridge lift when we got to the Beach and he started heading out.

Slow forward progress but he looked good from our angle.

From Jan2016
He made the beach with enough height to change his landing approach at least twice (unsure of the wind direction I guess).

I think he got another hour of soaring today and probably would have still been up there!

Tip of the Day: Don't turn away from the beach in a 360, always figure 8 your approach to leave a safe margin.

We headed to Pelican Bay for some high wind kiting for Kylene and we were not disappointed in Secret Cove.

It seemed thermic and a bit gusty here, not like laminar sea breeze so Kylene had to work hard but she got off the ground many times!

From Jan2016
By the end of the session the EONA was full of sand and hardly launchable so we cleaned it out for tomorrow's fun.

From Jan2016
1-28-16
Should be good flying at El Toro around noon, and then Pelican Bay with decent SW winds forecast

Manzanillo MX

Partly cloudy. High 29C. Winds S at 15 to 20 km/h.
200° @ 8
-3.1°C (unstable)

2200 metres
El Toro Report - we were in Manzanillo for our tours, flying El Toro & Pelican Bay today.

Despite the WU forecast for NE winds (not flyable), IBIS/NOAA said SE winds so we picked up Stefan at his hotel and headed to El Toro.

We arrived on launch at 1230 pm and we had perfect cycles for the original launch spot just below the road.

Stefan had to be back early so he launched first and cimbed out immediately.

Mike got ready and he had a few snags before he could inflate his Geo4, but he had a very nice launch.

He got some light lift over the rocks and hung in there and the zopilotes joined him and showed him the way above the towers.

From Jan2016
I did some launch cleanup, had a drink, drove to the other easterly antennas to look for a SE launch, came back and Mike was still coring up!

From Jan2016
After two hours, Mike was getting cold and he flew out to the Santiago Bay to land as I drove down.

The winds had picked up on launch from the South, and Mike left well above the antennas, but arrived with only 168 metres over the beach as he had a headwind all the way out.

From Jan2016
He had a nice beach landing with a nice long final approach (remember "no 360s above the LZ").

From Jan2016
We had a nice lunch of ceviche before heading to Pelican Bay to install our new lock on the gate.

We got there in time to meet up with the guard and got the lock on, but there was no wind so I dropped Mike off at the hotel before heading to ZLO to pickup two new students for this weeks adventure tour.

Mike has been logging his flights here on Leonardo. El Toro Flight #5 here.

1-27-16
Should be good flying at El Toro around noon, and then Pelican Bay with decent SW winds forecast

Manzanillo MX

Partly cloudy. High 29C. Winds W at 15 to 25 km/h.
250° @ 8
-3.1°C (unstable)

2200 metres
Pelican Bay Report - we were in Manzanillo for our tours, with a plan to be flying El Toro & Pelican Bay today.

Mike M & I met up early and headed towards El Toro but when we got to Santiago Bay (the LZ), it was already getting windy at 1130 am.

By noon it was clearly going to be too strong for good thermal development, maybe just a ridge soar on the north side of the antennas.

So we headed to Pelican Bay, the ridge soaring site near the Power Plant, to see if the winds were lower there.

We arrived to find the wind on the top of the flat ridge was a bit strong, so I took Mike to Secret Cove a bit further north. We can drive there and the gate was open today, so no hiking required.

Secret Cove has a low dune with just two palm trees in the way, and Mike was testing his new "follow cam" on the dunes.

He got a few bunny hops but no soaring here.

From Jan2016
We moved back to Pelican Bay and down on the beach where Wouter managed to get up and away in December.

Mike got in the air a few times but one has to stay pretty close to the trees to stay aloft on this low beach.

From Jan2016
The white caps subsided so we went back on top and Mike was able to kite nicely and he launched, headed North and was up and gone with few turns.

From Jan2016
I did some tree pruning on launch while I kept track of Mike's progress.

From Jan2016
There were groups of Pelican and Zopilotes joining Mike on the ridge as he ventured further north.

I could see Mike going through thermals and rising and at the highest he got to 400 metres AGL. Not bad for a 20 metre high ridge takeoff!

From Jan2016
The winds started to pick up again and I had Mike do 'big ears" to start descending over the ocean.

From Jan2016
You have to go pretty far out to escape the lift band, but you can always figue-8 back to the beach to land.

From Jan2016
Mike got nervous being on "ears" so long and over the water and he released them prematurely and had to do lots of turns to get down but we had him get the "ears" back in to do the approach into the beach to avoid overshooting.

Mike logged 1:37 minutes and would have still been in the air if I hadn't suggested landing due to the increasing winds.

Mike got some good GoPro shots today from his perch!

From Jan2016


Mike has been logging his flights here on Leonardo. Pelican Bay Flight #1 here.

1-26-16
Should be good flying at La Cumbre around noon, and then Pelican Bay with decent SW winds forecast

Manzanillo MX

Sunny. High 28C. Winds SW at 15 to 25 km/h.
250° @ 12
-3.1°C (unstable)

3200 metres
Colima Report - we were in Colima for our tours, flying La Cumbre & then back to Pelican Bay today.

