Saturday 24th – Summer starts a day early

It may have been the day before the clocks “spring forward” for summer but the weather was more like June than March.  Last Sunday I was glad I had my Ozee suit, this week it was shirt sleeves suntan cream.  With the established high pressure came the more stable air, the inversion and the murk.
The day started with a slow launch rate but with only a few members in the morning and only circuits on offer that was hardly surprising.  There were some scraps of lift on offer but it wasn’t until 1:30 that anyone stayed airborne for that bit longer (Jim C in the Puchacz for 23 mins).  Following Jim there were a number of flights around half an hour and a couple of over an hour.  One of those being my flight in EEFy in which I got to 4,750 and took a wander to Hungerford and Newbury.  Jon G was a happy bunny having got his second bronze leg and we have a new junior member (Helen, who took a TL a couple of weeks ago).  Helen has the same initials as the Puchacz’s trigraph so I guess it was meant to be that she should join us at Shalbourne.
The day was rounded off with a BBQ organised by Pete and Claire.

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