Sunday 15th

The last day before the green mist descended and stops us getting too high for a month.  The Olympic map came into force the day before but the zone limiting our vertical progression only came into force on the 16th – phew!  Not only was it a flyable day (not something we’ve been able to take for granted this “summer”) but climbs to 4,500 were available – if you launched at the right time.  A very cyclic day, only 10 of the 40 flights managed more than half an hour.  Four private gliders rigged (Janus, Duo Discuss, LS7 and the Nimbus) and were all reward with extended flights – though, most had more than one attempt to get away.  The exception was Jim C in the Nimbus who disappeared off for the best part of 3 hours – no idea where he got to.
At the end of the day we made the mistake of asking Trevor G to take the last launch to get the Vega to the top end of the field.  Off the wire and away he went.  With the aid of airbrakes he returned 20 minutes later to report the last cycle of the weather and it was now booming – he knew we were all standing around the hangar waitng so kerbed his natural instinct to soar.

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