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15 Meter Nationals - Aug 11 Report

2010 15-Meter National Soaring Championships – Uvalde, TX

Report for 11 August


I said that the Uvalde sky looked terrific yesterday; today seemed determined to go one up.  We had attractive cu at 10:30 am (rather early for south Texas) and they got better-looking all day.  There was some late-day overdevelopment well northeast of home, but nothing of much concern within 70 miles of Uvalde.

We decided to go with what on a good day passes for a “drag race” here: an assigned task a bit over 300 miles.  This means that, despite a task-open time around 1 pm, confident pilots will start as late as 2:30, hoping to exploit just the best part of the day.

In the event, the day was undeniably excellent, but once again just a trifle less so than the clouds promised.  The task (which traced a sort of clockwise spiral around home) ranged over enough territory that most found sufficient weak spots to keep most speeds a bit short of the astonishing range.  Bases were good, but few pilots spent much time over 8000’.  It is notable that the slowest finishers exceeded 72 mph, much the best of any day thus far.    

Bill Ruehle (WR) apparently has decided that this scheme of winning the day and scoring 1000 points is not only enjoyable but a good way to move up the scoresheet.  He did it again today, racking up 86.5 mph over 308 miles.  Mark Keene (HK) finished second and thus clings to a lead that has shrunk to 8 points with one day to go.  Tomorrow, these two will go mano a mano for all the marbles.




Posted: 8/11/2010


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