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Setting a Task for the Day

Setting a Task for the Day

Last Week we looked at the weather forecast. Now to determine the best task for the day. This will depend on the weather, your schedule, your mood. However like any athlete you cannot take the easiest practice. You still have to have a plan to improve yourself. You...
Look out, Look out, Look out

Look out, Look out, Look out

This has been the phrase used repeatedly by the contest organizers. Despite that, on Day 8 we had someone not looking out. I am not here to speculate what happened. You can download the IGC files and make your own assessment of what happened. What I will say is that...
Being Prepared

Being Prepared

We finally made it to the last practice day at the World Gliding Championships. It has been a string of difficulties from car delays, to weight issues, missing paperwork, phone issues, missed connecting flights, etc. But we made it and took to the skies. Mike learned...
Considerations for a restart

Considerations for a restart

My first consideration if I want to take a restart. How long will it take? Restarting can cost you more time then you are expecting. Not only do you need to get back to the line, but you need to get high enough to start again.  Which means finding a thermal that is in...
Ditch the gaggle

Ditch the gaggle

Going into the last day at the 2010 WGC I was in the top 10. Ron Tabery and I were flying very well together and our scores proved it. It was pre-start and probably 20 Minutes before our thought about start time. I was on the top of the gaggle, let’s say 500 ft below...