As I drove to the field it was pouring with rain in Tavistock but dry at the airfield. At 11.00 Mike Bennet looked at the forecast in the club hut to see the Met office had changed the forecast since 10.00 and were now forecasting 80% chance of heavy rain all afternoon! The RASP still said dry.
Undaunted the crew set the field up with the launch point at the eastern end and the Gus Launch in the western end top field. The wind socks were showing a slight breeze of no more than 5 knots from the SE. Phil and I decided not to rig our gliders, a slight tail wind, gloomy clouds with heavy showers seen over Dartmoor didn't look promising.
In the Hangar the sorcerer and his apprentice continued to practice their dark arts on the clubs K8, wow what a transformation, Colin and Dave have done an amazing job.
Rick Wiles arrived a few minutes earlier than planned and with his usual optimism quickly flew with Bob Sansom a few times to get him back to currency whilst Mike Jardine took my friend Steve Sherbourne for 4 flights. Steve having a go at the controls and flying very well according to Mike.
|Steve Shebourne and Mike|
Rick Wiles flew our visitor Ernest Tidbury and managed 11 mins on the second flight reporting back that there was some very weak lift in places.
|Ernest Tidbury with Rick|
Rick flew Carole Hopcroft who returned for her second flight after last weeks disappointing short one and found a nice thermal getting to 2400 feet, a lovely 17 minute soaring flight.
Landing in the K8 I was surprised to see the Windsock was now showing a steady Northerly breeze, it had changed from South Easterly to Northerly during my short 46 min flight.
Other than a few drops of water which couldn’t be called rain that landed on my canopy the day reminded dry.
A big thank you to Phil and Barry who didn’t fly but winched all afternoon and to Heather for driving the retrieve and fetching and carrying visitors. The last flight saw Rick taking a smiling Heather aloft. Thank you heather for also cleaning the club hut, making tea and smiling at everyone.