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18 Meter Nationals - Day 4 Morning Report

The hot days at Ephrata continue, both literally and figuratively.   Yesterday we had a high temperature of 94 degrees, again with no clouds.  But thermal tops were above 10,000 ft and the lift was often 6 knots and better.   Tom Kelley (711) won yesterday's TAT with a speed of 79.79 mph over a distance of 245.54 miles.  William Elliott (JS1) was a close second at 79.62 mph and Gary Ittner (P7) was third at 79.25 mph.  Twelve pilots turned in speeds of over 70 mph. 

Overall 711 is now in first place, With JS1 in second, and P7 in third. 

Today the weather prediction is for hotter temperatures (97) again with no clouds in today's forecast.  But thermal tops are forecast 10-12,000+ ft.  The task today is a 3.5 hour MAT with mandatory turns at Nilles Corner, Lind, and US2.  The nominal distance is 209 miles. 

Posted: 7/3/2009


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