Today we are officially starting to fly here – first practice day. 43 gliders and 5 tugs in the hot Hobbs sun – 99 degrees and no shade. Maybe it all looks a little more dramatic to me, as I have been here for a week now, but it still is better than Uvalde (the ones that did the Worlds know what I mean, the others, trust me, nothing can beat Uvalde).
The task and race can be seen here - http://ssa.org/sailplanetracker/default.asp. Launch started at 13:00 and went very smooth thanks to a dedicated ground crew. I hope they will still be smiling by the time the contests end.
I would like to introduce the people making this possible, so we can have so much fun – Tim McAllister as our CD, Edre Maier as CM and her husband Steve coordinating all ground operations, John Godfrey doing the scoring through this amazing website that will update very often to keep us all informed – http://scores.qtsolutions.com/, Bob Lynn – chief tow pilot. And last but not least our dedicated SSA staff that today – Sunday – was doing registration and working hard to have everything covered. Denise Layton is the one that put us all together and keeps an eye on everything so that there is nothing needed and not attended too, she has been working 7 days a week for this and she deserves a big Thank you from all!
As I am listening to my radio I hear the first finishes being announced, so I have to go and write them down as they are coming in.