Wednesday 10th August

Amazing – not a westerly.  Well, not at first.  A gentle northerly, with a touch of west, backing to a light westerly by late afternoon.   What’s more most folks got to soar.  One of the few exceptions was Bob S.  Having had a long flight on Saturday with Nigel, Bob was back to join up.  I was rather non-plused to see Rodney appear and instead of taking over the winch he hoped in Alan P’s recently restored Swallow and did a circuit.  A circuit!  I can’t remember when I last saw Rod not soar.  Normality was restored when he took over on the winch for the evening TLE for folks from Phil M’s work.  Talking of the winch, Ken H was firmed established in the winch from start of day to mid-afternoon, at which point he was persuaded out to fly the Vega – which he did for just over an hour.  Alan P also did a flight of over an hour in his Swallow making it the longest flight for the glider this century.  Peter E did his usual helping out with back seat flying before taking to the skies in HZD for over tow and a half hours (which happened to be longest light of the day).

Any casual visitor may have questioned whether they had stumble upon a gliding club or a pastry club.  On offer were donut (thank to Paul B); muffins savoury and sweet (home baking from Tony P) and Danish Pastries (sorry, I don’t know who to tank for those).  One particular member (no names but not prizes for guessing who) blissed out on a home made blueberry was heard to remark “Tony, if you had bigger tits I’d marry you”.

Oh the joys of Wednesday flying – good flying; good companions and good cake.  Including the TLE we clocked up 50 launches.


About the Author: StephenO

Flies an LS3-17 (occasionally when not sitting in the back seat).
Promoter of gigs at ACE Space and presenter of Folk Ace on Kennet Radio.
How was it ever possible to fit in paid employment?

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