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Sunday, 15 June, also known as Father’s Day to those who don’t take to the skies in silent chariots.  However for the rest of us it was our one and only practice day before the conflict.  It all started with the promise of some fine Land of Enchantment soaring.  Mike the Strike (Stringfellow) briefed that winds were going to be tolerable and the task team huddled up and came up with the plan….South start, Claunch (30 miles), Clines Corner (10 miles), Glorieta (30 miles) and finish.    The winds hovered right below maximum safe speeds for all the afternoon but we finally were able to affect a safe launch starting at 1 pm.  Twenty four of our twenty seven registered gliders took to the skies with thirteen actually flying the route.  Mike Carris, the contest director scored the day with the help of last minute scorer, Stan Roeske.  In the 15 meter class, Jim Cumiford won the day (see results posted on the SSA Contest web site.  Bill Hill was the high scorer in the Standard Class with Bob Faris taking command of the Sports Class.


After a day of flying the “circus” met at the Southwest Soaring Museum for a pizza and beer party, and a large amount of fellowship, followed by our mandatory safety briefing and the wish to the crowd for a safe and competitive contest.

Posted: 6/17/2014


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