“Sailplane wings are designed to be extremely efficient but the smallest amount of contamination from bugs or rain can degrade the performance up to 10 points….
In areas with a significant amount of bugs that get caught up in thermals it is necessary to take advantage of “bug wipers” to remove large amounts of bugs. It essentially consists of a sail that opens up and slides along the entire leading edge with a filament that scrapes the bugs off…
before you reel it back in by hand or electrically…”
Leigh’s connection to soaring and competition is through her husband, SZ, for whom she’s crewed for 44 years. She’s a passionate supporter of the US Teams and loves contest reporting. She currently resides in both Steamboat Springs, Co. and Greenville, SC.