Forbes 2015 – Day 1

Newyears day, and first task of 145km via two turnpoints to Manildra north east of forbes. We got good conditions, mostly blue but some clouds towards the end of the tast.

After hanging out in the start circle I took the second start gate, but “my” gaggle wanted to hang back in weak lift for 2-3 minutes after the clock, so I had to go back again to not go alone. After that it was an OK flight all the way to Goal, but I had to take a slower thermal and lost some time between the first and second TP. After a skinny final glide into headwind I got in to 8. place.

Olav Opsanger, Olav Lien and me made goal, Thomas had to land after around 75km. A good day for the Norwegian team with 2, 4, and 8. place.

Results below;

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Race to Goal 135.1 km

Provisional

No Dist. Id Radius
(meters)
Coordinates Open Close
1 0.0 km FORBE 400 Lat: -33.3608 Lon: 147.932 12:00:00+11:00 20:00:00+11:00
2 SS 4.6 km FORBE 5000 Lat: -33.3608 Lon: 147.932 12:00:00+11:00 20:00:00+11:00
3 71.1 km CANOWI 400 Lat: -33.55378 Lon: 148.67147 12:00:00+11:00 20:00:00+11:00
4 118.8 km MOLONG 5000 Lat: -33.11155 Lon: 148.8816 12:00:00+11:00 20:00:00+11:00
5 ES 135.1 km MANI15 200 Lat: -33.185 Lon: 148.68153 12:00:00+11:00 20:00:00+11:00