The forecast said winds to 30 kph from the SW and we left early for Colima arriving on Launch at 12:30 pm, to see the Norwegians getting ready.

We were too polite and were the last two PGers off launch just as it blew out.

Mike got up as he headed out but he was going slow.

From Jan2016
He headed to the normal house thermal but it was blown apart.

I headed to the south ridge because with this much wind it should be working, but it was NW sliding down the ridge just making rotory lift, I hung in for some time as I saw Mike head to the LZ after he found no lift out front.

I was too lazy to risk sinking out way in the back bowl but that is where it would have been creating dynamic ridge lift. One of the Quebecois pilots was last seen high over that ridge, heading towards town.

I worked the crappy lift for awhile but it was not giving me much hope, and others were starting to sink toward the Piano LZ.

I headed out and saw some smoke clocking around on the ground to more NW but the flag in the LZ showed SW.

I just made the field with no turns.

As I was packing up the exact place where I was getting some crappy lift now was causing a CU to form and Jonathan flew into that lift and made it over the back towards the HG futball LZ and beer.

Jonathon's driver came to find us and he picked up Michel & Ben along the way, not a great XC day but we flew!

Mike and I headed back to Manzanillo and arrived to find the winds at Pelican Bay a bit strong and we waited and waited. It never laid down so back to the hotel.

From Jan2016
1-25-16
Should be good flying at El Toro around noon, and then Pelican Bay with decent SW winds forecast

Manzanillo MX

Sunshine and clouds mixed. High near 30C. Winds W at 15 to 25 km/h.
250° @ 10
-3.1°C (unstable)

2200 metres
El Toro Report - we are in Manzanillo for our tours, nd we planned to be flying El Toro & Pelican Bay today.

Unfortunately the plan didn't quite work out as we had so much fun at El Toro, that by the time we got to Pelican Bay it was dark.

We arrived to normal NW winds on launch and somehow we got fixated on launching off the helipad at the north slope.

Jayson got his tandem ready on the slope and I was ready on the actual pad, but the wind was too cross for the pad. After Jason launched his tandem with Liz (a nice launch with only some debris caught in his wing), I moved into place.

The Delta 2s unsheathed lines caught on everything and I must have tried 6 times always getting caught on the rear lines.

Finally I got a nice cycle and with the others holding my wing off the ground I got a nice inflation with no tangles and was off and soaring the north face getting above the towers.

Some thermals and mostly ridge lift.

Jonathan and team cleaned launch while I soared to make sure the others got off.

I played for about 15 minutes and when I started to get lower I bailed to play in any thermals in the Valley.

Nice conditions all the way out but my camera was jammed in a pocket so no photos of the mountain today.

Nice landing on the beach while Jayson & Liz were swimming in the surf.

Jonathon got off next and soared for a bit too on the north face.

But Mike got the flight of the day as he soared and got to 1045 metres (250 metres over launch) and flew for over an hour!

From Jan2016
He decided to fly over Vida del Mar (the hump west of the LZ), and he got there fast and with lots of height.

From Jan2016
When he turned around to fly towards the LZ he was parked so he had to make alternate LZ plans, but he was over the beach the entire time so no problem.

From Jan2016
The others decided not to fly so 4 pilots drove down, despite good conditions at the other launch area but they have never been here before.

We regrouped and headed toward Pelican Bay but the traffic and sunset kept us from flying, and even though there was no wind at the LZ there were soarable conditions at Pelican Bay even after dark.

1-24-16
Should be good flying at Pelican Bay with decent SW winds forecast

Manzanillo MX

Partly cloudy. High 29C. Winds WSW at 15 to 25 km/h.
250° @ 12
-3.0°C (unstable)

2000 metres
Manzanillo Report - we are in Manzanillo for our tours, and we were planning to be flying Pelican Bay today.

But after Breakfast, and a needed oil change we went to the beach because there was no wind despite a strongish forecast.

In a rare sighting, I was seen in the ocean battling the surf. The water here is perfectly warm, you can stay in for hours and not feel any chill at all.

From Jan2016
Mike M arrived on time at 445 pm so we shuttled him back to the hotel after an El Toro LZ briefing.



Woodside Report - Paul said a large group of desperadoes went to Woodside and Al & Peter ruled the skies getting to 'base. And then top-landing to drive down, nice work!



Accident Update :

A few days back, I posted sad news from San Marcos as one of the touring Norwegian paragliders, crashed and died a few days ago as Norm, Bev and gang arrived at launch to see the rescue teams.

After talking to the tour leader Tony, a few witnesses saw the pilots wing with double cravattes (as can happen in a full stall recovery) before they spiralled in and hit head-first into a big tree.

Tip of the Day: If you are out of control and close to terrain . . . use your damn reserve!

A similar accident happened to a 20 year experienced pilot in Colorado last year, one of the many fatalities in the US, that failed to use their reserve.

News Report here

Last year Matt F was here flying his speedwing and suffered a massive collapse and he threw his reserve and walked away with just a few scratches. When in doubt, whip it out!



