Having just come back from an awesome midday Red Hill session
which eventually went south, but not before a enjoyable 3 hour session,
I am glad to report that the TOSS lads are well and truly practicing for
the TOSS Aerobatics 2012 event in January, which now boasts a record entry
of 25 slopeheads and which whatever way you look at it is just around the corner.
Thanks to a rather large Durban contingent driven to arms by
Dave Greer and Russell Conradt, TOSS is really blessed to be hosting
the premier and only national slope aerobatics contest in the country
….for the 4th year in a row.
Been a bit of an odd summer start though, with a constant
dribble of cold fronts with Westerlies and South Westerlies dominating the scene,
where howling South Eaters should really be pushing through unabated at this stage.
The weekend was a great case for that same proposition.
The public holiday Friday the 16th just stood still and so did the slope boys,
and Saturday followed pretty much suite. Fed up and frustrated looking
at what was supposed to be a light South Westerly on Sunday.
I left the aerobatics plane at home and headed t the slope with
some plastic and little old Chucky for the proposed light conditions.
Meeting Steve, Malcolm, Christo and Lionel at Soetwater it was very quickly clear
that every one of the weather predictions was well and truly out of whack
as a beautiful South Wester pushed through the whole afternoon,
smooth as silk and just awesome flying conditions.
Cursing the age of the internet and immediate and seemingly inaccurate
weather updates we took out the plastic and had the best combat sessions todate,
laughed ourselves silly, flew the built ups for those that actually
bothered to bring them and just generally had an awesome time.
Make mental note! Never leave gliders at home, the Cape is just too
unpredictable to really trust the predictions.
With the holidays well and truly on the go, I just hope we get
more of this to allow for more practice sessions.