National paragliding champs still affected by fickle weather conditions
Tasman's fickle weather continues to frustrate competitors after four days of the national paragliding championships being held around the Tasman region.
Monday's weather forecast had indicated strong winds, but abating during the day. Takaka Hill appeared to be the best competitive option so the field headed to take-off and waited.
The strong, gusty wind eventually dropped off, enabling the competitors to fly a short task with four pilots making goal and another two
just a little outside. The variable conditions certainly spread the field, with some pilots making good distances and others landing out along the way.
Despite Tuesday's favourable forecast, the day dawned with low cloud and fairly strong winds at high levels.
After careful consideration, the competitors elected to try Havelock but an eastern valley wind was a little too strong for a task to be flown.
They returned to Barnicoat in the hope of an opportunity for a late task and there was a brief window where the sea breeze predominated, allowing a number of pilots to fly. But this quickly turned around again resulting in quite rough conditions which prompted most of the field to get back on the ground.