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Deciding to roll out on course

Deciding to roll out on course

This week is not the topic of how to efficiently roll out, but when to roll out. How do you know it is time? Particularly the theme of this series being how not to do it by learning by my mistakes.   The problem becomes when you are impatient and not really...
Going Faster With 2

Going Faster With 2

Team flying is an art and it takes a lot of practice to be good at it. I have attempted team flying at three World Gliding Championships and  one Junior World Gliding Championships. I remember one day at the Juniors I was able to share some information on the...
How to Leave a Thermal

How to Leave a Thermal

A few weeks ago I mentioned once the thermal averaged drops then leave. Really it should be once it drops below your average of your next thermal, then leave. Don’t leave a thermal until you feel that you can beat it. I have rolled out of an embarrassing amount...

Last week we discussed a technique to find a missed thermal. You thought you would be the thermal master by not falling-out on your next tow. Beware, sometimes when you turn around to find the thermal, it’s really gone.  Why?  It’s time to learn about the...
How to Find a Lost Thermal

How to Find a Lost Thermal

Going back to find a thermal is always very difficult. It is generally in the opposite direction you want to fly and trying to find it sometimes takes a superhuman power of spatial orientation. A moving map is cheating, especially if it shows in green where you were...
How do you know when to pass up a thermal?

How do you know when to pass up a thermal?

Average cross-country speed increases significantly when you discard weaker, unnecessary climbs. Do you recognize key indicators telling you to stop and thermal? Keep in mind if you don’t stop and thermal a field landing is inevitable. It reminds me of a...