Over forty pilots swarmed to Makapuu today, and over half that number flew in very light leeside sea breeze conditions. The high cirrus cloud cover didn't slow down the development very much, and eventually it rained over Olomana and points west, and the sea breeze slacked off to a barely noticeable draft.
But not before Jorge tagged Lanikai and started on his way back. Thanks to Paul for picking him up! Brett contented himself with a tour of Greenwalls, and James and I stopped short of a cloud soaked Puu O Kona. Super fun thermaling with you guys!
As the sea breeze slackened, pilots began to fall out of the sky. Poor Oregon Ryan launched and sank out into the drink short of the beach below Manics, and some snorkelers and the lifeguard helped him out. Some of our pilots headed over to help but there appeared to be plenty of people handling it. Thanks to everyone who pitched in to buy the lifeguards a cold refreshing thank you gift.
Then there was the landing zone. Some of the landings were pretty, and some not so much. As the wind got lighter, the approaches got crazier. Thanks to everyone for the entertaining and educational show.
Roll call: Gaza, Laurel, Scotty, Airborne Ken, Rich, TommyRD, Hilo Ken, Sam Nottage, Goto, Mike Benson, Ginny, Sharky, Alex, James, Brett, Jorge, Thom, Woody, Drew, Jonathan, George, Steve, Ivan, Stefan, Johnimo, Oregon Ryan, Paul, Wayne, McStalker, Frank, Five-0 Mike, Jim, Kaaawa Larry, Roland, Joey, Doug, BC Mike, Scot, Harvey, JJ, Shawn, and others I didn't see or just plain forgot.