Hang Gliding Competition (Part VI):  The Afterglow

Hang Gliding Competition (Part VI): The Afterglow

The faces of each returning hang glider showed joy, excitement, and a sense of accomplishment. They had taken off with the goal of successfully finishing the 95 mile route, each knowing that less than 30% were expected to finish. In a way, that they finished and...
Hang Glider Competition (Part V): The Landing

Hang Glider Competition (Part V): The Landing

The landing, the last part of a long and exciting adventure, provided lots of opportunities for great photographs. Although the actions were the same for all fliers, the way they landed was as individualized as the way each of us walks.  Some fliers were smooth and...
Hang Glider Competition (Part IV): The Recovery

Hang Glider Competition (Part IV): The Recovery

After about 100 miles and five hours, the hang gliders are returning from the first day of competition. The flair and style thy exhibited gave me lots of opportunities for neat photographs. Their fast flybys, very low approaches, swooping climbs and turns, and even a...
Hang Glider Competition (Part III): The Flight

Hang Glider Competition (Part III): The Flight

The 2015 Quest Air International Hang Gliding Championship was the largest hang gliding competition since 2006.  Seventy competitors  from nine countries, included 4-time world champion Oleg Bondarchuk from Ukraine and three women. The route of flight for the first...
Hang Glider Competition (Part II): The Launch

Hang Glider Competition (Part II): The Launch

The launch segment of a flight has got to be the most unnerving part of the flight for a hang glider.  That’s how it looks to me. Rumbling down a grassy runway, with a rickety looking (but sturdy) cradle the only thing between you and everything else, requires a...