StartGate(s): 13:45:00+11:00, 14:00:00+11:00, 14:15:00+11:00, 14:30:00+11:00

# Name Nat Glider SS ES Time km/h Dist. Dist.
Points
Lead.
Points
Time
Points
Arr.
Pos
Points
Total
1 Attila Bertok M HUN 14:00:00 16:36:59 02:36:59 49.9 135.1 383.2 75.1 431.7 77.1 967
2 Olav Opsanger M NOR 14:00:00 16:38:19 02:38:19 49.4 135.1 383.2 73.4 407.0 67.4 931
3 Gerolf Heinrichs M AUT Moyes Litespeed RS3.5 14:00:00 16:43:17 02:43:17 47.9 135.1 383.2 75.2 362.0 63.0 883
4 Olav Olsen M NOR Moyes RS 13:45:00 16:37:29 02:52:29 45.4 135.1 383.2 107.9 304.7 72.1 868
5 Jonny Durand M AUS Moyes RX 14:15:00 16:54:59 02:39:59 48.9 135.1 383.2 51.0 389.2 36.2 860
6 Len Paton M AUS 14:15:00 16:56:44 02:41:44 48.4 135.1 383.2 51.3 374.0 31.7 840
7 Christian Voiblet M SUI Wills Wing T2C 14:00:00 16:48:38 02:48:38 46.4 135.1 383.2 66.9 326.7 47.8 825
8 Oyvind Ellefsen M NOR Moyes Litespeed RS 4 14:00:00 16:48:42 02:48:42 46.4 135.1 383.2 69.1 326.3 44.6 823
9 Glen Mcfarlane M AUS Moyes RX 14:15:00 16:57:54 02:42:54 48.1 135.1 383.2 44.5 364.9 27.9 821
10 Gijs Wanders M NED 13:45:00 16:43:36 02:58:36 43.8 135.1 383.2 91.9 273.1 58.8 807
11 Gavin Myers M AUS Moyes LSS 13:45:00 16:46:53 03:01:53 43.0 135.1 383.2 92.2 257.4 54.9 788
12 Harrison Rowntree M AUS 13:45:00 16:47:18 03:02:18 42.9 135.1 383.2 88.4 255.5 51.2 778
13 Gordon Rigg M GBR Moyes Litespeed RX3.5 14:00:00 16:55:56 02:55:56 44.5 135.1 383.2 65.1 286.4 33.9 769
14 Trent Brown M AUS Moyes RX 14:15:00 17:06:19 02:51:19 45.7 135.1 383.2 43.1 311.1 17.9 755
15 Kato Minoru M JPN 13:45:00 16:50:53 03:05:53 42.1 135.1 383.2 89.1 239.2 41.6 753
16 Filippo Oppici M ITA Wills Wing T2C 14:00:00 16:57:22 02:57:22 44.1 135.1 383.2 53.3 279.2 29.7 745
17 Guy Hubbard M AUS Moyes RS 13:45:00 16:54:06 03:09:06 41.4 135.1 383.2 93.2 225.2 38.8 740
17 Steve Blenkinsop M AUS Moyes RX 14:00:00 16:59:53 02:59:53 43.5 135.1 383.2 64.9 266.9 24.7 740
19 Jonas Lobitz M NZL 14:00:00 16:59:51 02:59:51 43.5 135.1 383.2 56.1 267.0 26.2 733
20 Andrew Barnes M AUS Moyes RS 3.5 14:00:00 17:01:42 03:01:42 43.1 135.1 383.2 58.8 258.3 23.4 724
21 Tullio Gervasoni M ITA 14:00:00 17:02:31 03:02:31 42.9 135.1 383.2 63.1 254.5 21.1 722
22 Jochen Zeischka M BEL Moyes Litespeed RX4 14:00:00 17:04:02 03:04:02 42.5 135.1 383.2 64.8 247.5 19.3 715
23 Zac Majors M USA Wills Wing T2C 144 14:15:00 17:16:25 03:01:25 43.2 135.1 383.2 42.8 259.6 16.6 702
24 Phil Schroder M AUS Airborne Rev 14:00:00 17:07:36 03:07:36 41.7 135.1 383.2 47.5 231.7 17.4 680
25 Grant Heaney M AUS 13:45:00 17:02:23 03:17:23 39.7 135.1 383.2 79.2 191.0 22.2 676
26 Nils Vesk M AUS Moyes RX 13:45:00 17:03:23 03:18:23 39.5 135.1 383.2 81.8 187.1 20.1 672
27 Jon snr Durand M AUS Moyes RS 13:45:00 17:04:15 03:19:15 39.3 135.1 383.2 79.7 183.7 18.6 665
28 Lukas Bader M GER Moyes RS 14:00:00 17:22:42 03:22:42 38.6 135.1 383.2 33.3 170.4 16.0 603
29 Mark Russell M AUS moyes RS 13:45:00 17:17:00 03:32:00 36.9 135.1 383.2 50.1 136.0 16.3 586
30 Mikhail Karmazin M RUS Aeros Combat 13:43:29 17:12:26 03:28:57 37.5 135.1 383.2 68.6 147.1 16.9 585
31 Conrad Loten M NZL 14:00:00 17:27:09 03:27:09 37.8 135.1 383.2 29.6 153.7 15.8 582
32 Dale Regehr M CAN 13:45:00 17:34:12 03:49:12 34.2 135.1 383.2 24.8 77.2 15.6 501
33 Takeshi Yokoyama M JPN 14:00:00 17:50:15 03:50:15 34.0 135.1 383.2 16.6 73.8 15.5 489
34 Geoff Robertson M AUS Moyes RX 14:00:00 122.5 361.7 52.4 414
35 Simon Braithwaite M NZL 13:45:00 117.0 348.3 64.6 413
36 Yasuhiro Noma M AUS 14:15:00 129.8 375.8 26.1 402
37 Sasha Serebrennikova F RUS Moyes Litespeed S3 14:00:00 97.1 297.1 5.6 303
38 Thomas Lindal M NOR 13:45:00 86.1 275.1 275
39 Victor Hare M AUS Moyes RX 14:15:00 78.9 257.6 258
40 Viv Clements M NZL 14:00:00 74.1 244.2 244
40 Chris Czajkowski M AUS 13:45:00 74.2 244.3 244
42 Rohan Taylor M AUS Moyes RS 14:15:00 71.7 235.7 236
43 Sander Van Schaik M NED Icaro Laminar 13:45:00 71.6 235.3 235
44 Josh Woods M AUS 14:00:00 70.9 232.1 232
45 Federico Martini M SUI Moyes RX 14:00:00 65.9 206.9 207
46 Ryosuke Hattori M JPN Aeros Combat 14:00:00 48.7 130.9 131
46 Emiel Jansen M NED 13:45:00 48.6 130.6 131
48 Yoko Isomoto F JPN 14:00:00 46.0 123.0 123
49 Peter Dall M AUS 14:00:00 38.4 99.9 100
50 Enda Murphy M AUS Moyes RX 10.0 29.8 30
50 Adam Jones M AUS 10.0 29.8 30
50 Phil Seeley M GBR Airborne C4 13:38:14 10.0 29.8 30

Forbes 2015, practice day

I landed in Sydney at around 07:10 yesterday, met with Thomas who had some problems getting his glider through customs, and helped him to get all that sorted and loaded so we could drive to Forbes.

