OK, so this just wants to make you give up the desk job , the stinky 30 degrees plus in town, grab the glider and head for the hills and slope heavenWonder what the weekend will deliver?Thanks to David for the cool pic on the weekend
After last weeks dismal performance, and days of howling south east trade windsthe weekend finally produced one of the oh so magical days.Saturday came through with the most beautiful of spring days with a moderate South Easter blowing.Ryan, David and myself headed to the slope at about 9AM to get the early bird/worm thing settled
As I type the 5th day in a row of absolutely howling south eaters batters the Peninsulapushing pot plants around the garden with glee and making the pool take on the look of a well kept garden refuse dumpThe windy season has well and truly arrived!and true to form should last through to November,however the
Saturday delivered one of those beautiful slope dayswith a not so gentle pure Westerly pushing through. Signals, Chapmans Peak Carpark and Kommetjie West slope all had peopleout enjoying the day and by all accounts each slope worked beautifully.I had close to 3 hours Aldij flight on Saturday at the carpark and conditions were just superb,
So while some of the clan were up at the NvS contestand some were up on the slope, a few of us hit a slopeof a differing kind. We took the trip to Cape Gliding Club in Worcester for Saturday and Sunday, and preceded to climb into the full size thing.An all day affair to
Due to brilliant organization by the Durban lads, Russ Conradt and Michel Leusch, Dave Greer and to many others to mentionthe North versus South 2012 contest was well run, well attended and by all records a fantastic event for those with the passion for pylon racing.So well done to all, specifically from our side to
After last weeks complete lack of wind, and hence complete lack of report…other than taking some skyclimbers and nearly giving a few dogs
a haircut or two on a sports field… there was nary a breath of wind for the slope boys.
And with the weekend coming up for the second annual North Versus South competition
in Durban, it was really good to finally get some air this weekend for practice.
A big thanks to Christo, Malcolm and Dave who will head up from the South
to take on the Durban lads in a pylon racing event that is likely to gather more
and more competitors the longer it goes on and achieve the status of
THE PYLON RACING EVENT OF THE YEAR.
At last count I heard there will be 17 entries which is just awesome,
and hopefully next year we can add far more TOSS representation
to the event as unfortunate circumstances have knocked a few of us out
of the running for this year. The Durban lads hospitality and friendship no
no limits so it is always well worth the visit.
Go boys Go and please bring back some pylon racing trophies.
This weekend delivered a lovely day out on Chapmans Peak on the Saturday
and conditions allowed us to fly all and sundry, although a bit from the west,
the lift held all day. Chris Leal made it into town and joined the fun with a 3M Lanyu
which is just a gas to fly, but a bastard to land on our slopes due to the size
and the fynbos working together to make sure your landing has to be completely perfect,
or else…twigs, merry little twigs.
Sunday just rained cats and dogs all day and really dampened the spirits
by refusing to clear up for any amount of time.
Monday, Heritage day and a holiday dawned beautiful and after a somewhat fitful start
turned into a beautiful day up at Kommetjie with the lift improving all day
and a large range of all sorts of craft took to the air, from gliders to paragliders
all sharing the same wonderful mountain side.
Beautiful Chappies on the Saturday
Christo and the newly Named Porrij after a beautiful rebuild of the wing
outer panels, post a early arrival to earth two weeks before.
All ready to go and take on the North versus South boys in Durban
Goerge Jeff, Steve, Chris Leal, Bill and a few more of the lads gathered up
at Kommetjie on the Monday Heritage day
The rather large( for our slopes) 3Meter Lanyu being put through the paces
Could be worse places on earth to slope soar
Makes you want to go slope with immediate effect!
What an awesome day Saturday was. Just the most beautiful day
on the Peninsula, but sans any real wind with a light and variable
South Westerly caressing the Peninsula
and so Brendan and myself headed up to Coil Corner
for an hour or looked for lift with the Sky Climbers
in the most beautiful blue sky available.
Overnight inot , the predicted front arrived amid some fierce
North Westerly gust, and then dumped a load of rain on us
as if it was going to continue for 40 days and 40 nights.
