Day 10

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!!

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Low Clouds before the start!

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Flying with KA

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Kaliningrad just off to the left

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Rest Day Adventures – August 10th

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

Tony and a door at Trakai Castle

Trakai Castle Tiles

Trakai Castle Tiles

Trakai Castle Stones

Trakai Castle Stones

Tony, Trakai Castle, Rowing Course and Sailboats

Tony, Trakai Castle, Rowing Course and Sailboats

Trakai's Courtyard

Trakai’s Courtyard

Leah exploring Trakai

Leah exploring Trakai

Knight Seal at Trakai

Knight Seal at Trakai

Stained Glass at Trakai

Stained Glass at Trakai

Leah at Trakai Castle

Leah at Trakai Castle

Kaunas Castle w/ Pipe Mural

Kaunas Castle w/ Pipe Mural

Kaunus Castle and Tony

Kaunus Castle and Tony

Pictures around Pociunai Aerodrome

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.

-Leah

Dragonfly on Tony's Probe

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 🙂

McAllisters' Cabin

McAllisters’ Cabin

Cabin in the woods

Cabin in the woods

Francois's Cabin

Francois’s Cabin

Tony, Francois and Gvidas “the stig” , enjoying the shade on the porch

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When the thermals die, the hot air balloons come out to play

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Team Australia’s Tobi enjoying the airport’s cafe with hot air balloon in the background

New Gliders

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

Russia AC-4DY Wingtip

Windward Sparrowhawk R

Windward Sparrowhawk R

Windward Sparrowhawk R Wingtip

Windward Sparrowhawk R Wingtip

Windward Sparrowhawk R Tail

Windward Sparrowhawk R Tail

Diana 2 Versvs

Diana 2 Versvs

Versvs Wingtip

Versvs Wingtip

Versvs Tail

Versvs Tail

Mini LAK Wingtip

Mini LAK Wingtip

Mini LAK

Mini LAK

Mini LAK Wingtip

Mini LAK Wingtip

Silent 2 Electro

Silent 2 Electro

Silent 2 Electro Wingtip (LB)

Silent 2 Electro Wingtip (LB)

Silent 2 Electro Wingtip (JEN)

Silent 2 Electro Wingtip (JEN)

Russia AC-4DY Wingtip and Tail

Russia AC-4DY Wingtip and Tail

Russia AS-5M Wingitp

Russia AS-5M Wingitp

Russia AC-4DY Tail

Russia AC-4DY Tail

Russia AC-4DY Landing Gear

Russia AC-4DY Landing Gear

Day 9

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!