Wednesday 10th

First thing there was a flurry of activity starting the repairs on the winch and rigging the Vega after its silver outing.
With a bit of a breeze pretty much on the nose good launches were on offer (I was getting 1,400′ two up in the Puchacz and 2,000′ in the K8).  Despite that no one was sticking until Rob J launched around about 14:00 in HAX returning an hour later to let his syndicate partner play.  I launched 3 minutes after Rob and stayed up (using my own thermal) getting to 2,700 – back within half an hour as I was flying with a TL.  Later on the K8 was cluttering up the launch point so I felt obliged to move it.  Once again launching just after HAX (this time with Chris K).  Weak thermals and a stiff breeze meant the thermals had to be worked at, and the climb rate carefully monitored against the rate of drift – it takes a long time (and plenty of height) to get back to where you started in a K8 on such a day.  The climb rate was just starting to improve and streets appear when it was time to return the K8.  Those conditions didn’t last long and nobody was able to take much advantage of them.
The toys were left out for some evening flying with Scouts.  Stuart T took half an hour to find the hangar with the K8 and would have taken longer if he’d have known the scouts hadn’t arrived.  For the last 2 scout flights some weak lift appeared and the flights were 17 and 14 minutes – not bad for 20:00.

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