Saturday 30 May 2009

Task week - day "8"?

Jim's initial prognosis for the day was spelt out in his morning alert email:

"Today blue / small cu to 5000ft in parts with 8-12Kt E'ly. Strongest thermals in east Anglia, most cloud in W. Don't think BLD is on. For a task I would suggest either:

BOB-LA6-DEV-BOO for 200 or
BOB-EDG-DID-BOO for 150 if you prefer to go N, or

or maybe this is the day to set an AAT?


As it turned out, we eventually elected for a single task -

Booker Bridge (BOB) - Edgehill (EDG) - Oxford East (OXF) - Membury (MEM) - Booker Airfield (BOO) - 199km.

There was some limited high level Cu around interspersed with quite a few blue gaps which made the task 'interesting' when combined with the 12kt crosswind. However everyone who started easliy rose to the challenge and successfully completed the task. I think at least one pundit extended beyond Membury and continued down to Marlborough and back (ah, the delights of bigger wings).

A Grand Day Out!

Friday 29 May 2009

Thursday, 28 May 2009 Curry Night

Our local Lane End Tandoori just gets better and better, I just don’t know how they do it! After a little drink at the bar we settled down to an absolutely splendid meal…must do this more often.

Tuesday 26 May 2009

Curry Night on Thursday 28th. Please contact the office to let them know you are coming. Everyone welcome. Cost about £15 per head for food. Starts around 7.00pm

Task Week Tuesday. The wind made for exciting launching; then an interesting day: 300km
Struggled to get past Oxford whilst everyone else seemed to be racing past Enstone. Then they all seemed to dissapear. Eventually got to Lower Clopton having achieved 33kph. Then I got the hang of it and managed 100kph round the last 3 legs.

Sunday 24 May 2009

Task Week Day 2

Day 1's tasks were:

BOB-WEC-DEV-LAS-MAR-BOO 307K for those who wanted to go further

Eventually conditions didn't improve and everybody stayed local.

Day 2's tasks are expected to be:

BOB-KGS-MEM-BOO (Kingsclere - Membury) 123k, and
BOB-CBN-MAR-BOO (Chilbolton - Marlborough) 170k

Briefing at 11:00.

Saturday 23 May 2009

Task Week Day 1

With briefing over the grid is ready.

Sunday 10 May 2009

Soaring Sunday

What a great day! Maybe the Met Office is right about it being a good summer this year. Lots of flying today, and a handful of achievements to report: John Portwin and Simon Phelps made it to Enstone for their Silver Distance, Alex Chalmers and Yan Clave completed their cross-country endorsement, and Ben Crook did his first 300k. He'll have to do it again though, since apparently his logger didn't work, but well done anyway.