However it soon broke and the sun came out and the crew
made a run for the Chapman’s Peak carpark site.
The wind was positively freezing the nuts off monkeys, straight out of the west
and plumb up the carpark slope and the lift was hugely dynamic.
The entire TOSS crew pitched and a blast was had by all,
including Bobby, Alex and a few other AFC lads who ran
from Signals due to rain and low cloud and came and joined us for the day.
The Aldij’s simply tore up the sky, Ryan’s home brewed Mamba rocked,
the foamie warbirds zoomed and combat was furious, with more
that a few fetches registered for the day.
In the end it is one of the best ever carpark sessions
and the westerly maintained the entire afternoon and
the slope continued to rock right up to sundown.
Phew, what an awesome day!
Could be worse places on earth to sit and contemplate lift –
Saturday light lift conditions on Chappies
Ryan, Malcolm, Steve and Noel enjoy the bracing breeze
Ryan’s Mamba sets up for a landing
Ryan getting the Mamba together – based on and Aldij wing profile
Tim’s foamie rips up the sky
More foamie action to the north
Cold but Clasicc conditions made for an awesome day out
What a breath of spring.Two beautiful days up at Kommetjie with West, South West condirions
and as usual to this odd slope there was nary a breeze
in the bushes and yet the lift was excellent.
Saturday was the best of the two and the lift stayed dynamic the whole day
with Chris Leal and myself flying our batteries flat in a 5 hour session
that saw just about everything in the car airborne.
Noel, Ryan, Lionel, Bill, Jeff, Malcolm and Steve were all in attendance
and the days just flew by… literally.
Sunday was much the same, but with the lift a little lighter and
in the end another 4 hour non stop session was had.
So all in all, spring did a great show and the south west winds
returned and delivered two of those beautiful memorable days
that we love so much around here.
Noel enjoying a day on the slope
The beautiful Kommetjie slope in all her glory
Christo’s Aldij prepares to land
Mally’s Aldij blasts past
Mally takes in the fresh air
Two Aldij’s and a paraglider share the airspace
Kev’s Aldij cruising the space infinite
and more of the twins
Tim sets up the Mini Vec for a fun Sunday session
Steve’s foamy warbird cruises
Lionel’s sky climber shortly before meeting terra firma
– was back and flying the next day
Please can we get a little more of this Mother Nature?
With spring threatening to show itself but winter hanging on like an old hagwe were stuck with a Saturday on the couch, howling and unpleasant conditions.
Sunday promised much better but this fine little peninsula
of ours can as usual deliver 4 seasons in one day depending
on which side of which particular rock you happen to be at the time.
On Sunday, Steve, Rob, Andrew, Brendan, Tim and myself gathered at
Chapmans Peak with a fine drizzle pouring in over the bay.
With conditions just refusing to clear up we wandered off for coffee
in Hout Bay and tried to sit out the weather.
Back up the hill we went and still the drizzle settled in and refused to depart.
A quick phone call to Mally confirmed that there were guys up on
Signal Hill who had been there for the last 3 hours with nary a drop of rain.
Now understand the Signal Hill is no more that 20 odd kilometers from
Chapmans Peak oin the other side of Table Mountainand yet we had two
entirely different days on hand, so ff to Signals we ran.
And yes it was clear, no rain and had some of the best lift we have had for a while on that slope and so we spent the afternoon in the company of the AFC lads
with Anton and Jacques leading the charge as per usual.
Combat was fun, the Aldij’s Malcolm, Dillan and myself literally tore up the sky
and there were a plethora of foam and correx warbirds all over the place.
In the end a wonderful days sloping was had by all
but it once again pointed to the eclectic nature of this peninsula we live on…
go around a sneaky little corner and you could be in for a pleasant surprise.
Brendan enjoys a pleasant Friday afternoon session up at Signals prior
to the Saturday rain in session
Grey but no rain on the Sunday ay Signals
Could be a worse way to spend the day
Packed and ready to get on a motorbike, now that’s commitment to slope fun