Wed 13th – a pleasant surprise

At 10.30 I was sitting at the computer looking out of the south-facing window at an overcast sky (as forecast) thinking, “no hurry today”.   Finished what I was doing, put a few tools in the car for an odd-jobs day at the club, drove round the corner where I got a view to the north… “Look at that sky!!!” Blue peppered with little cu. Turned back home, grabbed the parachute and chart and headed quickly to the club, met a few other members with similar stories, got rigged and flew.  OK, so I messed up and got low with only just enough height to scrape back home, whereupon Peter took the glider and did it right.  As did several other people, with several flights around the hour; Paul got the hour he needs towards his next endorsement.  It wasn’t especially easy and at least one of our pilots was saved by a passing Duo (was that you Liz?) which had also got a bit low and was just getting away again, but it was vastly better than we expected, a real fillip in a gloomy spell of unseasonable wind and rain.  Another case of “if the forecast is poor, go to the airfield and rig….”

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