Sunday 9th December

After the previous night of overindulgence a few optimists and the duty team assembled in very windy and uninviting conditions.

The decision was taken to delay starting until such time as the weather improved as forecasted. This provided an ideal opportunity to rig JKW in the hangar which duly fell together aided by the super smooth billiard table floor (thanks Mick).

A late start at 13:00 with a single puchacz saw a total of just 9 launches and 39 minutes flown. The conditions were  character building to say the least with a 15-20 knot crosswind and 35 knot component at altitude.  An incredibly fast downwind leg coupled with the increased approach speed ensured everything happened rapidly.

Unfortunately the last cable was sent home empty handed due to the returning liquid sunshine and the hangar doors were closed at 16:00.

It was intriguing to see that our neighbours at Keevil managed individual flights of 2.5 hours ridge bashing today with some venturing as far as Wroughton and utilising the Ridgeway. It just goes to show that optimism in gliding pays off!