The last contest day. We pushed hard:
Finishing on the ninth day… this happened:
And once we landed, this happened:
A hard day’s work on the “day to skip work”…
Short post today:
Conditions at the start today were very weak until mid-afternoon. By the time the 15-meter gliders were airborne for their contest day, it was too late to send up the open class. Team JOY decided to spend the free evening on the rim of Crater Lake, which hosts open class mosquito championships every summer (as in Culicidae, not Hyaloptera). We marveled and kept moving.
The forecast for tomorrow looks strong. Overheard: “the kind of day you take off work for.” Crater Lake is 83 miles north of Montague, and we may not have seen the last of it. Stay tuned…
Today: a sunny east-west tour.
A tough flight for JOY on the second official contest day. We learned a lot.
Prevailing weather over Northern California remained moist today, and a few moments of morning sun congealed the damp skies into a lumpy overcast. Despite some clearing in the late afternoon, contest flying was scratched for a second day. So, let’s look at some more photos and videos…
Rain and overcast shut down the Montague contest on the second day, so we put the plane back in the box and climbed deep underground.