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.

Grand Junction Clinic was great but home is better?

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 starting much better than Saturday but ….

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 cloudyThermal 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?

The Delta 3 is out!

It took a while but Ozone has just released the ML Delta 3 at C level wing:

DELTA 3 ML is now available to order! A long wait, but we think it was well worth taking the time to get this product right. We think that all Delta 2 pilots will like the improvements. The design team have learnt a lot since the massively successful Delta 2 was launched, but it was still a hard job to make a worthy successor. It is EN C (without folding lines), and has better speed and glide as well as the handling and comfort that you would expect. We hope you like it! We also hope you like our new colour scheme which will appear on the Delta 3 and other new wings this year. Web page and pictures coming soon.

The ML size is 85–105 KG with 30 day manufacture time so order now!

I am flying the Rat Race in June!

I finally have time to fly the Rat Race Sprint in June  17–24 in southern Oregon! Consider joining me:

Rat Race/Sprint Competition

Rat Race has emerged into a festival over the years. The local community, pilots, local school children, businesses and so many more have all claimed the event as their own. As organizers we are proud of the accomplishment.

This year we will host the Rat Race and Rat Race Sprint along with the return of the “Super Clinic”. (The Super Clinic allows up and coming pilots to expand their knowledge and skill without being in a competition format. Ken Hudonjorgensen and Kari Castle will be heading up this group so non-competition friends will have a place to participate during the event. Please help us spread the word to your friends, local club and forum about the Super Clinic as space will be limited.
Other things similar to last year are:
• Rat Race and Rat Race Sprint will be held simultaneously.
• Lunch, retrieval, fun and a great volunteer staff will be here as always.
• Sprint pilots will receive coaching and round table discussion lead by Jeff Huey each day before flying the task.
Go to Registration to reserve your place as attendance will be limited.

Further details are here.