Sunday 29th December

The last day's flying of 2019 for those who thought it was worth the effort.

In view of a recent highly undesirable happening the Corbin software for determining the winch position was strictly adhered to. In a wind of 15 Kts from 170 deg. it dictated that the winch position should be some 100 mtrs south of the cross runway. Any resulting limitation of launch height was immaterial when the cloud base was 600 ft to begin with as proved by Brian and Matt on a met test flight, rising to 900' by the afternoon.

Yours truly finally got to 1200 ft through an opportune gap on the last launch of the day, presenting Austin Rose with an unforgettable sight of the winter sun brilliantly illuminating the top of the stratus below us.

The first trial lesson had to be cancelled as the person couldn't wait for the cloud to lift, but the later two were given two flights each to compensate for the low launches. The Usk instructor appeared but everyone else from his club evidently decided that the journey wasn't worthwhile. I can sympathise with that instructor.

All present afterwards retired to tea in the clubhouse and a large tin of chocolates kindly left by person or persons unknown.