HCV at the Junior Nationals – day two

After many, many scrubs days filled with karting and other activities we finally got a day that might be good enough for a competition task!

We eventually launched at 3pm after sitting out countless showers on the grid.

day2-showers
(sheltering from the rain whilst waiting to launch)

When the start gate opened myself and Tom Russell set off together towards the first turnpoint.  Getting there was rather easy as the wind was blowing towards the turnpoint so we could sit in a weak thermal and still be progressing down track.  It took about 5 climbs to get to the turn, after which we had to start heading into wind back towards the club.

After a few nice climbs by the turn I was at 4000′ and pushed on with a couple of other gliders towards the second turn.  Just after popping into the turn I found a climb at 2200′ with another gaggle which we took to almost 4000′.

At this point I went left with Alex Harris whilst the rest of the gaggle went right.  It turned out that right was the correct way to go as myself and Alex struggled to stay high and gradually got lower.

Alex was a little higher than me and decided to try and push on back to the club whereas I’d spotted a nice grass field with a DG505 in so joined him.

Alex didn’t quite make it back to the club, instead landing out a couple of km further on that I did.

It was a lovely field with a gate straight onto the main road and only a 20 minute drive from the club.

day2-field
(couldn’t have picked a better field)

Thanks to Lance and Keith for picking me up.

Even better than the field was the fact that I was 15th for the day!

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