Weather: Light easterly dropping off around midday and increasing late afternoon. Clouds.
Task: WNW to Warra then NE to Jandowae, ESE to Bell racecourse then back to Dalby 133Km.
With light lift above the airfield, it was a slow climb to cloud base at 5900ft. Gaggles formed to the west of take-off but had to keep moving up-wind to stay within the 5Km start circle. Most pilots were in the air when the 12:30 start gate opened but not all made it high enough to leave.
John Smith was one of the lower pilots and lead the lower pilots to the first thermal from start. It was a good climb and even the higher pilots stopped to top up. There was a fast pace to Warra and the few pilots that got low at the turn-point had slow climbs up.
The lead gaggle had a fast line to the second turn-point but those who got low along this part of the course had slow climbs out as the cloud shadows on the ground left very little room for sun to get through. Many low saves were made on route to wpt 3. John said over breakfast the next day “That if he had got a save at wpt 3 that he would have gone to Jesus”. But when John’s feet hit the ground he accepted the inevitability of his position and realised the only way he was going to get to goal was by car.
With the high cloud moving in and the wind picking up the day started to slow down with a lot of pilots landing around Bell. Big John went well north of the task line to Bell and this manoeuvre won him the day.
Those lucky enough to get around Wpt 3 had a 21Km run to Dalby airport with a sky that was blueing out, so those who stayed high managed to get to goal, with around 12 pilots making it in.
Conrad was the first Kiwi in with quite a few pilots dropping just short of goal.
It was a very technical day and the cycles very different from the previous days when climbs where everywhere. Most of the young guys who had been doing well did not make goal with most of the old timers making it. Staying high seemed to be the best course for the day.
Another great day at Dalby and it does not look like there will be a lay day as the forecast for the rest of the comp is good.
Quote of the day from Captain Flockhart log: "Survive the course filters".
Advice for the day “Pace yourself”.
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