Type of glider: ASW 27,

Takeoff location: Hollister CA (US / 11)

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Points for the flight 169.87
Distance
Points for the flight 151.36
scoring distance 172.6
Speed 54.0 km/h
Duration 03:11:36
Triangle
Points for the flight 18.51
scoring distance 70.3 km
Speed 27.7 km/h
Duration 02:32:17
Scoring class 15m
Scoring start 20:50:14
Scoring end 00:09:16
Index: 114.0
Club Hollister Gliding Cl
Date of claim 28.10.2019 16:10:04
state IGC-File: Flight:

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Comment

Fun, challenging, and confusing flight!

Fun because it's not every day you get to flight levels (18,000) and looking down on home (Santa Cruz). I was even amidst and then above the airliners that constantly buzz my house -- seeing one vectored around me (let those bastards fly around me for a change).

Challenging because, at one point, I was pretty much out of ideas at 2800', below the summit and in the lee of the Santa Cruz Mountains. But I was in the spot that it SHOULD have been strong, so I circled hard in some rotor lift as I blew downwind toward KWVI. The lift got more organized after a time and a flock of seagulls came up underneath -- from there it was a rough, then waaavvveee smooth 15,200' climb to 18 in 1, 2, 3, then 4 knots -- cool.

Confusing because my 302/XC Soar often wasn't giving me a wind arrow. And I was flying backwards over the ground was confusing the XC Soar and the Flarm display (contacts shifting from 11 o'clock to 5 and back). 75+ knots of wind will do that!

Playing it conservative I got back to Hollister with 10k' to spare (that's more paranoid then conservative but, hey, it's wave and anything can happen). I looped and spun until I got queasy, then pulled the boards to get down... terra firma :-)

PS - While I cavorted skyward, PG&E was having a PSPS (California's new favorite acronym for Public Safety Power Shutdown) that started Saturday night, before the Sunday flight AND continues now on Monday morning, 36 hours later. I'd rather be flying than sitting in a dark house.

PPS - during the flight I saw smoke come up within a few miles of my house... then gnat-sized (from my altitude) aircraft approaching and a sudden flares of red fire retardant being air dropped, knocking things down pretty quickly, whew!

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