Saturday 25th

Another Bank Holiday with good weather – the weather system really does seem to have broken down.  I arrived at the airfield at 9:00 to find it had been Bessented – winch and caravan set-up and B1 rigged awaiting it’s master’s return from work.  Lots of fluffy white things in the sky looking like it was probably already working up there.  Turned out it wasn’t as easy to get away as it looked with about a third of the launches just doing circuits.  Even with that miss rate the average flight time was 52 minutes (Jim C’s 4:04 and Alan H’s 4:00 making significant contributions the average).  Over at the Gibbet there were more multi-coloured duvets floating about than I can ever remember seeing there.  More than one pilot returned with tales of running through sink to a tasty looking cloud only to find it occupied by some of these duvets having escaped from the ridge – well that was their excuse for not getting away.  Lots of gliders passing through too.  One failed to pass and arrived downwind and down hill (turbo tucked away).  Guess they do things differently at Lasham.
Peter E was kept busy with winching for the first hour and then flying a TL and a half day course.  I spent over three and a half hours in the back seat.  33 launches, 23 folks flew and clocked up almost 29 hours of flying. 

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