On 5 September UV faced his biggest challenge to date – a trip across the Bay of Biscay.
He was on his way from his overnight roost by 08.49 GMT, flying more or less in a southerly direction. He stopped for a while in a large wood but was on the coast near Lorient by 11.29, and carried on out to sea. He took a longer journey than his sister VV in both distance and rate of travel. Mostly he was flying at around 37 kph and at an altitude of 175-200m in roughly a SSW direction. At 00.50 on 6 September he made landfall and stopped to roost, although his speed/height hadn’t indicated he was flagging.
A big achievement for UV, flying 609 km over water and for over 4 hours by star and moon light. His route was fairly similar to 8A from the Lake District a few days earlier. 8A took about three hours less to cross the Bay.
UV’s overnight roost was between Viveiro and Cervo near the Punta de Morás.
On 6 September UV left that area in the early morning moving slowly south, stopping in wooded areas. He was flying at up to 600m altitude, but at 37 kph or less.
By 12.55 he’d travelled a mere 60 km from his start point. He spent the afternoon in the Lagoa de Valverde area, but no surprise why! He was still there at 17.30, the last fix.