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World Class Championship - Day Two Report

Monday, 22 June, dawned as the first practice day for the 1-26ers, and the second for the World Champs (PW-5s) here in Moriarty.  Prior to launch, late arriving pilots and crews “in processed” with Marty Hudson and Sylvia Szafarczyk in the beautiful brand new pilots terminal (the city of Moriarty is really big on soaring and really want to be the soaring capital of the world, of course Sundance Aviation and the Albuquerque Soaring Club are trying hard to help with that designation.


Marty set up her “nest”, with Race Scorer Tom Presley, and quickly established the contest land out process.   Race Director, Mitch Hudson, gave the pilots a pre launch briefing that included a practice task of Moriarty, Claunch, Lamy Junction and back to Moriarty (a task of 300K) and them sent them on the way. 


The weather was perfect “Enchantment” weather, with cloud bases at 18,000 feet and working thermals to 17,500 feet.  As one pilot stated, it was “fan freaking tastic”.  Five of the six the PW-5s were able to complete the task and the three 1-26s, that made the attempt, also made it home, in fact everyone made it home as there were no land outs.  The remainder of the 1-26s, that launched, chose to explore and get a feel for the area.  I was told that the flights were nice and enjoyable, very relaxing.  Good, because in two days its aerial combat and the friendships, I have been witnessing, will dissolve as the contestants try winning one of the many trophies up for grabs.


Bill Snead, 6W, was the high point plane for this practice day, with Pat Tuckey, 4K, coming in a tight second.


The evening was capped with a safety briefing for the PW-5s, and attended by the 1-26ers also-as you can never experience enough safety, prior to their first day of completion.  Tomorrow, to steal a phrase from warriors, “the fight is on.” 

Posted: 6/22/2009


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