Sunday 6th November – record day

After no flying on Saturday (low cloud) good turnout on Sunday.  The northerly wind onto our ridge inspired the private Puchacz and the LS3 to be rigged.  We also had visits from piolts from 3 other clubs.  From Lasham were Ayala and Mike T (admittedly just popped in to say hello on their way to Southern Sailplanes) but the chaps from Talgarth and Weston-on-the-Green did fly.  There was ridge lift but not consistent enough (well not for most of us) as it was disrupted by thermals but the thermals weren’t really strong enough to be useful.  Half the flights managed between 10 and 30 minutes but 2 others went beyond half an hour – Trevor G with 39 minutes and Colin B with 56 minutes.  Typically, Colin stated the only reason he landed was that he was getting hungry.  I didn’t hear any reports of launch heights but I saw 1,900′ on a TL flown in a K13.
We only flew for just over 5 hours but clocked up an impressive 44 launches (most launches in an autumn/winter months in the last 5 years – which is as far back as easily accessible records go).  Well done the B team (and the folks who helped keep things moving – especially Chris K and Peter E who did most (all?) the winching between them)

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