Saturday was short with clouds and over development coming quickly. I was only able to get my Delta 3 600′ over but Larry got his Delta 3 higher and was able to fly over to Mount Sanitas. Ty showed us acrobatics to get down quickly as the skies darkened.
Regional map shows clearer skies for Sunday. Humidity is 43% and 20% chance of thunderstorms. Thermal soaring forecast is excellent—1,100’/min—starting at 10:45AM and no over development forecast—nor sure I believe this with so much humidity.
Saturday was good but short: I saw a pilot soaring around for 1/2 hour before it clouded up. It was very humid. I got a first short early flight on my Delta 3!
Sunday looks better. Humidity is lower and no over development is forecast! Thermals will start at 9:45AM and increase up to 1,000’/min! Regional weather map shows High pressure and clear skies over CO. Winds aloft are again light but pressure difference is -0.2″ so easterly flow may take longer to start. NBR is light and variable now.
Here is my ridge soaring flight at Muscle Rock in San Francisco. I don’t think it will be as cool or soft here today!
Today was my 6th day of flying at the Rat Race and I climbed 2,000′ over launch, crossed the valley to the first turn point and headed down wind at 34 m.p.h.! Here is the Dorarama.
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.
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.
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?
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.
We returned last night from an Intensive P1/P2 course in Grand Junction. Video’s to follow. These new pilots got over 25 flights and hours soaring and experienced top landings! After 6 days of flying many received their P2’s and lots of camping and are ready and experience flying at North Boulder.
Saturday looks great: clear skies and High pressure dominate. Steady easterly winds all day. Winds aloft are light. Thermal soaring forecast is excellent—-1,300’/min—starting at 11:30AM with over development at 5 PM. Be ready for active air this PM!
Sunday is starting much better then overcast and rain early Saturday but Saturday started very cloudy but ended up soarable to almost till 6PM!
I launched late at 3:45PM from the drop off site but found abundant lift as seem by my Doarama.
I was able to climb almost 2,000′ over and boat around for 40 minutes and in fact searching for sink to land!
Sunday starts less cloudy. Thermal soaring forecast is much better as good starting at 11AM. Local forecast calls for easterly winds all day.
I have several pilots working on their ground handling skills this AM in the park getting ready for intensive P1/P2 course in Grand Junction starting next Sunday but perhaps I will get another soaring flight in the PM?
Here is my Diarama from yesterday.
Had 1 hour flight, got 1,500′ over and saw sustained lift of 800’/min and peaks of 1,100″/min.
Today’s forecast is not as good with thermals not as strong.