Today was a South Easterly wind which meant that the flying was either at Bosley Minn, or on Mam Tor. Because of the Whaley Bridge dam situation, all the roads from Macclesfield to Chapel would be shut. Keith would also struggle walking up Mam Tor unti he felt better so it was either going to be Bosley Minn or bust. My problem was that, last time I went to Bosley Minn it was unflyable because
- There was an enormous fence over the lip of the slope, making it almost impossible to launch confidently
- There were fences everywhere. Originally the road had no boundary fences, but now there are fences.
- Whereas the land used to be open to park on, now there is a double gate. The farmer, however has confirmed that we can park where we used to, in order to fly from the usual field.
I had tried the site one day when there was very strong wind, but it was really difficult to fly. Today, the wind was coming directly onto the slope from the South East but the speed was only initially 9 to 11mph. It later rose to 20mph
We kitted up some light wind models like the Graphite 2E from Vladimir Models, which you can see in the photograph. The lift was abundant. The thermals were just starting. We arrived at 10am. Initially the lift was OK but not as good as it became later in the day when it topped 20mph. Rain was forecast at 2pm when the wind was going to move to the South. It moved as predicted so we drew stumps and retired to the Stanley Arms for a well deserved pint of Pedigree.
What was it like? Brilliant. The fence near the launch area looked smaller. Some of the wire had been remove and because it had weathered slightly, it didn’t seem as intrusive as last time we visited, nor was it electrified any more.
I flew my Redshift, and Stormbird several times admittedly without ballast but the flying conditions were excellent. The message is, ‘”Bosley Minn” is back in business as an ace flying site’. The lift was amazing, and all our landings were safe and easy. The farmer seems to have cleared up the land and removed the piles of rubble.