Well there was wave, two of us motored in, you could say it was cheating and you may have a point!. However after putting the time in and still not connected properly at 4500′ QNH I thought that seeing as I was going to fire the engine at some point during the flight anyway I may as well fire up now and use it to get into the wave.
I only needed to gain 800′ feet and move forward a little and there I was. Climbing to 12000′ as I didn’t have oxygen with varying rates of climb, typically 2-3 knts and occasionally 4-5knts. Traveling upwind was a challenge with 55knts headwind slowing down to climb would easily see me flying backwards!. Eventually I got to Vyrnwy when things changed, a normal looking jump to the next bar left me in amongst the cloud in a hole that wasn’t working!!!. dropping out of wave over the middle of wales was not part of the plan! Never mind all character building stuff so I had to fly home under the cloud with plenty of fall back plans that I fortunately didn’t needs.
The only pure pilot was Mark Sanders in 445 (KA also tested its motor) He managed his gold height and now has a completed gold badge.
The wind was quite wild in the morning so launches were delayed until Rob felt it was worth a Met flight, those who launched later when things had calmed somewhat had a ridge day which eventually produced showers (about the time that I fell out of the sky at Vyrnwy!).
A mixed day, definitely wavey and a good example of the problems of a high inversion, approx 5000′ feet today, much easier at 3500′.