Without a scratch to man or machine
You see the weekend coming and get all into a lather.
Weathers looking good and a mates droppoing in from Jo’burg.
Time to take a day off from the orofice and get up on the hill on a
weekday. Two happy slopers ventured up to Chappies at Friday midday,
but the West had already kicked in from the frontal system
that had been belting through in the morning and was amid a swing to the South West.
So about turn it was, and up to Signal Hill above Cape Town we went.
Westerlies seem to be the almost perfect conditions for that slope
as they belt up through the bowl and generated almost
perfectly smooth lift with the wind at about 35 km/h.
4 hours later two happy slopers retired for the day, flown out
and without a scratch to man or machine.
Saturday for once did exactly as predicted, and pushed through to the South West.
The crew made an early run for The Kommetjie slope at 12:00 pm and
were greetd by light but cool conditions that allowed
for some really nice light lift gliding. Always good for those skill levels
as just about anybody can fly in good lift, but light lift tends to take a
bit more of a deft touch on the elevator and moving surfaces.
Light lift conditions seem benefit the skill levels and improve the
ability to maintain energy and momentum, for when you need it most.
As the day grew older, the wind increased in strength and in tandem,
so did the lift and what a beaut of a day it turned out to be.
A little southerly in the eveneing session, but other than that
Jeff, Uncle Bill, Chris, Christo, Damian, Lionel and myself had one hell of a nice day
on the slope. Flew much BEE combat, much foamie formations
and inadvertent combat, and some Impala team formation flying.
By the end of of the day, and exiting the slope at dusk
we had racked up a 5 and a half hour session and there were
many a fried brain between us, but much more relaxed and
happier souls headed for home… Once again, without a scratch to man or machine.
Sunday brought in a howler of a South Easter as the transition from cold front
to clearing weather took place over the 3 day period. Strangley enough it appeared most guys were flown
out by Sunday, and the thought of the trek up to St. James was just a bit much for most…
and so on the Sabbath, we rested….
Bugger, to have to do it all
again next weekend, what an unbearable thought!