Sunday, August 5, 2012

This was a difficult weather day.  The convective activity that began along the Texas coastline blew up over San Antonio resulting in a gust front that effectively killed lift in the northeast quadrant of the task area.  Unfortunately, all three classes had their final turn points located in that quadrant.

Gary Ittner, John Seaborn and Dick Butler landed out at airports.  All pilots and sailplanes are fine.  Ron Tabery extended his engine near the last turn point and motored to Uvalde.  Bill Elliott finished and, at first glance, has 750 points for the day.  Down to 1,000 feet and 28 kilometers from home, Dave Leonard found a half knot thermal, slowly drifted with it toward Uvalde, and finally had enough altitude to make it.

There are twelve contest days remaining.

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