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The 2020 Scale Day

The Scale DayWith the bug obliterating the 2020 fixture list it was extremely heartening that the Scale Day ran in September.  CW words follow, together with a selection of his fabulous pics

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CW Words of WisdomWSRFC SCALE FLY-IN SEPTEMBER 13TH Under the twin threats of the ire of the Weather Gods, and the next-day clamp down of Covid restrictions, this event was pretty much star-crossed before it began. Imagine the all-round surprise, then, when the most favourable forecast in a decade was thrust upon us. 9-14mph, direct on the SW bowl, and no vertical dampness on any horizon!The Gremlins got in early, though, when the 150 or so emails sent out to declare the event very much On via the Mailchimp app, all seemed to end up in everybody’s Spam box. Perhaps a blessing in disguise, as a very healthy 20 or so fliers turned up for the festivities, comfortably below the statutory 30 max allowed by the soon-to-be outdated Covid regs. Of course, nobody was that surprised that the forecast had been overly optimistic regarding the reliability of the wind, so as far as the lift went, it was a case of ‘the Lord giveth, and the Lord taketh away… This kept a few gliders on the ground, but when the Lord Gaveth, he gaveth big, and some great flying was to be had. Pat Teakle’s masterful land out in ploughed field earned him the Sub-Standard-Hat-of-Commiseration. (The hat was sub-standard, not Pat) Everyone was well-behaved and most of the models went home in one piece so, despite the Sub-Standardness of 2020, not the best of years, at least this event gave us a glimpse of what-used-to-be…cw
before we get to the pics …..Thanks to CW and All for running the day and managing the ’30’.  

Thanks also to CW for volunteering to act as Scale Secretary Supremo for 2021

In case you haven’t seen it, there is a really useful CW article on aero – towing in the current issue of RCM&E, plus, the closing pics in the mag of some Petrels.

Am glad that the hats got some use, am guessing that CW is keeping the rest for future land-out commiserations.

Also good to hear that our new member, and examiner, Jonathan Smith has volunteered for future retrieval duties following his yomp to pick up Pat’s Skylark

David