|Landing approach at Saint Auban|
In paragliding, your first flights are generally solo and in very benign conditions. Your launch might be a bit dicey, but once you are in the air, it is calm. In gliding you start flying tandem and today conditions were pretty epic. Within 5 minutes of take-off, Claude (my instructor) had us wound up very tight in a 5 m/s thermal. Instantly I was flying in conditions I certainly didn't encounter in my first year's paragliding.
It felt anything but calm and certainly very different from paragliding. A paraglider is 'flexible' and dampens turbulence; a sailplane is rigid and transmits all the bumps directly to the pilot. From that point on I was focusing on keeping my lunch in my stomach.
Higher up, things were a bit calmer and I did a few token maneuvers before Claude landed the machine.
PS I also felt uncomfortable in my second flight, but since then haven't had any nausea in the air.