08 Oktober 2015

Canungra day 6: 50km/h wind, day cancelled

Finally I feel like I have arrived in the right timezone! We went up to the SE Beechmont take off, the Durands´ home site, but it was gusting up to 50 km/h with low clouds racing over our heads, so meet director Davo cancelled the day. Chances for tomorrow are better, and we might even fly a really long task. Also for our last day on Saturday the forecast looks great! Not quite the record of 8 tasks flown in 8 days like last year, but still a very good year in Canungra!
Last night we had the classic "Red Faces" night where everybody tries to embarrass themselves with a funny show act. Davo won big time with his "Vegemite show". He showed all the different things you can do with that brown yeasty stuff that Aussies love on their breakfast sandwich - an acquired taste in my opinion, I just can´t cope with the smell of it... Davo brushed his teeth brown with it, smeared it into his face, on and under his arms and on his hair - soon I had to hold my breath, as the stench was overwhelming! Suddenly Rangi jumped up with a slice of bread and brushed some vegemite off Davo´s shoulder - and started eating the bread. It was a funny show, and Davo won the Red Faces by a great margin! It´s great to have fun and time to socialize - Linda, Shirley, Judy and some others had prepared the third dinner of the week, really great food for all the pilots and their drivers. The flying here is great, because it´s very technical. You have to change tactics several times a day, going from hills to mountains to flatlands, from convergence into headwind sea breeze. But the main asset of this place are the people who make it all happen - my friends for half of my life! Thanks to you all for your efforts, for some world class flying, for a great time in the best place in the world - Canungra!

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