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Region 4 South - An Equinox Special - 10.1 Kt Total Thermal

Another day with blue sky and cu by noon.  The forecast was similar to the previous days with 5000 ft bases at 1:00 and about 6,000 by mid-PM. This turned out to be what was reported post flight with climbs in the 2-4 knot range.  There were some screamers reported but they were few and far between.

The task was another TAT going from alt start A to Wits End, Riverwood, Maggie, Eagle Rock and the finish cylinder.  Minimum distance 54.33 and max distance 261.04 with a minimum time of 2:00 hrs. The CD reported that after the fact he wished he had called 2:30 hrs because the day turned out be longer than forecast but at launce time that was still uncertain.  No worries though, the day turned out to be a really good one and after 4 solid days of soaring we are looking forward to two more.

The leader in the 18-meter class (and overall leader) was Dave Welles with a speed of 67.20 mph over 129.35 miles.  In FAI class it was Karl Striedieck (also the overall leader) with a speed of 67.67 over 147.32 miles (handicapped to 59.42/129.35)

Tonight it is the Craig Creek Yacht Club Commodores Reception.   Lots of great hor d'oeuvres including leftover shrimp from the Low Country Boil and beer on tap.

Postscript:

UH was the lucky pilot who found a 10.1 kt thermal (overall average). Lots of smiles on pilot faces this evening. Tonight's meal was to be a "pot luck" plus leftovers.  Hmmm, the amount of delicious food seems to increase each evening.  The bonfire is blazing and the music is starting.

We have flown every day so far, including the practice days.

Miss all y'all who aren't here to partake.

Posted: 9/21/2017


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