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    Soaring on 7/14

    Today is fcst to be better than average, with cu along the Mendos.

    The trick would be to fly the day with minimal time spent at zero ground speed - that is - the least amount of turns (except for the really good climbs).

    The speed to beat on course #18 (TreeFarm, T-15, T-16, Finish) is what Ben and David posted yesterday - 64.56 knots handicapp speed.
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    Re: Soaring on 7/14

    RASP for today, for the archives:

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    Peter Kelly

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    Re: Soaring on 7/14

    Fcst was not accurate.
    But in spite of that, I had a very enjoyable four hour flight in the 24.
    Snapped a few photos - will post later.
    Started at tree Farm gate, turned T-15 and then T-16 and finished at Tree Farm Gate.
    Comfortable flight with no low saves. Had nearly 10,000 ft near Goat at end of day, so I glided over to the Sutter Buttes before landing. Good practice on final glides.

    Flight will be on OLC later tonight.

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    The flight log...
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    Re: Soaring on 7/14

    talked to Ben - he says this is how he scored it - using see you. my score doesn't count for the series. my raw speed was 58 (not very impressive) whereas Ben and David had 76 MPH yesterday
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    Last edited by Peter Kelly; 07-15-2019 at 09:35 AM.
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    Re: Soaring on 7/14

    The "monday morning quarterback" report. As I look back at the fcst RASP's I see they were not that far off. Those pesky cloud bases were certainly present - as was in the forecast. I slipped the surly bonds of earth by getting a tow by Rex to the singular cu near the Goat South TP. Wind was out of the south at 6,500 ft - where'd that come from? But I finally got up to 9,000 and headed north. It was a nice safe flight - good for the soul. Very satisfying to fly a single seat ship, zoom along, pushing and pulling with the occasional climb at 500 ft per min and then land after four hours with a well calculated final glide, just for fun. Scenery was nice to look at with the clouds overhead for part of the flight.

    Several others also enjoyed the day. Pat -DB rounded off his flight up the Mendos with a turn near Bessa towers and glide over to Sutter Buttes, Matt-A5 turned Castle Craigs and flew the shear/ convergence out towards Red Bluff at 10,000 on the ride home, with Ed -5S. on his first flight out of Williams turning Buckhorn. Ray-7V, Russ -JM and Jim-E2 all flew as well, as did Todd in OJ - his first flight in a ASW-24, coming from bigger and higher performance gliders, he found the 24 to be a load of fun.

    Some pix I snapped along the way - just to share the impressions on my flight....
    1- Stayed 4 miles west of Yolla Peak as I flew northward
    2- Once past the peak, I got a peak at the north end of the Sacto Vly towards Lassen...
    3- While west of Yolla Pk, a rear view mirror look to the south
    4- now 10 south of T-15
    5- After I get T-15 the route east along the ridge to T-16 looks clear
    6- Still south of T-16, holding above 11,000
    7- well south of Yolla Pk a rear view mirror look to the north
    8- turning the camera back to the south, there were plenty of clouds to get me home

    The Pix:

    1- Stayed 4 miles west of Yolla Peak as I flew northward

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    2- Once past the peak, I looked east and caught a peak of the north end of the Sacto Vly towards Lassen...

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    3- While west of Yolla Pk, a rear view mirror look to the south

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    4- looking north again - now 10 south of T-15

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    5- I can see that after I get T-15, the route east along the ridge to T-16 looks clear
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    6- Still south of T-15, holding above 11,000

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    7- well south of Yolla Pk, with a rear view mirror look to the north

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    8- turning the camera back to the south, there were plenty of clouds to get me home, over Alder Springs and down to St John

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    Last edited by Peter Kelly; 07-15-2019 at 12:36 PM.
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