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Monday, February 15, 2016

Goal fields, new gliders, lazy pilots and wise ones !

After being in a pond on Dartmoor with Tim J all day Sunday in near zero temperatures Monday seemed pretty warm even at 07.00 in the morning.  Tim and myself had promised ourselves a  "day off" so after a mornings work it was off to St Agnes to meet up and hopefully get our feet off the ground.  Whilst the wise guys (and fitter ones) went to Carbis where the wind was smack on the older and lazier met at St Agnes as we were joined by Kaz and Pat B.

A quick chat and we rigged despite the wind being well off. Tim rigged his Talon and his "new" T2 C so he could fly both and feel the difference ....... Kaz opted to give it a miss as the wind was well off, fair decision.  As it turned out steady lift from take off made the flight along the cliffs to the more NNE ridge pretty easy but you still needed to be wary. Once there the lift was good and with gentle sea thermals drifting through there was plenty to keep you amused.  pat finally launched followed by Tim just as I circled back in a smooth 2.5 up and drifted away at 1200 ATO watching them soar the cliffs.

It was a typical St Agnes thermal mellowing as the Beacon passed below then reforming over the Porthtowan valley but only just.  a quick glide to the west found a zero and another drift but there was just not enough heat around to get a proper climb. The best I made was1650 ATO  and that was over the Beacon but cloudless was way higher.  Illogan and an easy retrieve beckoned so after a circle of the village it and nice landing in Illogan Park football field where I met someone I had not seen for over 8 years yet had thought about whilst on the flight as I drifted over their parents house, spooky.

Illogan Park and a nice view of Carn Brea 

There was a lot of going around in circles !

Wyn D calls and lets me know that all is well at Carbis and that himself and Chris H had had a couple of super flights with good height gainsand even offers to come and fetch me, well done guys.

Tim new baby in a field over the back

Tim J calls in and even sounded excited as he relays his position in a field near to North country so getting in an XC on his first flight on his T2 C,  and mistaken for me, ideal.  We sort out the retrieve and its not long before we hearing a blow by blow account of his flight over several cups of tea.  Thanks to Kaz for picking us up and to Patrick for de rigging Tims abandoned Talon at St Agnes in the biting wind.

3 cups later and we are just behind take off ;)

Quote of the day "what's that on your face"

1 comment :

Cholmes said...

A Great day had by all!
Springs arrived!!