Dartmoor Gliding News-Saturday 29th April 2017

The day started out with a beautiful blue sky which seemed to hold endless possibilities. Stepping outside, however, revealed the strong, chilly, SE wind that was inevitably going to play a part in today's proceedings.

A small  crew has assembled at the airfield and it was decided that we would fly one of the K13's in the already lively wind with the idea of calling a halt if conditions deteriorated as the forecast suggested.

A good looking cloud street
From the first launch it was soarable under the cloud streets lining up with the wind. The trick was to climb faster that the glider was being blown away from the airfield to the north. Most flights managed this in short bursts giving an average flight time of 16 minutes with the longest being by Ged Nevisky and Dave Bourchier who managed 27 minutes.

Here's a sight not see for a while.
Allan Holland in the back seat of a 2 seater.
Scratch (Dene Hitchen) is in the front.
As forecast the wind strengthened even more and the decision was made to stop flying but not before everyone had flown including new temporary member John Knight who was returning to begin his flying training.

John Knight relaxing in the clubhouse at the end of the day

A little less wind next time please.


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