What a great weekend, but Winters not over just yet
The weekend of the 22nd and 23rd August delivered a peach of a weekends worth of flying,
up on the traditional summer hang out at Red Hill, above Simonstown.
Instead of the usual North Westerly to Westerly wind directions, we were
handed two days of lovely South Easters in a winter period.
True to form they had a bit of a southerly swing in the afternoons,
which is traditional to this time of the year,
but the morning sessions were just awesome,
starting at 20km/h, smooth as silk and just plain awesome,
up till about 2 PM, which then saw the Southerly switch occur.
Not that it made it unpleasant, rather just a bit liftless
and a bit more of an interesting time in the landing zone.
Things got busy on both days, with Saturday and Sunday catering for
about 15 souls on the slope in pursuit of clean lift.
The guys just flew themselves out, the aerobatics practiced, the Imp formations
attempted and the combat a fur-ball of fury.
Scary moment of the weekend was to have one of the Impalas tip tanks
lock onto one of the other Impalas tip tanks in the formation flying bit of the day.
Which resulted in an untimely and untidy spiral race straight to the ocean below,
only to be saved in the nick of time and flown back to the top of the hill
in somewhat squirmy lift. Heart stopping moment no1…
Thanks to bill Dewey for screaming his way to the front of the slope
to check where it was going to go in…. and… if it was.
Tim Watkins-Baker maidened his Primarius aerobatics glider. and that flew like a peach.
Chris Leal, from that far north place called Jo’burg, dropped in once again
and had a few good flights with his Toucan, and Anton Benning cruised in
to do a bit of field research with Lionel, and see his Impala kits all dressed up.
All in all it was once again a great weekend to be on the slope,
and great to see the numbers growing exponentially to the delicious weather on hand.
Cape Town rocks!…period!