VMG re launch

After months of racing I have come to the conclusion that Joio is just not up to speed.  She was my latest and narrowest design to date but after a lot of scrutinising I can only conclude that her beam and transom are just too narrow at 163 and 73mm respectively.
So until I complete a replacement, VMG which was my second D&B back in 2011 has had a little makeover and is now back on the water and at the sharp end of the fleet.  I have learnt so much since I first started sailing VMG so it will be interesting to see what she is capable of.  Although, I have to come to terms with using a rather slow Graupner Regatta winch as the RMG fitted just in front of the mast would have had an adverse effect on the boats trim.


2016 VMG


Joio, now in dry dock

Mi & Li

Sat afternoon on the slope.  An hour earlier and it was blue sky and Sun


Sea Mist

The 15mph SW wind was full of sea mist which rolled up the headland in thick tracks.  At times you could see half a mile and within a few secs the visibility was down to a few metres.  However, the conditions just suited the Dream Flite Libelle perfectly and I had one of best half hour soaring sessions ever.  Low, close and full of varying manoeuvers.
The Libelle is just less cumbersome than either the Traceur or Vagabond.  It's a very refined, special glider.




Off the Topic

Last weekend  was a little different in that Friday evening, Saturday afternoon and Sunday morning was spent in the workshop.  Ok, that's not exactly unusual!  However, in that relatively short space of time I managed to design, build, varnish, tune and play a Cigar Box Guitar.
Scraps of ply, softwood, pop rivets, a spanner and an old key being the main ingredients.  Not forgetting the £9 I spent on the pick up and jack plug.  Result!




Sat Night Soaring Spot

It was difficult choice, Eurovision or Sloping?  The forecasters didn't predict SW winds today so this afternoon I popped over to Hunts and this evening I strolled over to the 8th Tee. I'm now a very happy soarer.




Vintage Soaring

Super afternoon on the slope. Smooth generous lift to start then gradually decreasing to a gentle drifting breeze. There were also quite a few designs being flown from a 44yr old Dynaflite Ranger 99" , A Fatbox with an original Skyleader servo, Cobra, Zagi, Easy Star, Multiplex 300MM Fox, Vagabond, Mefisto and Libelle.
Due to the wind direction we flew off Penmaen Burrows overlooking Three Cliffs Bay.  It's a fantastic location and on the other side of the Headland it's also a great spot for Westerly winds and for the brave it is possible to Dynamic Soar (DS) the Great Tor.  If you're wondering what DS'g is then it's the fastest form of RC flight, faster than any powered aircraft including jets!  The World Record speed currently stands at just over 500mph, not bad for a glider!!










What a glider looks and sounds like at 505mph




Spring Soaring at its best

Good breeze and good lift, what a fab afternoons soaring at Hunts.  Even managed to make a start on the Libelle and finish covering the Hammer.  A very productive day!



Hammer makeover

Work is well on the way with the Hammers makeover. This follows a horrendous crash last year when I stalled  at  very low altitude and wrote off the wings.  This crash was so avoidable that I'm still really annoyed with myself when I think about it.  But as the ole saying goes there aint no point crying over crushed balsa.  
Harry lent a helping hand to prep the fuse whilst I worked on the wing roots. 



'B' rig Bash

Challenging  conditions but overall exciting fun.  13 races, 3 discards and wining by a single point from my last design (Edge) skippered by Rob.