|Outstanding Flight from Klaus Ohlmann - 2463 km|
Pilot report, 26.11., Klaus Ohlmann,
Take off in San Martin de los Andes around 6:30 am, a little late. We’ve
planned a world record attempt of 1700km to the South. The conditions regarding
updrafts turn out to be extremely favorable. Unfortunately, after
about 500 km the weather deteriorates dramatically. We abandon our task
in favor of a free flight around three turnpoints. The present world record
in this category stands at 2045km, flown by New Zealander Terry Delore.
At 1:15pm we’re back over San Martin, having covered 1050km already. Towards
the North the weather looks somewhat uncertain, lots of clouds due to the
approaching cold front. It seems that a deviation toward the leeside would
be possible. After a long glide we catch lift right over Zapala under a
line of rotors. This proves to be the stepping stone for the wave system
reaching form the Valley of Loncopue to the Cordillere del Viento.
From there we continue in the Lee of the Divide/main ridge via the Barrancas
Valley and the Rio Grande, always above 5000m. Around 4pm we turn back
south. If we’ll make it home, we will have beaten the world record.