We met the rest of the team there, Olav Opsanger, Olav Lien Olsen, and Kurt Opseth, who had arrived the day before and had a nice day of flying while we were driving.

It’s around 28 degrees here, which is nice and cool for mid-summer Forbes, with blue skies and almost no wind today. I got my new glider set up and had the first flight today. Glider goes great, handles like a dream, it’s by far the best hangglider I’ve ever flown! I also had new harness from Skyline, which was perfect as always. Only problem today was a leaky camelback, so it was a bit cold with 2 liters of water running down my back at 2000 meters.

Today was official practice day, with a 100km triangle, but since this was my first flight with new gear I stayed locally and just enjoyed the air. Only Olav Lien flew the full practice task from our team, and he came back quite late so it may have been difficult and slow at times.

New toys, my technora RX 3.5
New toys, my technora RX 3.5
Forbes LZ
Forbes LZ
Thomas Lindal in front and below
Thomas Lindal in front and below

2014 Santa Cruz Flats Race, day 7

The last day, and finally I get the glider going straight, and my GoPro started working again after playing dead for a week. Wohoo!

Setup line last day
Setup line last day

The task was a triangle of 102km, going southwest and then northeast away from the potential overdevelopment over the hills and near goal. We got lots of dustdevils on the ground while setting up, so it felt like a more unstable day than earlier in the week. I had an uneventful tow behind Bobby in the tug, and got a slow climb just in time to take the first start. Thermalling up we could see overdevelopment around us, and there was rain and shade moving towards the first turnpoint.

Day 7 task
Day 7 task
In line, dustdevils in front
In line, dustdevils in front of us
On tow
On tow

I took the first start with most pilots, and we did a fast glide towards the first TP to try and get there before the rain, but it turned out to be too late as the rain moved in, and we stopped to wait in some weak lift over Casa Grange mountain. It was really nice to be able to glide straight again without fighting the glider, my glide ratio improved a lot the last day! :-)

As there were some small spots of sun we tried to slowly go towards the TP and find some lift, I was in a gaggle with Chris Arai, Larry Bunner, Joe Bostik, Mitch and a few more, and spent some time drifting towards Eloy airport which is a very busy parachute dropzone, so it was not the best place to hang out above deployment height for the parachutists.

Over Eloy
Over Eloy

We did not get much lift on the way to the TP as it was shaded and some rain in the air, so it became a slow glide to the ground as the few sunny spots were too short lived to give us any lift. I saw lots of gliders on the ground at the TP, and turned around for the sun as directly as possible after taking the TP. There was no lift, so we all landed one by one. I was the highest in the last thermal, so I got the furthest from our gaggle, just beaten with 1,1km by Michael Bilyk who had been in front of us, so I got 2. place on the day score and moved back up a few spots in the toal.

Everyone landed pretty much at the same time, which was good as there was gustfronts moving through the takeoff/goal are as well as on courseline towards the second TP.

Landing site
Landing site
Overdevelopment over first TP
Overdevelopment over first TP

All in all this was a great competition, I had a great time both in the air and on the ground. Its a super nice and relaxed spot to fly, and making it back to goal where you park the glider overnight and just walk 10 meters to jump into the pool is just unbeatable.

Thanks to our team with driver, Moyes and Kraig for great support, tugpilots, and Jamie and all her crew for organizing it. I’ll be back next year!

Scores day 7;

