This is partially true, in all the years I've flown at Wye, I have never ever come across another flyer. Sure I've found the odd clevis, or bit of tape being blown up the hill at me, but never have I seen another sad one partaking in the lift. This however is not the only reason I don't fly there more often......
You see, returning to Wye is like returning to a girlfriend you left six months ago. Having forgotten all the reasons why it didn't work, you're lured back by all the things that attracted you to her in the first place, and all those things you've missed for the past six months but as soon as you've finished mounting her, things start to turn very nasty, very quickly! Neither of you have changed, and all the old problems are still there.
Everything about Wye is unpredictable, the lift, the landing, the terrain, the rotor...everything.
The majority of my flying prior to Wye was at Blue Bell Hill and Holly Hill. Both these sites have tight landing zones, so when I first arrived at Wye, I thought I was in slope landing heaven. But I soon learnt this not to be the case.
The lift would bear no relationship to the wind....ever. I was used to throwing off at Holly or Blue Bell and screaming up, Wye is more like Thurnham on one of those days when it's not really working, I don't know if it's the trees, or what. Don't get me wrong, there is lift but it tends to be lift of the third rate variety, and the thermals aren't all that either. I think the tree line must rip them apart.
So you cruise around kind of maintaining height, get chucked about by the turbulence on the left hand gully (that's always there) and decide to land. It's too tight to land on the hill side unless conditions are calm, so you have to do battle with the rotor from hell over the back, which inevitably dumps you in a neolithic excavation or slices you through the fence.
Looking back, I've suffered more creased wings, mashed noses, dented wings and general collateral damage at Wye, than at any other site I've flown!
crikey! look at the hooter on that!!