Saturday, May 17, 2014

Contest Day 3, May 17, 2014 -- Land-out Day

Visibility:         A little bit of haze
Wind:             E - NNE, 1-9 MPH, gusts to 16 MPH around  4:35 PM.
Time Aloft:     4:15 Maximum.
Max Lift:
Temperature:  87° - 90° throughout the contest time.
Comment:      Land-out Day
Tow pilot:       Dan Gudgel in the Pawnee, Andrew Ouellet in the 150.

Of the nine gliders that launched today;
  • 6 landed out,
  • 1 landed at Avenal after abandoning the task, and,
  • 2 completed the task.
Fortunately, all of the land-outs were at Paramount Farms, which is an easy retrieve from Avenal.  There were also enough people at the gliderport so that a trailer was soon on its way for all six gliders.

Jan Zanutto is talking about his flight yesterday.
 Erik Bick is talking about the strategies he used yesterday.
 Bill Gawthrop discusses the strategies he used yesterday to win the day.

Walt Rogers gives the weather briefing to the group.
Nine sailplanes are on the grid today.  Zero clouds are in the sky.

Dan Gudgel is towing in the Pawnee today.

Thorsten Strepple in his sits waiting for a launch

Karl Kunz is in "GD," awaiting his turn.

Morgan and Steven Kane are getting ready to go up in "5H."
Walt is getting ready

Karl Kunz performs the standard Avenal IFR departure; "I Follow Rope."
A couple of minutes later, Thorsten Strepple performs the same departure.
Arriving at four feet AGL, Eric Bick is "VFR On Top."

Scott Ellis is running wing for Walt Rogers, Joe is waiting for the next rope, and Nina is providing shade for Jim Darke.

Scott is now running wing for Sergio Colacevich seated in the sailplane, Jeff, Joe and Martin watch, while Nina provides shade for Bill Gawthrop.

Both before the contest began, and while all of the contestants were away on the Task, Dan Gudgel was able to take a couple of students up on short flights in "Orange Crush."  Here it looks like Edo McGowan is in the front seat.

While everybody is up flying--or by this time retrieving--Martin has used his mechanic skills to repair the mower, and the weeds on the south side of runway 7-25 are succumbing.

Except for Bill's trailer, all of the glider trailers have left Avenal Gliderport Camping area...
...and have headed to, Paramount Gliderport, now open for business.

The second of three who landed at Avenal, and the first of two who completed the task, Bill's high-tech ship appears above the low-tech 2-33A "Big Bird" and the 1-26.

Morgan and Steve show up a few minutes later in 5H.
Jan, Bill, and Morgan--the only three who landed at Avenal--talk.  Jan deserves the "Decision of the Day" award for abandoning the Task and returning to home port.

The banquet that Julie prepared was good and enjoyed by all.
After the retrievals start arriving, Julie begins carving the tri-tip for the banquet.
A lot of good conversation was had in the evening.

The red trace is the optimal track, the lime-colored traces are the patths of all the contestants
Preliminary Scoresheet for the day.

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