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Day 4 Task 3

Thu Jun 03, 2010 5:39 am

Wanting to keep the pilots close at hand for the evening festivities planned, a triangle was called. 63km around the course in what was forecast to be light to moderate winds.

Once I got in the air it was plain to see it was going to be a tough day. My tow was very rowdy, and I was thankful to be off at 1300. My previous day's tow was behind a Quicksilver. The tow was fine until we hit a thermal and suddenly the tow line was draping behind me. Not something I want to see again. This tow was rough, but not scary like the day before.

I climbed out but drift was massive. Once at cloudbase I tried to work my way back up to wait on Dad again. After 2 or 3 more cycles Dad did manage to catch up with me, but we didn't go on course together. Matter of fact I was last on course again.

It was painful going upwind. There wasn't much progress towards goal in an effort to get far enough upwind with altitude to set myself up for a nice run between turn point 1 and 2. After nearly 3 hours I was down to about 1000' and planning to go land. I hit one last nice thermal that almost had me at cloud base. Instead I left for the turn point, but realized I wouldn't make it. I settled for close, and set down next to the road to wait for a pick-up.

One of the open class pilots soon landed next to me, and as we packed up another open class pilot landed just down the road.

I didn't make goal, or even the first turn point, but I did get the farthest out of the sport class guys, to win the final day.

That evening we feasted and I was awarded a trophy and new Flytec speed sleeves. I knew I would enjoy a XC comp, but I didn't think I would win my first one. Regardless of the scores, I think everyone who flew had a great time. Enjoy is a great air park, and the surrounding area is wide open for XC flights. The local pilots are first rate, and the owner is nothing less than a HG pilots best friend. (owns the tugs, the land, the buildings, and doesn't ask for much of anything in return.)

I had a great time, and hope there is another one next year!

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PostPosted: Thu Jun 03, 2010 7:10 pm    Post subject:    

Great job, and thanks for sharing. YOu gotta be stoked!
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 04, 2010 7:39 am    Post subject:    

Nice, Craig!
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 10, 2010 6:12 am    Post subject:    

waytogo!!! awesome, craig!!
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 10, 2010 5:33 pm    Post subject:    

Really sorry we never hooked up and got out Craig. Guess I suck worse at XC than I suspected I would. It proves to be way easier to hang out wherever the lift is during free flying. I will practice whenever I can get a driver rounded up ahead of time so next time we go together.

Congrats on your win. You did a fine job even when trying to drag me along. Even got a solid gold trophy.....Damn!

Looking forward to flying with you again in Whitewater. I'll get us a driver so we can get high and go far.

C you.

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