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Old May 17th 06, 06:49 PM posted to rec.aviation.soaring
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Has any one had information of the Region 5 South and the Sports Class
Nats. I know it has rained alot in the Mifflin site. No word on
Region 5 South.....
sam

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Old May 17th 06, 07:18 PM posted to rec.aviation.soaring
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Try, http://www.ssa.org/members/contestre...estresults.asp

Daily reports will show up here. Mifflin gridded and did not fly
yesterday.

Todd

Sam Fly wrote:
Has any one had information of the Region 5 South and the Sports Class
Nats. I know it has rained alot in the Mifflin site. No word on
Region 5 South.....
sam


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Old May 17th 06, 09:19 PM posted to rec.aviation.soaring
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I spoke with one of the participant yesterday and this morning. On
Monday, they launched approximately 40 aircraft. Two made the task. The
others landed out all over, with 11 landing out at one airfield,
waiting for aerotows. As a front moved through, the winds changed and
increased abruptly. I understand one of the participants released after
a 5,000 tow and climbed in some shear to 13,000. That doesn't happen in
Georgia!

Tuesday was better with most of the field making at back. The clouds
overdeveloped in the afternoon and several limped back or landed out.

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Old May 17th 06, 09:20 PM posted to rec.aviation.soaring
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Default Region 5 & Sports Class Nats

I spoke with one of the participant yesterday and this morning. On
Monday, they launched approximately 40 aircraft. Two made the task. The
others landed out all over, with 11 landing out at one airfield,
waiting for aerotows. As a front moved through, the winds changed and
increased abruptly. I understand one of the participants released after
a 5,000 tow and climbed in some shear to 13,000. That doesn't happen in
Georgia!

Tuesday was better with most of the field making at back. The clouds
overdeveloped in the afternoon and several limped back or landed out.

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Old May 19th 06, 04:31 PM posted to rec.aviation.soaring
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Sam and everyone,
I am keeping my blog about Sports Class Nats up to date now that I am
home and have Internet access. www.susanmcallister.blogspot.com.
I talked to Tim post-pilots meeting this morning. He said it is COLD
and that they are waiting around today, Friday, to see if it will clear
up. Saturday looks like a possible ridge day. The pilots are getting
pretty tired of waiting and definitely deserve better weather from now
until Thursday. Keep your fingers crossed!
Susan McAllister


Sam Fly wrote:
Has any one had information of the Region 5 South and the Sports Class
Nats. I know it has rained alot in the Mifflin site. No word on
Region 5 South.....
sam


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Old May 20th 06, 02:33 PM posted to rec.aviation.soaring
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Thanks Susan.....Sam

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Sam and everyone,
I am keeping my blog about Sports Class Nats up to date now that I am
home and have Internet access.
www.susanmcallister.blogspot.com.
I talked to Tim post-pilots meeting this morning. He said it is COLD
and that they are waiting around today, Friday, to see if it will clear
up. Saturday looks like a possible ridge day. The pilots are getting
pretty tired of waiting and definitely deserve better weather from now
until Thursday. Keep your fingers crossed!
Susan McAllister


Sam Fly wrote:

Has any one had information of the Region 5 South and the Sports Class
Nats. I know it has rained alot in the Mifflin site. No word on
Region 5 South.....
sam




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Old May 21st 06, 06:39 PM posted to rec.aviation.soaring
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Default Sports Class Nats News -- day 1 and 2 reports

In 711's absence (why aren't you here Tom?) here are reports from
Mifflin for day 1 and 2.

After a few days of gridding in the rain, we have two contest days at
the sports class nationals in Mifflin. Day 1 started quite late, and
only happened thanks to Charlie Spratt's usual deafness to pilot
pessimism early in the day.

With 260 degree winds, the task call was a 1.5 mile turn area at
McConnelsburg and back. The ridges down south point more into the wind.
This was an excellent task for a sports contest. Low performance
gliders only needed to go to the end of the ridge that starts at
Mifflin and nip the circle. Medium performance can do one transition
down to the ridge through Orbisonia, and higher performance can drop
back again ridge flying down to Dickey's mountain 20 miles past the
turnpoint.

With winds only 20 degrees off the ridge at the airport, but the ridges
curving into the wind, the main strategic decision was when you stop
thermaling and decide to give the ridge a try. The second decision was
how to get back. KS showed the way by confidently going straight to the
ridge, and then transitioning once to get back, directly from the ridge
at McConnlesburg to the Jack's mountain ridge behind Mifflin. Slower
pilots either thermaled more before giving the ridge a try in the
strong cross-wind, or got stuck one ridge downwind of Mifflin under
spreadout and had interesting stories to tell about their returns.

Day 2 was a beautiful ridge day. With winds 22 at 280 and forecast to
go to 300, the task call was a 3.5 hour MAT, first turn Cumberland, no
repeating turnpoints. Again there was a little overdevelopment at the
start to make it a bit interesting. Then all reported by and large a
great classic ridge day, with strong thermals and streets to make
transitions.

Of course, there's always a little something to make it interesting.
The wind angle did not favor the northern ridges, so pilots who went to
Woodward had some interesting stories about how they got back down the
ridge. A rain shower came through Lock Haven just as a group of pilots
made it there, adding interest to that section. And a few pilots here
and there got impatient with transitions. I went down to McConnelsburg
again, paying one easy transition in cloudstreets but getting to fly
with wind straight on the ridges.

Not being able to repeat turnpoints made for interesting geometry and
time management exercises. With no waterballast, turbulence was very
strong, and most pilots flew a bit slower than the ridge would allow
for a little margin of comfort and safety.

Another front is going through today, with very strong winds behind, so
we're taking another day off. The forecast for the rest of the week
looks very good. Weatherman Richard Kellerman offers to buy beer for
the whole contest if the remaining days are not only just soarable, but
"exceptionally good."

John Cochrane
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