Taupo contest underway with some difficult flying but lovely scenery

Posted 6 years, 10 months ago    0 comments

Hi all, I've had a few people ask how the contest is going. The scores and daily updates from our scorer/contest director are available online here:
http://www.soaringspot.com/cpnz2012/

So far we've had one pratice day, and two competition days. The practice day was really only good for local soaring so a few hardy souls went up.

First day was a very strong easterly, which is not typical for Taupo flying. Thermals were working, but broken by the strength of the wind. Things were streeting up nicely however at times. The task was a 'PST' (Pilot Selected Task). I managed to get to our first compulsary turnpoint, and then headed for a second only to find the ground came up to meet me quicker than anticpated. A nice big paddock was only fractionaly used thanks to the strong wind. 

Today was forecast to be a good strong day, so a large almost-around-the-lake task was set. Scores are available here:
http://www.soaringspot.com/cpnz2012/results/open/daily/day2.html

Alan managed to be the only one to get around, well done. It turned out to be a lot bluer than expected, with good cloudbases, but huge gaps between them. Here are some pics from the day.

How many crew does it take to launch a Discus B?
How many crew does it take to launch a Discus B?

A cloud! Only a small gap to the next ones you can see in the distance.
A cloud! Only a small gap to the next ones you can see in the distance.

Nice view of Taupo township and the mountain
Nice view of Taupo township and the mountain



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