The weekend that was, but was supposed to wasn't
All the forecast had the weekend like this.
Saturday non event – Sunday, Chappies cooking on a north wester
But this is how it went….
Get bored on Saturday morning,
decide to go to Red Hill as Roman Rock was showing a good 40 km+
Get there and conditions look light, just a ripple on the water.
Throw out wing and BOOM, going upwards like a homesick angel.
And so Saturday remained “light” all day, and the lift remained bleeding awesome.
The fact that it was so cold probably worked in our favour,
and so we spent the day throwing every possible thing off the cliff.
For Hans, who’s 3 meter racing glider went out, it was just an absolute blast.
The Vector moaned it’s way around and the Aldij formation
team had a blast in the super smooth conditions.
Christo and Malcolm, Schalk and myself had a right royal
time of it in the most pleasant of conditions
You just never know number 1!
Roll on Sunday and pips here takes a drive all the way to Signal Hill
hoping to benefit from the approaching North Wester. But alas it is blowing South East
at Signals, while half an hour away Brendan reports that Chappies is working on a north wester
so back I race to Chappies. Half and hour, a few windy bends away
and the wind is from and entirely different direction…. in fact from the opposite direction!
Light and yet with the same buoyant lift as the day before,
but from the opposite direction and we all get the big birds out
and the Vector 11 just rocks around the sky in the dense lift.
So all the Hout Bay lads and ourselves, Malcolm, Christo etc all have a blast
You just never know number 2!
So (A) never discount this peninsula, it’s a funny old place
and (B) you will never know what is actually going on
till you stand on the slope and actually throw something off
… and here ends that sermon…
but on a sad note Brendan had massive battery failure in a
Nimh pack with false peak displays and his Vector 111
went into the ground in a massive sort of a way.
Carnage would be the best way to explain it
So a bit of a sad damper on the day after the weekend worked out so well
Hans’s skinny 3 meter large glider – bleeding difficult to photograph
except when its on its side
Hans enjoys himself for over an hour as we played pass the radio
Christo and Mally attempt formo…, so wheres the other one lads
Christo readies the Aldij on Sunday
Never a bad place to hang out for the afternoon
and the bad news for the day goes to Brendan and what little is left of the Vector 111
Sad mate, real sad.