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Isle of Wight soaring!
« on: June 28, 2011, 22:19:45 PM »
This weekend I had the pleasure of taking a long weekend camping on the Isle of Wight.  Boy was luck on my side!

The family and I had booked I for 3 nights at Compton Farm, near freshwater.   As per usual I took my Alula with me - just incase I happened to be near a suitable hill.  I wish I had taken something better!!

The camp sight is located pretty much 250 meters from a fantastic bowl that will fly pretty much anything from SE to SW.  Lift was absolutely superb!   So good infact that I am seriously considering organising another trip out!

The camp site is a modest affair, with all key facilities - but don't expect a spa!  Best is the price at only £8 per person per night.

I would highly recommend the site, and surrounding cliffs :)

Great flying, cheap camping - who needs more!

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Re: Isle of Wight soaring!
« Reply #1 on: July 05, 2011, 21:29:45 PM »
You forgot to mention the stunning views, the friendly locals and the superb weather. Altogether the IoW is worth a flying visit anytime of the year. I go as often as I can, it is small enough to drive to whichever slope the wind is on. :uk: ;D
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Re: Isle of Wight soaring!
« Reply #2 on: September 16, 2011, 22:19:08 PM »
I am staying in Ventnor  for a week in October  the plan is to sneak my wildthing along for a little fly . Is there a list of slopes wind directions anywhere on line? any help info gratefully  received.


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Re: Isle of Wight soaring!
« Reply #3 on: September 16, 2011, 22:42:30 PM »
I keep meaning to go.  I might even manage to get there in October with a bit of luck.  A few IoW slopes are shown on the Slopehunter google map (go to www.slopehunter.co.uk and click on the map link) but there are loads more.  Not sure if the one Rob found is one of the ones shown on the map.

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Re: Isle of Wight soaring!
« Reply #4 on: September 16, 2011, 22:54:46 PM »
Rob, where is it exactly?  And what wind directions would work?  I could get it added to the Slopehunter map.

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Re: Isle of Wight soaring!
« Reply #5 on: September 17, 2011, 15:05:45 PM »
You found my annual slope site!

I've been staying at Compton Farm for the past 17 years, every year for 2 weeks. The bowl is great, we fly from chuckies to 4.5m scale off the top. Works best on SW, but the South slope works well too, especially in light conditions.

Did you fly the cliffs? Spoilt for choice with excellent parking all within 5 mins.

The Phillips family who own/run the farm are very familiar with our flying, if you go last week July then there are many of us....
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Re: Isle of Wight soaring!
« Reply #6 on: September 17, 2011, 21:00:48 PM »
You found my annual slope site!

I've been staying at Compton Farm for the past 17 years, every year for 2 weeks. The bowl is great, we fly from chuckies to 4.5m scale off the top. Works best on SW, but the South slope works well too, especially in light conditions.

Did you fly the cliffs? Spoilt for choice with excellent parking all within 5 mins.

The Phillips family who own/run the farm are very familiar with our flying, if you go last week July then there are many of us....

Wondered what all the bl**dy traffic was doing that way.......  :''
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Isle of Wight soaring!
« Reply #7 on: September 17, 2011, 21:22:21 PM »
You found my annual slope site!

I've been staying at Compton Farm for the past 17 years, every year for 2 weeks. The bowl is great, we fly from chuckies to 4.5m scale off the top. Works best on SW, but the South slope works well too, especially in light conditions.

Did you fly the cliffs? Spoilt for choice with excellent parking all within 5 mins.

The Phillips family who own/run the farm are very familiar with our flying, if you go last week July then there are many of us....

She mentioned that allot of you chaps came down each summer!   Last week July....  I may have to join you :). Let me know when you make plans!


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Re: Isle of Wight soaring!
« Reply #8 on: September 18, 2011, 12:45:24 PM »
thanks for the slope hunter map I forgot all about the map as I have the pdf on my p.c. right let's sort this weather out then


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Re: Isle of Wight soaring!
« Reply #9 on: February 08, 2012, 20:10:25 PM »
I shall be on the IOW next week from Monday til Friday. Hopefully to meet up with some other glider guiders. It looks like being a predominantly Northerly wind for the week, I have flown Culver down overlooking the airfield in Northerlies. Are there any other suitable north facing slopes on the Island?
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Re: Isle of Wight soaring!
« Reply #10 on: February 08, 2012, 20:29:44 PM »
Northerlies are tricky on the Isle of Wight.  I only know southerly sites.  You might need local knowledge - I suggest you contact someone at the Hornets Model Flying Club, they're very friendly:

www.hornetsmfc.co.uk
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Re: Isle of Wight soaring!
« Reply #11 on: February 10, 2012, 20:53:11 PM »
Northerlies are tricky on the Isle of Wight.  I only know southerly sites.  You might need local knowledge - I suggest you contact someone at the Hornets Model Flying Club, they're very friendly:

www.hornetsmfc.co.uk

If anybody wants to come 'darn sarf' for a bit of soaring, use the hornets link, or you can pm me for info, might be quicker. :af
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Re: Isle of Wight soaring!
« Reply #12 on: February 17, 2012, 21:01:40 PM »
Unfortunately the wind beat me. The NW didn't generate enough lift for more than a bit of scratching about, nothing to play around in so just had a holiday for the week. :banghead:
IoW is always a pleasant place to spend some time.
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Re: Isle of Wight soaring!
« Reply #13 on: March 01, 2012, 21:28:04 PM »
Rob, where is it exactly?  And what wind directions would work?  I could get it added to the Slopehunter map.

GP are you "SlopeHunter" author?
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Re: Isle of Wight soaring!
« Reply #14 on: March 01, 2012, 21:47:04 PM »
Yep, I'm one of the main guys that does that, although quite a few guys have contributed to it.
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