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Region 11 Soar Truckee FAI Class - Thursday

Task

Truckee – 10 mi radius

Topaz – 30 mi radius

Derby Lovelock – 30 mi radius

Truckee – 2 mi radius

 

Ranking

  1. Bill Gawthrop

  2. David Greenhill

  3. Michael Mayo

 

Launch

Launched in 40 minutes with 3 tow planes

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Landouts

The seven landouts were as follows:

  • 1A in Tiger Fields

  • GW in Carson City

  • DL in Derby Lovelock

  • C6 and SNO in Stead

  • L6 started his engine

  • SD in a “dry” lake (keep reading)

All gliders were aero retrieved with the exception of GW, who landed late, and SD, who landed in an non-towable location.

 

SD's "dry" lake landing

Sergio Colacevich (Luke's ground crew) – “Luke, like a few other pilots, found himself progressively low going to the [Derby Lovelock] cylinder – he knew he couldn’t make Tiger Fields but he was confident that once he touched the cylinder he would find something enough to make Tiger. He didn’t find it so he chose a dry lake – the name is “dry lake” but because of the rain three days ago, it’s mostly dry in the sense that you don’t see water but it’s very muddy… He landed alright but then he found himself in the mud so he went to the freeway, and the first truck that passed by stopped and there were three guys in there that were interested in the situation and were offering to help. So they went to the glider – the glider was around 700 or 800 feet off the freeway… They were able to disassemble the wings in the slippery mud, and there were also some places where there was water… They called me to help get the fuselage out. There were four people in all including Luke. They tried with straps – one inside the wing and one underneath the fuselage – to lift it and move it a bit for 30 seconds but they said, “No we cannot do it, it’s too heavy.” So the three guys agreed to meet up at 6 a.m. Friday morning to help, with some money compensation, with two more people. So, six people in all to move the fuselage… The wings are all muddy, there is mud everywhere. He should be able to make it back Friday afternoon, but he will not fly because he has to wash it all. But the fuselage is alright, the glider is alright, and he is alright.”

 

Winner’s Speech

Bill Gawthrop – “Yesterday I didn’t do what I normally do. We got a lot higher than I’m used to here, 13,500 at cloudbase out here so it was actually fairly easy to get over the hill. Once I got over the hill I saw something I’d never seen before: there was a big cue out in the middle of the valley, kind of slightly north of Minden. Generally the valley is where you get sink, so I ended up heading to that cue and I think David (16) followed me there, and it was a good cue. I took it right up, headed over towards Mount Siegel and still had enough altitude to go over Siegel. There were a couple of gliders circling on the south side of Siegel which is where you often get up to keep going south and so I worked a little bit there. My plan was to go to Mount Patterson and kind of get the back of Patterson but looking at Patterson it looked really pretty iffy – if there were any clouds, they looked garbage-y. So it was better heading over towards the Sweetwater range, and the Sweetwaters had long lines of black-bottom cues and so it was actually real easy heading down that way. Dennis (DL) and I were together for quite a while down there and went to 2/10 of a mile from the back of the cylinder. It looked good enough to just keep on going. I turned back from there and I didn’t really like going towards the restricted areas but the Pinenuts looked like crap so I ended up flying up this little ridge just to the rest of Yerington and that didn’t go real well. Dennis, you were slightly west of me and I kept sinking and sinking as you maintained. So there was definitely some air over there but I wasn’t finding it. I got up near the Dayton Valley area, got a thermal that wasn’t great but it was enough to get me out of the hole that I was in, and I didn’t want to go very far east because I had suspected it would be a challenge getting back in, and my suspicions were justified. So I ended up coming up the hills on the west side of the cylinder and I touched the cylinder up near the top on the west side, staying as far west as I could. That’s when it got tough, was from there coming back. I got a little bit of lift coming out towards Pyramid Lake. I ended up going across the middle of Pyramid Lake, looking at the gap where Airsailing was, figuring that getting low there, at least at Airsailing you could climb out pretty well. As soon as I got across, I got a little bit of lift and was able to go over the hill here and I worked a lot of one and two-know thermals, just trying to get enough that I could just keep on continuing. There wasn’t much. At one point I saw, I think, E4 over there high, circling, and I thought “Fantastic,” so I went back to get underneath you, and found absolutely nothing. So, thank you. [Laughter] I ended up over this ridge, figuring that I could get a little bit of ridge lift and there was almost nothing, and I basically made a MacCready 2 glide in, stopping at every bit of lift there was, finally making it to the finish gate at, I think, 8,002 feet. And that was it.”

 

Posted: 7/23/2015


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