Peter Groves and Bryan Moore, both flying the NOVA Mentor 3 light, had a big day out on Sunday 7th of December 2014.
They flew from Treble Cone in Wanaka, along the Southern Alps to Mt Cook village. Pete clocked up 143.6km and Bryan 152.1km, both longer than the current NZ paragliding open distance record.
Their tracklogs haven't been verified by the National organistion yet, but you can see them on the NZ XC competition on Leonardo at:
or Bryan - http://www.paraglidingforum.com/leonardo/flight/1073569
and Pete - http://www.paraglidingforum.com/leonardo/flight/1073435
Previous NZ distance records have all been done on comp type gliders, so to achieve these two record flights on the Mentor 3 light, high B -a glider safe for most pilots is a doubly remarkable feat.
Their route was quite deep in the mountains, and if you look closely you will see that they faced some potentially long walk outs at various points along the way. They both do a lot of hike/fly trips so that probably wasn't a concern for them, but most of us would have found it intimidating!
Huge congratulations from SkyWings & Nova!!
Peter approaching Mt Cook - gives you an idea of the terrain they were travelling through - spectacular!
It was a day that originally was forecast to be windy, strong SW potentially easing in the afternoon. It backed off nicely, with a great looking sky, so they grabbed the opportunity and went for it. It was a latish start, meaning they didn't land until after 7pm, but they did manage to fly together for most of the way.
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