A good day was anticipated and 6 private gliders rigged. However, they sat on the ground for the first 3 hours as club gliders mostly doing circuits. The exception was Nigel B who was the only one to soar (not once but twice). Then Paul P launched in the club K8 and just kept going up and up.
|Paul P’s progress attracting interest|
That provided the trigger for the private gliders to launch. Lots of soaring for the next 3 hours. Carol P and Phil M claimed longest flight honours with 3:19. Having been once round the Wantage/Devizes/Rivar triangle they decided to do it a second time but faster. Climbs to 5,600′ were on offer and some tasty streets available.
We were pleased to welcome Ben P who turned up for a Trial Lesson and joined on the spot. Nigel gave him a taste of soaring which included seeing his home in Hungerford from the Puchacz.
It was the last chance to see an old familiar friend on the horizon – Didcot cooling towers. In the early hours of Sunday 3 of the towers were demolished.