We woke this morning to the sun poking through the fog. We had quite a bit of rain off and on yesterday. Most the team went sight seeing, attending to chores, and began their preparations for departure. It will be interesting to see how the soaring recovers today. Our past experience during this contest says it will probably be the weakest soaring day of the contest. This site appears to need 2 days to recover to good soaring after a cold front passage for the temperatures to recover and the ground to dry out a bit. Time will tell…
This morning’s view from the control towers web cams (https://www.wgc2018.cz/webcams/)Another webcam view this morningThe FAI Flag magically found it’s way back to the top of the flag pole this morning therefore the contest will continue for 1 more contest dayOne of the differences of flying a competition in Europe is getting water to fill your wings. In the US, you can usually drag a hose to your ship near your tie down and fill it up. In Europe, most of the time the hose connections are limited and far away from your tie down. The US Team tie down area is a 5+ minutes drive from the water. At Hosin, there are only 12 water hoses for 93 sailplanes. What would you do? Most pilots choose to fill up water jugs and haul them back to their ships. The crews usually fill up the jugs while the pilots are out flying. Thankfully, John Kamis’s (US Team Assistant and all around good guy) brought his brother’s trailer for the US Team to use. Here’s Andrew Watson (70 Crew) showing his joy of doing the daily water filling in mid afternoonHow do you get the water from the jugs into the wing? Water pumps running off your cars batteryToday’s task for all classes was Task A@2.5 hours due to the slow starting dayToday’s weather is looking pretty good, but it will be blue later in the afternoon going to the last turn area. We had a slow start waiting for the cu’s to build as you can see from the photos below. It’s expected that the day will wash out due to the expected west winds from 15-20 kts late in the afternoonWaiting for the day to start with cu’s forming to the northwest where the tasks are headedCu’s finally filling inThe view this afternoon looking west from the US Team Camp
All US pilots have finished and returned to the field.
The closing ceremonies and prize giving will be 10 amtomorrow morning. The team will than finishing our packing and begin our journeys home.
I’m off to the closing party in the main hanger.
Still a few more photos and a final report to come…
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