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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...
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...
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...
Cloud Street and Turn Areas

Cloud Street and Turn Areas

There are a lot of things to remember when flying in these turn areas. Being low on the into the wind turn and high on the downwind turn, the last cloud might not work, putting all of your eggs into one basket… Now we put this concepts into deciding where to...
How Cloud Streets Can Lie

How Cloud Streets Can Lie

Remember that sailplane racing is a game of duration, not short sprints. There is no throwing out your bad day, so my best advice is to not have a bad day. You have to think tactically about how each decision will add up to 9 good days of flying. Flying fast...