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Written by: Jeff O'Brien
7/30/2010 6:54 AM 

Goddess Monte Cucco



The steel goddess.

I've seen videos and photos of famed Monte Cucco for years now and the past two days I've had the pleasure of flying her. Lovely. I'm sitting by the pool alone at our villa. Storm clouds are growing with sun streaming through holes. The breeze is fresh and it's waves are washing me with pleasure. Sound too fantastic... yes, it is.



Wolfi getting ready to launch.

Yesterday we arrived on top as a couple dozen pilots were setting up. One by one, familiar faces showed up and we exchanged greetings as we leisurely set up. Conrad from Brazil summed the sentiment up with a hearty hug and the exclamation, "Great to see you. What continent are we on?!" We get to have fun with amazing folks from all walks of life in obscure places throughout the world. What could be better?



The view from down valley. Monte Cucco is the highest peak on the ridge at the right.

Davis called a 108km out and return task. It looked like a great day. The boys launched just before me and promptly climbed to base at nearly 8000ft. I waited on a cycle and it took me some time to climb up and get sorted on course. The predominant wind was hitting the range as we flew down it, so you only had to stop for a few circles in the strongest lift, otherwise it was burble along the ridge.



The patchwork of Italian countryside.

At times the climbs were strong and I was seeing 700-900fpm on the averager mostly. Shapiro and Davis were ahead and started mentioning the turbulence. I too experienced some strong pushes that upset the glider. They were turning around short of the intended turnpoint, so I hung out, took some photos, and waited for them to return.



A sweet village down valley.



Wolfi's fit test.



the way back to launch was fun stopping for just three or four turns in very strong lift, but otherwise running the ridge back to launch. When we arrived back, Davis and Jeff decided to call it quits and land. There was ubiquitous lift, and things in the LZ looked sporty, so I decided to stay local and do some sight seeing. I went downrange a few km's the other way noting the ranges. Flew back getting low now and then and staring down at the villages below.



Finally after about two hours, I decided I'd had enough. Felt fatigued from the previous day's travel and probably jet lagged a bit. Had a festive breakdown with friendly conversation about the terrain and some entertaining landings. We came back to the villa to help wolfi sort out his new Covert.



Wolfi is a robust Austrian and presented a fit "challenge" for Shapiro. His chest is about an inch bigger than ours, but his hips are 11 inches greater in circumference. His CG is obviously lower and he's got trunks for legs. Shapiro was concerned about how exactly to adjust the harness pattern and blend existing contours. In the end, the harness seems to fit Wolfi VERY well. No shelf behind the shoulders, snug around the chest, and room for his lower body. The lines are clean.

Airtime: 2:00. Flights: 1. Miles: 20.

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Love your "Patchwork" Description.... welcome to Europe :o)) Here landings are usually small...not the Agriculture of the "New Continent"- Americas and open landscapes. That's why we love Wills Wing ! The gliders land sooooo well! Cheers Andre, Portugal

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Andre's got it right expect that when flying XC across the Los Angeles Basin our LZs make those "sporty" LZs look like wide open vistas. One more reason I like all the WW gliders I've flown too.

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