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To all of you who woke up Saturday morning, checked RASP and decided not to go gliding - I blow very large RASPberries in your general direction.  Sure - RASP and XC Skies both gave a pessimistic forecast.  However, as is often the case, the day turned out to be much better than we could ever have hoped for.  Phil (Lucky Phil that is) served us all well by taking command of WPS.  Instructing was ably catered for by Owen Morgan while Erich 'the red' enjoyed a more relaxed day.  His glider is still in for repairs (ready sometime in 2018 I understand) and with Owen instructing he mostly cooled his heels and kept a general CFI-type eye on things.  

There were a couple of AEFs and Owen was kept busy with instructing during the day.  Young Sid (from Allora) was there keen to continue with his training and the gregarious Gerry Golder of Gundy was also an enthusiastic starter for the day.

Les (Unlucky Les (she ended up with Phil didn't she?)), yours truly and David Kinlan became airborne around 11:30 and managed some nice lift in spite of the forecast.  It just got better and better.  Les and David headed over to the south west to pick up on a trough line hovering half way to Indglewood.  Finding the scrub a little too daunting (read 'chicken') I headed north and managed to catch up with Andres who had recently arrived with Slutsky. Later again I teamed with Greg.  We all enjoyed some fabulous soaring but the day seemed doomed when the trough came closer to the strip with ominous clouds and solid showers.  Greg decided to head north east to wait it out and I clung to the edge of the trough enjoying some surprisingly good lift.  I even managed to cross under the heavy conditions with weak but useful lift on the way.  

Meanwhile - back at the camp - Stu was busy putting WA back together again (with lots of help of course).  It really is great to have the Discus back at the field after her refinish and looking so smart.

Sunday seemed a bit windy at first but Phil, Greg and I were determined to make something of it.  Old Sid did the towing for us having travelled twice around the world to get to the gliding club for our benefit.  He has been busy addressing hordes of desperate admirers keen to get a piece of him and his recent book:-)

On the ground Les took up some AEFs, Erich instructed and also took WA for her test flight.

For Phil, Greg and me it could not have been much better.  Although the first leg to Millmerran was something of a struggle in the blue we soon noticed an improving sky to the south.  'Towards Inglewood', came the cry from Greg (he actually wanted to try for Goondiwindi but we dissuaded him) and so Phil and I followed suit.  From then on it just got better and better.  At times we were getting 8 knot climbs (and better) eventually to 9,500'.  Greg had to pull up stumps early to get back to Lismore and Phil figured that if he kept Les waiting any longer on the ground he may no be quite so 'lucky'.  That just left lonesome ol' me to enjoy the dying rays of the sun.  I finally landed around 6:15pm and even then after pulling dive brake.  The last hour was spent under the most delightful street that ran parallel to the ranges just east of Warwick for at least 100k.  I think I could have stayed up all night if I had just remembered the PAL frequency for Warwick (so I could turn on the lights:-)

In the end Phil, Greg and I all managed close to 500k on a brilliant day.

Remember - RASP may be interesting but sometimes you just gotta get there to get the good flights…..

Just a few pics below...


Les demonstrates why she is such a great PR person…..why wouldn't anyone take up gliding if it makes you feel this good :-)


Saturday afternoon around 3pm.  Surprisingly good flying up till now.  Where's that bloody airstrip?


Sunday - somewhere to the south of Inglewood.  Just look up at those nice Cus, Dan. Whatever you do don't look down.


Better than 11 knots instant, 8 on the averager - pretty handy stuff.


This was taken just before 6pm.  Look at that lovely street. Climbing at three knots while flying straight ahead - fantastic...

See you all soon - and next time don't be a RASPberry :-)

El presidente