1-23-16
Should be good flying at Tapalpa with lift to 4000 metres

Manzanillo MX

Sunny. High 27C. Winds light and variable.
060° @ 7
-3.0°C (unstable)

4000 metres
Tapalpa Report - we are in Manzanillo for our tours, and Colleen & I went flying Tapalpa at today.

The numbers on IBIS and XCSkies ooked good to 4000 metres but the actual inversion made it a bit tough at times to climbe out.

We watched Norm and Derek fly off and head north to the Cross and when Colleen launched she went straight up through the inversion up on the plateau and when she decided to top-land it took some time to get down. It would have been a good day to fly to Tapalpa town.

From Jan2016
After she packed up we went to La Ceja for lunch and met Peter B, El Huevo, Beto and all the locals there. Lunch was awesome as usual!

I decided to fly off as the winds were still favourable from La Ceja, and being too cheap to pay the 160 tariff on the main launch, I took of from here.

I got a quick climb over the powerlines and was above the towers but I saw a Mantra 6 come from the plateau low, so I assumed that was not a good place to be and it would be a longer retrieve as we were headed back to Manzanillo later.

Tip of the Day: Never leave lift!

I left this thermal to head out to where Stefan & Suna on my old Gin Fuse were climbing in some flatland thermals.

Big mistake as it was sinky and the thermals not so good as I flew under them, but could not climb as efficiently as they were very lightly loaded, so off to the Piano LZ where I floated around for 15 minutes before landing.

I was packed up and in the shade as Colleen drove in, perfect timing.

Last thing I heard from Derek was that he was at 3100 metres on the other side of the Cuota trying to find Bev who has been a dedicated driver for the team.

Norm apparently was already at San Juan Cosala and home (his new milk run). Good work for an inverted day, you just had to stay above the soup.

Reports from Colima suggested it was good there too, as a large group went XC to Comala, landing somewhere short of goal but a nice long flight to a new LZ.



Woodside Report - Darren and Jason were out at Woodside trying on harnesses and Jason bagged a sleddie.

From Jan2016
Bob was making sure they behaved in the barn.

From Jan2016
1-22-16
Should be good flying at Colima

Manzanillo MX

Sunny. High 32C. Winds SW at 15 km/h.
180° @ 12
-3.0°C (unstable)

2500 metres
Colima Report - we are in Manzanillo for our tours, flying Colima today with Stefan.

We arrived to the shuttle point at 1130 am, but yesterday it did not turn on til 330 pm, so there was no rush today (we could have slept in).

There are a lot of Quebec pilots here escaping winter, for a few weeks at a time.

From Jan2016
I watched a few fly off and the first tandem off with Jayson and his girlfriend made a "piano" flight. Not inspiring.

I saw some folks climb out above launch and I did a few inflations to feel out the air but it felt flat and inverted so I waited.

Stefan took off first and got a nice climb out front of launch, so I followed him and slid right under the thermal and was heading down . . . until I saw the zopilotes climbing out further so I dove in with them and they seemed to enjoy my company as we climbed up above La Cumbre.

Everyone was now above launch but scattered in different places so the thermals were big, but not strong.

From Jan2016
Stefan headed north towards town, and there are some black fields that generate nice lift and we met up over one of the fields and climbed out above launch again as we lost some height heading north.

The thermals did not have a defined track, as they meandered around the sky.

I was keeping the big futball field in glide at all times as I pushed towards Colima town. The Atlas futball field was in play and it seemed sinky as I headed that way.

I pushed back south and rejoined Stefan over the police outpost area.

After an hour of making turns and gaining maybe 5 metres, I flew to the futball field and made an approach and found out the wind was north as I made my turns. Nice field to land in, not too thermic as it is all green grass.

Stefan followed me in and after a post flight beer, we hiked back to the hotel and our cars.

From Jan2016


The Superfinal PWC is still going strong in Valle, Task 5 today.

Valle superfinal 2015 task 5 from Philippe Broers on Vimeo.



Maurice was here in December and made this nice video of flying at Colima, enjoy the experience at La Cumbre.

1-21-16
Should be good flying at Manzanillo today, maybe the Pelican Bay ridge as NW winds set in

Manzanillo MX

Sunny. High 32C. Winds NW at 15 to 25 km/h.
280° @ 12
-3.0°C (unstable)

2500 metres
El Toro Report - we are in Manzanillo for our tours, Stefan joined us for a trip to El Toro.

Colleen launched first just below the road and climbed fast, but when she tried to get onto the widward side of the hill she got sink and was parked. But she made the beach with 2000 feet of altitude, loving her Delta 2.

Stefan launched and higged the ridge in the lee and got around to the north side of the hill and started climbing fast.

I watched for a bit then started driving down as we had no driver or retrieve vehicle.

I heard Stefan say that the winds switched to NE as he climbed through 1800 metres, as IBIS had predicted.

From Jan2016
He got to see the Colima Volcano erupt too from his perch aloft.

From Jan2016
Finally Stefan got to see the value of this site after many years of "dissing it" because of one bad flight with no wind. This year has been on everytime we fly.

