Wednesday 30th April

Considering the weather, we had a good turnout - the kit was taken out on the anticipation of better weather later in the day, the fog and low cloud cleared by 12:30pm and flying started.
Some flights had extended circuits but in the main  most flights were short.
Tim flew the ASW19, Tom flew his DG100, Nick H flew the ASW20, Nigel flew the Pegasus and  Peter Sm continued his preparations for his instructor rating.
The rain arrived at 5:00pm but by this time everyone had flown. - JSt

Sunday 27th April

Some members are so determined to get to the Club, that they do not let things like a fallen tree get in their way - Paul S showing good judgment to negotiate the rather helpful arch provided by the fallen tree just before the hairpin.
Big tree - small cars only
(ed: the road had been cleared by late afternoon)
Again with a rather uncertain weather forecast, the Club was quiet with very few members present apart from the Duty Instructors and Duty Launch Marshal.
Peter Sm and Paul S continued to prepare for their Instructor course(s) by using the lack of flying to work on developing their theory lectures with the help and support of Ron.

As the morning progressed it was evident that the weather would continue to be unflyable with the sunshine and heavy showers providing both optimism and pessimism in turn.
Perhaps the coming week will provide better and more flyable weather...- Mike Sl

Saturday 26th April

Unsurprisingly, with the InterClub League at the Park already scrubbed, and a rather gloomy forecast meant that there were few members at the Club today.

With a fresh wind and low cloud meaning no likelihood of flying, some members got stuck in to some general maintenance and tidying up. Whilst in the Clubhouse, Mark C led a good discussion with other Instructors as to the implications for the DSGC Instructing team around the training syllabus and related EASA transition.- Mike Sl

Thursday 24th April

Today's quandary - which end to set up the launch point? With our broadband temporarily U/S it was a bit of a guessing game, Initially the wind was light and slightly more from the east of south, so the Club gliders were trekked to the end of the field. The cloudbase didn't seem to be rising very much and was between 1500-1800ft, but the training operation got going. Then the private owners with great expectation started drip-feeding their gliders down both sides of the field, which interrupted things somewhat. With all that space on the airfield, it was surprisingly difficult to fit all the gliders around the launch point waiting for the cloud base to improve.
A few private owners launched before lunchtime, but most waited as the cloudbase still hadn't improved much.
Crowded  launchpoint and nice looking sky
 Mid-afternoon, the surface wind swung round to a noticeable westerly and with a shear as the wind at cloud base remained southeasterly. 

Matt in M5 ASW24 managed to squeeze a task out of the day, by creeping off to Tiverton east  and then looking for seabreeze danglies over Wellington and Taunton, turning Yeovil in the process, and then struggling back under  wishy washy clouds. - But another Club 100 in the bag. Mark L in 477 Cirrus managed a little task to Hembury Hill and back (obviously competing for the Pissoir Trophy).
Dragon's Breath over Taunton
At the end of the day, the circuit became quite confused as both ends were being used with the fickle wind. Not an epic day, but at least we flew.

Easter Monday 21st April

The weather gods smiled on us gliding folk by unleashing torrential rain and a nasty cold easterly wind on Easter Sunday thus making it far easier to concentrate on the more traditional family commitments and not spend the day wistfully gazing at the sky.
However the severity of the winter like conditions on Sunday and the gloomy forecast for Monday at the start of the weekend must have played a part in deterring most from making the trip up to the club today.
It is going to be EPIC
Rasp, however was painting a very different picture and a few chocolate filled members turned up to take advantage. The thick high cloud slowly drifted west and a tantalising line of cumulus to the east confirming RASP's optimism seemed to be creeping ever closer. Unfortunately it never quite came within range. 10 members dragged a Junior, 2 K21s, R37 and W7 to the far end of the field and Simon L brought out the Pawnee. Wanting some aerotow training, Heather and Ruth initially flew with Simon, the only proper instructor available, allowing Matt to sneak in a couple of tows. Heather went first and coped well with the bubbly cross wind before giving up her seat to Ruth. Whizzing up to 2500 ft and stalling back down again, Simon then leaped out of the K21 and into the tug forcing Ruth to go it alone in the K21.

