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Great Orme and Conwy Soaring
« on: September 26, 2009, 08:42:20 AM »
Hi,

We are a school based youth group slope soaring club based on the Great Orme in Llandudno. As far as I am aware we are the only official club in the area as the Great Orme Soaring Association seems to have fizzled out. As well as us there are a few regulars both in terms of locals and people who travel from further afield to enjoy the views and spectacular cliff top soaring. Be good to hear from others in the area. We are thinking about changing our status to a full BMFA club which people can join from outside of our school.

http://uk.geocities.com/sdcflyerz/

http://www.stdavidscollege.co.uk/home.php?/Home

our website needs updating but I prefer to be flying than fiddling with websites.

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« Last Edit: September 27, 2009, 11:30:17 AM by jjdemery, Reason: changed from north wales to CONWY »


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Re: Great Orme and Conwy Soaring
« Reply #1 on: September 26, 2009, 09:12:03 AM »
PSSA event today and tomorrow on the Orme - hopefully will get a chance to pop up. Wind looks a little light at the moment though!

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Re: Great Orme and Conwy Soaring
« Reply #2 on: September 26, 2009, 09:36:13 AM »
Hope the wind picks up for the event JJ. Not much here in South Wales either :(


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Re: Great Orme and Conwy Soaring
« Reply #3 on: September 27, 2009, 11:32:27 AM »
wind is a bit better today but cant make it up today. There is also suppose to be a flyby of the red arrows on the prom today. It would be cool to get everyone haws in the air as they fly past what a pic that would be!!

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Re: Great Orme and Conwy Soaring
« Reply #4 on: September 28, 2009, 19:50:57 PM »
I may be up your way for a couple of days at the end of this month. Is north Wales a one slope district or do you fly in a variety of winds? I don't mind rocky LZs my foamies bounce of anything. :)
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Re: Great Orme and Conwy Soaring
« Reply #5 on: September 28, 2009, 23:30:57 PM »
The great orme is really good as it is a headland that sticks out into the sea and works for a variety of wind directions best are S SW W NW NE E, SE is the only one that is a bit tricky. PM me if you want details of locations.

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Re: Great Orme and Conwy Soaring
« Reply #6 on: September 29, 2009, 07:44:27 AM »
The Little Orme is quite good in a light easterly /  south easterly, especially with a DLG :)

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Re: Great Orme and Conwy Soaring
« Reply #7 on: September 29, 2009, 23:42:34 PM »
The great orme is really good as it is a headland that sticks out into the sea and works for a variety of wind directions best are S SW W NW NE E, SE is the only one that is a bit tricky. PM me if you want details of locations.

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Thanks, looks like a visit to north Wales is on for the end of October.  :)
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Re: Great Orme and Conwy Soaring
« Reply #8 on: October 30, 2009, 23:47:47 PM »
Well, Great Orme, great expectations, great disappointment.
Only a very gentle SE wind on Thursday.
Friday am even less.
Went home via the scenic route, might as well enjoy something from Wales.
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Re: Great Orme and Conwy Soaring
« Reply #9 on: December 09, 2009, 13:34:12 PM »
Thought I would post some vids taken around the Orme.
First one is taken on the most used SW/W facing site. Good lift here most days in the prevailing wind. To get there follow Marine Drive (toll) almost to the westerly tip, you need to turn left just after passing the Rest and be Thankful cafe (great Lemon Meringue Pie!!) drive up the bumpy concrete track until you get to a parking area at the top. From this spot you can access the main slope overlooking the gunsites and the other slopes that work when the wind is WNW and NW. LZ is good in most cases just watch out for walkers and the odd limestone outcrop.
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=elB5mMvi0a0" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=elB5mMvi0a0</a>

Second one is taken from what we call the Ski Slope Site. Park at the Ski Slope and folllow the footpath that skirts round the edge of the bobsleigh run. You come out on top overlooking the pier this site generates incredible lift - one of my favourites! We have quite a good relationship with the ski slope and they dont mind us parking, I am sure you will be OK if you buy a coffee or snack form the ski lodge.
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D_I98MdI1_o" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D_I98MdI1_o</a>

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Re: Great Orme and Conwy Soaring
« Reply #10 on: April 17, 2010, 11:45:42 AM »


Started getting together details of sites in the Conwy area - Little Orme and Conwy Mountain to come.

