Flutter flutter zoom zoom
Come Saturday the expectant ctrew rolled into the Red Hill
parking lot to the welcome of that devil of a wind, the southerly.
So a quick drive to Kommetjie revealed flyable but bumpy
conditions with a defined side push across the slope.
After bouncing around with the wings we decided to
hold the aero league anyway as should these conditions manifest
themselves during the January event, we would have called a round anyway.
So off we went through the class C and the class B routines
fluttering away on the upwind leg and screaming through on the downwind leg
to attempt to hold enough energy to complete the maneuver required.
Well done to all that took part in these challenging conditions
and actually managed to make something out of what amounted
to very good practice in not so good conditions.
Best part was probably the landings into the wind as it
made the side hill landing a dawdle and not one glider took any damage.
Roll on Sunday and thrashing South Easters pushing through
saw a few of us take an early run. Yes Steve, you were virtually running up the hill.
An early aerobatics practice session in the most insane, smooth, energetic
and dynamic lift helped to iron out a few niggles in the patterns
and helped the learning curve no end.
Later as the crew of Damian, Christo, Malcolm and Bill all arrived we had the most amazing
combat sessions with the warbirds. These tuff little buggers generate
so much humour we had aching stomach muscles as we once more
went into half pipe swings. Basically as vertically high as we could go
on each side while attempting to tag each other on the way up, or down.
The sheer energy in each zoom doubled up and the dive down into the next one
created huge speed as the dices continued unabated.
One hell of a lot of fun, thats all. One hell of a lot of fun!