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Open Class Nationals - Day 7 - Another Day in Recovery

After the wind blew mightily yesterday and everyone got a rest today dawned with Minden again in "recovery" mode. At the morning briefing Doug Armstrong characterized the coming day as "very very blue" with very stable air.  Thermals not too high and the day not too long.

We settled on a 3:15 3 turn TAT staying relatively close in but demanding use of the whole day. The temperature rose more quickly than predicted and the wind died (both good signs) so everyone was launched by 13:30 and on task by 14:15.

In the end, it was a long day. Many pilots came back significantly over the 3:15 task time, and any who strayed from the Pinenuts reported difficult going.  One landout.

Speeds were slow, but Ray Gimmey found lift in "all the wrong places" and took the day with 70 mph over 229 miles and moved into the lead by 80 points over Rick Indebro. Mike Robison remains in third 90 points back with two days to go.

QT

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Posted: 6/19/2012


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