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
Sky looks nice! Sniffer launching now. First launch at noon.
310 km to the west for us. Mixed Class gets to do a lap around Kaunas!
François and I made up some ground on the Team Cup yesterday.
Bob was 3rd in Mixed Class yesterday. Way to go!
These are a little late, but Tony and I had a lot of fun exploring. We visited the Trakai Island Castle and Kaunas’s Castle as well. Enjoy!
Tony and a door at Trakai Castle
Trakai Castle Tiles
Trakai Castle Stones
Tony, Trakai Castle, Rowing Course and Sailboats
Leah exploring Trakai
Knight Seal at Trakai
Stained Glass at Trakai
Leah at Trakai Castle
Kaunas Castle w/ Pipe Mural
Kaunus Castle and Tony
I have taken a few pictures over the past few days which are not 100% aviation related but I thought I would post some of them here. I also have a good internet connection down here at the cafe so thought I would take advantage of it.
Dragonfly on Tony’s Probe
There is a whole collection of cabins in the woods in walking distance of the field. They are owned by club members and most would fit in with the tiny house movement. I can only imaging how they help to add to a community feel when members spend the whole weekend here. I think this would be awesome to have at Sunflower 🙂
Cabin in the woods
Tony, Francois and Gvidas “the stig” , enjoying the shade on the porch
When the thermals die, the hot air balloons come out to play
Team Australia’s Tobi enjoying the airport’s cafe with hot air balloon in the background
One exciting thing about this contest is the number of never before raced gliders here. Leah got a bunch of pictures of many of them on the grid today. I figured some of you might be interested. Here goes.
Russia AC-4DY Wingtip
Windward Sparrowhawk R
Windward Sparrowhawk R Wingtip
Windward Sparrowhawk R Tail
Diana 2 Versvs
Mini LAK Wingtip
Mini LAK Wingtip
Silent 2 Electro
Silent 2 Electro Wingtip (LB)
Silent 2 Electro Wingtip (JEN)
Russia AC-4DY Wingtip and Tail
Russia AS-5M Wingitp
Russia AC-4DY Tail
Russia AC-4DY Landing Gear
This was pretty funny today. “Cold Beer!”
Well we got a flight in. François and I did a great job of flying together, starting with a group and mostly flying with Luka on course. We also saw Alberto and into the last circle were with Stephano.
Looks like we ended up around 5th and 6th for the day. Stephano, Vladas, and Morgan ahead of us, as usual, and Luka got a great high start 15 minutes after us so he placed 4th today.
I’m still in 9th overall and François moved up a spot or two.
Tomorrow is supposed to be better Soaring. We’ll see!