The forecast was for north westerly winds at 10mph give or take, little or no clouds, unstable.
Selsley was my chosen launch point. Conditions seemed perfect on arrival at 10 ish, but nobody was in the air until just after 10.30 when Rich G took to the air. The day started!
Quite quickly the wind picked up which encouraged many to take off early, myself included. The busy sky meant things were a bit challenging to start, not helped by the now bullish wind and sparse lift, but eventually the first wave of about 15 gliders split into two and beamed out in a huge thermal. Big as it was I still felt nervous with so many wings to watch, so found myself searching for lift away from the main group when things got tight.
Pushed hard to try to stay with the front group, but Seeley and Steelie were already galloping off, getting low, beaming out and galloping off again. The tactic of sticking with the Sky Gods wasn't really working. The distraction of equipment not working as it should didn't help. As the groups thinned out I found myself low just before the M4 accompanied by Tom and someone on a blue Gradient. This tree kicking state persisted all the way to just before the ridge at Clyffe Pypard, but we never go high enough to push on. Thus it was here where gravity finally won the battle.
Ah, but what a fab day. My first ever pre-April XC Woo Hoo!