Porterville, ZA – December 2019

Partie de chasse aux thermiques en Afrique du Sud. Une fin d’année ensoleillée et des vols hauts en couleur à travers le Western Cape.

Afrique du Sud 2019 – Epilogue

Afrique du Sud 2019 – Epilogue

Le départ En hiver, certains se réjouissent des chutes de neiges et profitent du beau temps en montagne. Moi, j’ai pris l’habitude, au fil des ans, de rester bien au chaud alors que la neige qui tombe à l’extérieur. Mais cette année, Nico et moi avons rompu avec la tradition : nous...

Afrique du sud 29.12.2019

Afrique du sud 29.12.2019

29 décembre Ce matin, la météo est prometteuse : on doit pouvoir faire le ridge de la plaine de Porterville dans son entier ! Nous faisons attention de décoller au bon moment ; ce serait vraiment dommage de planter cette journée en nous précipitant. Après quelques bonnes...

Afrique du sud 28.12.2019

Afrique du sud 28.12.2019

28 Décembre L’idée, aujourd’hui, est de faire un triangle sur les différents ridges de la plaine de Porterville. C’est assez délicat car il faut décoller en face Est, sur les flancs des reliefs de Piketberg, aller au vent faire un point et se laisser porter par le vent qui lèche les...

Afrique du sud 27.12.2019

Afrique du sud 27.12.2019

Aujourd'hui, nous avons un plan de vol ambitieux. Il faut voler vite et atteindre des points de contournement à des heures précises au risque de se faire prendre par des brises importantes. Nous décollons tôt. Mais après à peine cinq minutes passées à tâter la masse d’air, je beugle et...

Afrique du sud 25.12.2019

Afrique du sud 25.12.2019

25 Décembre Aujourd’hui, comme annoncé, le mauvais temps nous empêche de voler. Il y a un gros front sur Cape Town et le vent est très fort sur Porterville. Nous décidons donc de ne pas voler et de profiter d’aller dans le désert du Karoo, à deux heures de voiture de là, pour y faire un...

Afrique du sud 24.12.2019

Afrique du sud 24.12.2019

24 décembre Ce matin, aux alentour de 6h00, je me réveille et je vais à ma porte fenêtre qui donne sur la plaine de Porterville pour voir le ciel. Une Steenbok (une espèce d’antilope) broute là, devant ma fenêtre ! Je m’empresse de réveiller Stef pour admirer le spectacle. Avant...

Afrique du sud 23.12.2019

Afrique du sud 23.12.2019

Lundi 23 décembre Nous nous levons plus tardivement car, selon les modèles météo, une couche d’inversion devrait nous empêcher de monter. Le vent, quant à lui, sera soutenu et rentrera fort dès 14h00. Notre plan de vol nous amènera dans une zone sans vent, au centre de la plaine....

Afrique du sud  22.12.2019

Afrique du sud 22.12.2019

Dimanche 22 Décembre 2019. A 3h00 des grillons nous réveillent et nous sommes obligés de mettre des boules quies tellement ils chantent fort. Allan, lui, subit une attaque en direct de l’une de ces bestioles qui lui saute sur le visage en pleine nuit. Il est l’heure de se lever. Nous...

Afrique du Sud 21.12.2019

Afrique du Sud 21.12.2019

Aujourd’hui, c’est mon anniversaire et c’est aussi le premier jour de l’hiver dans l’autre hémisphère !  La météo du jour me le rappelle car, ce matin, nous nous réveillons dans un nuage. A l’extérieur de la maison, tout est blanc, tout est détrempé. Nous devons charger la...

