18mph increasing to 24mph occasionally gusting 30mph. Good wind, good lift and good company. It had to be done an enjoyable afternoons soaring at the Bwlch with my two Blejzyk models. The 1.9m Mefisto and 2.4m Hammer. Chris (the local) brought along his Willow, Air One, Tucan and Voltige. Devon Rob aka Tiger Oats flew his Stage 2 and 48" Fusion.
Chris's planes were all very nice and appeared to revel in the blustery conditions, whilst my Mefisto was a joy to fly and I really appreciated the vast expanse of the Bwlch compared to my local slope. This encouraged one off big manoeuvres or just multiple smaller manoeuvres providing thrills combined with a fair amount of concentration the net result of which was pretty awesome.
On the other hand the non ballasted Hammer was a bit of a damp squid, sluggish and not very inspiring. This has now prompted me to seriously incorporate a means of ballast into the fuse which would have been a lot easier during the construction phase!
It was a bit too windy for Rob's Stage 2 not making much headway during it's one and only flight. His Fusion faired a lot better but one nasty gust saw it make a pretty hard impact which broke the fuse. A bit of tape should see it fly again on his next road trip stop over at the Orme this Thursday.