By now the high cover had cleared to the west and the warm sum was kicking thermals off the Hembury ridge so Wyn in W7, Liam and Matt in R37, Rick A in HCX, Roly and Jonathan in KEK and Matt S in KHA gave Simon the chance to clock up a few more tows while Nick H kindly kept the log. Dave C came up from his caravan and put in some muscle to help the rest get in the air but didn't fly himself. Rick achieved the longest flight with 67 min completing another duration benchmark towards his XC endorsement and every one else soared until bored before hanger landing and tea.

Thanks to all for a very pleasant afternoon.
Mitch and Mate come say hello
Captions on a post card to...

Saturday 19th April

The day promised much although RASP was a little cagey with the cold easterly wind and cycling sky. The training operation got going, but the cross-country pundits waited until nearly lunch time.
Pete St Discus 230 set off into wind but couldn't find anything worthwhile and crept back over the Blackdowns disappointed after yesterday. Ron in ASW20 611 and John P in Lak12 HOG decided to sample the Brentor easterly wave and headed off downwind. Ron decided that it wasn't as good as forecast and glid back, but John managed to climb to 8000 ft but lost the option to get back and landed at Brentor. Pete & Jill in Duo Discus OL had a late start still trying to sort out new instrument fit, and found that Stu (Tuggie) had gone for lunch, when he returned to the western end he found one of the main wheels of the Pawnee was flat. Thanks to Ian and Stu for spending their afternoon fixing it on the field.
Pete & Jill got away from a winch launch and had an easy soar downwind to Tiverton and then glid back to circuit height but managed to scratch away and found a converging street set up with an easy run to Axminster and back. 
There was a lot of local soaring in the cloud cycles by club and private gliders. Cheryl and Graham were kept very busy in the kitchen with many visiting walkers and bikers.
In the evening, 26 members and friends & family joined in on a bring your own barbeque,
Can you see the flames?
 followed by entertainment by Steve W (with his favourite guitar).
Steve in full flow

Good Friday 18th April - and it was!

With a forecast for a good soaring day, the club gliders were got out and many private gliders were rigged.
It was decided to make it an aerotow only operation as numbers on the ground were low.
Ready and waiting

Launching started just before midday with the Wynster away first on a declared 300 km to Candover Church. 230 (Pete S), 611 (Phil M) and the HOG (John P) set off on the new Club 200 km task, Blandford - the Park - Cullompton for 204 km - underset with hindsight but still great fun. All completed and were joined by Wyn when he realised his XC speed into the wind was too slow to complete a 300 - good decision.
Rowan took Ruth on a date in the 505 with some XC training round the Club 100 task, Tiverton East and Yeovil. I think I heard her say that she'd like a bit more height before pushing on but I bet it was a great learning exercise.
Jonathan S, Chris H, Jeff T, Mike F and Dave C all had some great local soaring as did Adrian - until the long grass runway in that well used field on Luppit Common dragged him down!
Roly did some TL flying, Lisa took one her pilots for real flight and Heather was busy all day around the launch point - thanks Hev.
Top day of fun made possible for the many by the few with special thanks to Si L who spent the day towing us all to a thermal - many thanks.
Graham and Cheryl supplied sustenance and had many walkers in as a bonus.

Thursday 17th April

A bright early start, with everything ready to go before 10:00am, with a light north westerly wind and a smattering of  wispy clouds at 1000ft. 
First up was Douglas with some circuits and launch failure consolidation, following last weeks successful course. Congratulations to Douglas for his first solo for 20 years having restarted gliding and joining DSGC in January.
Douglas resoloes
The morning continued with circuits and slightly extended circuits as the cloudbase rose to nearly 2000ft. By lunchtime it became more soarable which encouraged some private owners to join the launch queue, but with increasing top cover - as forecast.
Late afternoon, Malcolm and Pete doing aerotow training contacted wave just above cloudbase at 1800ft on the normal ridge hotspot up to 3800ft. Pete St  in 230 had been struggling to contact wave for over an hour and finally made the breakthrough at a similar time climbing to 4800ft. Wooly and Chris M had two attempts and finally got in as well but only to 1800ft.
230 in the gentle wave under the overcast sky

Wednesday 16th April

Today started with a bright sunny day, most of the Wednesday hopefuls turned up, the wind was southeasterly (our least favourite corner) and was difficult and gusty, often with a slight downwind component.
Apart from Mike Fitz who had about 20mins there were very few thermals about. After lunch we changed ends only to find the conditions just the same.
Everyone flew, and more swallows are back after the first one was spotted last Friday. - JSt

