WGC Blog

Sunday 30th Oct.
Busy morning at club with Peter p , Andre, Aussie mic mowing, me on the whipper snipper and Val and pat planting trees and spraying weeds to make the place look very tidy.
All before 11am when we got into the real reason we go there, gliding of course.
Tony done a quick check flight with Scott then 2 flights with Graeme M that totalled 3 hrs.
I launched next for 3 plus hrs mostly local and tough climbs at times. Really tight thermals when you found them.
David took the Lak17 fan all the way to DDSC and nearly back before he had to push the fan on button. Good effort though on a tough low day.
Others up for hours were I believe  
Ivor LS1
Brian WA
Val LS8
Bob Puckatruck
Scotty White Ant Express ( BG12A)
Denis  SZD55 , who topped out late in day at 7500ft.
George in the mighty Falke as well.
Sorry if I missed anyone but hard to keep score from up in the air. 
Less wind today and better according to skysight but I think sat was the better day.
Good weekend and good company.
Thanks to the tuggies,  ivor and 9 knots who made it all possible.
Sat 29 oct

Andre passenger today was a young 80 yr old lady into adventure.
Different view of me about to get launched.
Interesting day , got to 8g twice but some interesting thermals and good sink at times.
15  knots up top but ok on the ground.
Players today
Andre and pass
Andre and Aussie mic
Laurie in the Foka5
Anthony  in the booma
Tony in the mighty K6
Paul H in the ASW20
Bill in the LS 8
Peter P in the cirrus
Bob in the Pukatruck
Think that was all
Flights up to 3.5 hrs and some lift that bent the needle on the vario  , some sink that tdid as well.
Anthony in the booma, all photos courtesy of him.
Had about 3 hrs as well.
Good vintage turn out today.
Foka5, Booma  , K6, Pukatruck all had good flights.
Bring on Sunday
At 1030 Sunday morning I was looking at the sky, and Skysight, trying to convince myself that it was going to be worthwhile taking a launch. It wasn't much better after launch - weak climbs and cloudbase was just over 4000 ft. I headed east and kept finding enough lift to stay reasonably comfortable so followed what looked like a convergence line down towards Killarney. There was some good streeting but it fizzled a few kilometres south of Mt Sturt (SE of Maryvale). Had a brief chat with a power pilot who was heading for Brisbane at 4000 ft. The cloud was just below the top of Mt Mitchell and Mt Cordeaux at Cunningham's Gap, although you could see daylight on the other side. Didn't hear any accident reports so I guess he made it through the gap - not sure I would have been comfortable if I'd been onboard with him.

After that I headed back past Clifton and found a higher cloudbase and stronger climbs - several of 4-5 kts, a couple of 7-9 kts, and one ripper over the top of Milmerran Power Station which was a steady 12 kts on the averager, to nearly 7500 ft. Very unexpected but also very welcome - almost enough to get me home.

I also heard the Cathay aircraft talking to ATC on the area frequency - apparently his flight plan had got lost in the system so he had to sit waiting at the holding point for nearly 30 mins while ATC contacted Cathay ops to resubmit the flight plan. When it was finally sorted he was cleared direct from Wellcamp to Hong Kong - not a call you hear too often in our area. Robyn has advised that this will be a regular occurrence for Sunday afternoon so very advisable for all pilots to monitor the Wellcamp frequency when in the vicinity, or else the area frequency, if you are anywhere near Wellcamp on a Sunday afternoon.

Thanks to Ivor for the tow and for dropping me in a nice thermal,