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Old Jun 12, 2012, 01:25 AM
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Rick Shelby Earns his 50 K pin!

Only a couple of teams at the field today as it was just a practice day. The weather was ideal with very light wind until well after 3pm. Rick Shelby and I decided to see if we could get Rick's 50k pin. Rick launched my MXC a little before 2 pm and the lift was good right off launch. We decided to head North to the most northern turnpoint first while the headwind was light. We made the turnpoint easily and then turned back south and had a fairly easy run for next 12 miles. At this point the lift seemed to disappear and Rick got very low a few times, but he fought patiently as he slowly made his way south. Finally at the town of Grenada the lift improved and he got up to 1000 meters just in time to cross over interstate 5 and head for the town of Gazelle. For the next 6 or 7 miles there was no lift until finally a mile or so from Gazelle Rick connected with a weak but steady thermal. We made the turnpoint at gazelle and then turned around to head North into the wind. Rick fought his way through the wind hitting small bubbles of lift but nothing good enough to keep the flight going. After over 3 hours in the air he landed out for a flight of about 38 miles. More than enough for his 50K pin. Great flight Rick!

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