Light winds predicted for most of the day, but flying south
we hit a breeze SSW, turning back along the ridge bouncing between 650 and
900m, not really having to turn much I caught up to our group to offer
The flats were also working with good cores, taking one to
cloud base 1700m at a constant 4.5 mps climbs. Views stretching for ever, with
white puffs cloud and the blue back drop, so special.
Some good distances flown, and PBs by Eike about 32kms.
Second launch from Kardoesie for some and they were beamed
to base, flying to Rhnosterhoek and a bit back as the sea breeze came through
strong, we all landed safe.
Two very different days good flights and very rewarding.
Not too many pilots believing in flying Piketberg, would be
good, but we had a great day.
Launch window was good and some had three take offs before
getting away, others cracked it on the first. A good task set to fly to the
antenna south, then heading north to Eendekuil, across the valley into the
flats to Piekenieskloof pass and other the mountain range to Citrusdal.
Well the day proved to be good, some struggling and landed
Soern flying with us for the first time flew very well as
did Hennes and Hans, enjoying the flats and finally landing at the sports field
Soerns PB in hours flying and distance, beers all round.
One has to be on take off, and fly to get the best flights.
Last day in Sedgefield, did we have a winner, the only ones flying
Launching from the ramp we had an advantage and it was easy
to stay up, wind increased quickly so Bernie and myself did a full service
launch for most pilots to get then air borne with out a glitch, it worked.
Flying high above paradise ridge approx. 320 meters and
flying over the sea for safety, we could see the wind backing later but straightened
more square to the ridge, offering good lift with much less wind.
Having the ridge to ourselves we was special, as its normally
full with gliders, pilots flying in different patterns, now we knew each other
and it was great.
Spotting many pods of Dolhpins chasing fish, I’m sure there
were a few small bait balls as well, as there was lots activity. Shimmering of
the water, bird diving and dolphins diving and jumping, such a special moment
to watch during our flight.
Most landing at Kleinkranz, while Hennes and myself headed
for Gerrickas point, Going around the corner into Gerrrickas bowl was easy but
a bit of sink. I scratched my way up and while Hennes had to land in the car
park, I join him later, as our ride arrived.
A great few days in Sedge, now back to Cape Town to fly
Flying Sedge view, then Buffels bay and Sedge again.
First day was great good thermals nice cores but could only climb
to 450m, there were definite house thermals working as there were gliders
Top landings by most and many starts, later the wind
increased and we had to stop, after an hours we tried Kleinkranz, I flew a mini
wing, but the rest did a bit of ground handling until the rain forced us home.
For a nice fire Steak braai with mushroom and great salads.
Buffels bay was tops, we flew most of the day before it got
strong and blew out, well at least 4 hours of flying.
I flew to almost Brenton on Sea as the wind was more south
east in the beginning.
A great learning place for all pilots, but can also be frustrating,
in other ways.
Great time had by all.
Back to Sedge but the day was slow and inverted, fighting
hard one could stay up and top land.
Then later boom, magic moments good thermals, pilots climbing
most places and working together in the tight cores, again a few top landings
before things changed. Wind went more west and most dropped out to landing.