For the first time since 2003 we flew on New Year's day and soared even if was only on the ridge.

We then flew on the next 5 days with some of the best winter wave we've had for years. On the 2nd Martin K and Ian T flew the K21 for the best part of 2 hours, initially in weak wave up to nearly 4,000 ft but then dropping back on to the ridge where they easily maintained 2,000 feet in very smooth lift. Colin H joined them on the ridge in the Junior and Martin managed to grab a few photos from the back of the K21. On the 3rd and 4th the wave really got going with Phil getting to 19,000 feet in the LS7 and quite a few other climbs above 10,000 ft too.

On Saturday 5th almost every club and private glider was in the wave with many getting away from a short tow over Glenlatterach. The highest climb was to 13,000 feet with quite a few cross country kilometres flown the most notable being a trip by Trevor C and John C to Feshie and back in the K-21. Phil in the LS7 and Geddes in the LS8 set out on an ambitious cross country task. Phil ended up scaring the grouse on Ben Rinnes but did manage to scrape away eventually and get home while Geddes did rather better. One of the really surprising things was that the air temperature was still above freezing at 9,000 feet!

Long may it continue!

Highland Gliding Club
Easterton Airfield
Birnie
Elgin
Scotland
United Kingdom
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