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2017 15 Meter, Open, and Standard Class Nationals - LAST DAY

The last morning briefing the weatherman said we are at the threshold of good and bad weather, the best being North of Cordele. The challenge will be the low cloud base at the start cylinder and a slow developing day. 

The proposed task for the day was Cordele - Dublin - Perry - Americus - Cordele and options for landing out (fields and airports) were reviewed for each turnpoint.

Everyone gridded and all eyes were looking North where we could see Cu's and good flying conditions. Above Cordele a totally different story... Sniffers where launched and they weren't able to stay up, some launching 3 times. After launching the entire Standard class and about half of the 15 M class and listening to reports from the air, the CD canceled the day after a long and difficult trial.

Except for a couple of pilots who decided to fly for fun and take a tow, the majority rushed to clean their gliders and put them back in the box and get ready for the banquet and awards ceremony in the evening.

Our banquet was held at the Lake Blackshear Resort restaurant and it was a great evening. After dinner we recognized our volunteers, local supporters and of course the National Champions. The energy of the event was unbelievable - great sportsmanship and camaraderie, laughs, tears of happiness and great fun.

You can view some pictures here:

-           https://www.facebook.com/pg/SoaringSocietyofAmerica/photos/?tab=album&album_id=1576190225732697

As a Contest Manager, it was a privilege to work with so many amazing volunteers and a great staff. Thank you ALL for working with me to make this event happen and for always being there and working so hard.

Thank you to ALL contestants and crew for attending our event!!! Although we had marginal weather we had a great event due to your support and commitment to the contest. Thank you!

Andreea Alexandrescu

Contest Manager

Posted: 6/17/2017


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