I made another attempt at the Bern 172 task this afternoon and did pretty well this time. I’m still over six minutes behind Sandor Laurinyecz but he’s in another league (although I have beaten him a few times). I used the same strategy this time as last but this time I used thermals to gain altitude and the ridges to keep it. I also worked several hot spots along ridges and tried to keep my altitude high.
Although I was in third place, I was 10 seconds faster than second place. I lost on points though. I was penalized 3 points for entering a cloud briefly.
Below is a comparison between my first track (red) and my second (blue). On the final leg, you can see that I used one thermal. I debated whether to cross the ridge where I did or to go just to the right of my track, following closer to the rum line (purple line between TP2 and the finish.