Taking the Cannon to task
With a long weekend in the offing, there were surprisingly few
fellows out on the hill, and those that were were somewhat
spread out over the 4 days.Thursday saw Chris Leal, Malcolm and myself at Red Hill
enjoying a very nice day on the slope with great conditions
that make you kind of wish that summer was not coming to an end.
But it was really Saturday that for us three was the peach of the day.
There was Ryan and David on the Red Hill slope on Sunday
but I am not sure if they were joined by any others as the conditions
seemed strong and only getting stronger.
About 1 PM on Saturday Chris and Myself met at the cannon on Red Hill.
These cannons date back to the 1040’s war era and there is one specific gentleman from the navy who takes immense trouble and great pride
in keeping these cannons at least pretty and maintained on the outside,
if not in working order on the inside. Kudos to him, because they now present a very imposing picture over Simonstown naval base.
This is the area where we have agreed with the navy
that we would park so as to not impose on their base land
as we go to fly at Red Hill, our home slope really.
For many years we have flown plastic BEE’s at the cannon in the South breeze,
but it never amounted to much. Chris and myself really did not feel like
the walk down to the front of the slope, so we agreed to try and fly
and land a built up there.
Naturally that was going to be one of his built ups…. and not mine,
and the landing area is a mere 10m by 5m and….
we needed to see if we could pull off a landing with large glass ships there…
naturally enough, not with mine…
What a treat to find the lift band consistent, the approach relatively
predictable and the landings well supported by the 35km South Easter
racing up the lip and through the landing zone.
And so off we went and by the time Mally arrived we had
the 3 Meter Lanyu airborne after the 2 meter tester, and them Mally
headed out with his 2m Aldij and we really had a blast on the day.
Conditions were just perfect and the speed we generated coming through
the dead air area in front of us was awesome, as the front of the slope
was somewhat further forward and we had this outrageous flat area
with no lift in which to belt through at mach plenty.
In the end no injuries to man or glider on the day and
easily for the three of us, one of the absolute best slope
sessions we have had in at least the last two years.
New place, new challenge, new experience…near the car… Perfect!
Chris Enjoys the day on Thursday Public Holiday up at Red Hill
Mally nails the Aldij through it’s paces on the same day
Up at the cannon on Saturday, with it’s newly painted exterior and Chris
about to get bombed by our friendly crow
Quite a bit of a different view towards the South East
The first of the landings to test the proof of concept….with Leal’s 2 m Lanyu
….and right where you want to be on this postage stamp size landing area
Picture perfect view of the cannon approach from the left
Mally take the reins of the 3M Lanyu
and then buzzes the cannon from the back with his Aldij
Mally brings the Aldij in for a landing after one and half hours of pleasure
Bringing in the 3M Lanyu for a landing – full crow in place
For me… the shot of the day, with the 3m Lanyu cruising the cannon
from the lower cannon position
A difference is as good as a holiday!