There was a prospect of conditions improving later as the wind veered south-westerly, about which more anon, but for the present a leaden grey sky was all that was available to tempt the six to ‘take up slack’. Peter Howarth played met scout into a moderate southerly, and on his second launch managed to extend the circuit to a full 9 minutes, having found some gentle lift around 180 degrees of each orbit. Martin Cropper then jumped in, again finding reduced lift before the Met Office Tavistock’s very accurately predicted raindrops arrived at 1100.
|Martin Cropper ‘hops’ over the hurdle fence to land the K-8 at the west end.|
|View from the launchpoint caravan of Steve Fletcher preparing for flight.|
|Phil Hardwick surveys the K-8 cockpit before his 19 minute soaring flight.|
Roll on the return of flying for all..!