Friday, 21 March 2008

A Very Good Friday

330/30kts on the ground was more than enough bait to tempt Booker to the ridge. Alan J, Gary and John H, Jim, Matt, Steve W, Tim S, Bob S and yours truly, Dave C and Graham, all ventured out to the ridge, to be rewarded with great ridge lift and excellent thermal streets. So good that John H took a second tow with Louis replacing Gary. With 45kts at 2000' any progress into wind was slow but Jim and Matt both turned Bicester aided by lighter winds aloft. Pictured here is Z12 at the ridge.

Chinnor Cement Works was as colourful as ever and the steam loco on the Chinnor and Princes Risborough Railway provided an added bonus,steam pointing directly to the ridge (sorry photo's didn't work!).

Visibility was excellent with strong cloud streets and high bases.

But for those of you who stayed in bed or earnt some family brownie points here's the "Condor Moment" you missed with 6-8kts of reliable lift to 4000'. Nice one Bob!

But all good things Must come to an end with John and Louis, Jim and Tim finally running for cover as the hail showers approached at 3pm. Exciting flying today as those who tugged will also testify (Boris, James, Andy B and yours truly).

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