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.
I just made my first attempt at this race. I was a good part of the way along on the second leg when I took a stupid risk trying to swoop over a ridge and crashed! You can see that my strategy here was to take the shortest route to the windward ridge that was perpendicular to the wind. If I had headed directly toward turn point 1 I would have had to cross a 2100m ridge from the windward side! It didn’t work out too badly but the ridge lift was much less than I anticipated. I wonder if the amount of ridge lift you get in proportion to the wind is scenery dependent—or maybe I just got bad luck with the random weather. This was the WestSwiss scenery.
I just finished my first attempt at this weeks Team SA race. I believe I’m in 3rd place after Norbert Kiss and Sandor Laurinyecz which is unbelievable! I definitely made a few mistakes which cost me several minutes. Hopefully I can make them up in another attempt tomorrow.
It looks like I will probably hold onto first for this race! I’m three minutes ahead of the next fastest time. My closest rival is next on points. He is flying a Jantar 2b which is slow but has a very low handicap.
I made one attempt at this week’s SA Team race and so far I’m in first place! I think I must have gotten better conditions. I set my MC for the average indicated on SeeYou. My circling percent was 22% but this was open class so that must lower the percent!
Puddie joined the Adrian Soaring Club yesterday and took his first flights there today. He is getting checked out in the ASK-21 with an instructor named Johann. Johann has flown all over the world but says he thinks that Sugarbush is the most beautiful soaring spot in the world!