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Thread: VSA Race Day - Saturday, September 13?

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    VSA Race Day - Saturday, September 13?

    Hey, all you racers out there! Ginny and I were talking tonight and we remembered that the schedule proposed back in the spring would have us racing on Saturday, September 13. It seems like it would be a good opportunity to have a final VSA race now that most everyone is back from their summer soaring adventures. Ginny said we could even have a BBQ afterwords if there is enough interest.

    While it is still 8 days off, the weather looks like it might turn out to be a good day for a race.

    Good heating and a low off the coast to the southwest of us.
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    About 20-30% RH, which may make some Cu.
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    A little vertical velocity is predicted in our region.
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    And the 312 isobar is well south into our neck of the woods because of the off-shore low.
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    Who knows? It could end up being one of the last good soaring days of the summer!

    So the question is, if a race were to be held who would come out? Please let us know if you are interested in racing, or just coming out for a farewell to summer get together.

    Pat

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    Re: VSA Race Day - Saturday, September 13?

    Nice post, Pat! Our WSC group of pilots has been flying all over the country this year. This will be a great time to get in a mid September flight, a race if we have interest, and a BBQ at the end of the day.

    Hope to see some pilots and aviation enthusiasts on the field, and for those who can't make it out - we'll see you at the Oktoberfest.

    RSVP Noelle@williamssoaring.com or 530-473-5600 - we will need to plan tows, field support, and food.

    And don't forget to RSVP for the Oktoberfest.
    Ginny Farnsworth G3
    Past President
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    Re: VSA Race Day - Saturday, September 13?

    Although this is the weekend of the Reno Air Races - for those who will not make it to Reno, this will be a day to get out and enjoy what is left of the Summer flying. One year PK flew to Minden in Med September. The same year, Rick Indebro flew from Crazy Creek to Minden. Legendary flights!

    You never know what may happen in September.

    See you on Saturday!
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    Ginny Farnsworth G3
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    Re: VSA Race Day - Saturday, September 13?

    Quote Originally Posted by Ginny Farnsworth View Post
    Although this is the weekend of the Reno Air Races - for those who will not make it to Reno, this will be a day to get out and enjoy what is left of the Summer flying. One year PK flew to Minden in Med September. The same year, Rick Indebro flew from Crazy Creek to Minden. Legendary flights!

    You never know what may happen in September.

    See you on Saturday!
    Actually, it was October 1st that Rick and I flew to Minden, and we flew back on the 2nd.

    Good soaring sometimes happens late in the season.

    Saw lots of paragliders again today Ginny - made me think of you...

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    Re: VSA Race Day - Saturday, September 13?

    Well, the RASP has given us our first look at the conditions for Saturday. Not a barn burner of a day by any stretch, but not bad either!

    A noon launch is not out of the question for the more ambitious pilots.
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    Peak heights occur between 2pm and 3pm, but only to 10-11k at Snow/St. John and Black Butte and vast areas of 8-10k.
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    A nice convergence line with decent Cu coverage on the eastern side of the Mendos sets up by 3pm.
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    Looks like it should be a fun day!

    Pat

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    Re: VSA Race Day - Saturday, September 13?

    Normally September is one of the best months so no surprise Saturday is looking pretty darn good on blipmap with possibly 12K cu along the length of the Mendocinos. Although this years epic conditions at Williams definitely raised the bar for what is considered a great day. I never seen so many days with flights to the Trinities and Shasta as I've seen this year.
    I may come to fly.

    Ramy

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    Re: VSA Race Day - Saturday, September 13?

    I will likely fly Saturday. It is looking pretty good.
    Luke

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    Re: VSA Race Day - Saturday, September 13?

    Wow! What a difference 12 hours makes! This morning's run is much improved over last night. Here are the Hcrit and Cu snapshots for 2pm.

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    Pat

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    Re: VSA Race Day - Saturday, September 13?

    Looks like Luke and Ramy are coming up to join Pat and I. Any body else coming up? We will have an informal BBQ at the end of the day.
    Ginny Farnsworth G3
    Past President
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    Re: VSA Race Day - Saturday, September 13?

    Sounds like too much fun to pass up this late in the season. 1B will be there as will PS (or is it GS?) - can't keep the call signs straight for that guy. Oh well, in any event, Jim and Key are planning to fly and would like tows - unless Key flies GS (his Carat). In that case Key may or may not need a tow. This is getting way too complicated. See you on Saturday
    Jim D. - 1B

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