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13.5 Meter Super Regional - Day 1 Early Report

Well its been an exciting day here in Midlothian. We woke up this morning to cloudy skies and a pessimistic weather forecast. We gridded at 1 PM and launched after a slight delay. The task was a 2 turnpoint TAT with big circles and a 2 hr minimum.  Gate opened at 3:15 and gliders were out on task right away.  I found a few gaggles on the first leg and everyone was tip toeing as carefully as possible. Cloudbase and thermal strength was better to the west. 

It didn't take long to start hearing about landouts on the radio and it was pretty busy here at the retrieve desk for a while. It still is really as not many are back yet. 3 1-26's managed to finish the task, most just squeeking in. The rest of the 1-26's landed out, along with one PW-5.

The scoresheet will be a mess so hopefully it can get straightened out in the morning.

By the way we are using the TSA SPOT page for the contest so check it out:


Also, I am posting my personal flight experiences at http://cherokeesailplanes.blogspot.com so enjoy reading more there. I'll try to post another update before bed here when I know more about how everyone ended up.

We have several new to contest pilots flying the 1-26 contest this year, including Jacob Fairbain and Glenn Fisher. Glenn flew a day at Region 2 in a 2 seater and got a chance to make his first start and his first ever landout today. Jacob's landout today is his 3rd career, all in the last week or so.  Good job guys!

Tony (YYY)

Posted: 7/11/2012


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