30 April 2014

Between Perry and Bermuda High Contests

Perry is the one of the most important contests in US as it attracts 65 top pilots from USA, Canada, Belgium and UK including current and former US World Team members.
  In 18 Meter Class we had 5 contest days and weather was challenging and similar to weather which we can expect in Poland.
After day one I started from third position and then moved to first place on day four with 92 points gain on second pilot.
I was able to keep my position on the last day of the contest and won Perry 2014 with 169 points lead over second place pilot.
Canadian pilots flying in Perry did extremely well this year as in 18 Meter Class we took first and third place , 15 Meter Class second and third place  ,  Sport Class second place and Open class third place. 
I think Perry 2014 was the best contest for Canadians in soaring history.

Next week I'm going to regional contest in Bermuda High South Carolina which has very close condition to Poland due to sandy soil and large areas of pine and spruce forests.


29 April 2014

Home from Perry

The last day of the contest was another blue day and the lift was not as strong as was predicted.  I managed to get my self low several times and that cost me as I had to take weak lift to get back up into the working band.  I flew like a J3 cub - low and slow, but I was able to get around the course and prevent a major disaster in the scoring department.

Unfortunately, I was not able to hold-off FS who was 20 points behind me and he won the day and took over first place for the contest.

The weather was challenging for all the contest days.  Day 1 we had clouds that spread out and shut off convection around 4:30 to 5 pm and this caught about half of my class and resulted in mass land-outs.  The remaining 3 days were all blue with challenging thermals on some parts of the course and good thermals in other areas.

I am happy with my performance in the contest, I think the rust has now been brushed off and I am ready for the next contest in Cordele, GA.  I plan to get there a week early and take advantage of the tows offered by MGSA during their cross-country camp at the end of May.