# CN Pilot Team Glider Start Finish Time Speed Dist. Points Pen.
1. 103 Michael Bilyk USA Moyes RX 3.5 Technora 13:50:20 44.0km 589.69
2. 123 Oyvind Ellefsen NOR Moyes RS 3.5 13:50:14 42.9km 579.69
3. 104 Larry Bunner USA Will Wing T2C 144 13:50:37 42.4km 574.96
4. 118 Joe Bostik CZE Wills Wing T2C144 13:50:29 42.4km 574.69
5. 134 Bill Soderquist USA Moyes RS 3.5 13:50:45 41.7km 564.73
6. 137 Rudy Gotés MEX Moyes RX 3.5 13:51:34 41.6km 562.70
7. 114 Mitch Shipley USA Wills Wing T2C 144 13:50:17 40.7km 546.35
8. 138 Chris Arai USA Wills Wing T2C 154 13:50:09 39.8km 528.52
9. 119 Kraig Coomber USA Moyes RX 3.5 Technora 13:50:23 39.2km 516.29
10. 108 Robin Hamilton USA Moyes RX 3.5 13:50:32 37.9km 490.73
11. 136 Glen Volk USA Moyes RS 3.5 13:51:20 37.3km 480.62
12. 122 Jon Durand AUS Moyes RX 3.5 Technora 13:50:20 37.2km 478.98
13. 135 James Stinnett USA Wills Wing T2C 144 13:50:31 37.1km 477.35
14. 101 Matt Barker USA Wills Wing T2C 144 13:50:13 36.8km 470.97
15. 102 Bruce Barmakian USA Wills Wing T2C 136 13:51:39 36.6km 466.30
16. 112 Olav Opsanger NOR Moyes RX 3.5 Technora 13:50:26 36.6km 466.27
17. 110 Zac Majors USA Wills Wing T2C 144 13:50:01 36.6km 466.22
18. 133 Steven Pearson USA Wills Wing T2C 144 13:51:15 34.6km 417.61
19. 109 Greg Kendall USA Moyes RX 3.5 13:51:43 34.5km 414.75
20. 120 Pedro Garcia ESP Wills Wing T2C 144 13:50:20 34.4km 412.73
21. 106 Dustin Martin USA Wills Wing T2C 144 13:50:22 33.9km 398.44
22. 140 maria COL Wills Wing T2C 136 13:50:09 33.8km 395.68
23. 127 Patrick Kruse USA Wills Wing T2C 144 13:51:20 32.0km 351.76
24. 105 Jay Devorak USA Moyes RX 3.5 14:12:15 29.8km 315.13
25. 139 Mike Glennon COL Wills Wing T2C 154 14:13:33 28.8km 304.39
26. 128 Thomas Lindal NOR Moyes RS 4 14:17:11 28.6km 302.21
27. 124 Nils Henden NOR Moyes RX 3 14:13:20 26.5km 273.98
28. 115 Kip Stone USA Wills Wing T2C 154 14:16:33 24.3km 246.63
29. 121 Mark Dowsett CAN Moyes RX3 14:14:39 22.3km 225.71
30. 116 Davis Straub USA Wills Wing T2 – 144 13:50:52 22.3km 225.18
31. 132 wayne osick USA Moyes 4S 14:10:15 20.7km 205.45
32. 107 Grant Emary USA Wills Wing T2C 154 14:37:22 20.6km 203.84
33. 130 Fabiano Nahoum BRA Moyes RS 4 13:50:17 20.6km 203.74
34. 125 Thomas Hylander SWE Wills Wing T2 144 14:24:25 20.3km 198.39
35. 111 Olav Olsen NOR Wills Wing T2C 136 13:50:15 20.2km 196.13
36. 131 Tommy Nilsson SWE Wills Wing T2 14:36:09 16.3km 126.17
37. 126 Jeff Johnson USA Moyes 4.5 14:09:39 15.2km 115.98
DNF. 117* Rodrigo Alva MEX Wills Wing T2C 144 0
DNF. 141* Terry Reynolds USA Moyes LiteSport 0

Total results;

