Light lift day at Kommetjie on Sunday 5th July
You have those days, and then you have those days.
This was one of THOSE days. Super light lift, with the promise of an increase towards evening,
which just did not happen. In the beginning the BEE wings were struggling and the only plane
to manage the lift was the old Piesang, which is a very admirable performer in light lift.
Eventually Steve Meusel bit the bullet and threw out the 3meter Sting, which happily took to the light lift
and promptly ran around the sky moaning much better. So following this stellar light lift performance,
out went the Aldij with carbon rods for lightness and was followed by Malcolm Riley’s Opus,
which in the beginning appeared a little hesitant, but once it had a good head of speed,
managed really well, and joined the moaning club.
The only annoying thing for the day was the position of the sun, as the up leg always ended
with you getting your eyeballs toasted as the sun slowly progressed through its arc.
I still have very stark imprints of a silhouetted Aldij toasted to my eyeballs.
As much as we tried to miss the bugger, the leg you HAD to fly,
almost always ended up with the big old light-bulb in the sky….. slap bang in the middle of your vision.
Overall it was a lovely day to be out and about on the slope.
One really could not wish for better weather.
Mid winter, sun shining, 20 degrees, awesome views and a wee bit of lift. Just perfect.