Day 3 has begun but only for the open class gliders. All other classes have been cancelled. The weather isn't looking fantastic right now but we're making do with what we have. The Open Class are able to fly further and faster and most have hidden engines in case they get low and have to abandon their flight. They'll fly back to the airfield using the engine and then land like a conventional glider. Hopefully they'll get round their task.
The competition website has moved!
While we're waiting for the weather to clear this morning, we hosted Valerie again from the Wiltshire Air Ambulance. She flew with competition Deputy Director Matt. At present, the cloud is still clearing and the first launch has been pushed back to not before 12:30. Today is another waiting game. We'll see how it goes. It looks as though she thoroughly enjoyed her flight.
The Cotswold Nationals is hosting day 3 once again. We haven't had a flying day since Tuesday. This sport is incredibly weather dependent and we haven't had any conditions over the last few days which would allow us to fly our cross-country tasks. It's getting a little repetitive talking about this again and again but that's just how our competitions work. If we get flying today, come down and have a watch from about 11 o'clock onward. Directions can be found here:
If you haven't already seen our Facebook page, we have some more pictures on there from the last couple of days. If you're interested, please have a look. https://www.facebook.com/CotswoldComps/
The view at the moment isn't great. More rain is due to arrive (having just been showered quite badly). The 15m and Standard classes scrubbed early but the Opens and 20m Mult-Seat have also been cancelled. The outlook isn't great and more rain is on the way. There is a talk later this evening, around 8pm, from the Wiltshire Air Ambulance who we are raising money for during the Cotswold Nationals. All proceeds go towards helping the charity operate and they're also raising funds to build a new operating base.
You can find more details on these websites: