Spanish influence on the fly
Looking ahead at Sunday and the cycle tour, most of the lads took to the slope on Saturday to get some airtime. Sunday also threatened to be a major blow out, so it was advisable to get to the slope soonest. Arriving at Kommetjie the direction was pure South West but did tend to swing to the South as the day progressed. A new and notable arrival on the slope were Ralph and Suzanne from Spain who are moving to our country for work reasons. Although of German extract Ralph recons he is neither Spanish or German, after 15 years in other countries. Kudos to him for getting a fold-up EPO wing into his suitcase with his TX, making sure that when he landed in SA he had a toy to fly and a radio in hand, while awaiting the arrival of the rest of his airborne fleet in a ship borne container. New to the slope soaring discipline Ralph had a wail of a time on the day out and looks set to be come a fervent slope addict. The lift remained superb all day, the combat fun and overall Lionel, Jeff, Ryan, Alan, Malcolm and myself had a really good day out on the slope in the late summer conditions. Jeff’s boxer dog, Shelley, had her first visit to the slope and suddenly discovered what those flying things do and spent the entire afternoon attempting to chase gliders up and down the slope while making threatening remarks… but strangely not interested once they had made the bush and landed.
Spoiled to death we are in this wee corner of the world.
Ryan’s fleet ready to rumble in the early lunchtime lift
3 BEE line-up – note the differing servo locations that make for far more axial roles than the center servo bays
Welcome to Ralph and Suzanne
Lionel full of smiles as per normal
Welcome to the clubs newest young lady, Shelley, who has a passion for gliders, and catching them if she could.