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« on: April 26, 2007, 11:16:43 AM »
Looks like the wind is going to come from the east again this weekend  :roll: . We are going to have to find a good east slope some day Fred. I guess I will do some flat field soaring then. At least that is not dependent on wind direction.


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« Reply #1 on: April 26, 2007, 12:58:38 PM »
Hi Alan,
Well, the one in Glencree is really good. Had lots of flights there.
The only thing is that you have to climb a bit. Other than that, That's a really good slope.
We have another one, really really really  :wink:  good !
That's the slope that is facing Keelakee !
I have some picture somewhere of this slope and that's a really good one !!
Of course, for me, a good slope for models, is a slope where you can fly models from foamies to big scale models ! If you only fly small foamie wings and so on (well, you know what I mean !) you can fly almost anywhere !

Another East one, very good too, is the one in Bray. Hand glider fly here from time to time (the mountain in Bray, the one with the cross on the top).

But I agree, we definitively needs to go around and find and repertory some more. I'm just waiting for a bad weather week end !  :P
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« Reply #2 on: May 09, 2007, 17:27:17 PM »
Hi there guys.
I live near Greystones in Wicklow and work in Wicklow town.  I know it is only practical for folks living in Leinster, but... Wicklow Head

Wicklow Head is about as good as you will get for winds NNE to E.  I always described coastal soaring as being like cruising a new Merc on a brand new stretch of motorway... it doesn't get much smoother.

As sites go, it is good, lift is good and landing is not too difficult.  It does have some rocky areas and there is a hellishly thorny patch of brambles mixed with goarse if you blow back behind the ridge.  That said, there are some areas of fern just at the margin of lift/edge of a big pocket that would be a snip if you had brakes.  "Hacker" models can be dumped or even fired straight at this stuff and it is pretty forgiving.

For directions to the site:
1.  Follow all signs for Wicklow from the N11.
2.  In Wicklow look for signs for the coast road, brittas bay, silver strand and travel out the south end of the main street past the "old gaol"
3.  Keep on this road past Wicklow Golf Club, past the public car park on the left, past the really sharp right-left kink in the road.
4.  Keep an eye out on the left for a house with Slated Walls (yes roof slates), just short of this house, turn left through the red wrought iron (commissioners of Irish Lights / Lighthouses) gate.
5.  Follow this road (track) through the two cattle grids.
6.  At the first sharp right hand bend after the second cattle grid, there is an area where you can fly (not excellent, just OK) in NNE winds.  Follow this road an other 100M or so to the lighthouse gates and you can fly in East winds all along this ridge.  If the wind is pure East, you will fly just about anything off this site.  Lift is smooth, predictable and consistent...I like it there (especially as I can go there during lunch or after work!)

Let me know by email if you are hoping to fly there and I will go with you if possible...

Garry Keogh


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« Reply #3 on: May 09, 2007, 19:44:16 PM »
Hiya Garry.
Welcome to the forum.Great to see new people on here.
Thanks a million for sharing the site info.It is greatly apreciated.
Sounds like a good site and easy to access too.Will defiantly give it a go one of these days.
Thanks again :D