Wednesday Feb 24th

For only the second day in February were we able to fly – but what a day!  Climbs to 3,600′; 40 launches; over 9 hours of flying; 26 folks took to the air.  Who knew that so many folks were able to come out and play midweek – including Reg G who let his membership lapse in 1999 and is thinking of rejoining.  The Red Kites were enjoying the soaring as were a couple of Sparrows.  Liz pulled out the Vega, repaired a broken wire and then took it for it’s first flight since November.

With so many there it was suggested name badges might be useful.  Then it was observed most had their names on display – there was Piere, Berghaus, Ozee…

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DI enjoying a break from the back seat

The soaring window was from about 13:30 to 15:30 when 10 of the 11 launches got extended flights (longest being Liz with 56 minutes).  Just 1 cable in operation in order to minimise damage to the still sodden ground.

A big thanks to Rodney (who winched for most of the day but didn’t get to fly) and Trevor (who took over on the winch).  Also to Bob and Carol who helped clear the queue for check flights.  Not forgetting the retrieve drivers who ensured we got a good launch rate off a single cable.

 

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