Monday 14th April - Scouts one-day course

We welcomed  a group from 2nd Exeter Scouts for our first one-day course this year. The weather was really pleasant for a large group of young people to try out gliding, with a light north easterly wind and  clear blue sky. 
Second Exeter Scouts
The group of 29 Scouts spent half the day at Dunkeswell airfield, plane spotting and half the day gliding. Some of the Scouts were fortunate to get short soaring flights up to the inversion at 2700ft, whilst others were caught in large areas of heavy sink.
North Hill cafe (Cheryl) delivered burgers and chips in large quantities to keep everyone fed and watered. We look forward to welcoming some back during their 3 months temporary membership.
Thanks to all the helpers and Instructors for a smooth running day.

Sunday 13th April

A bright but chilly start, not many members as quite a few were recovering from the expedition to Portmoak, gliding started about 10:30am the first few launches failed to get away.
Robert was first to stay up and paved the way for many soaring flights, the thermals were quite difficult to read but quite strong, with wave interference,  the cloud base didn't get much above 2,500ft, the visibility was good in the light northwesterly wind.
There were two Trial lessons today and several other aerotows. Tom in DG1 attempted the Club 100, but having turned Tiverton East, got stuck at Hemyock and landed safely in a field near Dunkeswell.
Dave C is beginning to enjoy his new acquisition with more than 2 hours in Pilatus B4 CVV .
There were fourteen private gliders in the air with 8 of them achieving between 1.5 and 3 hours but no cross-countries flown and a bit of late wave to play with at the end of the day. - JSt

Saturday 12th April

Although there weren't the lovely conditions that yesterday offered, there was still lift and most of the time around 5 gliders were soaring off the ridge. Several private gliders were very active, Wyn in his LS7 and 2 K6's, one with Andrew L and the other with William and Heather (filling her boots as usual) plus Paul L in the SF27 enjoying the flying. In the afternoon several private gliders and club gliders were stuck to the ridge which was chucking up weak thermals in abundance, but with a tight working band up to 1500 feet. Rowan  sat on the ridge for 2 hours in the Libelle, for the longest flight of the day.
 Ian M instructed at Halesland all morning and then Lisa filled in whilst he just managed to make North Hill by 2pm to continue duties there (what a busy chap he is). Martin B enjoyed what should have been a couple of quick solo circuits but he took advantage of the conditions and stayed up for his first hour flight. 
A couple of trial lessons today and Rob T enjoyed a flight with Roly. Some of the regular Saturday members missing today as they were obviously recovering from a busy week at Portmoak. Very cold today - Bring on the summer!!! - Lisa & Rowan

Friday 11th April - Portmoak

"All good things must come to an end...but not before the last possible minute"
Before flying had started for the day some of the North Hill expeditionees were already well on their way home with Mark C and Simon L taking the DG505, James ASW 20 (ENW) and Pete and William Duo Discus (OL), all keen to get well down South before the weekend traffic, Stu LS3 (KMV) having set off yesterday.
Simon M (ASW 20 SM), Paul and Mark L (Std Cirrus 477) and Eric (ASG29 G29?) all got into the sky to give their gliders a final Scottish airing whilst Henry (Std Cirrus JD7) and Oliver (LS3 EO) had some friendly brother competitiveness as to who could fly the highest during their flights. Meanwhile the two Mikes (Mike S and Mike F) borrowed, again with the kind permission of the SGC Duty Instructor, a K21 for some final fun on the ridge.

Final fun at Portmoak
And then with the clouds becoming darker and the odd spot of rain it was time to start putting the remaining toys away ready for the long trip South.
Last look at the Bishop for this trip
Thanks to Henry for organising this year's Portmoak expedition and for Mark C and Simon L co-ordinating the week's flying, making sure that everyone had a good time
Thanks also to SGC who, as ever, made us all welcome and kindly allowed us to borrow various SGC gliders during our time at Portmoak. - Mike Sl (ed: and thanks to Mike - your correspondent in Scotland)

Friday 11th April - Course week

The final day of our first course this summer  was a corker! Beautiful blue sky and a light north easterly breeze, with a few cumulus popping quite early, but it was lunchtime before the thermals were really usable.
Having seen that RASP was giving a slow start, the course members enjoyed a lecture on identifying soaring weather and calculating the cloud base to be about 2800ft. What came to pass proved that forecasts aren't always spot on.
Once the soaring got started - it just got better and better, with  east-west streeting, convergences and cloudbases to 5000ft.
An empty launchpoint for most of the afternoon, with a cracking sky

The solo pilots on the course Chris C, MarkW and Rick all enjoyed soaring flights in the Junior, with Mark and Rick completing their 2 hour flights for Cross-country endorsement.  Rob R, Richard D and Douglas all enjoyed long cross-country flights  around the Blackdowns in the two-seaters.
Several Club members arrived to use spare cables, and Peter B in K6 had the longest flight of the day 3hrs 18mins and also achieved his 2 hour flight  for Cross-country endorsement.

