Sunday 10th

Sounds like a good day was had by many at Shalbourne yesterday; I was flying our syndicate Duo 620 in the Regionals A group – 328k down to Midhurst, up to Calne, down to Wincanton, up to Malmesbury, and back to Lasham. All this in a 25kt westerly… and yes, the sea air did come in and make the west end of Pewsey Vale difficult, and ditto down to Wincanton and double ditto back to Malmesbury. After that we had the wind behind us so the lack of Cu was not quite so worrying?!? What felt like a nightmare flight turned out to be 2nd on the day – and if I’d had any idea it was still a race, I wouldn’t have overcooked the final glide so much… Anyway, doubtless you’ll hear and see more from Pete and Chris about their doings yesterday. Today was a lovely quiet morning, if somewhat overcast – excellent for training and for clocking up solos without a howling gusty cross-wind, however only James H, Graham and I – and a cheery swallow or two – were there to enjoy it. A bit of post-flight analysis on what happened yesterday and why Graham found it difficult to centre the thermals, and how I very nearly collected an airspace penalty were followed, once we’d imbibed enough tea, by a discussion on potential first gliders and then a scrub. Hasta la vista!

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Shalbourne Gliding

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