Yesterday, after stopping at Mike L’s to get the cage welded I met up with Bob, Mike and Bill at Placida. We tried to fly there last Sunday but ended up sitting in our vehicles while 3 inches of rain dumped on us. Anyway….. I arrived about 6:30 and Bill was boating overhead. The other two were out of sight somewhere on Gasparilla Island. I took my time getting ready and committed take-off sometime shortly after 7. It was a bad launch. I had to turn shortly after inflation and was perhaps a little to abrupt with the wing during the turn. Never the less, I got pointed in the right direction and applied power. The field was bumpy and the breeze was gusty and I experienced a pre-mature takeoff. I touched back down again, briefly, and staggered into the sky. The air was mixing, not terribly bumpy but not a lot of fun. I landed after probably 20 minutes.
Second attempt was aborted after I broke a brake line during inflation. Easy fix replacing less than 10 feet to first cascade.