After dinner last night, GW Meadows premiered one of his flying movies. It was starring Bo Hagewood, Kari Castle and Chris Muller. It was very good. He received a standing ovations when it was over. The preview we saw was only 80% complete. It will be available for sale when it is finished. My favorite part was the video footage of Rhett doing a flat spin. The camera was mounted to the front of the tug, looking back at Rhett. Incredible footage. The price of watching the movie was about 6 mosquito bites.
I finished 12th yesterday but not that far behind the lead pack, only 15 minutes or so. I really thought I did a lot worse than that. The sky today looks like yesterday with high clouds obscuring the sun. It this holds we should have a day much like yesterday, with the lift turning on later in the day.
There are two task called for today, the primary is to Monroe and back (74 miles), the secondary was to Lady Lake and back (55 miles). As the pilots meeting was breaking up, more and more high clouds were moving in. The were some smaller clouds forming at 4,000'. The start times were set 30 minutes later than yesterday.
At 12:00 the sky was getting very dark. Once again a third task was called. This time to Coleman and back a distance of 46 miles. No one wanted to tow. Finally at 1:10 Campbell took a tow. From the looks of it he was towed to 3,000'+. He ended up landing and re-towing. I was about the 4th to tow. The pilots just ahead of me were towed to 2,500+. I got waved off at 2,000'. There was light lift and I worked with the few other pilots in the air to 3,000'. A larger gaggle had started to form to the northwest and I joined it.
This gaggle had most of the lead rigids including David and Alex. I climbed to 3,400'. There were 5 or 6 gliders above me at 4,000'. When they left on glide, I did not feel I was high enough to follow them so I hung back. I managed to work myself down to 2,700' where I got stuck in a gaggle of 30 flex wings. I climbed back to 3,600' at which point I could not take the excitement any more. I saw the sun was out on the course line so I decided to take a chance and head out.
I picked the wrong time to take a chance. My vario never went positive all the way to the ground. I landed only about 6 miles from Quest. After I landed, the sky started looking really good with lots of blue and nice clouds forming. I did have a great landing. At some point either during my landing or as I was walking my glider to the edge of the field, the zipper on my radio pocket broke open and my remote radio battery fell out. I searched for it but never located it.
Soon after I returned to Quest, Alex came into goal. It was 10 minutes later before the next pilot crossed goal, which was David. Behind David several flex wing pilots were on final glide. I think the task was well chosen today. The direction was about the only one which the sun broke through. After the lead flex wing gliders crossed goal, it started to overcast again and a lot of gliders landed just short of goal.
I guess I can call today a rest day since I flew for less than one hour. I thought that I have not been taking enough chances earlier in the week. I picked the wrong time to take a chance. I will have try to better tomorrow.
This is my barograph trace on my glide. Nothing but sink.