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Didn't make goal, but gave it a hell of a shot!

Sun Apr 19, 2009 12:25 pm



I posted a very favorable forecast for sat, on wednesday, or was that thursday? Who cares, our tug pilot made the call to tow on saturday. Quite a few pilot said they would be there, and called for a task to be a fairly large (for most of us) Triangle. 28 Miles from start to finish. The first leg was suposed to be a quatreing or less headwind trek to the highway. Sadly this became a directly upwind trek where even the Atos were having problems working upwind. The rest of us had no chance at all, but multiple of us kept trying, and trying, and trying.

I was able to see first hand the benifit of having a few extra square, and more performance. I passed up a Sport 2 and progressing into the wind I was able to hold alot more altitude. I was very happy until I looked up and the Atos I had been thermaling with was another 1000' above me!!!! punch

Even with a few 800fpm climbs I never made it more than a couple miles upwind, but I was able to hold on for nearly 3 hours.

Links to IGC and KML files of my track log HERE.

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Rick M
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 19, 2009 1:24 pm    Post subject:    

Glad to hear the U2 is working out. This is the type of things I had heard. Going downwind most of these gliders do just about as well. It's the upwind case where you really start to see the difference in performance and glide.

But 3 hours to make it a few miles! That's patience.
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CHassan
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 21, 2009 9:04 am    Post subject:    

Some may call it patients, other, stupidity!
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steve prater
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PostPosted: Thu May 07, 2009 9:37 am    Post subject:    

Stupid? no. You have to try to know what she will do and a nice try it was.
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