Colleen and Stefan had a nice swim in the ocean post flight.



Pelican Bay Report - after dropping Colleen off after her El Toro flight we headed to the ridge site, Pelican Bay.

This site faces NW and is perfect for 20-25 kph winds.

From Jan2016
You can kite from the top launch to the edge and pick a good cycle and launch and veer right toward the cliffs and you get hoovered aloft fast. Watch you don't snag the cactus on the cliffs.

Wouter & Josh were masters at getting high both flying Ozone Swift2 gliders, and pioneered the way to get high. Wouter once launched from the beach below and climbed out too.

Today was perfect, easy to kite in the rotor near the edge, and I walked around the edge of the cliff with the Delta 2 overhead feeling the lift band and walked to the right to be closer to the cliffs and launched and was immediately lofted up.

A few zopilotes to fly with and they shared the ridge nicely.

From Jan2016
I climbed to 188 metres in the ridge lift and there were a few thermals to play in too.

I feel I could fly all the way to the old town and back without sinking out. There are a few beaches to land on if one does sink out.

I got brave and top-landed on top as we had perfect smooth winds and made a few S-turns over the road and came in soft as a feather. Previous flights have all landed on the beach in the smooth laminar breeze.

From Jan2016
Thanks Josh & Wouter for showing us this site works!

1-20-16
Should be good flying at Manzanillo today, maybe the Pelican Bay ridge as NW winds set in

Manzanillo MX

Sunny. High 32C. Winds NW at 15 to 25 km/h.
280° @ 12
-3.0°C (unstable)

2500 metres
Chores Day - we are in Manzanillo for our tours, Yoga for Colleen then on to the ridge site, Pelican Bay. But it was not working today so I visited the body shop to see the progress on the Bronco. It is being repaired and stripped down for painting a bright Yellow.

1-19-16
Should be good flying at Colima today

Manzanillo MX

Sunny. High 30C. Winds W 10-15 kph.
180° @ 5
-3.0°C (unstable)

2500 metres
Colima Report - we are in Manzanillo for our tours, I drove to Colima to meet up with a guy with a wing for sale and decided I should fly too.

Jonathon runs a shuttle from the hotel at 1130 am every flyable day so I hopped in with 6 other pilots and we were on launch by 1230 to wait for some zopilotes climbing out.

I was about the 5th pilot off and I watched Jonathon climb out well out front.

I climbed out sooner from just off launch and the Delta 2 was flying well. I am loving the light SupAir X-Alps harness and light reserve which keeps me mid-weight range on the D2.

From Jan2016
I was following Jonathon & Warenka north and there was a good thermal just north of the river crossing.

I climbed out above Warenka on her tandem and watched her flight path north into Colima as we crossed over 2 good futball fields.

I continued NE and then it became obvious . . . she was headed to the old airport to land. I guess her passenger was getting ill?

From Jan2016
Good flight with smooth climbs but it was a bit inverted.

Odd to land on a decommissioned airstrip covered with Xs. My flight training manual said this means "do not land here" but I guess that doesn't apply to Paragliders?

As I was packing up the Volcano erupted for the third time today.

From Jan2016
Reports on Facebook from Tapalpa with Norm, Derek & Max flying to San Marcos and beyond and getting climbs to 3700 metres!



Another musical legend leaves us too soon.

From Jan2016
1-18-16
Should be good flying at Manzanillo today

Manzanillo MX

Sunny. High 30C. Winds W 10-15 kph.
180° @ 5
-3.0°C (unstable)

2500 metres
Yoga Day - we are in Manzanillo for our tours, taking Colleen to Yoga in Barra north of here. No flying but the locals in Colima said it was an "idiot lift day"!



1-17-16
Should be good flying at Manzanillo today

Manzanillo MX

Sunny. High 30C. Winds SW 10-15 kph.
100° @ 5
-3.0°C (unstable)

2500 metres
No Fly Report - we are in Manzanillo, snorkelling with Colleen as well as late afternoon boogy boarding in the Santiago Surf. It looked inverted and stable here, but the winds were good for El Toro.



Oz Report by Nicole - A rough estimate from Alex's XC Find track today.

From Jan2016


He said it was a really slow day and tough to stay up for the first 3-4 hours, but he managed to fly until 7:30 pm and get about 215 km.

No retrieve lined up so he may be sleeping in his glider and making his way back to Manilla tomorrow ;) - Nicole



First Task of the PWC Superfinal in Valle - After two rain days thye ran Task 1 and it looked like a lot of pilots in goal.

World Cup Superfinal 2015 Valle task 1 from Philippe Broers on Vimeo.

1-16-16
Should be good flying at Tapalpa today

Manzanillo MX

Sunny. High 30C. Winds light & variable.
100° @ 5
-3.0°C (unstable)

2500 metres
Rest Day Report - we are in Manzanillo for our tours, but today drove with Colleen on her rare day off from work to find a Yoga Studio in Barra de Navidad.

Bev, Norm and others were congregating at San Marcos but no reports came in last night.

