Coastal Cliff WSW-WNW
100'/ 30m asl PG5 / HG Advanced
50km S of Melbourne. Melways Map 145 B7. Opposite Morrisons Rd.

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Jiri Stipek (0414 332 737)

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Skyhigh, MHGC
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Craigie Rd, Mt Martha

This site is closed. [July 2015] Until further notice can we ask all members not to fly at Craigie Rd. The local council is concerned about the possibility of land slippage. Discussions are underway to hopefully rectify this situation.

Takeoff

In grassed, fenced off fill area behind fence at car park at the end of Morrisons Rd.

Landing

For hang gliders - on the beach at Mt Martha (2km south of takeoff) or the beach around the point to the right of takeoff (there's a steep track you can carry back up on). Experienced paragliders may land on top at takeoff in appropriate conditions only.

Flight

There is no decent landing area below takeoff for use as a bombout, so be conservative when evaluating takeoff conditions.

There is a point immediately to the right of takeoff. If the wind is too far north, it generates turbulence. The wind is usually off to the left a bit. Watch your wings - we've had a few low hour pilots drop the left hand wingtip on takeoff and end up in the bushes.

The site is sensitive the local council are not really keen on us flying there, so be polite and careful at all times. Keep an eye on the wind lines. In general, the winds on the bay tend more southerly with time. You should be able to see a southerly swing coming and make it to the appropriate landing area before it gets to you.

Site highlights include resident magpies who nest in the trees near the Dava pub, who will wait in the tree till you get close, then fly up to attack the trailing edge of your sail. They do no damage. It is possible in some winds to take a one way trip down to Mornington beach.