NewGen attacks the slope
Due to the machinations of the weather we were to once more
spend time up at Signal Hill. Saturday was just an all right thumping
and out of whack westerly. Ice cold with a hint of frozen particles,
those that had on Thursday night dusted the top of Table Mountain
with a coating of snowy flakes and carpeted the Hottentots Holland range.
That led to the closing of Chapman’s peak and hence our
camping out at Signal Hill for the weekend.
And in the midst of us we had young Vaughn, he of the new generation.
All of 12 years at the most, and shy to boot, he was taken in hand and
given a wee go on the sticks under tuition, and by George if he didn’t
take to it like a fish to water.
Within two sessions of no more that 15 minutes each,
he was on the sticks by himself taking guide from gentle taps
on the shoulder to indicate the directional change required.
Then Mally and myself were joined by father Richard and son Scott
and the young guys had a blast in the afternoon sunlight
with a variety of foam planes, the Spitfire being favored by the youngsters, probably due to its resemblance to a real plane.
Sunday was more of the same, delivered on a slightly more friendly platter.
Perfect 20mkh winds from the WNW blew in incredibly smooth
as silk lift with sunshine plastering everything and Alex and myself
had the early session working out the aerobatic Vulcain set-up
as we each took sessions in the sky.
Then arrived Mally and Vaughn and the tuition took to the skies again
and before you knew it, Vaughn was solo and having a blast.
Then arrived Dave, Rob, Marcel and a whole host more.
Well done to Dave for a successful albeit knee shaking maiden of his Opus.
Add Richard, Scott and family arrived the games began
with an afternoon of all round awesome fun flying had by all.
Quite how fast and easy this new young generation of guys
are taking to the slope scene leaves the old lads
like myself feeling rather sheepish as we took three weeks
to accomplish what these youngsters are
achieving in one third of the time. Kudos!
But what a great new addition to the hobby they are and hopefully
we can keep them entertained and away from the play stations
via the much more realistic 3-dimensional, ever changing,
ever challenging, good for the soul slope soaring, that we enjoy so much.
Saturdays lunch tine conditions, cold and heaving
Young Vaughn getting some tuition and then before you know it
he’s on his own – remarkable!
Sunday morning Chappies run
Alex enjoys a super silky smooth Sunday morning session
Oohhlala, MIG squared!
and happy owner Philip just prior to launch
It flew beautifully too and landed without a scratch
Looking like a P38 on steroids attacking the island…
Marcel trying to look like he owns an Opus….
Dave the actual Opus owner…
….and Marcel still trying to convince one and all he owns the Opus…
and Mally gives the perfect maiden launch with some venom
Young Scot uses the transmitter as a sun shield late in the day
Great to have the young guns on the hill with us