Sit voet in die hoek...
Or “move it!”, for our non SA readersin reference to the upcoming North versus South slope racing clash up in Durban – that’s not really north versus south anymore as there are a whole horde of Gauteng entries as well – and now the contest looks larger than ever with at least 8 Tossers going up to pylon race on the beautiful rolling hillocks of the “Valley of a Thousand Hills”. And so the TOSSers got together over the weekend at Chappies to take on some racing practice and boy do we need to learn a lot! Turning and burning is all fine, but to do 10 laps of 100 meters and try to keep speed throughout the run, takes a lot of skill in keeping the energy constant and available.
In the end Steve took the honours on the day with a 20 year old Ellipse and bag loads of skill. Marcel put his awesome home built Scimitar glider through the paces and in general fun was had by all including Uncle Dave Greer who was in town for the weekend.
A huge thanks to George, Bill, Schalk, for doing the pylon triggers while the open class raced, and a big thanks must go to Christo for building the electronic transmitter timing and buzzer system, that worked a treat negating the need for wires to be strung
all over the country side.
Last night Marcel and Myself headed to Signals to practice and set up snap flaps etc and man what an improvement in performance we got, and had a really great time on the slope, although the 10 degrees temperature did somewhat limit the amount of time you stayed in the air before your hand froze solid!
Marcel’s home built Scimitar gets a late evening launch up at Signals Hill
– with a temperature at around 10 degrees, the lift was very dynamic!