Matamata Soaring Comp Day 1 & Sports Class Day 5

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All in all a great day. The ridge was just working, thermals were OK, combine the two and you shoot up like a rocket. David Hirst submitted a weather forecast from Auckland and it came out pretty bang on.

A promising start to the morning.
A promising start to the morning.

The day in numbers:

3 Tasks for 3 classes
5 Landouts
22 Competitors
1 Wheel up landing (Bill couldn't get his gear down, but it's all fixed now) 
Number of restarts: quite a few! 

The Matamata Soaring Centre competition is now on, as well as the Sports Class Nationals, making 22 competitors total, and lots of people flying up and down the ridge.

The tasks today were set to 3 hours AAT tasks, a number of people found it tough going, getting low. 

Well done to Nelson Badger for starting, landing at Te Aroha, getting back to the airfield quick with Les, then restarting the task again. Quite a few others restarted the task also after getting too low, or stuffing it up somehow. Nelson ended up landing around 6:30pm.

Congrats to Bryan O'Brien for winning Club Class, Maurice Honey for winning Sports Class and Tony Van Dyke for the Fast Class. Click the class for the full results of today on Soaring Spot.

The webcam is now up and running again on the front page for those who want to check what things are up to. It stops occasionally and needs to be restarted manually so apologies for when it does stop.

A startled Bill & Bob at morning briefing. They had just received the task for the day.
A startled Bill & Bob at morning briefing. They had just received the task for the day.

Ross Taylor in GPV on ground roll
Ross Taylor in GPV on ground roll

Arriving back, tying down, and still clouds in the sky
Arriving back, tying down, and still clouds in the sky

Mmmm meat, Captain Dom & dad at the helm.
Mmmm meat, Captain Dom & dad at the helm.



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