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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...
Leave First and Pray for Rain

Leave First and Pray for Rain

Dick Johnson got this to work for him much better than I did. Charlie Spratt told me that this was a tactic he saw work time and time again in Hobbs and Uvalde, when there was a big storm in the forecast. The idea behind this is a large storm is going to shutdown a...
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...
Changing Gears While Soaring

Changing Gears While Soaring

You see a hill ahead, as you approach the bottom of it you downshift to keep the RPM high so you can maintain your speed up the hill. You do not wait until you are rapidly slowing down and the accelerator is floored before downshifting.Do you shift gears while...