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Seniors Championship - March 14 Final Report from CD

2009 Senior Contest – Seminole Lake Gliderport, Clermont Florida

Report for March 14 - evening

It proved to be another great day in Florida, though not quite the “no-brainer” it looked earlier in the afternoon.  Pilots returned home with reports of 7 and 8 knots to altitudes well over 6000’.  Best speeds were above 70 knots, as expected. There was even a modest sea-breeze convergence in the northwestern part of the task area, of which a number of savvy pilots took advantage.

But there were also problems.  Lift cycled, often unpredictably.  Most pilots stepped in one or more holes, and we had three landouts (the most on any day of this contest).

Contest leader Karl Striedieck was among the few who had few problems, and the result was a convincing win, which easily allowed him to nail down first place for his fifth Senior Contest victory.  Robin Clark (the youngest Senior) was second for the day; Tom Kelley was third.

Ken Sorenson, flying in his first Senior Contest, edged past former champion Sam Giltner to take second place.  Ken reported a blazingly fast run for about two-thirds of the course, followed by a hard struggle and a marginal final glide to get home.

At the evening banquet there was universal agreement that this was the best weather ever seen at a Senior Contest.  Individual days in past contests have been as good, but there never has been a stretch of weather as excellent and consistent as we’ve seen this week.  Without question the hours and number of miles flown would set a record.

John Good

Posted: 3/14/2009


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