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The bad news is that we did not hold the Xmas Cross Country today. The good news is we will try again on the 12th January.

Nine people turned up in the car park today where we debated whether we should go up. At that period of time (10:00 to 11:30) there was some light rain. Then at about 11:30 one intrepid soul broke ranks and went for the hill. This led to a stampede by the rest of us to follow (herd instinct had a part to play). We made camp on the Razor - rain had stopped but wind was about 20 mph gusting to 30 mph. Most flew foamy wings, but a couple of people flew “real planes”. After lunch the wind picked up to over 30mph with gust much higher so any thoughts of holding the competition were abandoned. However, flying continued until about 14:30 and then rain was seen to be heading our way, so we all went home.

Because rain has been forecast for Sunday (15th December) the festivities up The Peak have been cancelled – so no hot food and sherry. This is a particular disappointment to me as Clive Cheesley had promised me a “Full English”.

However, at the moment we still plan to have a Xmas Cross Country. We realised weather and/or lack of contestants will cause this event to be postponed, but we are going to try!

See you up the Peak

Andy D

At the last WMSA General Meeting (14th November) it was agreed club membership fees for 2014 would remain at 2013 levels. However at the meeting, Bob Flook (Treasurer & Membership Secretary) requested members delay paying their WMSA membership fee until the outcome of a BMFA meeting in early December was known. We now understand that BMFA are also holding their membership fees for 2014 to 2013 levels. A revised application form is now available on this site.

Club members are reminded that we have a Club meeting on Thursday, 12th December. As usual at this time of year we will be holding the 12 inch span (that’s a maximum of 12 inches) indoor glider competition. There will be three classes: Scale, Xmas novelty and rubber power duration. Prizes to be awarded to the winner of each class so get building! We will also have the bumper Christmas raffle where we have around £200 worth of prizes. If that wasn’t we have some eats including hot sausage rolls and mince pies.

Another date for your diary is the Christmas Cross Country Comp planned for Sunday 15th December. Any glider is eligible and as usual any members that do not want to participate in the competition but want to fly are welcome to do so. Note: If for some reason the competition does not take place on the 15th, the back-up date is 12th January 2014. However, if we do manage to hold the Xmas Cross Country this month, it is propose that the empty slot on 12th January be used for the Limbo competition.

With luck we should have hot food and sherry provided up the hill. We will be looking for some volunteers to help with the cooking and carry stuff up the hill. We usually each bring along a small prize (around £3) to be shared out after the competition, winners get first choice.

Graham Tolhurst has thrown down the gauntlet for the competition season 2013-2014 by completing a Kestrel flight. Weather conditions: bright sunshine with a northerly wind of 7 mph, possible gusts to 12 mph and a temperature of 8 C. Below is his description of the event.

“I took advantage of the northerly wind today and completed a Kestrel flight from The Peak to the Trig Point on Wavering Down and back to The Peak again.  In case you’re not familiar, the Kestrel award is given to the club member who completes the furthest out and back flight in the current club competition year.  There is a similar award for the longest flight with a landing, which is the Eagle award.

I thought it would be an easy flight, but proved rather difficult.  The wind was lighter than expected and slightly too northerly which meant that the ridge running along the long wall from the crossroads wasn’t working and I was scratching for lift before attempting to get across to Wavering Down.  A few small thermals helped me out.  The lift on Wavering Down was good, once I managed to push the glider round to the front of the hill.  Coming back was easier.  Barton Rocks was working really well and that gave me plenty of height to get back to the North Face and then on up to the Peak.  I flew this with my Thermik Excel, which proved the right choice for the light winds.”

Congratulations go to Graham. Is anybody going to top this?