As I am staying at the Caravan in Anglesey for the week, a trip to the Orme is an hour away, and reasonably accessible as long as the forecast makes it worthwhile. XC Weather said it was only going to be 8 to 10mph but WSW to SW for the day. That direction makes it worthwhile as long as the strength of the wind is enough.
The direction of the wind this summer has been so untypical with NE mixed with East and South East, having the right direction up the Orme is a luxury too good to miss.
So I arranged to meet Keith at 10.30am and took the risk. When I set off from Holyhead it was blowing about 15mph and more than strong enough, but would it subside by the time I got to the Orme. I kept watching the trees and was pleased to see the strength was keeping up and XC Weather was wrong about the wind strength.
When I arrived I walked to the edge with my windometer and measured 20mph! Result. I put the Jart shown above together and threw it off. It was like an elevator. It went straight up and stayed that way all day.
We had some amazing flying with 400 foot climbs from the Jart, some amazing aerobatics and blue skies. Not had a day like it for as long as I can remember.
Keith flew his Fusion without ballast, and the Phoenix once or twice.
At that wind strength landing is easy with no danger of being blown far back by the wind strength. At one point the wind moved a little to the West and tiny bit of rota developed but nothing serious.
About 2pm a group of boys from St. David’s College arrived with their master. I had seen Facebook entries of their visits. They flew foamie Zagis and Wild Things etc. What a great idea if you are a Slope Soarer and a Master – take the kids up the Orme and interest them in your past time. Win Win situation all round. You get to fly in school time and the kids have fun – unfortunately such results do not appear in soliciting!
Eventually I came home leaving Keith to fly on into the sunset.
What a brilliant day!