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Air Sailing Sports Class Contest - Day 3

The gods of the upper atmosphere sent us a classic Nevada high desert soaring day on Thursday: lift to 17,000, thermal strength 7-12 knots, light winds, and cloud markers, a welcome reprieve from the restricted conditions of the previous two days. With routes to the south now open, Contest Director JJ set a 3 hour TAT to Sweetwater with a 30 mile radius and Tiger Field (20 miles).

 

Contestants could jump the Dayton valley at 13,000 to 16,000 feet and steam down the Pine Nuts with scarcely a need to turn. But overcast conditions with extensive cloud cover and some virga awaited them south of Mt. Segal. Those who chose to push into it won the day.

 

Kerry Richards flying a SZD-55 was first with a handicapped speed of 73 knots over 224 miles. He found himself fighting the gloom near Mt. Patterson, dropped into the valley to the west with no better luck and then resorted to ridge soaring the Patterson spine. From there it was a sleigh ride home. The team of Brad Jackson and Jim Lee placed a close second to maintain their contest lead.

Posted: 7/13/2017


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