Hotbox thermal fun in Hout Bay
After a promising prediction by all the weather forcasters
most Cape Slope guys are well aware that when a
South Easter is trying to make an appearance from one side of the Peninsula
with a cold front bearing down from the other side,
the wind will be a bit wishy to say the least and the poor old South Easter
was just going to get beaten into sibmission.
Which is just what happened and hence the aerobatics comp for the weekend
had to be called off, as there was nary a chance the wind would deliver
anything even near to a stable pattern.
This was after Saturday had delivered a good dashing of rain,
followed by break in the weather that had a good few of the slope guys
out for a afternoon session at Chapmans peak.
With a new front promised for Monday, the Sunday weather turned east
and hot as a kettle.
Not to be deterred a few crazies made up of Bobby, Charlie, Marc and myself
made a run for the Sandy Bay slope in the hope it would channel the North Easter.
No luck on that side, but while staring at the east side of the slope we watched
a raptor thermal its way to heaven, and the decision was made to give it a bash.
Bobby took along his home brewed nYoni and we took the wings and the Aldij.
After a bit of a scratchy start there were some thermals that
popped at exactly the same spot every time. With this little piece of info in the armory
Bobby managed a good hour and a half flight, right to the top of the ridge
and back on a few occasions, while I ran around with the BEE wing
attempting to steal the thermals from under him. In the end a washed out day
proved to be a great heap of fun, while offering some awesome views of the
Hout Bay landscape and a good few raptor fly byes as they utilised
one and the same thermal landscape.