OK, so this just wants to make you give up the desk job , the stinky 30 degrees plus in town, grab the glider and head for the hills and slope heavenWonder what the weekend will deliver?Thanks to David for the cool pic on the weekend
After last weeks dismal performance, and days of howling south east trade windsthe weekend finally produced one of the oh so magical days.Saturday came through with the most beautiful of spring days with a moderate South Easter blowing.Ryan, David and myself headed to the slope at about 9AM to get the early bird/worm thing settled
As I type the 5th day in a row of absolutely howling south eaters batters the Peninsulapushing pot plants around the garden with glee and making the pool take on the look of a well kept garden refuse dumpThe windy season has well and truly arrived!and true to form should last through to November,however the
Saturday delivered one of those beautiful slope dayswith a not so gentle pure Westerly pushing through. Signals, Chapmans Peak Carpark and Kommetjie West slope all had peopleout enjoying the day and by all accounts each slope worked beautifully.I had close to 3 hours Aldij flight on Saturday at the carpark and conditions were just superb,
July 2012 PSS project Graham Dorsell/Traplet plan and wood pack Wingspan 68″ Length 65″ All up Weight 5Kg(As a slope soarer the wieght will be less) This was the beginning of the scratch build.My wife alloud me into the spare bedroom as my hobby
So while some of the clan were up at the NvS contestand some were up on the slope, a few of us hit a slopeof a differing kind. We took the trip to Cape Gliding Club in Worcester for Saturday and Sunday, and preceded to climb into the full size thing.An all day affair to
Due to brilliant organization by the Durban lads, Russ Conradt and Michel Leusch, Dave Greer and to many others to mentionthe North versus South 2012 contest was well run, well attended and by all records a fantastic event for those with the passion for pylon racing.So well done to all, specifically from our side to
After last weeks complete lack of wind, and hence complete lack of report…other than taking some skyclimbers and nearly giving a few dogs
a haircut or two on a sports field… there was nary a breath of wind for the slope boys.
And with the weekend coming up for the second annual North Versus South competition
in Durban, it was really good to finally get some air this weekend for practice.
A big thanks to Christo, Malcolm and Dave who will head up from the South
to take on the Durban lads in a pylon racing event that is likely to gather more
and more competitors the longer it goes on and achieve the status of
THE PYLON RACING EVENT OF THE YEAR.
At last count I heard there will be 17 entries which is just awesome,
and hopefully next year we can add far more TOSS representation
to the event as unfortunate circumstances have knocked a few of us out
of the running for this year. The Durban lads hospitality and friendship no
no limits so it is always well worth the visit.
Go boys Go and please bring back some pylon racing trophies.
This weekend delivered a lovely day out on Chapmans Peak on the Saturday
and conditions allowed us to fly all and sundry, although a bit from the west,
the lift held all day. Chris Leal made it into town and joined the fun with a 3M Lanyu
which is just a gas to fly, but a bastard to land on our slopes due to the size
and the fynbos working together to make sure your landing has to be completely perfect,
or else…twigs, merry little twigs.
Sunday just rained cats and dogs all day and really dampened the spirits
by refusing to clear up for any amount of time.
Monday, Heritage day and a holiday dawned beautiful and after a somewhat fitful start
turned into a beautiful day up at Kommetjie with the lift improving all day
and a large range of all sorts of craft took to the air, from gliders to paragliders
all sharing the same wonderful mountain side.
Beautiful Chappies on the Saturday
Christo and the newly Named Porrij after a beautiful rebuild of the wing
outer panels, post a early arrival to earth two weeks before.
All ready to go and take on the North versus South boys in Durban
Goerge Jeff, Steve, Chris Leal, Bill and a few more of the lads gathered up
at Kommetjie on the Monday Heritage day
The rather large( for our slopes) 3Meter Lanyu being put through the paces
Could be worse places on earth to slope soar
Makes you want to go slope with immediate effect!
Requirements for the Slope grading system. Please keep note that at all times we are only trying to prove the capability of the pilot concerned and that this is not essentially an aerobatics “ test ” as per competition, but rather a test of capabilities. Can he/she do the manoeuvre or can they not. It’s