Indeed, the only solace to the faithful band was that the wind was, for once, straight down the runway giving smooth and uncomplicated launches to 1300ft plus with no need for the winch man to worry about retrieving the cable and parachute. This allowed trainees Dave Parker and Sam Deeks to get in some valuable approaches to land, unfettered by the burden of having to lay off for a crosswind.
Also, beneath the overcast, there was some evidence of wave, both to north and south of the site, in narrow, knife edge lines, enough to enable solo pilots Roger Applebloom, Barry Green and Nigel Williamson to just about scrape double figures.
|Bob Sansom in his immaculately presented K8|
|Bob's K8 ready to launch into a very grey sky|