From yesterday's flight at Tapalpa with Cathy, see the fast climb out . . . but it was not rough.



Kevin A spent a month in Valle de Bravo, and made this video.

1-15-16
we are going flying at Tapalpa today

Manzanillo MX

Sunny. High 28C. Winds light & variable.
100° @ 5
-3.0°C (unstable)

2500 metres
Tapalpa Report - we were in Manzanillo for our tours, flying Tapalpa with Tim & Cathy as we want to show them this nice site before they leave for Barra de Navidad.

This is the first day in a few weeks that the winds were SE in the forecast, so we picked the perfect day to come.

When we were doing the LZ briefing we saw 7 gliders above launch soing quite well and it was not even noon yet.

We raced up the road and arrived to see most of the gliders had either flushed out or top-landed. Norm, Bev, Tobi, Max, Derek & Rainer were here too but not setup yet.

Tim setup his gear and launched from the south most spot as Norm launched from the northmost spot. Tim didn't get a climb til he got past the hump out front, Norm headed more southerly and got above launch there.

Tim flew for about 30 minutes, same as Stefan who flew a tandem, and they both landed down in the Piano LZ.

Once we heard they were coming up in Stefan's truck, Cathy & I got the SORA tandem ready. It was after 1 pm, but conditions were still good with strong cycles at launch. We had a nice controlled launch and within 2-3 minutes we were above launch.

From Jan2016
Derek & Norm had headed north to the Cross, getting low a few times but Derek reported in at 3100 metres over the Cross.

From Jan2016
We headed north on the tandem and watched the others who launched right after us get flushed in the gulleys as we climbed all the way out to the HG LZ where we boated around effortlessly. Tim was now in the Suburban driving down to find us.

From Jan2016
Last report was that Derek & Norm were trying to cross over to the Cuota Hwy in light lift.

Apparently Derek made it back to El Chante (and home) as Norm landed by the Cuota at the foot of Magic Hill.



Paragliding World Cup Super Final 2015 - the World's top comp pilots are here in Mexico competing in the Superfinal. Results for Day One here.

There are a lot of Ozone EnZo2 gliders here competing including Russ Ogden in third place, but I don't think anyone made goal as the top pilots only got 750 points.

1-14-16
we are trying out the new NW dunes in Manzanillo

Manzanillo MX

Mostly cloudy skies this morning followed by thunderstorms during the afternoon. High 24C. Winds SSW at 10 to 15 km/h. Chance of rain 80%.
200° @ 8
-3.0°C (unstable)

2000 metres
Manzanillo Report - we are in Manzanillo for our tours, doing a reconn trip of a new NW facing sand dune with Tim & Cathy.

We found the road in was recently graded by D8 Cat and in great shape even after the huge rains yesterday.

Tim got his wing out and was kiting nicely but there was not quite enough wind to soar the dunes.

We headed back out and drove past the Pelican Bay soaring site and the winds there were too strong!



The World's best PG pilots are in Valle de Bravo Mexico for the Superfinal PWC Race, but they were denied a task today because of thunderstorms.

World Cup Superfinal Valle thursday cancelled from Philippe Broers on Vimeo.



We are sending out best wishes to Russ, Luc & Honorin from Team Ozone as they race in Mexico.

1-13-16
we are NOT going flying at Colima today

Manzanillo MX

Mostly cloudy skies this morning followed by thunderstorms during the afternoon. High 24C. Winds SSW at 10 to 15 km/h. Chance of rain 80%.
200° @ 8
-3.0°C (unstable)

2000 metres
Rain Report - we were NOT flying La Cumbre in Colima with Tim & Cathy as thunderstorms are forecast and it was raining heavily as of 5 am.

But by 2 pm the rain was gone, and the sun came out and dried everything out quickly.

We had already made other plans so we did not try to fly El Toro, but I am curious how the road up will be after the big rains?

1-12-16
we are going exploring today as it is cloudy

Manzanillo MX

Cloudy. High 28C. Winds S at 10 to 15 km/h.
200° @ 8
-3.0°C (unstable)

2000 metres
Tour Report - we are in Manzanillo for our tours, but today we took the day off to explore the southern beaches of Cuyutlan & El Paraiso as it was cloudy.

1-11-16
we are going flying at Colima today

Manzanillo MX

Sunshine and clouds mixed. High 30C. Winds S at 10 to 15 km/h.
240° @ 8
-3.0°C (unstable)

2000 metres
Colima Report - we were flying La Cumbre in Colima with Delvin, Tim & Cathy.

Good launch conditions when we arrived at noon and some of the local pilots were already in the air climbing out.

From Jan2016
Delvin launched first and worked the south ridge until he got really high and followed the thermals north towards Colima town, eventually landing at the soccer field near the Police Checkpoint,

Cathy launched next and got not a beep on her way to the LZ, as Tim found nothing but lift.

Cathy had an unorthodox approach into the LZ as she got confused as to the wind direction resulting in a fast landing.

Tim eventually got down to the LZ as there was lift everywhere.