# CN Pilot Team Glider Total
1. 119 Kraig Coomber USA Moyes RX 3.5 Technora 4371.35
2. 108 Robin Hamilton USA Moyes RX 3.5 4320.71
3. 103 Michael Bilyk USA Moyes RX 3.5 Technora 4235.36
4. 122 Jon Durand AUS Moyes RX 3.5 Technora 3961.66
5. 112 Olav Opsanger NOR Moyes RX 3.5 Technora 3885.14
6. 110 Zac Majors USA Wills Wing T2C 144 3697.50
7. 102 Bruce Barmakian USA Wills Wing T2C 136 3691.22
8. 137 Rudy Gotés MEX Moyes RX 3.5 3573.95
9. 138 Chris Arai USA Wills Wing T2C 154 3275.58
10. 135 James Stinnett USA Wills Wing T2C 144 3138.43
11. 114 Mitch Shipley USA Wills Wing T2C 144 3055.97
12. 101 Matt Barker USA Wills Wing T2C 144 2991.80
13. 134 Bill Soderquist USA Moyes RS 3.5 2989.49
14. 104 Larry Bunner USA Will Wing T2C 144 2802.85
15. 106 Dustin Martin USA Wills Wing T2C 144 2762.93
16. 123 Oyvind Ellefsen NOR Moyes RS 3.5 2758.33
17. 109 Greg Kendall USA Moyes RX 3.5 2698.08
18. 118 Joe Bostik CZE Wills Wing T2C144 2588.62
19. 133 Steven Pearson USA Wills Wing T2C 144 2532.65
20. 136 Glen Volk USA Moyes RS 3.5 2379.42
21. 124 Nils Henden NOR Moyes RX 3 2283.33
22. 130 Fabiano Nahoum BRA Moyes RS 4 2276.89
23. 127 Patrick Kruse USA Wills Wing T2C 144 2273.77
24. 140 maria COL Wills Wing T2C 136 2243.81
25. 111 Olav Olsen NOR Wills Wing T2C 136 2136.14
26. 139 Mike Glennon COL Wills Wing T2C 154 2135.12
27. 107 Grant Emary USA Wills Wing T2C 154 1983.69
28. 120 Pedro Garcia ESP Wills Wing T2C 144 1915.38
29. 116 Davis Straub USA Wills Wing T2 – 144 1871.29
30. 132 wayne osick USA Moyes 4S 1686.07
31. 105 Jay Devorak USA Moyes RX 3.5 1510.21
32. 115 Kip Stone USA Wills Wing T2C 154 1398.33
33. 121 Mark Dowsett CAN Moyes RX3 1355.02
34. 128 Thomas Lindal NOR Moyes RS 4 1327.82
35. 126 Jeff Johnson USA Moyes 4.5 1086.96
36. 117 Rodrigo Alva MEX Wills Wing T2C 144 1007.74
37. 131 Tommy Nilsson SWE Wills Wing T2 716.63
38. 125 Thomas Hylander SWE Wills Wing T2 144 694.79
39. 141 Terry Reynolds USA Moyes LiteSport 111.33

2014 Santa Cruz Flats Race, day 6

The conditions were forecasted to be similar to yesterday, and the task was set to a 100km, going south to Meyer and then north west to Maricopa before heading back southeast to goal at the hotel. Once in the air it looked like a good day but with stronger than forecasted winds. Again my glider was not flying straight and the lastest adjustments were not sucessful, in retrospect I should have overdone it more to get at least a right turn instead of another day with fighting a left turn. At least the gaggles were a bit smaller after the first clock and the turndirection was right so I could relax more while thermalling.

I waited for the second start time in a gaggle with Olav Opsanger, Johnny, Kraig, Chris Arai, Michael, Mitch and a few more I did not recognize. We had a good run to the first TP catching up with most of the pilots who took the first start, and I got a great line getting in front until halfway to the second TP where we flew into blue skies and headwind. We topped up in around 1800 meters and I chose a bad line and lost 200m on the lead gaggle before the next thermal so they got away in front from me.

I still had plenty of pilots under me marking the thermals, and I caught up with Olav Lien Olsen as we glided ahead into the blue. Unfortunately none of us could find useable lift and around 10 pilots landed in the same area, 6 of us on the same field around 15 km before the last TP. 30 minutes later we spotted the lead gaggle gliding over us on final glide to goal.

Olav Lien Olsen packing up, while the lead pilots are on final over us.
Olav Lien Olsen packing up, while the lead pilots are on final over us.

On the way home we got a lift with the Mexican team, as our driver had locked the carkeys inside the car while picking up Nils Aaage, Olav and me thought we might as well catch a ride home with them instead of waiting out in the sun.

They did not tell us they had to pick up one more pilot, who was in the middle of a property, 3km from the road behind locked gates. Fortunately the wire across one gate was long enough so we could get the car under it, barely…

Will it fit?

Will it fit?

Olav Opsanger did a great flight, coming in just one second behind Johnny who won the day.

