Sat 14th April

Yet another dismal view at North Hill this morning BUT the forecast came good and later in the day the sun came through enabling us to fly and keep current. The field was still wet in places and Peter Smith spent many hours in the morning rolling out the ruts. 
The wait during the morning was worth it (Jill Harmer)
 To preserve the field it was decided that aerotow was the only option to get in the air, and a dry strip was selected.
Blue sky in the south west (Peter Smith)
Stu was on tug duty and kept busy all afternoon with a short respite from Peter H. 
Stu with Robin Willis-Fleming in the Junior on the back (Stu Procter)

Although the conditions were far from perfect with poor visibility and a lively approach, everyone flew and had a pleasant afternoon. Our new, keen, young member Daniel filled his boots with 2 flights and it really felt like summer is just around the corner. 
Mike Wilmott back after the winter with Lisa  (Lisa Humphries)
Several members had long (30mins) flights in the Junior and the two K21’s were also kept busy. Thanks to the small group for mucking in and making sure it was after all a very nice afternoon out! - Lisa Humphries

Up at the Long Mynd

Arriving last night after a hideous journey we received a warm welcome from the Mynd regulars. After a good night's sleep and a cracking breakfast we rigged the DG505 and helped rig several Mynd gliders including a beautiful Arcus, and a stunning Duo Discus.
After the 10am briefing the launch point was set up and gliders were soon getting launched to 1600 ft, helped by the 5-10knots SSW wind. Paul Summers jumped in the DG505 for a solo and immediately found lift, the Arcus and Duo fired up their iron thermals and headed off to where there be dragons. The launch point soon had a long line of queuing gliders, but with the retrieve winch system it was soon an empty launch point!

Long Mynd (Mark Courtney)
Simon and Mark went on a tour of the local area for two and a half hours only landing to let late arrival James and Ian Mitch have a fly. Both Chris Mews and Gordon Bonny had nice flights in their DG100, Paul Summers and Ian enjoyed some late flights in the DG505 before putting it to bed. Oscar had several check flights and was cleared to fly the K23.
The weather really did feel like spring today, and it was nice to be in tee shirts and not in Wooly hats!
In the evening a large group of members as well as DSGC visitors sat down to a superb evening meal. Rain is forecast for tomorrow, so glad we all made the best of today. Quite a good forecast for the week actually so we might have to go on a tour of the coffee shops tomorrow. - Mark Courtney