For most of the day the sun shone and sufficient cumulus appeared occasionally to keep us interested - if not airborne. But as has been the case for the whole of the winter, the main challenge was the fence-to-fence mud which, combined with some much rawer air that rolled in during the afternoon, was a real challenge to our resilience.
|The cloud bases remained low most of the day but offered some entertainment for the pilots|
|Many hands make light work. |
Bob Pirie, Phil Hardwick, and David Rippon (he must be wearing that hat for a bet).
|Today's "ace" Robin Wilson waiting for a launch in the Zugvogel|
Apart from couple of instances late pm when the subtle wind-shift from south west to south caught out pilots and cables fell over the fence, the aftermath of one cable break caused us concern for a while. Having retrieved the cable and parachute from among the gorse on the north slope of the hill, when the team returned to the launch point it was discovered that Phil the Farmer was missing. A search by glider and ground team was initiated, but he then reappeared having been attending to some other task, so all's well that ends well.
One additional bit of good news. Apparently while we were all at the far end of the field, Colin Boyd dropped in at the clubhouse to deliver a new vario for the K8.
A really worthwhile day with a great group of people - but there must surely be an end to all this mud, cold and damp soon.