Return To Polo

2016-08-16 Sugar Grove Gathering

Tim & I are Enterprising now in the Chicago area, returning to our previous home area, staying with friends Bob & Rob who are only 25 minutes from the Polo Field. Perfect weather loomed so we took advantage of it.

I've always said this is an amazing place to fly and boy did it live up to that description. A group of 8 pilots, strangely all flying Top 80 machines, gathered for a beautiful summer evening jaunt in Sugar Grove. It was good to be back, to spend time and fly with old friends.


Bob is pointing out a line of clouds. Long time soaring pilot Paul Paulikas explained that these clouds were the convergence of onshore winds from Lake Michigan and a westerly wind. You could probably soar this turbulent air for many miles. The sidebar radar shot shows it well, too.


For most of the evening a perfect little breeze made easy work of launching. John Stovall goes here.

Paul Paulikas pulls it up nicely.


 Lance Marczak does a nice light-wind reverse with on his "well-loved" Spice.


We avoid this golf course to be neighborly but the road is fair game, especially with so little traffic.


The field had just been mowed. It's the next best thing to launching on a golf green.


Playing amongst the things sticking out of earth is part of what makes this so much fun.


Caution Lance, left turn ahead.


"John, let me wipe the road grime off my feet with your wing."


Dave McWinnie and Lance pair up.




The nearby quarry makes for an interesting background where Tim, Lance and other's played.


Just beyond the quarry a gravel road beckons. But I've repaired my prop and don't want any rocky dings in it.


Tim makin' it look good.


Flying these little pathways through the corn is a pleasure.


Returning to the field Lance makes sure everybody is parked properly.


Tim got this great idea after we landed. Cool picture. Guinness, Dave McWinnie's pooch, still gets around in spite of advanced age.


The flyers unite.

The first wave shows up at 6pm. We have nearly 2 hours until sunset.

Convergence dust is seen on this radar image. There is no rain falling anywhere in the Chicago area so this is all concentrated particulate matter.

© 2016 Jeff Goin & Tim Kaiser   Remember: If there's air there, it should be flown in!