With the UK under a high-pressure system, Rich Roberts’s Skysight insight was for “local lift in a smallish area, 2-3 kts between 1130-1330, wind gusting 14kts and cloudbase 2,400ft”. So once again the Saturday Surfers were handed the silver spoon, with soaring in wave straight off the wire to 4,500ft above Tavistock 3 miles away. Nonetheless, today was a flyable day which we put to good use – with wingtip holders briefed to watch the crosswind like hawks (in the event it didn’t prove too strong) and, indeed, as the cu developed it tempted some privateers to rig, thus providing competition.
|Ed Borlase’s view of finals to the stub runway looking north.|
|Ray Boundy rotates into the full climb…|
|…and soars with the Astir…|
|Ray’s view of Harford Bridge Caravan Park,|
the A386 and the ‘Sugar Factory’.
| Instructor Steve Lewis assists F&F visitor Debra Stephenson to strap-in, |
as recorded by other family members.
|Karon Matten gets aloft in K-13 HXP.|
Of the privateers, it wasn’t so much a curate’s egg as a mixed bag of apples as small cu formed, developed into useful looking streets but then decayed into increasingly large blue holes. Peter Howarth (Astir) was first to notice the street who, with Rich Roberts (Discus) and Phil Hardwick (Astir) all managed flights in excess of 15 mins, but none got much higher than 1,500ft and so were not able to ‘break the bond’. Martin Broadway brought up the rear-guard with a hangar flight in the K-13.
|Peter Howarth conducting positive checks on the Discus airbrakes.|
|Rich Roberts receives a ‘cert’ soaring bet on his mobile phone…|
|Phil Hardwick about to close the lid of his Astir.|
Yet another useful day for our trainees, good scratching and crosswind landing practice for the privateers and limited visitor flying.