Peter Bennett with a cheesy grin
Matt in M5 and Pete in 230 whizzed round the hugely underset task of the new Club 100 NHL - TIV - CRK - NHL(at 93 and 91kph), and then went round the old Club 100 NHL - TIE - YEO -NHL(at 95 and 86kph), completing with a flourish of a syncro flyby.

A fantastic end to the course that started off with a duff day.
Final totals - 106 launches, with 37 hours flying.
Course photo April 2014
 Thanks to all the helpers - Tom, Gordon, Aston and Jill, and Instructors Pete, JB and Paul and Course members Douglas, Rob, Mark, Richard, Chris and Rick for a very enjoyable week.

And finally - the first swallow is back..... summer is really coming!

Thursday 10th April - Portmoak

"A day of much promise and suitably rewarding"
As ever the forecast turned out to be just that, with the early morning weather not as good as expected. So a leisurely breakfast and much looking out of the window for the anticipated clearance which arrived mid- morning and as soon as Bishop's was clear the winch launches were under way.

As has been the case on the flyable days this week the Westerly wind ensured that the Bishop's ridge was working well from the start of launching right through to the end of the day - by mid morning most of the clouds around the site had also started to provide good thermal lift albeit some of the clouds were deceptive in relation to available / useable lift with Simon L and Mike F, flying in a an SGC K21, being deceived by a suitable looking cloud over Kinross and ending up in a field...
Nice big field
The day saw all of the North Hill expeditionees airborne in one glider or another and with many long flights - the most notable being Mark E who completed a flight of around 6 hours thereby achieving his Silver Duration.

Nick practiced his general flying and thermal spotting skills all of which were assessed as 'very good' by his DG505 P1s
James in ENW from the Bishop
There was a possibility of some evening wave but despite best endeavours none could be found... Well there is always tomorrow...  - Mike Sl

Thursday 10th April - Course week

A lovely bright start on top of the hill, Exeter were still in fog! The kit was all out early and ready to go and the Thursday regulars had been flying for nearly an hour before the course emerged from their extended and useful briefing on launch failures.
Simulated launch failures were the order of the day until the Instructors all got tired walking back from the other end of the field. There was a disappointing amount of soaring  - just the one half hour flight, but a total of 78 winch launches and 3 aerotows kept everybody on their toes.
In the evening, the course members, instructors and helpers enjoyed a meal at the Keeper's Cottage.

Wednesday 9th April - Portmoak

"The morning after the day before"
Unsurprisingly after the previous day's flying epicness and with cloud covering the top of Bishop's there was a general lack of keenness to start flying. However the morning was well spent listening to an educational and informative talk by Sant Cervantes on flying in wave - what to look out for on various weather charts (a good reminder of the importance of planning for success), the essential ingredient of risk mitigation and knowing when to take a calculated risk, or even more importantly, when not to, and how when it all comes together what "fun" can be had.
And then suddenly some enthusiasm....
Simon M and Stu took the DG 505 for an airing, followed soon after by Mark E in a SGC Junior, both using the Bishop's to good effect and using the evident wave over Loch Leven and further West.
James (ASW20 ENW) was next followed by Paul S (Std Cirrus 477)
Visibility was not great but soon SGC gliders were being prepared for use by North Hill expeditionees with the kind agreement of the SGC Duty Instructor.
Lots of keen pilots but the playground had closed for the time being...
And then all the gliders which were airborne started to call downwind - ahead of a rather wide rain front coming from the West quite quickly. A single practice launch failure later and with the rain increasing it was time for tea and discussion....

And sadly that was it for the day as the rain settled in for the rest of the day - with gliders being picketed down for the night and plans being made for the evening meal at 'Reminisce' including a pudding competition.

