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Old Jul 13, 2011, 05:09 PM
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Originally Posted by John Shaw View Post
Hi Guy's ,

Any suggestions on ballast for the CX2's?
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Johnny Shaw, NZ
Hey John, Do you really need to ballast it? Even when its quite windy, getting home requires some serious diving to penetrate... If you have significant wind and good lift, then I would say that ballast would be a good thing. But if conditions are usually such that the lift is week when its windy, I would say don't ballast, launch as high as you can, and only seek off field upwind or to the side. Only go down wind as far as you must, but can still get home. The reason for this is that if you follow a thermal moving fast downwind, and not climbing very fast, you may reach a height that would normally get your target time unless because you need to penetrate into the wind, you have to dive which greatly increases your sink rate, and leaves you on the field, short of altitude to get that target time. High wind minimum sink conditions require a strategy that almost precludes flying downwind.

Food for thought.

How are you doing anyway? Hope to see you and PeeWee and Rowdy next year in Poway.

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