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Nine Knot Nige is Never Never Wrong....

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On Friday evening NKN gave us the following prognosis:   'Weather is showing some rather stable air around us or an area of slack pressure. If we reach the estimated temp of 31 degrees we should see 7,000 ft CB. Blue to the west with Cu out to Millmeran. RASP is predicting an early shutdown (3.00pm) which I think will be a weak seabreeze coming in.'

I think the key word in all that was 'slack'.  That is certainly how I felt as I stumbled around a paddock at about 900' AGL somewhere between Pittsworth and Clifton.  It had looked promising but what was going wrong?  Sid was not far away in a similar predicament.  Stu and David K had managed to get airborne earlier and seemed to be doing pretty well but only minutes later we here them turn tail for home as well.  Meanwhile, back at the camp, our weather meister  NKN himself had decided that after visually checking the garden at Killarney and working the weeds back to Warwick he would also call it a day.

Phil had planned to join us but very selflessly became impromptu instructor for the day when our new recruit Karl arrived for the weekend (you probably planned it that way Phil).  Brad kindly did a very commendable job as tow pilot (we can hardly blame him for the poor thermals can we).

Late in the day everyone was starting to be a little concerned that we had not heard from Old Fox Bill.  Brad and I went up in the BearHawk to see if we could contact him. A weak signal came over the radio suggesting he was working hard to get home and would prefer not to be disturbed.  After landing Bill quietly announced that he had completed the task (Warwick, Kogan, Bell & return).  What a hero!

Sunday looked like it was to be the day we had expected the day before.  I did a quick tow to get Paul Hogan current again and then he took over the reins.  Phil was again in the back seat of the PeeWee but today the plan was Pittsworth and back to give Karel a taste of cross country.   Laurie (MO), Young Dan (WA), Val (KZ), Les (OP) and yours truly headed off on task (Laurie's special - Broadwater Lagoon, Killarney and return). After a pretty good climb over Warwick we all headed off only to head inexorably towards the deck.  The next couple of hours or so was a mix of good climbs and desperate struggles.  Val pulled up stumps early due to instrument problems.  Dan A decided against the last leg to Killarney while Laurie was so happy with his 300K under his belt that he hung on for another hour or so at the end of the day to celebrate.  I did not hear a lot from Les but when she call inbound at 20k and 7,000' under a convergence line I thought I could almost see the smile on her dial:-)

See you soon under a nice Cu...


New recruit (Karl), Denis with overseas student, while Phil S and Paul H wait for the photo op to finish so they can get a launch.

At the other end of the rope Les curses yesterday's (South African) tug pilot who apparently can't work out this fancy twirly thing.

Dan A and Laurie all excited (that's about as excited as Laurie ever gets) just before we head off into the unknown

Les helps with the launch before jumping into OP to do her stint around the skies.