Saturday 3rd

Bank Holiday weekends often suffer from a lack of members and this one likely to be more so with the returning expedition participants needing to replenish brownie points.  Certainly, there were only a few of us there to setup.  However, shortly after toys ready and in the right place there was an influx and I had a long list of those looking for the services of an instructor.  I took the first launch (with a TL) – straight off the launch into a thermal to 3,000′ and that’s the way it seemed to work for most flights.  Most training flights were half an hour of soaring followed by creative (and instructive) ways to remove surplus height.  A few launches found the sink between the thermals resulting in circuit (Bill O claiming the prize for finding most impressive sink with a 4 minute circuit off a 1,400’launch).
We only managed to fly because Steve B was prepared to winch all day with Richard D pitching in so that Steve could at least get a flight.  Richard, Bob B and Ken R helped me work through the instruction list, without their help some folks would not have got to fly.
One Wyvern pilot appeared with his Nimbus 2A with Upavon being closed. He took longest flight of the day honours of 2:34. 
Of the 4 hangar flights 3 took an hour or more.  21 hours flown off 27 launches with a cloud base of up to 3,900.

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