Whether the weather weathers us....
Two whole days of perfection. Doesn’t get much better than that. In a final finger to the weather mans predictions the peninsula did a good old “take that” and disappear show both on Saturday and Sunday. For those that went to the slope, they scored big time! Saturday did the morning rain like hell thing, and then cleared as the front seemed to have approached a little earlier than expected and so passed through in the early hours of the morning. By midday it was time to head to the slope and with a westerly once again pushing through, we made a run for Signals. And what a beautiful day with glorious sunshine, ample silky smooth lift, and cool breeze. Every slopers dream! Mally, Steve, Georg, Noel, Alan, Christo, Hans and myself had a blast and Christo had a great maiden with the 3m+ Eagle. I had a great day re-maidening the Vector 111 made up out of three Vectors… after unfortunate incidents saw their demise… and subsequently named Frankenvec. Steve Georg and Noel practiced racing all day long getting ready for the NvS in two weeks time in Durban.
In the end we did a 5 hour session and left the hill and made a run for the dinner table and some wine. Sunday’s weather then arrived as predicted and poured down some H2O fora good 2 hours, then passed through and started to clear. A drive to Chappies confirmed the howling Westerly and back to Signals it was for clearing conditions that started a bit rough but in the end were just awesome and peachy and by the early afternoon were able to eclipse the Saturday conditions. Steve, Malcolm and young Vaughn made the trip as well. Young Vaughn is already solo after 4 lessons and a few members of the club have clubbed together to build a Jay for him, one of Anton Benning’s builds, with sponsored glider, radio, receiver, batteries, servos, leads and pushrods all supplied by Christo, Georg, Kev and Malcolm and kindly put together by Malcolm. This should see Vaughn go truly solo next week on his own glider. Sometimes this hobby can be seriously rewarding and seeing a new generation of young adults take up the hobby sure as hell does that. Martin, Anton and John pitched up with the large scale Hawk weighing in at 16 kilograms and 3.5 meters and a truly awesome spectacle was put up while Anton ducked between the stones trying to get the winning shot. Bugger, that was a fine day and just amazing to be able to slope soar for another 5 hours at the foot of one of the wonders of the world.
Christo and the 3.5 meter Eagle and Mally the launch expert
Saturdays gathered crowd. John, Alan, Georg Steve and Hans
Mally after another awe inspiring flight with the Aldij
The 16kg Hawk get ready to fly
Three men and a baby get ready to gallop
No mall feat and Anton promptly continued down the hill for a while
Sounding like a broken record, but where else in the world
do you get to slope a site like this?