Evening at Reminisce
After a Terrific Tuesday a rather Wet Wednesday but the forecast for tomorrow providing optimism for, just maybe, a Thrilling Thursday...? - Mike Sl

Wednesday 9th April - Course week

All the kit was out early with a large number of Wednesday people and course members keen to get going, but the first breath of wind stirred up the air and we were back in fog - we couldn't even find all the sheep first time round!
The course members went for a briefing and two launch lines were set up. The sky cleared at 10:00am and clouds started forming in the light westerly. Although the sky looked promising, no-one could find any lift and it didn't get soarable until lunchtime. And exactly as RASP predicted the soarable slot lasted for nearly two hours. Matt in M5 set off on task for Okehampton and Crewkerne, Pete St in Discus 230 was a bit later and got caught out at Okehampton, landing near Whiddon Down in the spreadout. Luckily Matt was already on final glide for North Hill, and set off on retrieve.
Rick and Chris C both completed their 50 solos. Geoff L and Nigel flew their newly acquired Pegase for the first time. A busy day with 72 winch launches.
Pete chalks up his first field of 2014 under a gloomy looking sky

Tuesday 8th April - Portmoak

"What a difference a day makes"
That people were waiting from 7:20am for the Clubhouse caterers to arrive and to be able to order breakfast tells you that there was much optimism for a good day's flying - those not in the food ordering queue at the Clubhouse were busy getting gliders checked and towed across to the launch point before taking their turn to order breakfast. 
First DG505 launch of the day at 09:45am
The grid soon became packed with many SGU gliders and privately owned gliders, both SGU and visitors.
The high levels of optimism were rewarded from the first flight of the day at 9, and through continuing regular launches, on into the afternoon and in turn the early evening.
A steady stream of gliders were launched by the winch throughout the day heading straight over to the West ridge where the fresh Westerly wind was providing expected strong lines of lift at various parts of the ridge - as the day progressed thermals provided the opportunity for those gliders who wished to leave the ridge to do so albeit that as often is the case the 'sky over there was not necessarily better than the sky over here'.
As the grid became emptier no surprise that the ridge rapidly became like Piccadilly Circus, Spaghetti Junction and Heathrow all rolled in to one - lookout was, as ever, key.

After much fun making use of the good lift on the West ridge as well as the various thermals and limited weak wave by mid afternoon most of the North Hill gliders had landed to allow pilot refreshments and changeovers.
After a brief pause for late lunches and hot drinks, with renewed energy the late afternoon/early evening grid re-filled with North Hill gliders which were soon launching on to the still working West ridge and in anticipation of wave setting up early evening as with Sunday. On this particular occasion it was not to be although there was again plenty of good flying to be had during the early evening (A particular thank you to Paul who, having been cleared to use the SGU winch, kindly launched everyone else on the late afternoon/early evening grid without then flying himself).
There was some wave - but a little far downwind
By the end of the day the North Hill expeditionees had completed circa 30 flights and over 50 hours flying time - and everyone in the North Hill contingent had flown during the day .

As always the last word goes to Mark C - "Make sure the Blog captures the epicness of today"....
Enough said perhaps.  - Mike Sl

Tuesday 8th April - Course week

There was a bright start, and course members and helpers were all setting up and unpacking the entire hangar early, in the fresh north westerly wind. Soon after 09:00 am, it clouded over and started to rain, so we went back for coffee and biscuits and a lecture on using the ridge correctly.
Not long after 10:00 and having just cleared the raindrops off the wings, there was another small shower, but then it cleared and the day just got better and better.
With a pretty fresh west north westerly, the ridge was working all day,and thermals were kicking off and streeting. So after the lack of flying yesterday, we made up for it by using three 2-seaters and two single seaters, the course totals were 24 launches and 16 hours flying. Everybody had an excellent opportunity to put the earlier ridge running briefing into practice.
Rob (with Pete) completed his first flight away from the circuit, turning Cullompton, Hembury and Culmstock,  Rick and Chris occupied the Juniors, while  Douglas, Richard and Mark had plenty of local soaring with Paul and JB.

Monday 7th April - Course week and Portmoak

"Rain rain go away come back another day, preferably never...."
Sadly the weather forecast for today proved pretty accurate.

the 'model Club fleet' get a suitable early airing,
Light rain from the start of the day and with a generally pessimistic forecast for most of the day, various groups headed off in different directions to 'do other things' . But with some optimism for a potential clearance late in the day - with the SGC planning some evening flying there was some hope that a Marvellous Monday might follow a Super Sunday, but it was not to be...

