the weather was..., and team selection was...
The weather was...great!
Had the FAA not imposed the TFR, we would have flown 20 or 21 of the planned 23 rounds. The conditions were wonderfully varied and challenging, and sometimes no one in a heat would fly to the theoretical max, but as many or more times, you would look out and someone was returning from high and extreme visual range to max the current task.
For the two or three rounds we would have missed regardless, gust fronts blew through from distant and not so distant cumulonimbus systems, and we all raced to remove canopy tops, protect gliders, and shield our eyes.
Team Selection was...amazing.
We have a great team for 2013. Congrats to the winners, and to the significantly large group of guys who had a real shot at the top three. I enjoyed flying with you, and had a super time.
See many of you soon at Blue Skies over Arizona.