Type of glider: Ventus 2c/18m,

Takeoff location:Air Sailing (US / 11)

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Points for the flight 257.98
scoring distance 374.18 km
Speed 96.47 km/h
Duration 03:52:44
Scoring class 18m
Scoring start 20:20:34
Scoring end 00:23:50
Index: 139.24
Pilot factor 1.2 (<1000km)
Club Air Sailing Nevada
Date of claim 22.09.2018 05:22:38
state IGC-File: Flight:

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Varied day that ranged from barely hanging on to dolphining that would make Flipper proud. Totally blue, 10-20 knots of westerly winds aloft. First hour or so was pretty pitiful and it took me quite a while to get above 10k where the lift finally got good enough to get moving. I was even thinking to myself in the cockpit, that so far the flight was so sorry, maybe I should have actually gone to work instead of play hookie. Blasphemy, I know. I even turned around on the Virginias briefly while I still had comfortable glide back to Air Sailing where I fortunately managed to run into the first good climb of the day. Conditions picked up after that pretty quick. Especially on the Pinenuts there was strong lift up to over 15k. A great line of lift formed just a mile or so east (downwind) of the crest of the Pinenuts that required no circling and I definitely got a much higher average L/D today than on an average blue day. I turned Desert Creek around 15:45 and started heading back north with another nice run northbound on the Pinenuts. As I left Rawe Peak heading north, conditions gradually got weaker, either because I was leaving the best terrain (the Pinenuts) or as it was starting to approach 17:00 and it's late September. I still saw I had a little more time left in the day, so I decided to round State Line Peak/7990, but as I got closer I was hoping to get even further and round Herlong before heading home. I made it to State Line Peak/7990 at 11k, thinking I just need an extra 1,500' or so to make Herlong and turn around with enough altitude to glide back home in dying air. Unfortunately, the thermals over the mountain were pretty anemic and I failed to get that altitude cushion. I made it a few miles past the mountain and approaching the low flat lands by Herlong with theoretically enough, but not practically enough for a comfortable glide home. I decided to just turn around about 10 miles shy of Herlong while the glide home was still easy as any appreciable amount of sink would put a real kink in my plan and I'd be getting low very late in the day when the lift was already starting to weaken up considerably. Overall though, better than I expected and not a half bad day for this late in the year.

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