Results day 6;

1. 122 Jon Durand AUS Moyes RX 3.5 Technora 14:10:00 16:57:43 02:47:44 36.1km/h 100.9km 988.42
2. 112 Olav Opsanger NOR Moyes RX 3.5 Technora 14:10:00 16:57:44 02:47:45 36.1km/h 100.9km 987.60
3. 119 Kraig Coomber USA Moyes RX 3.5 Technora 14:10:00 16:58:07 02:48:08 36.0km/h 100.9km 980.83
4. 103 Michael Bilyk USA Moyes RX 3.5 Technora 14:10:00 16:58:28 02:48:29 35.9km/h 100.9km 976.49
5. 108 Robin Hamilton USA Moyes RX 3.5 14:10:00 16:58:30 02:48:31 35.9km/h 100.9km 976.11
6. 110 Zac Majors USA Wills Wing T2C 144 13:50:00 16:53:35 03:03:36 33.0km/h 100.9km 923.21
7. 102 Bruce Barmakian USA Wills Wing T2C 136 13:50:00 17:10:01 03:20:02 30.3km/h 100.9km 836.39
8. 127 Patrick Kruse USA Wills Wing T2C 144 13:50:54 71.6km 553.80
9. 136 Glen Volk USA Moyes RS 3.5 13:50:45 69.3km 543.97
10. 140 maria COL Wills Wing T2C 136 12:47:18 61.1km 500.83
11. 107 Grant Emary USA Wills Wing T2C 154 13:25:48 60.1km 495.55
12. 130 Fabiano Nahoum BRA Moyes RS 4 13:50:59 59.6km 492.44
13. 111 Olav Olsen NOR Wills Wing T2C 136 13:50:52 58.8km 486.77
14. 123 Oyvind Ellefsen NOR Moyes RS 3.5 13:29:34 58.7km 486.32
15. 137 Rudy Gotés MEX Moyes RX 3.5 14:11:05 58.7km 486.27
16. 109 Greg Kendall USA Moyes RX 3.5 13:28:14 58.5km 484.41
17. 135 James Stinnett USA Wills Wing T2C 144 13:50:38 58.5km 484.21
18. 106 Dustin Martin USA Wills Wing T2C 144 13:50:16 58.3km 481.85
19. 105 Jay Devorak USA Moyes RX 3.5 13:36:09 58.2km 480.67
20. 138 Chris Arai USA Wills Wing T2C 154 13:50:24 58.1km 479.37
21. 116 Davis Straub USA Wills Wing T2 – 144 13:28:03 58.1km 479.35
22. 139 Mike Glennon COL Wills Wing T2C 154 13:50:26 56.9km 460.46
23. 124 Nils Henden NOR Moyes RX 3 13:50:33 56.0km 445.31
24. 114 Mitch Shipley USA Wills Wing T2C 144 14:11:57 55.9km 443.59
25. 115 Kip Stone USA Wills Wing T2C 154 13:50:37 55.9km 443.54
26. 134 Bill Soderquist USA Moyes RS 3.5 13:50:44 54.1km 407.79
27. 126 Jeff Johnson USA Moyes 4.5 13:50:48 52.0km 363.77
28. 128 Thomas Lindal NOR Moyes RS 4 13:52:58 52.0km 363.69
29. 132 wayne osick USA Moyes 4S 13:50:36 51.7km 356.66
30. 131 Tommy Nilsson SWE Wills Wing T2 14:25:34 49.3km 301.42
31. 117 Rodrigo Alva MEX Wills Wing T2C 144 13:50:37 49.2km 299.21
32. 121 Mark Dowsett CAN Moyes RX3 13:35:54 48.8km 290.17
33. 120 Pedro Garcia ESP Wills Wing T2C 144 13:50:16 47.9km 272.55
34. 118 Joe Bostik CZE Wills Wing T2C144 14:10:58 44.7km 227.93
35. 101 Matt Barker USA Wills Wing T2C 144 13:50:20 43.3km 211.04
36. 104 Larry Bunner USA Will Wing T2C 144 14:12:05 42.7km 203.20
37. 125 Thomas Hylander SWE Wills Wing T2 144 13:39:26 38.9km 160.92
38. 133 Steven Pearson USA Wills Wing T2C 144 13:50:37 6.7km 28.57
DNF. 141* Terry Reynolds USA Moyes LiteSport 0

2014 Santa Cruz Flats Race, day 5

After a few slow days without flying it was good to wake up to sunny skies and a promising day. We got a nice task that kept us close to the hotel where we take off and land, 102km in total.