With uncertainty as to whether the weather would clear SGC cancelled their planned evening and although the weather did eventually clear it was decided to abandon any other plans for flying with thoughts instead as to what could be a Terrific Tuesday if the weather forecast can be believed...
Time will tell... - Mike Sl

North Hill
Low cloud / fog and rain meant no flying today, giving the first Course of the season plenty of time for ground school. Lectures included SeeYou tutorial, tasks and turnpoints, circuit planning and a practical exercise of derigging and rigging a Junior, Meanwhile JB, Gordon and Aston repaired the Junior trailer. Rick spent the afternoon successfully passing the Bronze exam.

Sunday 6th April - Portmoak

"A Start Stop Start Stop then Start and Keep Going sort of day" (Or maybe all good things come to those who wait...)

That the first flight of the 2014 Portmoak expedition launched at just before midday on what was for some the fourth day of their trip says it all about the local flying conditions to date on the expedition North .

Or perhaps the weather gods were waiting for the stragglers from the South West to arrive before providing a limited window of opportunity for some flying to start.

Simon M and Stu completed a weather check / site familiarisation flight and Mark and Simon L had some 'fun' in the DG 505, both flights using the ridge to the South of the radar installation to good effect in the Southerly wind both then deciding to land on the North landing area direct into the freshening wind and ahead of the imminent rain.

Within a few minutes of the rain arriving the gliders were picketed down with lunch plans rapidly made - a short period of flying but enough to see a surge of enthusiasm amongst the eager expeditionees.

In view of the likely inclement weather for the next couple of hours the opportunity was taken by a number of people to visit 'Reminisce', a coffee house/cafe in Kinross run by Steve, Irene and family after many years catering at the SGC Clubhouse, and to sample Steve's usual cooking skills which had not lost any of their excellence in the last year.
A return to Portmoak in anticipation of some improved weather was rewarded with Simon L and Andria having some 'fun' in the DG 505, again on the South ridge - with the flying conditions continuing to be interesting...
Some optimism

The DG 505 was handed over to Simon M and Eric but with the next band of rain rapidly approaching that launch turned out to be a 'straight back to the landing area flight'.

Time for a hot drink (or two or three) and an extended discussion on how long the rain would last, whether there would be flying after the rain had gone through, and importantly what evening would be the day for a re-visit to 'Reminisce' for a meal cooked by Steve.
Then with the rain increasing in intensity, and running down the Clubhouse windows Mark C made a very bold prediction of "We will be flying before the afternoon is out" - now we all have confidence in one of our experienced Instructors but even so there were just a few sceptics...

But the prediction turned out to be completely true and with the wind having moved round to a Westerly direction, soon the DG 505 with Mark C and Oliver were joined on the West ridge around 5 o'clock by Stu in LS 3 (KMV) and  James in ASW 20 (ENW)

DG505 launching into a great looking sky

After some suitable careful discussion/negotiation with the local SGC Instructors it was kindly agreed by them that the SGC K21s and ground equipment could be kept out and used for the rest of the day - with Henry cleared to use the SGC winch it was now a question of making sure that as many people who wanted to fly could do so before the official time for last landing  for the day (A particular mention for Henry who launched everyone else but did not fly himself today...)

James in ENW - worth waiting for

What a great late finish to the day of which the highlights were:-
  • Total of 9 flights, with circa 12 hours in total flying time, completed between just before 5 pm and just after 8pm
  • Longest flight was 2 hours 29 minutes by James in ASW20 ENW
  • Simon M and Andria climbing to just over 10000' in wave over Loch Leven with James a little lower at just over 9000'
KMV over Loch Leven

And the motto of the day?
"Never lose your optimism, and always believe Mark Courtney's positive weather predictions" (ed: must have learnt something in all those weather lectures) - Mike Sl

Thursday 3rd April

Whilst the south and east of England were suffering with severely polluted air, Devon was stuck in low cloud and drizzle. But the Thursday regulars had heard the plea from Pete St for hoovering out the glider cockpits and turned up with Dysons and extension leads. 
Spring cleaning
An action shot
After all the cockpits were spotless, Pete led a question and answer session on Bronze exam topics. Meanwhile this year's club expedition to Portmoak was gathering momentum with gliders being hitched up and set off on the Costa trail to the North.