Type of glider: Nimbus 3DT,

Takeoff location: Aston Down Gld (UK)

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Points for the flight 106.2
scoring distance 305.32 km
Speed 122.13 km/h
Duration 02:30:00
Scoring class open
Scoring start 11:26:10
Scoring end 16:13:44
Index: 120.0
Club Cotswold Gliding Club
Date of claim 31.07.2018 20:14:42
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With Chris Curtis, hot off the press from the Bicester Regionals. Better conditions than RASP forecast, saying it would go weak after 1400 hrs - but as usual in these very dry ground conditions it did not. XC Skies was more optimistic so I adopted their attitude.
Proof of the conditions, including useful cloud streets, is that despite pushing 90 knots between thermals with no water ballast we still had an overall lift/drag ratio of 61:1 and 105.4kph - yet despite Yahoo Group flagging up of the day loads of folk at Aston Down stayed local or on the ground - what more do you want?

Fabulous sport in company with steely fellow Phantom jet jock Steve Noujaim in his new ASW31Mi, hooning along between thermals and doing what Chris thought was combat training in them. In fact real Tornadoes did us a fly-by at Marham, wings swept so going at pace - that involved a lot of chat, not ideal but necessary.
On the way home the streets got offline due to the wind backing and we got a bit stuck crossing the M1 and later at Little Rissington near home with tricky clouds there and sea air on the Cotswold Edge, always can do better!

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