Para-waiting – or the continued frustration of waiting!!
It’s now that time of year when sites close due to lambing, however spring seems to be bringing bigger challenges as Coronavirus (Covid-19) has hit the headlines in the UK.
Many of the Wingbeat sites will be closed due to lambing and now may not be the ideal time to contact the farmers for those that are still ‘open’.
Whilst Wingbeat cannot close sites due to the current Coronavirus pandemic, nor stop folk flying please consider the following.
- While we all try and hope to fly safely, in the event of an accident, even a minor sprain, the local A&E department may not be the place you want to be, nor will you receive any thanks from the local emergency services that may have to recover you from the hill.
- XC flying will have its challenges if you need to hitch back to the hill, social distancing suggests that you may not get a lift and our flying sites are relatively remote from regular public transport and it’s a long walk back.
- In the current situation the high visibility of flying, at least for those who look skywards, may bring adverse publicity that the paragliding community would not welcome in the longer term. Wingbeat have very good relationships with all our site owners and hope to keep it that way.
- The sites guides have been removed for the duration of the current issues and will be reinstated once normality has resumed.
It’s your choice!
Once the current Coronavirus situation is under control perhaps we can all return to a sense of normality, whatever that may be, and get back to some decent craik and flying.
Meantime, stay safe and healthy and start planning for those XC days that, hopefully, will still be here later.
Stay safe and look after each other.
The Wingbeat Team