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Senior Soaring Championship - Mar 14 Report

The second day after a Florida cold front is typically much better than the first, and so it proved today. We were told to expect lift to 4000 ft (whereas pilots were very happy with 3500 ft yesterday). In the event, pilots often did better than that, and some reported good climbs to over 5000 ft.

Which is not to say it was trouble-free. Lift was again entirely blue and seemed to arrange itself in lines that were hard to predict or to follow. Nearly everyone struggled at times, and enough either outlanded, came home early, or started their engines to yield a day that wasn’t quite worth a full 1000 points.

Best for the day was Bill Gawthrop (hailing from northern California, he also takes the “longest journey” prize) who managed a highly commendable 57.5 mph over a task of 132 miles. Second for the day and now first overall is John Seymour (being a disciple of Kai Gertsen, it’s no surprise to see him prosper on weak days). But with two days to go, 7 pilots stand within 100 points of first place, so the final outcome is still much in doubt.

Posted: 3/14/2018


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