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Standard and 15 Meter Nationals - Contest Day 3

Tuesday, 28 July 2015
15m/Standard Nationals - Elmira NY
Contest Day 3
We woke to morning fog in the valley, always a sign of a good soaring day ahead.  It was a hot, sunny summer day with relatively low humidity.  That’s about as good as it gets here this time of year.  By launch, we were already close to the forecasted 3-5kts lift and 7000ft cloud bases. 
CD Monty Sullivan wanted to keep things challenging and use the whole day (it is a Nationals, after all) so the task for both classes was a 231 mile AT: west to Belfast, east to Grund, south to Canton Lake, and return.  The day was like the girl-with-the-curl: when it was good, it was very very good (as forecast) and when it was bad pilots were scratching gravel or landing out.  The second turnpoint, near some of the larger Finger Lakes, was the first problem area.  Soft conditions forced a few pilots to land out and many others lost time digging out.  A big blue hole on the way down to the third turn was the second problem area and, like yesterday, most tried to skirt around it, taking whatever lift could be found.
Gary Ittner [P7] and Phil Gaisford [PG] win their respective classes with speeds of 65.80mph and 54.64mph.  It was especially nice to see P7 win a day as he landed out Sunday in field with tall thistle bushes and damaged one of the flaps on his ASG-29.  Monty was able to make a quick overnight fix to keep Gary in the race.
With some downtime in the afternoons between starts and finishes, the Juniors have been doing some flying of their own.  David McMaster [grandson of Roy and son of Justin] soloed in the club’s 1-34.  His brother Ryan, with BRSS’s JP Stewart in the backseat, flew a NYS record: Youth Multiplace Free 3-Turnpoint Distance.  Congratulations, dudes! 
HHSC has posted an excellent Spectator Guide on their website.  Check it out:
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Posted: 7/28/2015


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