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Senior Soaring Championship - Mar 15 Report

After 3 days of sitting around enduring cloudy, then rainy, then windy conditions unsuitable for contest soaring, today at last gave us a chance at a second contest task. The weather was not what we hope for on a March day in Florida: we awoke to temperatures below 40 and a cold north wind. Morning cloud departed as the temperature slowly climbed to near 50 by launch time. (Folks recovering from recent northern blizzard conditions will have to understand that these temperatures are about 25 degrees below normal and make both Florida residents and visitors feel rather hard done by.)

We ended with a blue day featuring moderate lift to unspectacular altitudes, but which supported a short task that most pilots were able to complete. The north wind continued to pump in cold air, but moderated enough to allow civilized takeoffs and landings.

Once again, weatherman Fernando Silva was best for the day, with a speed of 55 mph over 112 miles. Fernando just recently received his ASW-27 back from Germany, where it spent several months being comprehensively overhauled - some would say remanufactured. Everything about it was painstakingly brought to better-than-new specs, and the finish has received many compliments.

Second was Karl Striedieck, flying with Sarah Arnold in his nearly new DuoDiscus XL. Sarah is taking a few days off from running Chilhowee Gliderport in eastern Tennessee to start tuning up for the Women’s World Gliding Contest in Zbraslavice Czech Republic, which begins in May.

Posted: 3/15/2017


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