Wind: "All over the place," Dan said. SW - E, 1-10 MPH, gusts up to 17. Gusts of 30
recorded at 2:53 and 2:58 PM.
Time Aloft: 4:20 for WX
Temperature: 77° - 83° F during contest.
Tow pilot: Dave Romero in the Pawnee, Andrew Ouellet in the 150
What a difference a day makes!
Sitting on the patio and looking out at the sky, Larry said, "Even a blind glider pilot could find lift today." A while later, the sky looked so good that if there was any way we could finagle a late entry, those of us on the patio would have launched the 2-33As, and we were sure we could not only complete the course, we figured with the handicap a 2-33 must have, we would likely be top scores!
CUs marked the lift very well today. There were cloud streets from left to right, in an almost continuous band--continuous enough at the peak even a 2-33 could go from one to another.
On the ground we were seeing lots of dust devils. Here are three distinct vortices at 2:34 PM in the field south of runway 7-25.
Earlier in the day, at the Briefing, Bill Gawthrop models his "winner's shirt" earned the day before.
Nina is providing Jim with shade while he waits for his tow.
Everybody "made it home" today.
Bill, if you had called us on the radio, we could have had your trailer open and the ramp down so you could have gotten even closer!
Morgan on very short final.
Sergio about to touch down.
Today was a fantastic way to end the Contest! Most of the contestants remarked what a good soaring day it was. Even with yesterday's "Land-out Day," today's contestants (except for one who is planning a move) indicated they would be back next year.
A great way to cap off 40 years of Central California Soaring Club's Spring Contest!