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Re: Great Orme and Conwy Soaring
« Reply #11 on: April 27, 2010, 17:33:10 PM »
Flew for a bot yesterday on the SW facing site, excellent conditons only us up there, had a play with the gumcam again - this is the result, hope you like.

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Re: Great Orme and Conwy Soaring
« Reply #12 on: May 17, 2010, 10:08:30 AM »
I am in Llandudno from the 24th to the 27th next week and I am looking forward to getting to fly the Orme for the first time. Just hope the wind plays ball now. 

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Re: Great Orme and Conwy Soaring
« Reply #13 on: May 17, 2010, 13:47:16 PM »
whats the landing area like suitable for big scale stuff??

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Re: Great Orme and Conwy Soaring
« Reply #14 on: May 17, 2010, 19:17:49 PM »
I'm heading up to Bangor tomorrow (tues 18th) and will be around until the 24th. I thought I'd head over to the Orme. As a virgin, is there a place I should head for or is there someone who fancies an evening on the slopes?
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Re: Great Orme and Conwy Soaring
« Reply #15 on: May 26, 2010, 10:56:04 AM »
Been here 2 days wind hasn't played ball a lot got a quick flight yesterday from above the ski slope bit if a gulp job chucking it over cliff in light winds today the wind has swung north not sure which slope to try this afternoon any suggestions?

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Re: Great Orme and Conwy Soaring
« Reply #16 on: May 29, 2010, 19:31:20 PM »
If you followed the path to the left of where you were flying you would reach a small ridge facing North, it generates good close in lift and you can also 'push out to fly the lift of the main slope just in front.

Here are a couple of short vids of this site:

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PS you could always try Conwy Mountain awseome in a Northerly or North Westerly

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Re: Great Orme and Conwy Soaring
« Reply #17 on: May 29, 2010, 22:13:45 PM »
whats the landing area like suitable for big scale stuff??

  cj

No problem on most of the sites - certainly upto 1/4 scale anyway - I know cos I dun it

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Re: Great Orme and Conwy Soaring
« Reply #18 on: June 04, 2010, 20:50:35 PM »
should have posted how much fun I had on the Wednesday and the thursday morning.

I am wondering if that was you driving up to fly just as I was leaving on the thursday morning?

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Re: Great Orme and Conwy Soaring
« Reply #19 on: August 30, 2010, 10:16:37 AM »
Today (bank holiday Monday), looks perfect for Conwy Mountain.  So if anyone fancies it, see you up there.  :af

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Re: Great Orme and Conwy Soaring
« Reply #20 on: August 30, 2010, 10:18:03 AM »
Thinking the same myself

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Re: Great Orme and Conwy Soaring
« Reply #21 on: September 04, 2010, 22:32:02 PM »
Coming from Kent to Cricceth October Half Term...............

Seen the Conwy places on Google Maps, excellent, may get that way.

Do you know of similar for the Lleyn Peninsula please??
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Re: Great Orme and Conwy Soaring
« Reply #22 on: September 09, 2010, 20:14:44 PM »
Coming from Kent to Cricceth October Half Term...............

Seen the Conwy places on Google Maps, excellent, may get that way.

Do you know of similar for the Lleyn Peninsula please??


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Re: Great Orme and Conwy Soaring
« Reply #23 on: November 01, 2010, 21:13:09 PM »
HI,

AS A PAST PRESIDENT OF THE GREAT ORME SOARING ASSOCIATION [ MOTTO :-  DOWN HILL ALL THE WAY  ] AND I GUESS A FOUNDER MEMBER ETC IT IS SAD TO SEE /HEAR THAT THE CLUD IS NO LONGER ALIVE ? , IT WAS ORIGONALY THE CRESO HILL CLUB AND CHANGED TO THE GREAT ORME ETC BACK IN THE LATE 80'S - 90'S.,  HELD ONE OF THE FIRST P.S.S. MEETINGS WITH RAY JONES ETC FROM CLWYD CLUB ETC.

MIKE SARGENT A LOCAL BUILDER ,LESTER WATKINS AND OTHERS WERE PART OF THE BACK BONE , THE ARCH WING COMMANDER AND REAL FOUNDER WAS DAVE WILLIAMS WHO IS ALAS NO LONGER WITH US AND I GUESS THATS TAKEN THE HEART OUT OF IT.
HAVING ALAS LEFT  RHOS IN 93 FOR SUTTON COLDFIELD I KNOW IT WAS STILL ACTIVE FOR SOME YEARS AFTER AS I REGULARLY VISITED ETC FOR SOME YEARS UNTILL BUSSINESS PREVENTED , ALTHOUGH NOW SEMI RETIRED I HAVE BEGUN TO FREQUENT NORTH WALES MORE OFTEN-USUASLY WITH THE CLWYD LADS I MUST ADMIT.

