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2018 Club Class Nationals - Sunday, August 12, 2018

Sunday, August 12, 2018:

Club Class Contest Day#6:

The weather report called for increasing clouds and possible OD with cloudbases around 4,500 ft MSL. The thought was that the weather would die around 4 pm and there could be a stray shower. HH1 was launched as the sniffer and reported weak climbs. After about a half an hour, conditions improved and the Club Class fleet was launched. There was half the group that had a hard time getting over release altitude so the opening  of the gate was delayed. Soon most were up at cloudbase and ready to start. The task was changed to task B, a 2 hour TAT  with turns of 26 Prattsburg (10 mile radius), 35 Hornell (12 mile radius), 58 Nuda (4 mile radius), 57 Seven Gullies (5 mile radius), and return. Minimum task length was 42 miles and maximum of 132.79 miles. A huge prestart gaggle developed a couple miles from the edge of the start cylinder.  When the task opened we were able to circle thru the top of the cylinder to around 5,300 ft MSL and head for the 1st turnpoint.  As we approached the cylinder of the Prattsbugh turnpoint, the cloudbases decreased to around 4,000 ft MSL and flew a lot of the flight in this area between 1,500 to 2,000 ft AGL. As we headed to Hornell the group started to break apart with various cloud changes and choices. Most flew to somewhere near the middle of the cylinder at Hornell but some were able to maximize the backside of the turn. As we approached the Hornell Valley on the way to Nuda, the type of clouds changed and the cycle rate was very high. We inched along and stayed high to glide into Seven Gullies and home.  We had no landouts accept for a couple of guys that landed back at Dansville.  Rysard Krolikowkski wins the day flying his SZD 55, 43.17 mph over 88.02 miles. The handicap speed was 40.79 mph over 85.05 handicap miles. Second was Hank Nixon, flying his ASW-28, 40.55 mph over 80.04 miles.


The Club Class Champion was Hank Nixon. Second place went to Rysard Krolikowkski and third was Phil Chidekel. Hank also won a new award for the fastest speed of the contest.


Special thanks to Ann Lafford, our Contest Manager. Also, thanks to all the other volunteers at the Finger Lakes Soaring Club that helped with the line, retrieves, meals, etc. The event could not be possible without all this help.




Tim Hanke




Posted: 8/12/2018


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