Sunday 4th September

I did get accused of bringing Wednesday’s westerly’s to a Sunday.  At least I didn’t bring the rain as Richard had done the day before.  Arrived at the club to 8/8 cloud cover (the early birds said it had been raining when they arrived) which looked to be quite low. Faced with a lively cross-wind and a low cloud base what did we decide to do?  Why, pull the toys out of course.  By the time we were ready to launch the sky was lighter (but still 8/8ths) I did a weather check and at 1,400′ was well clear of cloud base.  The plan to test for turbulence over the trees on approach were scuppered as I ran into relentless sink near the high key point and landed reciprocal.  The sink hole over our landlords farm resulted in a few other reciprocal landing during the day.
First off was Nick who found a bit of weak lift which kept us at the same height for about 4 turns resulting in a 7 minute flight.  That stood as the flight time to beat for about 3 and a half hours before Selvam clocked up a record breaking 8 minutes.  Half an hour later John D assertively took the crown with an unbeatable 11 minute flight.
Hardly good flying conditions but we made a good day out of it with the 3 pre-solo folks improving their skills and each getting 4 launches.  Graham made the most of the day on the ground setting up our own FLARM receiving station which will feed into the Open Glider Network.

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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