I MUST FIND OUT WHATS HAPPENED TO THE OLD CREW, IT WOULD BR GOOD TO HAVE A CLUB ON THE ORME TO REGLATE MATTERS ETC  AS WE DID FOR THE BENIFIT OF ALL.

PIC OF THE EARLY DAYS

DO LET ME KNOW IF YOU PROGRESS DOWN THAT ROUTE ,ANY HELP ETC I WOULD BE HAPPY TO GIVE.

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Re: Great Orme and Conwy Soaring
« Reply #24 on: November 02, 2010, 13:38:35 PM »
Hi Dave

I have been flying the Orme since moving north in the early 90's, so I have great memories of flying with Dave, Lester etc. Some of the original crowd still fly on the Orme and thankfully there are also many new people flying locally. The Orme is also becoming very popular with people from further afield and its not unusual to have 20 or so flying on a SUnday. The PSSA still hold regular fly ins at the Orme also.

I run a BMFA affiliated youth group 'ST Davids College SIlent Flight' but this is only open to members of the school, we have a healthy membership with about 10 really keen youngsters between the ages of 10 - 18. There has been mention of us changing our affiliation to a full club open to outside members as there is no local club as such. I have mentioned it to a few local flyers and it is something that I would be keen on setting up - mainly to foster a positive link between us flyers and the Great Orme Country Park (before someone tries to ban flying!!) any advice would be much appreciated.

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Re: Great Orme and Conwy Soaring
« Reply #25 on: April 13, 2011, 12:14:55 PM »
Hi Jon
Will be in North Wales / Anglesey all next week, hope to bump into you on the Orme will have my 10 yr old son and my dad with me, will be flying a Pike Brio (black and white), an SAS Fusion (red), plus anything else I can squeeze into the car. I'll keep an eye on this forum during the week if you woukd let me know when and where you plan to fly - or PM me.
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Re: Great Orme and Conwy Soaring
« Reply #26 on: April 20, 2011, 17:19:11 PM »
Hi Jon
Will be in North Wales / Anglesey all next week, hope to bump into you on the Orme will have my 10 yr old son and my dad with me, will be flying a Pike Brio (black and white), an SAS Fusion (red), plus anything else I can squeeze into the car. I'll keep an eye on this forum during the week if you woukd let me know when and where you plan to fly - or PM me.
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Re: Great Orme and Conwy Soaring
« Reply #27 on: April 20, 2011, 21:26:53 PM »
Hi Jon
Will be up the Orme tomorrow morning ( thursday) although winds look a bit light! Will be flying a red Fusion or an easyglider.
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Re: Great Orme and Conwy Soaring
« Reply #28 on: April 20, 2011, 21:50:30 PM »
Or maybe the Little Orme having reread the above

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Re: Great Orme and Conwy Soaring
« Reply #29 on: April 21, 2011, 00:02:54 AM »
Or maybe the Little Orme having reread the above

Site overlooking the ski slope should be OK in the morning, was up ther this evening with the Alula. Park at the ski slope and follow the footpath behind the alpine lodge through a kissing gate and up on to the top, might see you in the morning after 10 possibly.

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Re: Great Orme and Conwy Soaring
« Reply #30 on: April 21, 2011, 09:01:56 AM »
Ok we'll probably get there about 10 too.
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Re: Great Orme and Conwy Soaring
« Reply #31 on: May 21, 2011, 12:01:02 PM »
Hi All
Doe's anybody know people who run the field at  Tywyn (Aberdovey) as would like to use a fomie FMS Fox up there over whitsun  .Fancy on the beach when tide is out may get some lift off the sea defence .
Would be using 2.4 gear .Normally I fish that end of the beach :af

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Re: Great Orme and Conwy Soaring
« Reply #32 on: May 22, 2011, 09:11:44 AM »
A bit far from our patch sorry Dave - checked the internet though, BMFA site lists the club as

TYWYN & DIST MAC
 
Contact: B WHELHAM. Tel: 01654 710802

Not sure if its current, when you google Tywyn & District Model Aircraft Club various links to a club website come up but appear to be broken links. Sorry can't be of any more help.