1-10-16
we are going flying at El Toro today

Manzanillo MX

Sunshine and clouds mixed. High 30C. Winds S at 10 to 15 km/h.
240° @ 8
-3.0°C (unstable)

2000 metres
El Toro Report - we were in Manzanillo today for our tour, flying El Toro with Colleen, Tim & Cathy.

We arrived on launch at noon and we had perfect SW cycles and Colleen launched off the original launch near the road.

From Jan2016
She climbed out nicely and after getting above the towers she headed out to the Lagoon as Cathy launched from Wouter's Launch.

Cathy climbed out fast, and got way above the towers and as this was her first flight here she headed out with lots of height arriving at the Beach at Launch height.

Tim flew off next and also climbed high as I drove down in the mighty Bronco.

From Jan2016
They all landed nicely on the sandy beach with some nice NW wind.

From Jan2016
After a beer, we headed to Pelican Bay to try to soar but the winds were pretty light so Cathy & Tim kited for a bit.

From Jan2016
Colleen and I went for Italian Food on the Playa Azul and she caught a nice Power Plant Thermal in her hands.

From Jan2016
1-9-16
we are going flying at La Cumbre in Colima today

Manzanillo MX

Sunshine and clouds mixed. High 27C. Winds S at 10 to 15 km/h.
240° @ 8
-3.0°C (unstable)

2000 metres
Colima La Cumbre Report - we were flying Colima today with Jim, Delvin, Colleen, Tim & Cathy. Harry stayed in the hotel and had a day off preparing for his long trip home.

We arrived at noon on La Cumbre to find NE winds, but the locals were setting up expecting to have SW winds by 1 pm.

We waited and waited and waited, but there was lots of time for briefings. Tim & Cathy just arrived so they were thirsty for knowledge.

One of the local pilots flew off on a Delta 2 and climbed out under the cloud. He even tried a few top-landing approaches before heading north.

From Jan2016
Two of the local female pilots took off and they are very skilled in light lift, and they got high. As they climbed out the Delta 2 came back to join them.

Cathy was first off with our group and she had a perfect forward launch and sis some soaring out front before waiting too long to head out and outlanded close to the newly cleaned LZ.

Jonathon had arranged for a local crew to clean out the wasachi weeds (thorn bushes) but ran out of funds, so I donated another 1000 pesos to finish the field and the walkway out.

Tim launched next and caught a nice thermal and worked it well as Colleen launched and joined him & Delvin in the same lift.

From Jan2016
Jim launched and I drove down to retrieve Cathy & the group.

Delvin was just landing as I arrived at the water tower where the walkway comes out at the road.

We decided to head back up as it looked calm enough.

When we arrived the cycles were strong and inconsistent and I set up my Delta 2 and kited a bit to test the winds.

When I got a good cycle, I was lifted off and hoovered up. All the good lift was centered in the launch bowl, but I was supposed to be testing the wind strength so I headed south to the soaring ridge and was parked, maybe going 5 kph.

Even with this much wind it was not really soarable, just a bit of lift on the windward side of the ridge. I reported back that it might not be so good on the slower gliders, so they drove down to get me.

I landed in the new clean LZ and it was a vertical landing with gusty thermals and the cows never stopped eating to greet me.

From Jan2016
One of the local ninos, Daniel, helped me pack up and hiked out my kit to the road.

From Jan2016


Domagoj Juretic - Dom suffered a massive heart attack on December 28, 2015 and was in hospital surrounded by family wen he passed away on Januray 9, 2016.

Dom had been the President of the HPAC from 2008 til now and was a great leader and spent endless hours as an-unpaid volunteer for all of us.

Dom recently organized a Senior Instructor Conference in November helping to formulate a new Instructor Curriculum Program and we are in the process of making those changes thanks to his leadership.

Dom will be missed! RIP Domagoj!

From Jan2016
1-8-16
we are going flying at El Toro today

Manzanillo MX

Sunny. High around 30C. Winds WNW at 10 to 25 km/h.
240° @ 8
-3.0°C (unstable)

2000 metres
El Toro Report - we were staying locally in Manzanillo for our tours, flying El Toro with Jim, Delvin, Harry & Josh.

Darren & Sharon are heading home today after 12 days of touring, we are gonna miss them.

Strong wind forecast kept us here as it looked like Colima would blow out early.

We arrived to large CUs popping off, and NW winds.

From Jan2016
We checked out the North Launch but instead went down to Wouter's new launch by the fence.

I stayed at the original SW launch to check wind as Harry got ready to fly.

He had a decent launch and climbed out in the NW flow and was heading to the big cloud when he flew straing North and lost the lift. Apparently his speedbar brummel hook came undone and it took some time to fix and he was headed out to the beach.

From Jan2016
After he flew it got too strong and weird to be safe to launch and the lift looked sporadic so we drove down.

First iffy day here, but it got windy in Valle & Jocotepec too.

We met up with new guests Tim & Cathy and we headed to the NW Pelican Bay site to kite but when we arrived at 6 pm, it was blown out stronger than ever with a stormy sea with some whales breeching out front.

