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Both HG and PG can rise in thermals, and that is the way one gains altitude in the mountains. Thermals are, by definition, unstable and usually rough air; not for the timid or the weak. One can gain thousands of feet and then exit the thermal and cruise cross-country, to another thermal or a destination. Flying at the beach is completely different. We rise on updraughts, caused by onshore winds hitting the dunes or cliffs. These updraghts allow one to launch, and remain aloft (SOARING). Onshore winds tend to come up in the early afternoon and remain steady until evening. During this time one can fly up and down the beach at will, out over the water a hundred yards, and gain altitude up to 1000' or so in the best conditions. A typical 15mph afternoon allow altitude gains of about 300'. It's pretty relaxed flying.
Jerry Miller
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Old 10-20-2005, 11:49 AM
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