Thursday, February 7th, 2013

Horsham 2013 Day 4

What a day it was. The best gliding I have experienced in 36 years. The winner in Standard Class was Peter Buskins from the Beaufort gliding club at Bacchus Marsh with a speed of 143.9 kph over 500 kilometres. Grant claimed second spot with an average speed of 127.9 kph. Greg a very reasonable 120 kph for a 5th place. For those following us on Soaring Spot you will see some good results. Not many points separate the pilots; Craig missed 1st place by 0.5 kph averaging 138.9 kph and that speed was achieved over 600 kilometres. We were climbing to 13,500 feet in huge wide thermals with climb rates over 10 knots and we had 14 to 15 knots on the averager for several turns during the day. A maggot race showed the winning pilots deviated under the best clouds and did not waste any time in pushing on under them, gaining or at least maintaining height over regular glides of 100 kilometres.

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