Met up with Graham R, Rob K, Ken W and Ben F plus many others on Kettle Sings. Rob set a goal at Llanelli taking account of the amount of N. It started to feel strong so we got off and two gaggles left after midday. I was flying with Ken, Tim C, Viv and Phil Fouracre for the first part. The route over Ledbury, Marcle and Herefordshire worked well until Pontrilas forced a decision. North was preferable but the wind and better sky took me south over Garway and Skirrid where a nice climb got me from below the trig point. Think I was with Tim P just after Pontrilas but he wisely headed west from there whereas I tracked over Abergavenny and then up the Usk valley to heads of the valleys. The road there leads to a gusty run of towns sparking off rough thermals amidst a forest of power lines and wind turbines. Must head further North next time- even the locals say it gets windy. Heard on Telegram that Rob K had thrown his reserve near Ledbury- glad he was okay and had made a good decision. Fantastic retrieve from Pontlottyn- couple in car to Pontypool, bus to station, train to Hereford, train to Ledbury then lift to KS from Fabio. Restitution had kicked in so even more flying until sundown.