Hot Stuff (Saturday 13th)

A decidedly warm day with forecast temperature to 29C (didn’t measure what actually occurred) with a gentle breeze straight down the stip.  With that wind an idea day for a first solo.  Handily we had an ideal candidate for that in the form of Darren McK.  Congratulations Darren.  Another “first” was Justin B flying solo at Rivar Hill with a couple of half hour flights.  He was back from a course (with rubbish weather and no soaring) where he went solo on the last day.
It wasn’t until after midday that thermals started to pop but after that most folks got a soaring flight.  The duvet flyers were out in force at Coombe Gibbet with a couple of them breaking away from the hill in the morning.  Pete S disappeared off in the Nimbus for a couple of hours and afterwards added a comment in the log “sweatiest”.
Ken P and Bill C rigged their Duo Discus but then one flew the club K8 and the other the club Vega – it was speculated that they had worked out adding the glide ratio of both would exceed that of the Duo (but possibly a certain broken spring may have been more to do with the decision).
The real hero’s of the day were Paul P and Steve B who did all the winching.  Excellent launches all day thanks to their efforts and “Skybird” winch being back on-line.  The efforts of our esteemed Chairman and his helpers were much appreciated in fixing the winch in record time. Paul P got a 1:23 flight in the Vega but Steve B never even left the ground 🙁

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