|Jun 28, 2013, 08:36 PM|
Practice day report
Several folks showed up today for XC practice at Monroe Central school. The conditions looked good, but thermals seemed rare and moved quickly. But the XC ships (and pilots) needed some time to shake the dust off and get back in the grove.
A little after 1PM Tom hooked up with a nice thermal and decided to head out on the course. Chuck had his hands full replacing a burned out servo, so I got to drive for Tom and Wally. With assistance from a steady NNW wind and just a few stops for more altitude, we made it to the 10K turnaround in no time. But the lift stopped there as we looked North for the first time and saw what was on the way.
Tomorrows flights will be recorded. Preregistration not required, come on out and fly!
|Jun 29, 2013, 11:53 AM|
First flight turned in
Team Wally - 1.2 miles
Wally was first on the course this morning flying his Pike Perfect. He made it to the 2K marker, and opted to turn back in order to complete his LSF level IV goal and return.
|Jun 29, 2013, 07:45 PM|
Day 1 standings
The conditions were tough, but all three teams got out on the course and posted scores. The winds were less than yesterday, but the cloud cover was thick and low limiting max altitudes to about 1800 feet.
Team Chuck logged 6.6 miles, making the turn but not much more. Team Peter almost completed a full lap with a total distance of 11.8 miles.
With everybody back at the launch site shortly after noon we took a lunch break. The radar looked nasty, but the storms were still miles away and moving slowly. A few more launches were taken without much success, and the competitors decided to call it a day about 2PM. We got everything packed up under dry conditions but the rain was steady by the time we got back to the AMA field.
Day 1 point standings:
Team Peter 1000
Team Chuck 559
Team Wally 101
|Jun 30, 2013, 12:41 PM|
Day 2 - another slow start
Marginal conditions this morning, but Team Chuck got on the course and posted a whopping 0.6 mile distance with Chuck's Ava.
Several launches later (and a few raindrops) they are back on the course with Tom's MXC.
Wally took this panorama shot from the Walmart parking lot this morning.
|Jun 30, 2013, 02:06 PM|
Team Chuck made it to the turn
Team Chuck made it to the turn but once again was denied the return flight.
Distance for attempt #2: 6.2 miles.
Team Peter set out on the course well behind Chuck, but were seen in good air heading for the turn.
Team Wally is out on the course now.
|Jun 30, 2013, 02:26 PM|
Team Wally is back with a flight of 5 miles. The we've got light rain now and gusty winds. Pilots have all agreed to call it a day.
Peter - 7.4 miles, 1000 points
Chuck - 6.2 miles, 837 points
Wally - 5.0 miles, 675 points
Team Peter - 2000 points
Team Chuck - 1396 points
Team Wally - 776
Not the best weather, but still lots of fun with challenging conditions.
|Jul 01, 2013, 07:18 AM|
hi to all,
Sunday was a tough going. I will post a better report once I an home. I started the race with 400 feet out the gate
|Jul 03, 2013, 07:24 PM|
How bad I wanted to win:
Let’s quick review Saturday.
The day started with low hanging fog. My team (Mike and Brian) arrived at the start field. The telemetric was not working, so I did some rebuild on the spot and got it working.
Over the winter I made some changes to Frankenstein (named by Mike) like camber and reflex, fairings for the flaps, telemetric feedback & new, better colors.
The fog lifted and the cloud base was at 1500 feet, not much to work with, but we got ready to go. It was time to get into the air. I was not in a hurry trimming my glider. Lift was measured at 2 to 3 ks. The wind was not a factor. I stayed high (1400feet) and had an easy time to get to the 10k mark. By that time I passed the other competitors. The clouds darkened all around us, with some sirens going off. I landed just short off the starting gate. I was only on the course for one hour.
My team members where able to fly Frankenstein, no one returned on course, my lead was too great.
Sunday’s weather was worse yet. Low hanging dark clouds, not soaring weather…till a doughnut hole appeared. The sky was all dark in all direction and blue overhead. So we launched. No good lift for me and the wind starting to pick up. One competitor got away and I tried to follow but did not succeed. Three more launches, nothing , nothing , nothing. I had to go on course to score some points. Frankenstein is big: 208 in span, 4.5kg. Reluctantly I went on course to chase the blue sky with 400f under me. Bad start, my competitor left at 1800f. Half a mile in I manage to find lift. 2ks did get me to 1000f with the wind blowing me 90degrees off line. Net gain after 20min of flying was 400f. From there on I cussed and scratched a flight together of 7.4 miles. I was never higher than 1000f and was as low as 200f. I was flying behind trees, houses and power lines, worrying about losing my glider. My team informed me of possible landing sites all the time. I had to land between a high power line, a ridge of 100f and a corn field.
This was by far my most challenging flight in years never knowing if I was going to make it or not, or ever worse loosing Frankenstein. Thanks to my team I did finish first and Frankenstein “is alive”.
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