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Region 6 South - Contest Day 1, Summary

The morning prognosis was for lift to 4 to 5 thousand feet MSL so the grid was on. At 1230, CD Frank Paynter sent up the sniffer (himself in an ASK-21) only to find cloud bases at 2000 AGL. However there was lift so he was able to stay up.. Without enough altitude to get away, the launch was postponed. At 1:15PM he went up again but the clouds had only lifted to 2500 AGL. When the clouds lifted to 3000 feet with reasonable climbs, the launch was on at 2 PM. 

Sports class launched first and their gate opened at 2:48 with the FAI gate opening at 3:17.  Although the Cus were predominate throughout the task area, the day started drying out and eventually went blue by the end of the task time. Despite a number of aero tows and landouts, most everyone made it home in time for JoAnne's Famous spaghetti and meatballs.

Scores will be up shortly for the MAT and what sounds like a very competitive day. For tomorrow, the weather outlook has been changing hourly so we'll see what the morning brings.


Posted: 6/11/2013


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