We woke up early and hopeful for a good day of flying, and after a quick breakfast we had the hangar unpacked by 10:00. This was followed by a quick briefing and we got ready to fly. First launches were practise launch failures for the Long Mynd pilots around 11:00 with the DSGC Juniors helping out on the ground for a couple of hours before a lunch break.
|The Long Mynd launch point (Mike Sloggett)|
The low cloud continued over lunch and some of the Juniors headed down to Church Stretton to explore the antiques and charity shops, whilst the others enjoyed some model flying off the ridge.
|Midland Gliding Club at The Long Mynd (Mike Sloggett)|
Around mid-afternoon, flying kicked off again with the cloudbase increasing to an impressive 1000ft above the airfield. Josh Funnell and Dan Hender had long ridge flights in the Junior whilst Charlie Stuckey was unlucky and only managed a shorter flight due to “disappointing conditions”. Rob Hender was the first to fly in the DG and was followed by the rest of the Juniors flying with Mike, Mark and Simon and everyone had an exciting flight before we finished flying around 5:30 due to the low sun and dicey conditions.