Sunday bliss and landing lessons
From the wild and wooly weekend before
to the sublime this weekend! Just love slope soaring for the
diversity that it offers with constant condition changes
and the need to follow the natural vagaries for the best results.
Saturday delivered something akin to a sparrows fart
so some fast and furious building and repairs took place.
Sunday saw sunrise promised much the same thing
and the predictions were not looking perky at all.
Sitting on the slope, taking in the view, and working on a tan
seemed appealing and so we drove for the Kommetjie slope
in what appeared to be vain hope of some wind.
But blow me down if it didn’t just turn out to be perfect!
Somewhat light conditions as the midday hour struck
soon turned into a beautiful South Wester / Southerly and in
true Kommetjie slope fashion, hardly a breeze was felt on the slope,
but the lift was just great. Ranging from the light to the sublime,
five slope lads had a blast of an afternoon in clean, stable lift
that improved as the day gained momentum.
Steve, Bill, Marc, Brendan and myself had lots of fun in the combat zone,
howled with laughter, giggled like girls and beat the nonsense out of each others BEE’s.
Marc’s skinned down BEE, without cover and in the middle of a build,
was not spared a good old slap or two and showed what a difference a
good old re-build and re-cover will do for a wing as it performed better that it has in the last 2 years.
Mar’s Aldij was tossed off the slope, some aerobatics practice done
and then came a lesson in how to land at this difficult spot, that has a landing area
as small as most peoples bathrooms, well us poor people anyway.
With some grace and aplomb Steve showed the classic landing approach
and touchdown in near perfect conditions.
Naturally this all becomes somewhat more difficult when conditions are that
much stronger, and every bush generates its own lift, but on this particular
Sunday it was just the peach for landing practice.
If you weren’t there, you missed out on a really lekker day on the slope
and these very happy slopers retired to Fisherman’s at 4:30PM for the odd thirst quenching ale.
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