Balanced on the Solstice
So in with the first real winter rains, earlier than suspected, but Autumn equinox was on the 21st and the rains pretty much settled in a day or two before, had a break for the weekend, and then continued unabated from the 24th to 27th. According to CSAG, UCT’s climatology group, at least 50mm fell in the city Bowl area and even more in the valleys around the mountain, Hout Bay being one of those valleys. But it was still a glorious weekend and on the public holiday Friday, just Mally, Lionel and myself had an awesome day up at Kommetjie on what was initially South conditions. As the day wore on, those strengthened and went full South West with rollicking lift on the edge of the slope allowing for stunning close up flying. Much flying was done, one speed ship at a time, and pass the radio being the way to keep the birds aloft and even Lionel’s Solo got extensive time in the air between the 3 of us.
Saturday just rocked. Period. Chapmans Peak fired from the early morning when Ryan and Ralph had an excellent session and Ryan had the large scale Mustang up, right through the day and Steve,Christo, Rob, Andrew, Lionel and myself had rollicking middle afternoon sessions as the lift just continued to improve throughout the day. Sunday was dreadful and light and involved in a full day switch, north-south – south – north, so tea was taken early. All in all, much airtime had by all and nice to see the winter spots start to deliver some icy lift on Saturday.
Lionel and Mally enjoy the awesome Friday session at the Kom
Lionel takes the relaxed route to watching the Aldij cane around the sky
Sunday was awesome at Chappies and a real blast to get some cold air under the wings
Hans continues with the T33 build – Awesome work so far and one hell of a beast getting ready for the slope