Task 3
Task 3

After a nice tow and hanging around in the start gate for more than one hour, I took the first start gate at 13:50 and joined Nils Aage as we slowly made our way to the first turnpoint in very weak lift, it was extremely slow and we got caught up by the second clock starters who started 20 minutes later at the first TP. From there I found better lift and stayed with the first gaggle all the way in to goal. I had a long and shallow final glide with Zac Majors just below and in front, and coming into goal there was some traffic over the center of the 400m radius goal circle. I headed a bit right of the goal to avoid those gliders, I thought I heard the vario make the goal sound as I flew over the golf course, so I turned right to land. Unfortunately I was still 40m away from goal, so I did not get any timepoints for the task, and dropped down on the scores. I lost around 300 points compared to the time I would have got, so that was a bummer for the day, still it was a good and fun flight.

The team did well – Olav Opsanger did a good flight again with 9. place. Olav Lien Olsen came behind us into goal, and got 17. place, Nils Aage got stuck and did not quite make it into goal to 22. place, while Thomas landed near the second TP for 36. place.

Results task 3;

1. 119 Kraig Coomber USA Moyes RX 3.5 Technora 14:10:00 16:16:28 02:06:28 48.4km/h 102.0km 1000
2. 102 Bruce Barmakian USA Wills Wing T2C 136 14:10:00 16:16:59 02:06:59 48.2km/h 102.0km 983.57
3. 108 Robin Hamilton USA Moyes RX 3.5 14:10:00 16:17:13 02:07:13 48.1km/h 102.0km 978.51
4. 101 Matt Barker USA Wills Wing T2C 144 14:10:00 16:21:52 02:11:52 46.4km/h 102.0km 908.30
5. 137 Rudy Gotés MEX Moyes RX 3.5 14:10:00 16:27:54 02:17:54 44.4km/h 102.0km 840.53
6. 103 Michael Bilyk USA Moyes RX 3.5 Technora 14:10:00 16:28:59 02:18:59 44.0km/h 102.0km 829.66
7. 114 Mitch Shipley USA Wills Wing T2C 144 14:10:00 16:30:55 02:20:55 43.4km/h 102.0km 811
8. 122 Jon Durand AUS Moyes RX 3.5 Technora 14:10:00 16:32:54 02:22:54 42.8km/h 102.0km 792.75
9. 112 Olav Opsanger NOR Moyes RX 3.5 Technora 14:10:00 16:33:36 02:23:36 42.6km/h 102.0km 786.51
10. 110 Zac Majors USA Wills Wing T2C 144 14:10:00 16:35:35 02:25:35 42.0km/h 102.0km 769.32
11. 118 Joe Bostik CZE Wills Wing T2C144 14:10:00 16:36:18 02:26:18 41.8km/h 102.0km 763.29
12. 104 Larry Bunner USA Will Wing T2C 144 14:10:00 16:36:54 02:26:54 41.7km/h 102.0km 758.30
13. 133 Steven Pearson USA Wills Wing T2C 144 14:10:00 16:38:25 02:28:25 41.2km/h 102.0km 745.98
14. 135 James Stinnett USA Wills Wing T2C 144 13:50:00 16:32:28 02:42:28 37.7km/h 102.0km 696.21
15. 138 Chris Arai USA Wills Wing T2C 154 13:50:00 16:33:46 02:43:46 37.4km/h 102.0km 686.29
16. 109 Greg Kendall USA Moyes RX 3.5 13:50:00 16:36:49 02:46:49 36.7km/h 102.0km 663.83
17. 111 Olav Olsen NOR Wills Wing T2C 136 14:10:00 17:04:13 02:54:13 35.1km/h 102.0km 580.95
18. 134 Bill Soderquist USA Moyes RS 3.5 14:10:00 17:13:03 03:03:03 33.4km/h 102.0km 538.52
19. 136 Glen Volk USA Moyes RS 3.5 14:10:00 17:21:48 03:11:48 31.9km/h 102.0km 501.29
20. 123 Oyvind Ellefsen NOR Moyes RS 3.5 13:50:53 101.5km 421.24
21. 127 Patrick Kruse USA Wills Wing T2C 144 14:10:18 101.0km 419.88
22. 124 Nils Henden NOR Moyes RX 3 13:50:59 94.8km 398.47
23. 106 Dustin Martin USA Wills Wing T2C 144 14:30:20 92.8km 390.32
24. 130 Fabiano Nahoum BRA Moyes RS 4 14:10:04 90.9km 381.03
25. 140 maria COL Wills Wing T2C 136 13:52:27 72.3km 305.13
26. 107 Grant Emary USA Wills Wing T2C 154 14:10:49 71.4km 302.75
27. 120 Pedro Garcia ESP Wills Wing T2C 144 14:10:13 67.5km 289.29
28. 126 Jeff Johnson USA Moyes 4.5 14:09:48 67.3km 288.45
29. 139 Mike Glennon COL Wills Wing T2C 154 14:10:24 56.7km 237.28
30. 121 Mark Dowsett CAN Moyes RX3 14:10:52 55.6km 231.47
31. 132 wayne osick USA Moyes 4S 13:52:15 53.6km 221.70
32. 105 Jay Devorak USA Moyes RX 3.5 14:10:12 53.4km 220.66
33. 115 Kip Stone USA Wills Wing T2C 154 15:57:47 52.9km 217.49
34. 117 Rodrigo Alva MEX Wills Wing T2C 144 14:10:00 47.8km 187.08
35. 125 Thomas Hylander SWE Wills Wing T2 144 14:23:30 45.2km 170.95
36. 128 Thomas Lindal NOR Moyes RS 4 13:51:46 44.7km 167.50
37. 131 Tommy Nilsson SWE Wills Wing T2 14:25:20 38.2km 120.58
38. 116 Davis Straub USA Wills Wing T2 – 144 14:10:12 15.6km 43.24
DNF. 141* Terry Reynolds USA Moyes LiteSport 0

