I woke up to strong sunshine pouring around the curtains. "Alexa! What's the temperature? "
"At the moment, it's 2 degrees Celsius". "YES! ". Today was going to be a good day, possibly a great day.
Arriving at Firle though, the wind was quite a bit stronger than forecast which meant launch was delayed and I also delayed going XC as I waited for the wind to die down. The stronger wind meant there was no sign yet of the sea breeze - or so I thought.
I met up with a Delta 4 near Lewes and we started flying well together. We ended up on full bar trying to escape a big dark cloud near Truleigh. After that the clouds just switched off, they no longer had a nice flat bottom and I couldn't connect with another thermal. I didn't realise it but the dark cloud we had to escape from was a sea breeze convergence cloud. The sea breeze had obviously come in at a very sharp angle and so while I could see no obvious signs (no curtain cloud, no lower base, no dangly disorganized cloud) it had arrived at ground level and stifled all the thermals.
Never mind, still a lovely flight with strong climbs up to cloudbase at 5,000'. I met up with the Delta pilot and we got a lift back to Firle from my awesome friend Ashley.