Progressing at the Rat Race

Today I progressed: I only had to get 1,000′ over before I crossed the valley to the first turn point!  The strong head winds made it difficult to make the next turn point so I chose rather to see how fast these winds would push me: 37 m.p.h.!  I made it up an unknown valley at great speed. See it all here. Videos will come later with better up load speed.

 

Struggling at Rat Race!

I have had 4 days of flying at the Rat Race.  It has been a very educational and exciting place to be.  I made goal twice missing a few way points.

Yesterday I got 2,000′ over launch twice but the valley winds and extreme sink prevented me from making the valley crossing.

My glide ratio into the valley was only 2/1! Video to come latter with better up load speed.

Sunday looks softer?

Saturday was very strong.  Northerly winds were forecast so about 10 of us launched from the drop off site about 11:20AM.  I and most pilots were able to quickly climb up and I hit peak climbs of 1,330’/min and sustained climbs of 740’/min! After 31 minutes of rock and roll I decided to fly out and land. My Dorama.

Others stuck with the active air and several made it all the way to Colorado Springs! Good job cowboys—-new site record?

Sunday looks softer.  Regional weather map shows clear skies and high pressure.  Boulder Airport  shows easterly winds all day.  Thermal soaring forecast is good at 785’/min starting already at 9AM! No over development forecast. A softer day?

Memorial Monday?

Several pilots—Robert & Jeff– had their best flights ever on Sunday!

My son Misha had his first thermal flight.  I stayed aloft watching all this.

Will Monday be as memorable?  Regional weather map show high pressure and clear skies with a Canadian Cold Front to the north—-strong NE flow later today?  The local forecast calls for NE flow all day long.  Winds aloft are light. Thermal soaring forecast is excellent—800’/min starting at 11:30 AM but over development at 3PM!

NBR is light and variable early.

Sunday is sunny again!

After several days of wet weather, it looks like sunshine has returned!

Regional map shows clear skies and high pressure dominate. Local forecast shows easterly winds by noon but I see bright sunshine on the hill and expect up slope flow to start sooner.  Pressure difference is -.15″ so it and NBR is showing lift and variable winds. Thermal soaring forecast is excellent starting at 8:45AM getting to 800’/min with no over development! I will start hiking at 9AM.

 

Sunday looks sunny & clear!

Regional weather mapshows clear skies and high pressure. Local weather forecast showing easterly winds till 3PM.  Winds aloft are light at (K & 12K!  Snow has mostly melted from the hill. Thermal soaring forecast is good—643’/min starting at 11:30AM with over development at 3PM!
Looks like a short day!

NBR is showing light up slope early!

I will start hiking at 9AM!