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Flinders Monument
15 / February / 2015

Flinders Monument 10 point

Flinders Monument

Approach

10 point


There is a new takeoff above the pier in front of the monument on the cliff top. This launch is through a gate in the fence. Most hang gliders should use a couple of wire men to avoid snagging the fence with a side wire as you go through the gate. Paragliders can usually lay out on the grass, get the wing up and walk through the gate as they launch. Directly after launch if you go left, there is a large pine tree that must be avoided.

The old takeoff is about 200m to the left and is a rather sharp grassy cliff. It is now seldom used. It is very tricky for paragliders in particular.
  • Easy to access
  • Parking is available in the near
  • Easy to find
  • Asphalt road

The site

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A launch though a gate on the cliff top, more difficult than the golf club launch.
  • Recommended for experts only

Flying

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The Monument site offers excellent lift in any soarable E-ESE wind. The best flying is in October/November when there are lots of easterlies. In light winds the site is generally flyable from just south of takeoff to where the cliff peters out about 500m to the left, but in reasonable winds, you can cross to Boyds Point to the north. In excellent winds, it is possible to fly all the way to Shoreham and if the wind is East, high performance hang gliders can make the return trip.

It can sometimes be very difficult to get up in light conditions. In fact, in very light conditions it can seem soarable, but there appears to be some form of block which destroys lift below cliff level at the sheer cliff end. The boats anchored by the pier in front of the site offer a good indicator of wind direction. There is an excellent, and usually wide beach available to the right for landings, and plenty of lawn beside the car park there to pack up on.
  • Flight with restrictions
  • There are impeding objects

Landing

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The Monument works in an ESE to Easterly wind direction and gets a bit wild when it blows up to 20knts. The takeoff can be difficult. DO NOT under any circumstances fly in close to the cliff after take off if you are below the top of the cliff. Landing in the vacant land down the road to the North end of the ridge should only be attempted after discussing the hazards with a local flier. North beach landings are safer, but can still be tricky as it is a narrow beach with turbulence at the base of the near vertical cliff. The Monument site can be beautifully smooth when blowing 14-18 kts and straight on
  • Landing area is located near to the site
  • Can fly back to the site

Summary

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  • It's worth to come back
  • I recommend
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