Taking it in the teeth as summer winds down
By all rights a whole bunch more of us slopers should really have ventured out for what appeared to be perfect conditions on Saturday, but house building/repairing etc won the contest and so only Alan and Ryan ventured to the Cannon for some really good airtime. So come Sunday morning and the rest of us bunnies are now really feeling the clutch of the hutch and need to get outdoors fast. Mally and myself made it to Red Hill first and stood and wondered what to do as the wind had already capped the 40km/h zone. So we donned our sunblock in vast amounts and trudged down the hill taking a beating all the way down the road right into the teeth of a positively rude South Easter. But low and behold, the lift was insane and we had a really awesome time going about as fast as we possibly could in the now howling South Easter. Notably for wind at that speed, it was smooth and enjoyable. Landings were adapted to land as far forward as possible to avoid the rotor effect that occurs at Red Hill on those cranky days and were surprisingly smooth if you stayed in the lift band right on the edge.
The combat was just silly, right in your face stuff mixed liberally with laughter as each tap on the BEE saw the combatant disappear over the back of the flightline at a huge speed, not to be seem for a good while, while they tussled in the bushes at the back of the slope. So well done to Mally, Christo, Steve, Noel and surprise visitor Marcel (Zoom Zoom) van der Vaart, who flew some really tight and fast circuits but fell prey to the rotor on landing too far back and not being able to penetrate. All’s well that ends well in the end and “tea” was particularly enjoyed at Dixies afterwards -sans any noticeable wind.
Early Saturday idyllic perfection
Ryan’s new toy gets a run
Early Sunday and howling
St. James showing signs of a howler
Marcel turns and burns some airspace
Mally get ready to duck
Mally and Marcel take a breather
Noel gets some Excellent tuition from Christo – “It’s like a thingy you see….”