Wednesday 11th December

Fairly modest turnout not particularly surprising as forecast had rain arriving in the afternoon.  Question was when.  Unusually (?) the Beeb and the Met disagreed.  We managed 5 launches before the rain arrived, so it was time for lunch.  Lunch eaten and the rain cleared.  There was a cable out and no one rushing to launch so I felt obliged to take the K8.  Launch to just over 2,000′ and with reduced sink in an east-west line just to the south of the winch resulted in a 16 minute flight.  Clouds came and went limiting launch heights but some manged to enjoy some weak lift in the same band that I had played in.

Peter E in festive hat weaving between cloud

After almost 5 months at the mercy of the medics Peter E made a welcome appearance, climbed into the Puchacz and flew as if he’d been flying yesterday.  A gap in the clouds enabled him to launch us above the lower cloud and after descending through the clear air he ran up and down the east-west line picking up scraps of lift.

We just had 2 members going to take another launch when the rain threatened to return and we packed up.  Fun and games were had when the launch point wagon came to a grinding halt thanks to the sodden ground.  Various ploys were attempted to get the wagon home until one (assisted by some brute force shoving) succeded.

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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