22 November 2010

the big 'm' again

It's another month until the shortest day. But even so, Sundays dark chill on the Kentish coast has a misery to it that can only be lifted by a well insulated slope soaring session. There's a hearty turnout and the combat continues well beyond dusk. You'd better get used to it chaps, this week holds the promise of deepening arctic conditions still to come.

17 November 2010

heavenly holly

We get a lovely little slot on Tuesday afternoon. It's a calm morning but all the forecasts show sun and an increasing breeze for the afternoon. Holly is at her best with thermals and mild slope lift. The air abounds with floaters and electric assist for some laid back, early winter soaring.

it could almost be spring time

good weather and good company

not enough swearing going on here, where's Ray when you need him?

Colin tries to decide if his motor is knackered after the castle incident

Ray finally arrives and gives us all a lesson in model rigging, we got it down on video and Paul Naton has shown interest in using it for his 'Soaring Master Class' series

don't worry viewers, winter really is here...once the sun goes in it's chuffing cold and we even get some rain.....hoooraah!

08 November 2010

a wet big 'm'

The forecast doesn't come up to scratch on Sunday, at least not at Minster. There's a street of rain clouds marching across the estuary with clear sunny weather either side. So the day is spent with quick forays into the sky, then scrambled landings and back to cover in the cars.

80% of the afternoon looked like this

boarder line too windy for the Wildies

An elegant solution from Dave....apologies to John, he tried to hold off. When do we get to see yours?

clearer weather breaks through, and the winds ease

so we carry on past sunset

Jason's found something in the bushes...it's Colin!

and look! there's a model in there too


beyond the call of duty

wouldn't be a decent session with an 'incident'

we missed you Steve......until next time