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Saturday 29th July - 32 degrees!

Forecast to be the hottest day of the year so far but also forecast to be a poor soaring day. It meant that only one or 2 private gliders came out to launch. This was fortunate because with all club gliders at the launch point and the tug, we were able to pace the launch rate to suit the heat - as far as I know, no one suffered from heat induced issues and the sun cream dispenser on the bus was used to full effect.

Our 2 one day course visitors had 1 to 1 instruction thanks to Chris and Doug in DG500 and K13. The club list was short, with both winch and aerotow instruction in LRT. Our keen bunch of junior and student members made good use of the single seaters with another conversion to the K18. Mike Weston had a fun day taking family and friends up in the Capstan for Aerotows. Thanks to all who turned out today - i’m sure that like me, you slept well.

* If you’re confused as to why 32 degrees is not enough for good thermals, there are many books about Gliding Met that cover this subject. Suffice to say in simple terms that heated surface air can’t rise in air that is hotter still at height. (We did get thermals to 2000’ later in the afternoon by the way)

18 June Another wet day in paradise

winds 190/ 05, showers at times

The grass has been lifted for the spartan event and the courses are starting to appear around the airfield.

6 gliders queued for launching in the drizzle and were eventually returned to their parking spots, not great for soaring but plenty of banter on the bus.

The course continue to do well. Practice circuits ,Brian Mcdermid resoloed in the K21 and passed his bronze C exam so well done to him.

Mixed weather predicted for club day tomorrow.

17 June A break in the weather and welcome to the Culdrose boys

Winds 210/20 with weak broken thermals cloudbases around 1700ft

The course welcomes back 3 serial course members. Brian McDermid, Marcus Williams and Phil May. A busy day today for them getting back up to speed after layoffs of around 8 months each.

The grass in the South field is now cut in readiness for the Spartan event.

Many thanks to all the assistance given on the field by the Culdrose expedition, it is very much appreciated. The instructors took over ENK and nensured the guys refamiluarised themselves with winch launches (Seahawk use auto tow and aerotow).

Looking forward to lighter winds tomorrow and possibly showers pm.

15 June Tim setting up the field in the drizzle!

Low cloud at times , rain showers and wind 210/10.

Tims cup is half full, it was a delight to see his enthusiasm.Before 8 in the morning he was setting up the field for a days flying

The 2 one day course students spent time with Tim while he explained the basics of gliding and they waited for the weather to clear.

Some groundschool was given to Peter who is preparing for the bronze oral test.

14 June Last day of course

winds 230/10 low cloud rising during the day and showers developing.

Start off in the classroom with a briefing on met. Well done Clinton and matthew who have completed their bronze oral test.

We managed some flying later in the morning dodging some heavy rain showers.

Good to see Brian back from warmer places for a few weeks.

The white truck is back on line thanks to Richard and Tom, today they were giving the buggies the once over.

We said goodbye to the Southdown boys, who were leaving after a very disappointing week. Who would have thought this was June!

13 June more cloud and rain, the gliding school keeps going

winds 210/10 cloudbases rising to 1000ft QFE, rain showers.

The morning was spent in the classroom, Matthew and Clinton presented the weather as part of their bronze C preparation that was followed by a lecture with coffee and cakes.

The Southdown guys took the opportunity to visit the helicopter museum at Weston.

The rain stopped and we all stepped outside to practice a few more circuits---getting quite good at these.

A talk on circuit planning followed and then dinner at the Ragged Cott.

12 June Club day, less wind and Matt resolo

winds 020/05, low cloud to start lifting pm.

A morning of launch failure practice, well what else with 400ft cloudbases. All the course guys became familiar with the ASAS procedure and more comfortable with the whole idea of launch failures.

Well done Matthew who resoloed today. Clinton and Nick making very good progress towards solo and bronze C theory.

Cloudbases rose in the afternoon with some thermal activity Enough for some upper airwork and for Matt to do a couple of solos.

Thanks to Barrie Taylor for the great pictures

11 June Clinton perfects a method to keep his jeans dry!

Winds 030/25 cloud bases around 1000ft QFE, showers of rain

The morning started with briefings for the bronze oral test, flight limitations, weather and notams.

The rain finally eased up around 11 and we set off for some flying training. Nick is now mastering the winch launch while Matthew and Clinton are flying unprompted circuits in strong winds.

The evening lecture was on spin recovery followed by some practice on the sim.

10 June Another low pressure system does not deter the course

winds 050/10 with several fronts and yellow weather warnings for rain.

We welcome Matthew, Clinton and Nick on this weeks course. Matthew from Culdrose and local lad Clinton are serial course members, Nick is new to the sport and had a PPL many years ago.

We also welcome the Southdown club expedition. The hardened veterans accept the weather as part of life---very pragmatic.

Despite the rain we managed a full days flight training, followed by classroom briefing on approach control and the problems associated with wind shear and clutching hand.

Many thanks to Barry who has joined us to help train the course on the ground tasks.

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