2011 Pre PWC Superfinal in Valle de Bravo
The final results are here:
Congratulations to Raul Penso, Marko Hrgetic, and Yassen Savov!
|Raul Penso celebrates his win|
|In the money|
1. 5 km exit start around the Piano at 12:15, 12:30, 12:45: 1:00
2. 2 km from Divisadero
3. 4 km from La Pila
4. 500m from Despegue
5. ESS 2 km around La Torre
6. Goal at 500 m around La Torre
|My new R10.2|
Task 5: There was a lot of cloud around and wind lines on the lake early in the morning but we all went to launch anyways. It rained briefly, twice, making pilots rush to move their gliders under the tents.
I launched early with Len Szafaryn and Joerg Ewald. Len launched with a line-over but was able to manage it and land again among some small pine trees at the bottom of launch. He was fine and relaunched some time later.
Cloudbase was around 3100 m and I was expecting it to be a 1-hour task but the strong wind complicated things. The most dramatic part of the flight was when the lead gaggle was flushed downslope into the main valley to Valle while attempting to complete the first headwind leg. Seven of us bailed downwind with 70 km/h groundspeed into the valley that leads behind town, ie. behind the Torre launch. We hit what must have been an invisible dust devil at 100-150 m and this was when things became intense. Our gliders started deforming as we approached it and then -wham- you had to turn tightly and keep your wing open. I must have been pulling 2Gs to stay inside this thing but we were averaging 3.5 m/s. Raul Penso was at my height but somehow didn't connect with it quickly enough. I did one turn and saw that he wasn't in it yet and then our separation increased quickly. Marko Hrgetic had arrived slightly lower and was now with Raul. I looked up and saw Jan Hassen and Rolf Dale just above me. When we hit base we were 4 km behind the Torre launch! I later found out that Raul had landed below us.
It took some time to get upwind from behind town to reach Iglesia. I was alone by this time and instead of flying the courseline I flew back toward town to get under the clouds and moved upwind along the east side of the plateau towards the last and upwind turnpoint. From near base I went on final glide from 4 km before the last turnpoint. The last 2 kms towards and away from the turnpoint was through rain. My glider behaved, though.
I saw Yassen leave on final 20 min before me and while on final I noticed a red R10 (Ole Ronneberg) a few minutes ahead. Three pilots made goal and Yassen won his second task in a row!
|Valle at night|
I was behind Yassen when his glider imploded while thermalling in a rough one. We all cheered when it opened again. The middle of the glider disappeared and the glider taco-ed forward, with the wing tips hitting each other. The glider opened again and he was facing the wrong way.. he untwisted and came back into the thermal.
When the task was cancelled, most of us landed at the lake in town. Two days left.
|In lieu of flying I learned how to make a German 'dirty' beer in Mexico|
Task 3: A new turnpoint format was used today. In the middle of the course we had a turnpoint that had to be reached 3 times. The first time at 500 m, then 6 km, then 500 m. You can go any direction to reach the entry turnpoint at 6 km.
|Lord PWC Xavier Murillo's castle|
|Skimming the grass at goal|
|I narrowly avoided a water landing after my grass skimming stunt|
Yassen Savov won the day and Raul Penso was second.
|Peace in goal|
Most of the lead gaggle landed close to each other about 2/3 along the course in a shaded lee area but Raul Penso managed to keep a good position through the difficult parts and won the task again!
Today was smoother in general, with the exception of one lee thermal where at any one time 2-3 pilots where taking whacks. I heard on the radio that there was another reserve deployment today.
I was saved from landing so low that I still do not believe it, or understand it. When I am going to sleep tonight I will need to give the whole event some thought. In nearly 20 years of flying I have never escaped an outlanding so dramatically. I'll go over the details later but, anyways, I made goal. My final glide to the lake LZ was tense too.. I'm already trying to forget it.
|Yassen and I compare our low save stories in goal|
|Valle de Bravo sunset|
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