Type of glider: Ventus 2c/18m,

Takeoff location: Air Sailing (US / 11)


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Flight details

Points for the flight 567.78
Points for the flight 519.29
scoring distance 612.8
Speed 124.9 km/h
Duration 04:54:26
Points for the flight 48.49
scoring distance 190.7 km
Speed 37.4 km/h
Duration 05:06:22
Scoring class 18m
Scoring start 19:05:25
Scoring end 00:26:47
Index: 118.0
Club Air Sailing Nevada
Date of claim 04.10.2019 04:46:51
state IGC-File: Flight:

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Fun wave day. Brian (YS) also joined in on the wave. Almost entirely blue, no lennies but occasional sparse rotor cloud markers. Very unusual wind profile with light winds below 10.5k and gradually increasing SW winds above. The weak lower altitude winds were forecast, but the forecast was off by a bit as the winds were supposed to at least start picking up by 8k.. Better to the south with peak winds at about 50 knots at 17k and plenty of lift above 10 knots on the netto. To the north by Honey Lake peak winds were less than 30 knots and lift was barely sustainable. Getting into the wave was a bit tough and slow today. I launched at noon which was intentionally late as the weak low level wind forecast meant I might need to use thermals to get into the wave so I didn't launch until there were dust devils around indicating working convection. I released in a thermal that got me up to 7k which I used to glide over to my usual wave entry on the west side of the Dogskins. The winds were less than 10 knots and the ridge lift totally didn't work. I ended up running back with my tail between my legs to the airport but managed to find a thermal just a bit above pattern height over Winnemucca Ranch Road to get me back up which Brian joined. I than worked another thermal with Brian over the Red Rocks which got me to over 10k. I glided into the wind and went on the upwind side of some rotor clouds on the N side of the Dogskins. The lift was weak there but it was consistent enough and I gradually climbed into the wave in it. I then went upwind into the primary upwind of the Petersen Range by Hallelujah Junction to get my up to 17k so I could cross I-80 by Verdia and really start moving. The Verdi ridge was giving off good wave today and the Verdi/I-80 wave gap/sink trap was surprisingly gentle. Most of the rest of the flight was a combination of feeling my way through blue wave and staying just upwind of the few rotor-cu markers there were. First turnpoint was Alpine County. Going back N was fine but it got weaker and weaker the further N I went. I turned by Herlong as it got so weak I couldn't maintain altitude anymore even flying slow. I did another quick run to the S and again turned Alpine County. The last leg home was incredibly fast flying 10-20 knots below redline and with a hefty tailwind component I saw groundspeeds of over 150 knots. I landed to somewhat gusty 10-15 knot westerly winds. Thanks to Gene for towing and Thea for helping derig even a few minutes after sunset.


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Autocomment: Automatically determined proposal of OLC (03.10.2019 19:07:05 UTC till 04.10.2019 00:33:01 UTC) was changed manually.


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