Beware the bovine at Whitesheet Downs!
What a glorious day, wall to wall sunshine, rolling country side bursting with spring life, full size gliders being tugged to stratospheric height, most of the Phillips house hold all the way from Eastbourne and a north easterly breeze to keep us cool.
What more could we have asked for?
Whitesheet members, that’s What!
I arrived at the top of the hill at 10.00 shortly to be joined by JP, Wendy and Olivia.
We exchanged pleasantries, loaded ourselves up and headed for the slope. I’m sure the NE facing slope moves further away each year! We set up base just as our esteemed chairman Chris arrived and that was it? No one else arrived, not a sausage!
Well, we had enough pilots, Trophies had been polished, points needed to be earned for the Tallis wining Vagabond, Vino needed handing out to the Victors and conditions were improving.
JP was up first flying his Wildthing and in the slightly iffey lift conditions he went for the further out approach to start his loops. John completed 9 loops and landed 11 mtrs from the spot.
Olivia was up next flying her Wildthing and obviously was going to follow Dads idea by flying safely away from the slope ( I think I need to go to spec savers). Olivia managed 1 loop and landed 10.5 mtrs from the spot.
Chris, flying his ELF dlg gallantly forced his model through the by now increasing breeze to pull 13 loops and land 16 mtrs from the spot.
Joe, Flying his trusty McMeekin Predator completed 16 loops and landed 1 mtr from the spot.
JP Now went for the ‘lets try high approach’ with 14 loops and 1.5 mtrs from the spot.
Olivia sticking to the (flying in the next county) approach upped her loops to 5 and landed 18.5 mtrs.
Chris beat us all in this round with the most loops at 18 and landed at 5.5 mtrs (actually he landed a lot closer but the wind caught his little Elf and flipped over before we could measure it)
Joe, managed to gain some great initial height before doing 17 loops and land at 2 mtrs.
JP, Now going for the ‘ lets see how low we can go and still recover to the top’ popping in the most loops for the day at 19. Then worked way back up to land at 2 mtrs
Olivia, Upped her loops to 8 and gracefully landed 3.5 mtrs from the spot.
Chris having now switch models to his Mark Drela Allegro (broken fin on the ELF) pulled 8 loops and landed at 10.5 mtrs.
Joe, trying the close in approach managed 15 loops despite landing at the bottom of one! And managed to land at 3 mtrs.
So there you have it, a great day socially, fending off inquisitive cattle, fresh coffee with shortbread supplied and served by Chris and we all agreed that trying to identify the various light aircraft that passed by during the day must be Spitfires!
Most improved pilot of the day has to go to Olivia Phillips, Well done!
And to top it all, we all left with a bottle of vino each.
JoeWSRFC comp sec
Last Sunday (May 22) saw the second of our club Scale Fly-ins in 2016.
The event was very well attended by scale flyers from far and wide, many of whom were visitors to the club for the first time – wonderful to see.
Despite a little interruption from the wet stuff, the sun broke out in the afternoon and a great day of thermal chasing was had by all.
Thanks to Chris Williams for organising and running a very friendly and safe event and for providing the first-class photos below
The next event is on Sunday July 3rd – why not come along and join in.
Free tea and coffee to all from the club chairman’s trusty camp stove!