Rainy days in the middle of winter
Winter hits the Cape Peninsula with a vengeance and the whole darn place gets flooded on Sunday 12 th July.
Saturday the 11th however saw a few positive souls gathered up at the Chapman’s Peak NW site
in an attempt to get some air time. It all started out fine, with great lift conditions in a
fresh to breezy North Wester. We had a good few flights, but as all the guys who
had traveled from the deep south, (traversing around the closed Chapman’s Peak can add plenty of time to the trip) arrived at around 2 PM, at which juncture the heavens opened up a wee bit and a nasty little drizzle set in.
After an hour of standing under the trees in the rain, a good few lads headed home on their trans peninsula trip.
True to form, and not 10 minutes after they left, the clouds opened up from the Sentinel Peak side,
the sun shone and the wind dropped to a gentle, cold West North West and the few who had stayed behind
to wait out the rain were rewarded with an hour and a half of evening flying in cool, dry and
clear conditions, and eventually left the slope as sunset took hold.
Sometimes it pays to wait out the storm, and in this case, it was well worth the wait.
Sunday turned into a wash-out of note as the heaviest rainfall in years plummeted to the ground
and basically flooded large areas of the Cape region. Some very impressive rivers developed where
there never were any before. Would be interesting to know how Chapman’s Peak stood up to this test,
as it is supposed to re-open to the public in August sometime and the rainy season is not over by then…