Type of glider: Ventus 2c/18m,

Takeoff location: Air Sailing (US / 11)

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Flight details

Points for the flight 252.04
Distance
Points for the flight 212.28
scoring distance 250.5
Speed 55.4 km/h
Duration 04:31:07
Triangle
Points for the flight 39.76
scoring distance 156.4 km
Speed 37.6 km/h
Duration 04:09:38
Scoring class 18m
Scoring start 18:18:46
Scoring end 22:52:30
Index: 118.0
Club Air Sailing Nevada
Date of claim 22.12.2019 03:51:44
state IGC-File: Flight:

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Comment

Another very challenging and humbling wave day. Blue, no markers with 70+ knot SSW winds aloft. Wave seemed to very patchy and unorganized today, probably due to the winds being more southerly than westerly. I started with a perlan project high tow to 8,000' (winds were very mild below 7,000' early in the day). I towed towards Tule Peak this time as that's where I've had better luck lately. I tried for about an hour catching wave from there with little luck, but found it on the northern foothills of the Dogskins, go figure. From there with a ground speed of about nothing I took an elevator like climb to 16k in 2-3 knots. I lunged upwind at just shy of Vne into a vicious headwind to try to find better lift but lost almost 5,000' and fell out of the wave by Hallelujah Junction, but managed to reacquire it using some climbs in the rotor. That path downwind of the Verdi ridge worked for about 10 miles S going at a fast IAS but slow GS before it became sink where I went downwind to reacquire the rising side of the wave downwind of Peavine. The Verdi gap actually worked terrifically today on the route I took with 13 knots up that required me to open the spoilers to not get sucked into class A. A bit shy of Mt Rose I lost it again and made the mistake of trying to go downwind to the find the upside of the previous wave bar with no success at all. Before I knew it I was below the laminar layer at 12k by Virginia City. I tried climbing back up in the turbulent rotor with no luck and eventually got down to 7.5k by Carson City and getting close to resigning myself to a landout. Fortunately I stuck it out and with some thermals and rotor managed to eventually climb back up to 13k which with a serious tailwind was good enough to start heading back towards home. The rest of the flight was more of the same of falling in and out of wave and none of the normal "house thermal" wave spots were working reliably and neither were my usually blue wave strategies. Well, it was good practice and I'm pleasantly surprised I actually made it back home after bungling it up pretty badly by Carson City, but it would have been nicer to actually put up some distance.

Pilot

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Autocomment: Automatically determined proposal of OLC (21.12.2019 18:18:52 UTC till 21.12.2019 22:57:12 UTC) was changed manually.

OLC-Team

Peter H. Braasch
Cobra Trailer
LXNAV
Siebert
DG Flugzeugbau
Bürklin
TQ Avionics
HPH
SCHEMPP-HIRTH Flugzeugbau GmbH
binder
Alexander Schleicher
LANGE Aviation GmbH
WINTER Instruments
Fliegerstrom
Jonker Sailplanes
IMI Gliding
ILEC
Deutscher Wetterdienst
TopMeteo
Segelflugschule Wasserkuppe
Clouddancers
Bitterwasser
FLIGHT TEAM
M+D Flugzeugbau
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