Plymouth – Peaked Cliff
- Flight Type: Coastal Ridge Soaring
- Best time to fly: Year Round
- USHPA Rating Requirements: H3/P3 – Current USHPA and NEPHC membership mandatory.
- Launch – Cliff launch facing East-Northeast Elevation.
- Elevation: 75ft (27m)
- Landing Zone: Beach area near the South staircase. Top-landing at launch is possible for experienced pilots in Paragliders.
- Best wind ENE @ 10-15 mph. Do not launch a standard sized paraglider in wind exceeding 15-16 mph unless you are certain you have the skills and your glider can penetrate! Mini Wing operating limitations at the pilot’s discretion.
- Airspace: This site has no airspace restrictions. Occasional low flying aircraft in the area.
- Hazards: Rotors, venturi, wind gradients, accidental water landing, large rocks on the beach.
- Vehicle Access: NONE AND DON’T EVEN THINK OF IT!! Hike to launch and it is preferred that you use the trail and not the neighborhood roads.
Rules and Regulations
- NEVER WALK OR CLIMB ON THE DUNES.
- DO NOT LAND AT THE GOLF COURSE.
- RESPECT THE SENSITIVE LANDOWNER NO-FLY ZONE.
- Do not fly over the house directly left (North) of launch. If possible when flying to soar the North end, go out over the beach to pass that property. In a Southerly crosswind, turn early to avoid being blown over the house. See image on this page.
- First-time pilots must get a site introduction from a qualified NEPHC member.
- Keep a respectful safe maneuvering distance from the cliffside houses to the South of launch.
- NO PARKING NEAR LAUNCH! See Parking section below.
- Land only on the beach or in good conditions top landing. Do not attempt first top landings unless light ENE conditions.
- Access to/from the beach is via stairs SOUTH OF LAUNCH. See the image on this page.
- Remember, we are guests of the Town of Bourne and the local community and fly here because of their generosity!
- Always follow USHPA Safety guidelines.
- Never fly alone.
- Always have your speed system connected.
- No Aerobatics, stay clear of the launch area when others are trying to launch.
- Always carry a hook knife and practice getting out of your harness and finding your hook knife. An accidental water landing can be extremely dangerous.
- Check the Tidal forecast as well as monitoring Wind forecast. As the site faces North East, soarable conditions can be associated with storm events. Be aware of launching into building conditions.
- Use a GPS equipped variometer to monitor your ground speed into the wind.
- Be aware of the possibility that the beach landing area can be greatly reduced by high tides.
- Watch out for the large rocks, stakes, volleyball nets and the public on the beach.
- Try and land at least 100ft from anyone on the beach.
Directions and parking
- Contact your NEPHC Mentor for guidance on parking and hiking to launch.
- Park only at State Rd parking area (41.803184, -70.545908). See the image on this page.