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Senior Soaring Championship - Mar 11 Report

Yesterday afternoon, the consensus was that today’s weather would not support soaring: we were told to expect clouds and rain. It was suggested that today should have been set as the official rest day (the Senior Contest always has one, which by rule must be pre-declared).

We decided to wait and see, and a very different face of things was seen this morning: mostly clear skies and bright sun. The forecast called for plentiful cumulus clouds at low altitudes, producing a very useful soaring day ahead of a frontal passage.

And so it proved. The cu were a bit too plentiful, producing some overdevelopment and a need for “gear-shifting” by pilots. On a 2-hour task to the north, most struggled a bit, and a dozen either outlanded or started their engines. But the majority completed the task. SSA Chairman Ken Sorenson was best by some 60 points, with 63 mph over a 131-mile course.

 

Posted: 3/11/2018


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