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Captain’s Report ~ Day #9 (August 7)

Captain’s Report ~ Day #9 (August 7)

Pete Alexander

Greetings from Hosin.

Today was the first day the morning briefing started late because the stewards, contest management, and the safety committees discussions ran long regarding the midair “touch” of HAB and FJ. The end result was FJ decided to leave the contest with only cosmetic issues and HAB needed a little bit of a repair to the top of the fuselage by his air extractor. HAB also received 0 points for the day per rule 8.6.6. The safety committee than discussed good gaggle flying techniques and reminding everyone there would be severe penalties for not flying appropriately. Hopefully, some of the misbehaving pilots will get the message.

Late in the afternoon from US Team Camp The first cu of the day from the middle of the Open Class grid looking to the northwest What a difference a week makes in soaring… The last couple weeks, it was really clear when to start the launch of the fleet. The last 3 competition days not so much therefore they started to use a sniffer which is our weather man Our daily reminder about where the prohibited airspace for Task B (which we changed to on the grid today after the launched delay until 12:30 pm) Today’s weather with only cu’s along the mountains along the Czech and German borders where Task B takes them.

The task was changed to Task B on the grid which set all tasks along the Czech and Germany border before head off into the valleys. It was a very interesting day with many gear shifts and course deviations to make it around. Stay tuned for Garret Willat recap video of Day #9.
US Team waiting for the morning briefing to begin. We had sparklingly blue skies this morning with some significant wind coming out the East. This is the most wind at any time in the day, we have seen in the past 2 weeks
Off to International Nite I go to set the US Team table with the rest of the team where we are serving hot dogs, coke, and watermelon with the rest of the team.
Stay tuned for more…

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