Preparations began the evening before, at the AGM, when interest was expressed in the fair weather forecast, but concerns remained over the state of the field as the result of rain which did not clear until well into the afternoon. An early morning inspection revealed that the launch/landing areas were ‘tenable’, but great care would be needed to avoid causing damage to other areas (which could be be described as a ‘curate’s mill pond’ – good in parts – if you’re a duck..!) And so it proved that, on occasion, a great deal of teamwork was required to get the gliders from their resting places back to the track but, once there the passage back to the launchpoint was quick and uneventful.
|K-8B illustrates the N-S divide in the sky that remained almost all day|
|Buzzard approaching (many made the most of the day...)|
|Leith Whittington (Dart 17R G-DRRT) returns after a 2.5hr flight.|
|Ed Borlase approaching 1,000ft over Blackdown (he topped out at 2,950ft).|
|A group of four horses rounding the final turn at the point-to-point races.|
Well worth it.