Day 7 – Promising start but finished with Thunderstorms.

Day 7 - Promising start but finished with Thunderstorms.

Forecast gave 30% probability of thunderstorms but the day looked so good (see photo) that a 364 kms AAT was set with a 3 hour minimum. Unfortunately halfway though the launch the first of the heavy showers formed and bore down on the airfield, causing a 180 degrees runway change. Those that launched late had a struggle to get up, while others faced with some Cu-nims to the west decided wisely to come back. The tug was kept busy with an 82km and a 37km retrieve. Thunderstorms started to form all around the airfield, retrieved pilots dodged around to the north to get back to the strip. Some pilots completed the task, while others settled for dodging around the big ones and enjoying the strong climbs to over 9,000′. Warren Rock got back from the task to find a huge Cu-nim sitting over the airfield, dumping heavy rain and sparks, so he wisely chose a paddock 10 kms north to await the passage of the monster, so the tug could retrieve him. Roy McInnes outlanded the ASW17 in a soft paddock 80kms away requiring the services of the farmer’s tractor to unbog him to an area where the trailer crew could derig the glider.
However, the fleet manage to accrue some more OLC points for the Club:
http://www.onlinecontest.org/olc-2.0/gliding/daily.html?df=&sp=2013&rt=olc&st=olc&c=AU&sc=wa

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