18 April 2006
Flytec Task 2
Yo from the Master Jim Lee
Boys At Goal
After losing a day to wind, all of us were ready for a big day of flying. A cross tail 108km task to Avon Park would be our task.
Lots of puffy liar clouds to confuse us, all the more difficult with the initial 900m cloudbase. Conditions continued to get weaker for the first half of the course, ending with Jonny, Oleg, and I drifting for 5km while slowly losing 100m of height. Oleg said he was down to 260m AGL at one point. A bit tense at times but most of it was just a test of patience. As I drifted across a large lake, and watched Oleg's glider juxtaposed against the ripples of the water's surface, I was reminded how cool it was to be here and now exploring Florida's waterscape from the air.
The last part of the task contained a little convergence, as a small gift for our hard work thus far. Still we climbed fully and glided only a little faster than best glide to finally over-fly the developed urban terrain preceding Avon Airport.
Oleg, myself, and Jonny crossed in that order, followed by a bit of a gap before the next gaggle made it in.
Overall a pleasant day in Florida with other friends that know why we do this.
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