Wednesday 19th

So this is summer?  That would explain why the weather prevented us from flying the previous Wednesday and weekend.  This Wednesday didn’t promise much but at least we were able to break the bounds of Mother Earth – if only for a few minutes.  That was until the sun broke through and Paul P proved it was possible to break the double digit barrier with his 21 minute flight.  Over the following 2 hours about half the launches got some soaring with an empty launch point for a while.  Justin B demonstrated his scratching skills as he clawed his way up from 1,000′ to 2,700′ – the first 300′ taking lots of patience and tenacity.  The exercise to see how much ground we could cover for a given height was blown when we arrived at Hungerford having lost very little height passing through large areas of weak lift.  Bill C took longest flight honours with 1:15 in the Vega. “Normal” service was then resumed and it was back to circuit bashing.
We were pleased to welcome two members of the Southampton Uni gliding group and the son of a former member who last flew at the club in the days that Ralph Jones was a member (many moons ago).  They helped keep Bob B and myself fully occupied in the back seat.

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