What about soaring? Well this brought a few surprises. At the upwind end of the airfield (and beyond) there was a large area of sinking air which stayed there all day irrespective of what the clouds were doing. At the downwind end there were a lot of thermal bubbles lifting with surprising amounts of energy. With the strength of the wind climbing in these bubbles would give 2000 feet by the time the wind had pushed you about 3 miles downwind of the the airfield; overhead Cox Tor. Pushing back into the wind could then be accomplished in large areas of lift, too smooth to be just normal cloud streets. My best guess suggests that this was a wave system in the strong westerly wind which was enhancing and suppressing thermal formation over relatively large areas. Very interesting.
|The Zugvogel 3B about to launch from the head of the grid|
|This is Mike Jardine's view of the Zugvogel while they shared a thermal.
It's against the cloud top right
|Roger Green's view from the 3000ft cloudbase|
|One Day Course Candidate Brian McManus ready for another flight|
|Visitor Steve George helping to return the glider to the launch point after his flight|
|Visitor Richard Jones flew with Rick|
|Returning from last week to start his training is Bella who flew with mike.|
The day finished with a meeting of the Committee who were still working all the way through sunset and beyond. Now that's dedication.