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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...
Lawn Darts

Lawn Darts

Based on the ancient Roman game plumbata, lawn darts was banned in 1988 in the US. Whoops, wrong Wikipedia page… What I actually want to discuss is a term we use in racing, lawn darting. You start and go straight into a field. Maybe you found a thermal. Maybe...
Squeezing the last foot out of your start height

Squeezing the last foot out of your start height

Again I will start with a common theme to reduce the pressure of this one small part of the race. You have the next 4 hours to screw it up. Do not worry about a few hundred feet. When I team fly even being separated by a 1000 ft is not the end of the world, annoying...
Choosing your start gate wisely

Choosing your start gate wisely

Clearly the start gate that is closest to the line is the best one to use. The shortest distance makes sense. Problem solved, go there. If it was only that easy. It might be the shortest distance but it could come with a lot of disadvantages. Sometimes the best start...
Where to Cross the Start Line

Where to Cross the Start Line

It is easiest to think about starting on the upwind side of the line or cylinder. But unless it is really windy my biggest concern is getting the best energy line or strongest thermal. If you are starting a race and your first climb is good you are better off...