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Moriarty Club/Modern Class Super Regional - Day 4 - Assigned Speed Task

Today we expected surface winds from the west and we got them. Out on the grid we were fighting the gusts blowing around our water bottles, umbrellas, and lots of Moriarty sand, but we were able to get the launch done in less than an hour. Great job to all - amazing teamwork from tow pilots and everyone who pushed gliders, ran ropes, etc., etc., especially the Air Force Academy Soaring Team! We appreciate you!

The task for today was an not a Modified Assigned Task, not a Turn Area Task, but an Assigned Speed Task for both Club and Modern classes - the first speed task in club class racing in the U.S. I'm pretty sure. A number of pilots had never flown a speed task in their racing careers!

It was a 185 mile task from Moriarty to Abo, Clines Corners, Gallette and home. The run out to Abo was being influenced by wave effects off the Manzano Mountains. The heading to Clines Corners was mostly in the blue until you got to a few puffs, then there were some clouds out near the airport at the turn. Toward Gallette there were pretty well marked clouds with a choice between one or two lines. Some spectaculatr climbs 10+ knots were noted, but some pretty amazing sink too. Making the turn for home, dense smoke had blown in from the Wallow fire in Arizona. But no factor - some great speeds were turned in - around 90 mph dry in modern and 80 mph dry in club class.

Lots of happy pilots hanging around telling stories this evening. Tommorrow looks to be another good day. Stay tuned for the results!


Posted: 6/17/2011


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