Hello sports fans, 1-26 drivers, and ships at sea:
Your 2010 1-26 Championships are underway at Bermuda High Soaring School in Jefferson, SC.
The Monday, May 31, the first practice day was rained out. Tuesday, June 1, the second practice day allowed most 1-26'ers to fly locally for at least a couple of hours. The best flight of the day was turned in from Ken Ekman, #160, who flew and completed the PW-5 task! The PW-5 National Championships are running concurrently with the 1-26 Championships as it has for the past 3 years or so.
Wednesday, June 2, the first contest day had CD Rick Sheppe calling a Turn Area Task from Bermuda High to Hartsville, Camden, and return. Three pilots finished the task by getting high and working a fairly narrow lift band between about 4,700 - 3,500 msl. Key Dismukes (flying Kevin Anderson's #192) won the day at 24.1 mph for 60.3 miles, your author (#039) came in second at 20.8 mph for 52 miles, and Ken Ekman (#160) third at 17.8 mph for 44.5 miles. After several memorable retrieves, everyone was back at the field and assembled safely.
Thursday, June 3, we gridded late and launched around 2:15 p.m., but it soon became evident with 100 fpm lift to 2,100 agl that a task was not possible so CD Sheppe cancelled the task. Some pilots landed immediately to head to the hotel pool, and some stayed aloft to fly locally for an hour or so.
Weather forecast remains hot, with a chance of thunderstorms for the next several days. So stay tuned for more updates!
Jeff Daye, #039