From Jan2016
1-7-16
we are going flying at El Toro today

Manzanillo MX

Sunny. High around 30C. Winds SW at 10 to 15 km/h.
240° @ 8
-3.0°C (unstable)

2000 metres
El Toro Report - we were flying El Toro with Jim, Delvin, Harry & Josh today.

We arrived to light South cycles (a first), but after Harry launched and climbed out to the south, it went to the normal NW flow for the rest of the gang.

From Jan2016
Harry climbed out under cloudbase and was in the air for over an hour exploring the area out to the laoons.

From Jan2016
Delvin launched next and also climbed out right in front of the big antennas and on to cloudbase too.

From Jan2016
Josh launched when it lulled and headed to the NW a bit too close to the hill and sunk out in the venturi before heading to the Beach. I thought he looked a bit low to try to make it so I suggested the Golf Course instead.

Jim launched last and flew straight out towards the Beach arriving there higher than launch?? I drove down after picking up 4 bags of garbage from the North Launch and under a few trees (f*cking hikers!)

After some food and refreshments at the Yellow Bar on the Beach, we headed to Pelican Bay (Josh's favourite spot now), and Josh launched and sunk out once almost catching the lift band. The second time he hoovered up and away for over an hour of soaring while Jim got one short ride to the Beach.

From Jan2016


San Marcos Report - Bev reported in with tales of an unnamed German pilot in the trees at launch, while Derek, Norm & Rainer are going XC everyday. Bev was seen trying to have a mid-air with Derek at one point!

1-6-16
we are going flying at El Toro today

Manzanillo MX

Sunny. High around 30C. Winds SW at 10 to 15 km/h.
240° @ 8
-3.0°C (unstable)

2000 metres
El Toro Report - we are in Manzanillo for our tours, flying El Toro with Delvin, Harry & Josh. Darren was taking a beach day with Sharon and Jim is still on the mend but almost ready to fly soon.

We arrived on top at 1230 pm, to find good NW cycles on the new launch and Delvin went off first getting high over the antennas for his first flight here.

From Jan2016
After 15 minutes of soaring he headed out to the beach LZ as this was his first flight here and he wanted to make sure he could make it out with enough height, and he got to the beach with 2000 extra feet.

Josh was off next and he was intimidated by the smaller launch area but had a great launch and climbed out immediately and headed to the NW side of El Toro and climbed there under a cloud.

Harry launched next and went straight up near launch and headed over to join Josh by the top of El Toro. They played there together getting some cloudsuck as I started to drive down.

From Jan2016
I saw Harry just below the cloud and when I shot this picture he had disappeared into the cloud at 4000 feet.

From Jan2016
When I got down to the beach the guys were packing up and ordering beers to rehydrate.

After we dropped off Darren & Sharon at their hotel we went to Pelican Bay, the NW facing ridge and I ballasted Josh off and he had on short sledder to the beach, followed by an awesome soaring session with some vultures.

1-5-16
we are going flying at Colima La Cumbre

Manzanillo MX

Sunny. High around 30C. Winds SW at 10 to 15 km/h.
240° @ 8
-3.0°C (unstable)

2000 metres
Colima Report - we were flying Colima with Darren, Delvin, Harry, Josh today.

A pattern is emerging: Launch at noon with the locals and get high, then sink out til around 2 pm when it is stronger and the HGers & braver PGers launch and stay up.

From Jan2016
Today was a struggle but I looked at some Valle de Bravo tracklogs today and it looked similar there.

This is the first day Darren didn't go XC . . . he said it was a "shitty flight", more on that later as he landed in Piscila by the road.

Everyone flew except Jim N who is still nursing a sore butt after his first flight down here and a dodgy landing (no turns once committed to final).

We then went to El Toro to see how it was as the Manzanillo Airport was reporting South Winds at 15 kph.

We arrived on top at 5 m to strong NW winds and Harry flew his Swift 4 off and soared out to the Beach LZ and high tides. We are going back to El Toro tomorrow for another try earlier in the day.

From Jan2016




Colima Tracklogs - Colima has a few folks logging flights on Colima Leonardo.

Some nice flights!

1-4-16
we are going flying at Colima La Cumbre

Manzanillo MX

Sunny. High around 30C. Winds SW at 10 to 15 km/h.
240° @ 8
-3.0°C (unstable)

2000 metres
Colima Report - we are in Manzanillo for our tours, flying Colima with Darren, Delvin, Harry, Josh & Dennis.

We had a mixed forecast with high clouds and a threat of thnderstorms so the lift should be good.

We arrived just as the local PGers were taking off and they had a good climb out on the south ridge but if fizzled and they were soon on the ground.

Delvin took off first followed by Harry and they climbed high. Darren and Josh waited and it started to drizzle on us. The raindrops evaporated as soon as they hit the ground but the guys stayed in the air for about an hour before they got shaded out.

I drove down to get them and the locals headed home . . . a bit too early.

We got back on top around 2:30 pm, and all our guys launched and climbed out. Josh disappeared behind the ridge but stayed in the air for an hour with many low saves. Darrend headed north and landed on the other side of the river.

