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Region 9 Super Regional Moriarty Club/Modern Class - Monday, June 11, 2012 - First Contest Day

A convergence line was predicted running north-south through the task area with strong lift and dry air on the west side of the line.  The turn cylinders for the task were south to Corona (20 mi), north to Penasco (30 mi) then back south to Manzano Peak (15 mi) for a minimum distance of 213 miles, nominal of 340 miles, and maximum of 468 miles.  Minimum time was 3 hours 30 minutes for club class and 4 hours for the modern class.

Conditions proved to be more challenging than expected.  The convergence line set up as predicted, but conditions never really organized south of the field.  Conditions were more organized to the north in the mountains.  And pilots who failed to stay on the west side of the line found the day extremely challenging.

Ten out of fifteen gliders completed the task in each class.  In the club class, Bob Faris (BF) in his LS-3-15 won the day after 4 hours and 33 minutes on task garnering 921 points for a handicapped speed of 67.46 mph over a distance of 262.8.  Brian Resor (UX) finished second in his ASW-20C-15 with 889 points for a speed of 65.09 mph over 231.88 miles and Tomasz Ciesielski (7UP) finished in third in his LS-3A with 885 points and 64.82 mph over 277.84 miles.  There were three landouts: Geoffrey Aiken (MQ) at Tierra del Dios and both Miguel Iturregui (GF) Robert van Hellens (1X) at Estancia.

In the modern class, after 4 hours and 40 minutes on task Jim Cumiford (RX) won the day in his ASW-27 with 1000 points for a handicapped speed of 75.51 mph over a distance of 317.59 miles.  David Leonard (ZL), also in an ASW-27, finished second with 985 points for a speed of 76.35 mph over 310.33 miles.  Bif Huss (H7) finished third in a Discus 2b with 901 points and a speed of 69.85 mph over a distance of 288.31.  There were no landouts in the modern class.  And after more than 6 hours and 30 minutes on task and nearly landing out at Santa Fe, 6AF landed back at the field ten minutes before official sundown.

Posted: 6/12/2012


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