A big thank you to everyone who has followed along on this big adventure of ours. We just got back from the closing ceremony which was held here at Pociunai, Lithuania. As time permits I hope to post a few more follow up pictures of last night’s party and the rest of yesterday. Here are some quick shots from this morning though before I unplug the computer and finish packing.
Tony Condon representing team USA’s 3rd place team cup win
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Team JEN – Leah and Tony Condon
Francois 3rd place podium
Francois 3rd place podium
13.5m team USA – Tony Condon and Francois Pin with their 3rd place team cup!
It was a tough day in the blue. We got a good start at 2 PM and had a pretty rough first leg. The whole flight I felt OK but not great about how our speed was. Climbs were pretty good but we weren’t pushing very hard between. Maybe that was the secret…
We won the day! 1st and 2nd. What a great way to end the contest. AND, Francois moved up into 3rd place for a podium finish. Fantastic!! We are pretty excited of course 🙂
Not sure about the Team Cup. Will let you know when we know. Lots of excitement here. Farewell party tonight, and we gotta get the gliders all cleaned up and packed up for the drive tomorrow. More later!!
On the podium! Peace Signs and Happy Pilots!
Here are some fun pictures to post as our time in Lithuania is coming to a close:
Francois and Gvidas wax LB
Pete and Leah went out to sample some local pastries
Tony wears Italian Beer Peroni apron for rigging JEN – Contest Day #11
Where is the fence?!? Cows are kept on leashes here in Lithuania.
Flax from the local linen store.
Leah’s meal in nearby town of Birstonas – Pork neck roast with wild mushroom sauce.
Birstonas was a popular spot for dinner on contest day #11. Here is USA mixed class team Bob Fletcher and Eric Frere with contest Meterologist.
Fun with the internationals – Vegemite, Oreos, mini Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups. France, Australia, USA, Poland (Australia’s crew) and Slovenia (French crew) are all represented.
Gira – Local molasses drink. Leah was the brave one to try.
Tony and Leah, dinner in Birstonas – Contest Day #11
Team Cup Standings
Order your Mini-LAK today! Pure with water, piston self launch, or FES.
3 hour Area Task today to finish off the competition. Should be blue with some Cirrus overhead.
We had a good flight today, starting fairly early in fear of the approaching blue.
The run to the forest was OK and the downwind leg over the forest along the Belarus border was fantastic. At one time I saw 5 m/s average! The first turnpoint in Poland was right at the edge of the clouds and there were wisps most of the rest of the way home.
The French caught us at the third turnpoint after taking a later start. They zigged and we zagged on the leg to the steering turn. Today was their day.
We gained on a few and lost ground to a few today. François is still within striking distance of the podium for tomorrow, along with 3 or 4 others. It should be a great day to finish off the contest.
Francois and Tony would like to dedicate their 2nd and 3rd place finishes yesterday (Day #10) and today’s flights to Rick Walters “3R”.
Francois and LB with 3R
JEN on the grid with a beautiful sky and 3R
JEN zoomed in on 3R
Tony and JEN with 3R
Maybe not as blue as we thought…
Day #11 13.5m task opens at 12:26pm
Bowtie into Poland today. Expected to be a blue day.
First launch scheduled for Noon!
We had a great day flying together! The cloud base was very low at launch time so we spent over 2 hrs waiting for bases to rise and to start the task. We started with the French and Russians.
The first leg had some great cloud lines and we were even with the French at the first turnpoint.
Leg two to the north featured a decent blue hole and we working into the wind. We found some great lift lines though. We rigged and the French zagged and they beat us to turnpoint two.
The run south was not as well defined as we came back across the blue. We caught up to Luka and just beat the French into the turnpoint although they were higher and we were pretty much even.
The day was starting to get soft so they zigged and we zagged again. God I love this sport. We caught a good climb which got us to final glide altitude and made it home about 3 minutes ahead of them.
Turns out we nailed the timing on the day and placed 2nd and 3rd!! The standings in the middle of the pack have compressed significantly and François is well poised for getting on the podium.
Two more days!!
Low Clouds before the start!
Flying with KA
Kaliningrad just off to the left