Deciding to get the cobwebs out of the wing and spotting the sun being around for the week on a couple of days for a change, I just had to “work from home” on one day.
RASP was showing +325fpm for Monday with the night day temp difference showing 8 to 10 degrees so that was looking like the day. 10mph E, maybe going SE, so I decided to run along to Whitewool just in case.
After sorting out work so I wasn’t missed, I managed to set off about midday, getting to Whitewool about 12:40 or so. I met Russ who was very happy to see me so that we could both fly… good to have someone else about at the start f these spring days.
A fifteen minute assessment showed that the gusts weren’t that gusty, building up nicely and dropping off slowly, at no point too strong.
The wing was rolled out, checked and we took off pretty much together. The thermals were rolling up the hill nicely, it wasn’t long before I was +500ft. Russ was maintaining well, more out front it seemed. Every time I pushed forward to join him I was met with lift and well one has to tun in lift! Before I knew it, +900ft had been achieved and I was a bit behind the road at the back of take off. Decision made then, the next bubble took me with it.
The walkers on Old Winchester Hill were having a good stare, hopefully some new recruits there.
Before long the lift broke down and I was off. That was the last time the vario made a noise of any kind and alas, 3km later I’d landed. I think that#s the first time on an XC that my sink alarm hasn’t gone off!
About an hour later after a couple of calls, Russ showed what a gentleman he was and he saved me the last of what was starting to feel like a fairly long walk back!
The hill wasn’t blown out when we got back, however, the gusts were a bit stronger and much longer in duration. After deciding to pack up, everything dropped off almost to nothing so we set off and the beer will have been well earned tonight.
Well met Russ and what a welcome to 2013, let’s hope it’s a good one.