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2018 Sports Class Nationals - Saturday was windy, blue, clouds, fun, scary, low, high all in one flight

Wow - what a day...
The tasking committee got excited that there were predicted to be clouds and good lift to the northeast of Nephi.  We tasked out that way for the first time to take us up to the base of the High Uintah mountains.  Winds were predicted to be very strong from the west/northwest for the task in the 25-35 knot range, but with such strong thermals, we thought we could do it.
Well, we did it.  We did not account for the lake effect down wind of Utah Lake and Strawberry Reservoir, so we ended up having a 30 mile wide blue hole over unlandable terrain to fly over/through.  At the pilot's meeting we spent some time warning the pilots about this area and showing the few landable areas so the pilots were not without hope if they couldn't find lift on the north side of the blue.  It was a little scary, but everyone stayed high and did fine.
The rest of the task was spent figuring out how to fly as fast as possible in a lot more blue and wind than we thought and tip toeing in areas where the lift was blown apart or just difficult to find.  We didn't have any problems with landouts other than a few pilots who came back to Nephi to land while on course.
We are taking a rest day on Sunday but expect 4 strong fast days for the last part of the contest.  We are having a lot of fun!
Bruno - B4

Posted: 6/23/2018


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