And so by late breakfast, or early lunch (depending on your body clock) – call it mid-morning, and with a healthy flying list to work through, we got the toys out. With Roger Appleboom on hand to assist we alternated in flying members Phil Sellwood, Chris Owen, Dave Downton, Bob Sansom, Robin Wilson and Jorg Beasley, not giving check flights as such, but enabling them to regain currency, whilst also searching for wave.
Launches to 1,400ft certainly put us in the zone, and reduced sink was commonplace, but with no clouds to mark the lift searching to the north proved unproductive. It was not until mid-afternoon when ‘wave tactician’ Bob Sansom launched, with his ‘remain over the winch and circle’ technique that positive results were obtained, taking him to 2,600ft in a little under 30 mins. All our flights today came with a ‘health warning’: beware the wind gradient and have plenty of height in hand on your final turn, a warning which was heeded by all – even with a 700ft final turn the landing run could be brought to a halt well before the west end windsock.
|Returning member Dave Parker prepares to aviate with Roger Appleboom |
whilst Chris Owen hooks on.
|Tavistock from 2,500ft.|
|The airfield from 3,000ft, looking east.|
|Jorg Beasley about to break the 3,000ft barrier.|