From Jan2016
Delvin & Harry soared ever so high and eventually landed in the regular LZ out front for an easy retrieve.

From Jan2016
Darren's SPOT gave me the right coordinates, but my iPhone was not updating my location properly so it took some time to locate him with intuition.

Nice day despite the occasional drizzle.

From Jan2016
1-3-16
we are going flying at Colima La Cumbre

Manzanillo MX

Sunny. High around 30C. Winds SW at 10 to 15 km/h.
240° @ 8
-3.0°C (unstable)

2000 metres
Colima Report - we are in Manzanillo for our tours, flying Colima with Darren & Joshua (new guest).

From Jan2016
Darren has been going XC every flight here and today the goal was to fly over the Bimbo Bread Plant (he works for Grupo Bimbo in Canada).

Darren and Joshua were in the air together with about 10 other PGers and they were scattered all over the place when I lost sight of Darren.

Joshua had a great first flight here logging about an hour landing below.

I got a spot message from Darren which located him at the same field as yesterday whith a followup text that he was walking to the Plant.

Apparently his Spot was not talking to the server yet as it gave the same coordinates as the last landing zone.

Tip of the Day: Make sure your SPOT is talking to the serve (green light flashing) before hitting the OK button.

We drove to the Plant twice before finging out he was inside the Plant where the radio did not work.

1-2-16
we are going flying at Colima La Cumbre for Deniis, Maurice & Bev's last tour day

Manzanillo MX

Sunny. High around 30C. Winds SW at 10 to 15 km/h.
240° @ 8
-3.0°C (unstable)

2000 metres
Colima Report - we are flying Colima with Bev, Maurice, Darren & Dennis. It is Bev, Maurice & Dennis' last day after 8 days of good flying, so we wanted it to be special.

We had good launch conditions and about 15 other paragliders were already up high when we arrived. Some were pushing upwind almost out of sight trying for some triangles.

From Jan2016
One by one our folks launched and we got to see an un-named Quebecer almost crash as he flubbed a launch and go away without hitting the trees!

Not to be outdone, Jim N who just arrived today did the same thing and he too almost hit the trees before flying out and thermalling out to the LZ.

It took a long time to locate everyone as I got wrong directions from Dennis, but I located Maurice & Bev fast.

Jim was clearly confused as to his location and he walked the wrong way away from town. To make things worse, he had a sore back as he piled in while making a turn to final.

Tip of the Day: Make a long straight final for at least 30 metres in hot dry Mexico. No turns close to the the ground as the density altitude is high and you will lose lift at a critial time.

After getting a checkout at a walk-in clinic he was sent home for three rest days with some meds. Not a good way to start a flying trip.

I drove home and picked up Colleen, Aaron & Christy for dinner and then we headed to GDL airport as they were flying back to Vancouver at 6 am. we stopped in Ajijic at 1 am to go to Andreas' Mescaleria for some drinks and dropped them off at the airport at 3 am.

The drive back to Manzanillo was damned cold as we have no heater in the Suburban and it was very cold outside (we are now acclimatized to beach weather).

1-1-16
we are going flying at Colima La Cumbre

Manzanillo MX

Sunny. High around 30C. Winds SW at 10 to 15 km/h.
240° @ 8
-3.0°C (unstable)

2000 metres
Colima Report - we were in Manzanillo for our tours, flying Colima today with Bev, Maurice, Darren & Dennis.

We arrived to good conditions and everyone logged at least an hour with Dennis getting 2.5 hours while I searched for the outlanders.

Darren went XC to the hotel and managed to get in to the pool there for a swim.

12-31-15
we are going flying at El Toro

Manzanillo MX

Partly cloudy. High around 30C. Winds SW at 10 to 15 km/h.
240° @ 8
-3.0°C (unstable)

2000 metres
El Toro Report - we are in Manzanillo for our tours, flying El Toro today with Bev, Maurice, Darren & Dennis as the winds in Colima looked too north.

From Dec2015
The Bronco is back from the mechanic after a new master brake cylinder was installed after Colleen had the brakes fail a few days ago, crashing into another truck. No one hurt except the trucks.

From Dec2015
The mechanic also pulled all the sheet metal out so the doors and hood would close, so we took it up El Toro.

We arrived to see someone up high on a red paraglider, and the rest of the Colima pilots we met yesterday were set up on Wouter's Launch.

From Dec2015
Light NW winds and they tried many times to get off, and one ended up in the spindly trees below launch.

We set up in the other spot that faces more SW and when the sun came out we got decent cycles.

Darren launched on my Delta 2 and had a bouyant sled ride out to the beach, where he found high tides and umbrellas everywhere so he chose an alternate LZ.

Maurice was up next and he failed to get enough airspeed to clear the bushes below launch and he got stuck in them. No injuries or wing damage. We drove down after extracting him for lunch on the beach and some surf action, where Maurice got slammed into the bottom and he got cut up a bit, PG is much safer!

Colleen, Aaron & Christy joined me at a gala new years party and after midnight (yes I stayed awake), we got a nice fireworks display for 30 minutes. The Mexicans know how to party!





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