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Re: Great Orme and Conwy Soaring
« Reply #33 on: May 22, 2011, 16:48:32 PM »
Thanks Jon
I did see a plane flying ,shall have to meet anyone thats at the field when i,m there.

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Re: Great Orme and Conwy Soaring
« Reply #34 on: June 14, 2011, 07:56:27 AM »
Hello
I'm heading up to the Great Or me today, got a glider in the car and was hoping to fly there. Is there likely to be anyone flying there today? I'm on 2.4, BMFA insured are there any local rules/courtesy's for me to follow?
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Re: Great Orme and Conwy Soaring
« Reply #35 on: June 14, 2011, 08:20:46 AM »
Hi Roger,

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You will be fine on 2.4, was up there last night with the kids from school had a great session flying with the school group. Not sure if the winds are going to play ball earlier on today though it looks better later this evening. When the wind is questionable we usually go to the summit first to check wind direction and speed, we do not always rely on the forecast as local conditions/sea breezes etc can effect both speed and direction.

Have a good one.

We might be up there this evening, we will be there tomorrow afternoon as the winds look more promising.

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Re: Great Orme and Conwy Soaring
« Reply #36 on: June 14, 2011, 08:56:56 AM »
Hi Conwaysoarer,
Im only allowed 1 day sloping! So if you dont mind I will cancel today and head up there for tomorro afternoon if the conditions are likley to be better and Im might meet you up there.
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Re: Great Orme and Conwy Soaring
« Reply #37 on: June 16, 2011, 08:33:51 AM »
Made it up to the Orme yesterday and had a great time, met a very friendly chap called Richard who was flying his Zaggi. Look forward to returning for the PSS flyin later in the year. :af
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Re: Great Orme and Conwy Soaring
« Reply #38 on: June 16, 2011, 12:38:37 PM »
Missed the session yesterday as I had to fly south due to family illness, some of the lads flew the sand dunes on west shore yesterday afternoon and had a great time.

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Re: Great Orme and Conwy Soaring
« Reply #39 on: August 01, 2011, 23:11:01 PM »
Hello

We coming up this way soon (20 to 27 August). Now booked up and staying on holy head.

Been Up to north stacks before and remember it being vertical. Anybody flown it?

What about ds sites in the area?

I have seen Conwaysoarer's google maps page with the orm sites and Conway mountain.

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Re: Great Orme and Conwy Soaring
« Reply #40 on: August 05, 2011, 07:50:21 AM »


I have seen Conwaysoarer's google maps page with the orm sites and Conway mountain.

Will

And Now I can find it. can you please re post or pm it to me.

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Re: Great Orme and Conwy Soaring
« Reply #41 on: August 19, 2011, 18:01:48 PM »
Have these dudes migrater?????

Not much info.

I will be leaving in the morning, and taking the lite d60 and the voltij. hmm and maybe the 40......

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Re: Great Orme and Conwy Soaring
« Reply #42 on: March 28, 2012, 21:21:57 PM »
Greetigs chaps
Visiting the Llyn Peninsular for a week, can anyone help with a few slope sites please, hope you chaps are more helpful than the Sheffield lot...many thanks... :''

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Re: Great Orme and Conwy Soaring
« Reply #43 on: June 20, 2012, 20:03:52 PM »
Will be in North Wales for 4 days from 5th July staying near Great  Orme.Will it be possible to phone someone on the day who will tell me where to fly ! I'm comming down from Newcastle, so i'm a stranger to North Wales :af

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Re: Great Orme and Conwy Soaring
« Reply #44 on: May 22, 2013, 23:21:05 PM »
Changed the name of this thread to Great Orme and Conwy Soaring,, probably makes things easier.

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Re: Great Orme and Conwy Soaring
« Reply #45 on: May 26, 2013, 21:56:45 PM »
JJ do you have any pics of the Conwy Mountain slope? Whats the LDZ like? Whats best, N or NW?
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Re: Great Orme and Conwy Soaring
« Reply #46 on: May 27, 2013, 10:43:56 AM »
Im looking for a more leisurely slope experience, somewhere i can park the car closeby, somewhere where there is some entertainment for the kids/family and nice big clean air, nice LDZ and N or NW wind direction. I have the W-SW covered at the main orme slope.
A big ask but theres gotta be somewhere, isnt there?
Just want to be prepared for the summer when i visit.
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Re: Great Orme and Conwy Soaring
« Reply #47 on: January 10, 2015, 20:30:01 PM »
Pretty thin for such a popular slope site!

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