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Region 4 South - Daily report

It was a struggle, but we finally got our second contest day today (and with it a valid Regional contest).  We awoke to thick fog, but this burned off by mid-morning, yielding enough sun to make a 2-hour task work.  Lift was rarely great – 2.5 kts to 4500’ MSL was about it, but most pilots completed the task and there were no landouts.

In 18-Meter class, John Murray turned in the best speed of the day, and thus put himself in first place for the contest.  Karl Striedieck did the same in 15-Meter class.

Special thanks are due to Lanier and Thecla Frantz, our gracious hosts at this most beautiful soaring site.  The work is done by many members of the Blue Ridge Soaring Society, of which the most notable is probably Patty Smith, our Competition Manager.  Paul Cordell travels each year from his home north of Phoenix to be our Competition Director, and we hope he returns for many years to come.

Next year is the 25th anniversary of the 1990 New Castle contest, legendary for the declared 1000-km task that was completed by 17 pilots.  Big events are planned in celebration of this, so stay tuned.


- John Good


Posted: 9/27/2014


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