Type of glider: Ventus 2c/18m,

Takeoff location:Air Sailing (US / 11)

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Flight details

Points for the flight 624.98
Distance
Points for the flight 557.98
scoring distance 658.4
Speed 114.1 km/h
Duration 05:46:14
Triangle
Points for the flight 67.00
scoring distance 263.5 km
Speed 53.3 km/h
Duration 04:56:41
Scoring class 18m
Scoring start 19:41:31
Scoring end 01:31:57
Index: 118.0
Club Air Sailing Nevada
Date of claim 02.07.2018 06:43:04
state IGC-File: Flight:

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Comment

Interesting day that was half challenging and half ridiculously good. The first hour and a half or so till just past the Pinenuts was blue with somewhat broken 3 knotters up to a bit above 12k. I first connected with the clouds halfway between Topaz Lake and Alpine County Airport and flew a little more west than I usually do through the Sierras as opposed to Mt. Patterson. From there it got really, really good with 6+ knot thermals, lots of dolphining, a much much higher MacCready setting and the occasional Oudie warning of getting close to busting class A. A few times I had to open the spoilers just to avoid getting sucked up into the clouds. At that point there was both a fire TFR west of Mammoth Lakes that made the visibility bad and the air stink and lots of blow up and showers around Mammoth Lakes and Lee Vining so I cut east over Mono Lake to avoid all that. The last 10 miles or so before turning Bishop was in a blue hole but I started the dead glide plenty high and connected with good lift over the Whites pretty quickly after rounding the turnpoint. The White Mountains as expected had great lift and great cus under them. At that point there was also showers and blow up by Bridgeport so I stayed plenty further east. Unfortunately I did get some slight rain on me and since I was so high and it was so cold, it froze to my leading edge and hung on for a good 15 minutes until I got a little lower into warmer air and a bit out of the shadow of the cus above me and into sunshine. It didn't matter that much as there was still lots of rising air everywhere which more than made up for my temporarily neutered laminar wing. As I got closer to Mt Patterson the lift really petered out and it was blue up head with 90 miles to go and it was already past 17:00. I detoured majorly to the west to catch the last good looking cu by Topaz Lake. I worked that up to 16k which gave me 40:1 back home which I figured would be a not cushy but doable long final glide if I slow down and don't hit bad sink. It was working the first 15 miles or so on the southern Pinenuts that had little bits of weak lift and I was beating the necessary glide angle by quite a bit, but on the northern half of the Pinenuts I kept hitting sink and the final glide was getting more and more marginal. I unsuccessfully chased some haze domes and tiny wisps of cloud at the top of almost blue thermals. Fortunately, just a bit shy of Rawe Peak I hit a reasonable thermal in the blue that I took up to 15k for a very fast and comfortable final glide of 27:1.

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