Today was a killer day for flying HL. The forecast blowout did not materialize this morning and did not ever get over about 8-10 with a few brief gusts to 15. Despite the persistent overcast, the lift was there and quite abundant. There were a couple of disappointments but nothing that cannot be repaired. If you weren’t there, you can kick yourself for missing a stellar opportunity to see some HL that was really KA.
Bill was very competitive in the early rounds and I kept finding myself saying, “why did I sell him my good planes?” He was leading through the first three rounds before a great round four put me in the lead to stay. Somewhere around round five Bill started having trouble finding the box and suffered a prolonged series of landouts that really took him out of contention.
Robert had his woes too. I think it was the last flight of round three that his Tweagle went in and broke the boom forcing him to go to his XXlite. Later on the XX went in as well and he had to fall back to a Stobel. ( I think his best rounds though came after the Stobel came out.)
I flew my new Vortex 3 for all rounds, though a couple of hard downwind dorks made me worry about breaking it. As the breeze came up in the middle rounds I put in a 13g ballast stick that settled things down a bit. Later I tried a 25g stick but that proved to be too much and I took it back out. (could have just been a couple of flights in strong sink but I blamed the ballast.) About the time I took it out the air improved and the last few rounds had some pretty fun flights. A shower came up and ran us off after round 11, but as soon as we had packed up, the rain ended, the wind died, and the sun came out. I’ll bet the lift in the afternoon was even better than this morning.
The full file is attached if you want to look at the play by play. I have pasted in the final results below.
It was a really fun day. I wish a lot more of you had come out to see it.
btw, we have two more contests left this season; HL on Nov 4th, and Unl/2M on the 11th. See you there.
ps some battery trivia for Robert. I turned my plane on at 9:15 this morning and did not turn it off until we finished. I estimate 3 hours of continuous on-time. My airborne recharge put back 245ma. put that in your pipe and smoke it…