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Region 5 South - Practice Day 2 Getting the hang of Cordele

After several days of hard rain, Cordele is transitioning to a drier air mass that should provide 5 or 6 good days of soaring.  Today’s practice task provided a good opportunity for everyone to work on their thermalling skills as 15 pilots took off on a well-planned, but challenging task.  As predicted by the morning weather report, altitudes of greater than 4000 feet were achieved.   However, in the process of drying out, the conditions reminded everyone that flying in Cordele Georgia requires the ability to change gears as needed especially in a time of changing convection patterns.  And of course, some pilots reported that “some of them clouds lie.”    

Tonight’s Welcome Dinner and Mandatory Safety meeting were compliments of the Ramada Inn. The Ramada ownership and staff have been a regular supporter of the glider race for many years.  And of course with June flying, farmers know they will get a bit of rain and local businesses will have an uptick in revenue because of “the gliders.” Most of all, this contest is heavily supported by Cordele’s active Chamber of Commerce who roll out the red carpet no matter how many pilots attend.  Not too many contests can compete with our load of prizes.  And for soaring, this year’s Region 5 South has five - new to racing – pilots.  We hope that they take to this life style and help the beat go on.

Tomorrow the air mass, after a quick, but powerful TRW from the north should yield good soaring conditions and longer flights.  So, off to early bed, look out cloud streets here we come!

Chris & Gary Carter

Posted: 6/3/2018


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