Type of glider: Ventus 2c/18m,

Takeoff location: El Tiro (US / 9)


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Flight details

Points for the flight 622.9
Points for the flight 483.38
scoring distance 570.4
Speed 101.7 km/h
Duration 05:36:27
Points for the flight 139.52
scoring distance 548.8 km
Speed 96.2 km/h
Duration 05:42:07
Scoring class 18m
Scoring start 18:37:37
Scoring end 00:19:52
Index: 118.0
Club Tucson Soaring Club
Date of claim 18.04.2021 05:52:22
state IGC-File: Flight:

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Bad ass day. By far the best since moving out to Tucson and I'm pretty sure more distance and points than my flights when I was a visitor for a weekend last August. Varying conditions throughout the day. I launched early a bit past 11:30 and it was fairly weak with blue 2 knotters below 6k for the first half hour or so. Once crossing I-10 it got considerably better and I got a good climb to 11k. I made first contact with the clouds about 10 miles NW of Kearney. Shortly after I hit a boomer averaging 9.5 knots by the IGC log up to 14.6k. My original plan was to first round Payson but even by 13:00 there was already a solid wall of OD to the N, so I decided instead to round Grapevine and turn S. The next leg was down to Wilcox/Cochise Country airport. That leg was absolutely awesome. I followed the clouds towards the Mt Graham area as opposed to taking the more direct route over the Galiuro Mountains which were mostly blue. That worked well as I barely circled, with some great dolphining to a negative glide ratio, got up to 17.5k and hit some patches of 3 knot wave. The clouds ended about 20 miles shy of Cochise County airport. There was also very significant (20-30 knot) westerly winds above 16k which explained the wave but that also meant the next leg to the W to Kitt Peak would be fighting a stiff headwind. The next leg indeed was tougher, lowering the working band down to 10k-12k and getting blue. Once I got lower the winds weren't as bad at 10-15 knots, but still significant. I hit a bit more patchy wave in spots, especially downwind of Rincon Peak. I got down to about 10k by Helvetia mine. Between the headwind and that I was about to cross a sinky valley, I got a lot more conservative, lowered the McCready knob and took most climbs, even though most didn't amount to much over 2 knots, which really slowed down my average for the day. It didn't start picking up until after passing Ruby Star. I hit a nice climb by Coyote Peak that gave me final glide and then some. I rounded Kitt Peak at 11k around 17:00 and ran home at 120 knots to kill the excess altitude. Even though it was already 17:00, there was still tons of lift. In retrospect I should have extended further, perhaps to Sells which would have put me at over 600km. Still, a damn fine day. I have to slap myself to remind me it's still only mid April and not peak of summer.


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Autocomment: Scoring start: Automatically determined proposal of OLC (18:40:11 UTC) was changed manually.
Autocomment: Scoring end: Automatically determined proposal of OLC (00:23:26 UTC) was changed manually.


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