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Fly into the week like a glider taking off in the lee! Mondays are rough. Tuesdays are a little bit less shaky. Slowly make your way through the week, putting distance between you and the mountain of troubles. Before you know it, Friday is here and you are soaring above it all! Happy Tuesday everyone! .
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SouthAfrica
So I finally took the time to write a bit about my trip to South Africa and sort through pictures. (Link in my bio)
My expectations going there were quite optimistic, and it took a while adusting to the reality. I didn’t fly as far or as long as I wished. And as much as I try to reason with my petty self, I can’t help but feel a teeny tiny bit bitter.
On the one hand I regret not pushing myself harder on the flyable days, but I very well know that I made each decision to land because I felt very far out of my comfort zone and these were the right decisions. Then I curse myself for bombing out on a couple of occasions, but frankly, I did try to find/stay in thermals and I failed; it’s not like I could have willed myself up and away from the ground. I just need to work harder and fly more hours to improve; there isn’t much to regret here.
Finally, it was hard fitting into a group, though I knew that going in. I more or less did my own thing most of the time in the middle of the pack, but I did not manage to really make up my mind and find my place when we were flying together: I wasn’t always waiting for those behind me and I did not do my best to keep up with those in front, though I had planned on doing so. One more thing I need to work on! 
I do usually put a more positive spin on the story and I do feel very fortunate to have had this great experience, but sometimes, I just need a good old rant to move on. 
Ok, rant over! 😄 And I look forward to sharing many pretty pictures of the beautiful places I was lucky to visit this Winter! 😄
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SouthAfrica
Whoohoo! ✋🤚
Flying into the weekend, like it’s Summer! 🪂
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SouthAfrica
Well, I left this crazy colorful place and am now back under the heavy stratus of Geneva 😭. Thankfully, I did play a bit with my camera during my trip to Summer and got a few good memories out of it! 🙌🏞
This beautiful pool (created by a dam) was just above our house. And I sat still on its shore a couple of times in hopes I would catch interesting animals on camera. I was even there at 6, in my pajamas on our last day, but all I saw were a couple of noisy ducks swimming and flying around the pool (and I am pretty sure the entire Western Cape heard them, they weren’t particularily hard to spot). Oh well! 😜🤷‍♀️
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SouthAfrica
Finally a day I feel really good about! I didn’t fly that far, but I felt at ease during the entire flight! 🧘‍♀️ No crazy wind to break thermals into a million pieces, no crazy wind to flee away from as fast as I can, no crazy wind blowing me to and fro above the field I want to land in. Life is better when the wind is acting reasonable! 🪂🌬
📸 from this morning’s launch above Piketberg, ZA. .
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SouthAfrica
Yesterday was not flyable, so we found other things to do. The guys chose to go on a safari or stay home, and I went on a hike. I was hoping I would see a few local wild beasts, but all I saw were pigeons, insects and spiders... so many spiders! 🦗🕸🐜
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SouthAfrica
I bombed out today. 🤷‍♀️ Though I am feeling a bit frustrated about it now, I just couldn’t get really excited during the flight. The forecast announced quite a lot of wind, and that kind of put a lid on my willingness to fight to stay up. My mind was not completely in it and I lost the battle to stay airborne. 🪂
Oh, and I flew a grand total of 3km in 1 hour! 🤘😄
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SouthAfrica
How do you get a bunch of pilots to jump into their harnesses and take off in an inversion layer? 🪂
Easy: you fly over them, yelling “do you plan on flying today or what?!”
This guy came from above us this morning and got everyone off the launch in less time than it takes to say “Nananananère” 🤣👋
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SouthAfrica
Tricky conditions up there allow for a good meal and a solid nap down here. Vacations can be pretty hard, so I’m not complaining about the down time! 😉
I bombed out on the second flying day of my stay in South Africa. 🤷‍♀️ We left home with a 100k flight plan. 😎 I took it down a notch when I was swept by a strong lee wind on launch. 😖 Once in the air, I settled for a dart flight straight to Porterville. (maybe about 10k away?) 😫 Eventually, I did not even manage to get that far and chose a field with a tree to fold my wing in the shade. 😂 Goals change, I should get used to it!
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SouthAfrica