 

2014 Santa Cruz Flats Race, day 1 and 2

I’ve heard about the good flying in Arizona from my teammates who went there several times in the past. The September timeframe is a good time for us Scandinavians, as the season at home is ending now. So this year I tagged along with the team hoping to have some fun flying over in the western US desert. This year we are 5 pilots from Norway, Olav Opsanger, Nils Aage Henden, Olav Lien Olsen, Thomas Lindal and me. There are also 3 Swedes here, a scattering of South Americans and an Ozzie among the US majority.

My main goal for this comp is to fly and get some more hours and practice flying after a crap season at home, so I’ve bought a used Litespeed RS 3.5 from Bruce Barmakian, and he kindly brought it to the comp for me. The glider is in good shape, but the sail is quite soft after use, and the performance is far from as good as my RX I have at home. After the first day I replaced the worn out VG rope, as I had a hard time pulling the VG, I then got a left turn on ¾ to full VG, so that made day 2 quite hard as we had good conditions for long glides.

I also fitted some Skyline wingtips to improve the performance after day 1, on the first day I was outclimbed by pretty much everyone, but day 2 with the wingtips I could climb much better and at least keep up with the newer T2C’s in the thermals. I expect the glide to improve once it’s flying straight again, I’ve adjusted the glider after day 2 so we just need another flying day now.

Glider;

The RS in the Arizona dust.

Day 1 was a short task of 82km, keeping us fairly close to the takoff/goal. I got a super smooth tow and a OK start in weak conditions. I struggled a little with getting high in the thermals all day, but got to goal about 5 minutes after the lead gaggle when they outglided me after the second TP.

Task 1 and results

Day 2 was a 121km task, and conditions were a bit better but with high clouds moving in and shading the courseline in the later part of the task. I got a terrible start after trying to move upwind and find a better position around 20 minutes before the start, we were 4 gliders heading out, but found nothing and I had to glide back to the main gaggle and did not have enough time to get high again. I took the start behind and 3-400 meters lower than the main gaggle, and suffered for that mistake the rest of the task coming in low and behind in the lift. I met up with Nils Aage scraping in very low at the last TP in the shade, taking 0.1 and 0.2m/s lift to stay up, thus taking forever to get back up to final glide attitude and loosing even more time. I attempted a 15:1 final, it was good for a few km, but then deteriorated rapidly to 18:1 so I had to stop over Casa Grande downtown where we got some residual heat from the buildings and roads generating a nice weak thermal to get us into goal.

 Task 2 and results

Yesterday, and today is gray and windy with some rain, we are under the tropical rainstorm Odlie, which is predicted to bring catastrophic flooding in our area today and tomorrow, so it looks like no flying the next days…

Cyclone Odlie giving us a nice sunset before the storm
Gliders packed up and out of the rain

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