24 June 2010

summer arrives on Wednesday afternoon

Wednesday brings a steady wind but virtually no thermal or slope lift to the hallowed North Downs.

Blaze is set to be the model of 2010

rare evidence of a man multi-tasking as he throws his hat and his wing

The chaps rely on electric assist, bolstered by bbq updrafts to get any kind of sustained flight, then just as the football ends the sky finally comes alive.

nano-paras core out a rather consistent thermal

'gizza fag'

lawn chair cruising...must be summer!

"have you got a copy of 'Fly Spotting' by J.R Hartley?"

Martin makes good use of the Sunshine

Paul's new foamie coaxes the lift

Paul turns up with his new bargain priced foamie which performs jolly well. As soon as he takes to the sky, thermals abound over the castle and the hill and sky come alive for a glorious summer's evening of fine, smooth soaring.

Summer is here...hooorah!! Let's hope it stays for a good while.



14 June 2010

battery death

Sunny, breezy day on Sunday. Several of the regulars head out to Wrotham, but Thurnham sill puts on a good spread despite a slight southerly nod to the wind. Sadly though, the camera batteries died 5minutes into the day.

David's lovely K8

08 June 2010

nearly a summers evening

building up some kinetic energy

releasing some kinetic energy

and again

an evening for low passes

focused on the task at hand

alula demonstrates its stealthy properties

more visible closer in

a glimpse of the sun

packing the toys away

07 June 2010

Sunday letdown

The morning is jolly good by all accounts. 3pm brings a storm and it all goes to pot. The wind dies and when it does decide to pick up again, swings firmly north west.

the storm cometh

having touched the stone of Christ and developed a stigmata,
Trev decides he's now blessed enough to dodge the lightening with his indoor fliers

very, very, very close pass (camera man papped his pants)

a clear demonstration of calm air

the storm pass-eth away

do you know this woman?

Last spotted fraternising with the afternoon shift saddos, and nearly seen holding a transmitter....