Greetings from Hosin ~ Day #10:
Last night was International Night where each team provides food and drink from their country. The US Team put together a picnic with watermelon, hot dogs, coke. We also found some ice for the coke.
The original 1st launch was set for 11:30 am. It was pretty clear at that point, the soaring was not quite ready. They launched the sniffer at 12:00 he slowly drifted back to the airport not finding much. So… They decided to give the Arcus a try with a cameraman on board; planning to do some filming of the pre-start gaggles. We grid squatted until launch began at 12:30 pm.
The day went from barely working to climbs and clouds every where. It became really clear that you did not want to stick around the start lines, playing start line games. All classes were on the same turn area tasks which was helpful for the team. Everyone was into rain showers about 1/2 to the first turn area. US Team ground support was able to help provide wx information and tracks of other pilots to help the US pilots work their way though the best areas. We were also able to steer everyone to the last climb about 80 kms away just north-northwest of the last turn area.
As I finish up this report, there are storm thunderstorms with rain, lightning, thunder, and wind are rolling through our hotel which is about 10 minutes from the airport…
3 possible race days left which looks like we will get 2 for sure.
Stay tuned for more…
Melanie is strictly ground crew (N1K), but is an avid lover of the sport. She is the ussoaringteams.org web master and loves new ideas so feel free to ask questions, offer suggestions, and give her additional content!