Western Cape Regionals - DAY 2
Western Cape Regional Soaring Contest.
Worcester. Thursday 9th & Friday 10th January.
After ferocious weather with a cut-off low which stopped all task flying for several days Thursday and Friday saw tasks set and flown at last. Waiting for the weather to settle and the runway to dry tested the patience of the competitors and there was great relief when at last a task was set.
The photos taken on a short weather recce flight show the Badsberg and Slanghoek valley and the Brandvlei lake and Breede river. The unusually green country side expected to be much drier in mid summer.
Thursday the task was a 436 km racing task starting at Kleinberg and running ridges to cover this distance. There was one real out landing and a virtual out landing, a sustainer fitted glider needed to start the motor to get home.
The turn points and results of both this task and Friday’s task on to be found on Soaring Spot. Friday’s task was shorter than Thursday’s task, a racing task along a 206 km course. There were no out landings but a number of pilots did not cover the full distance.
Western Cape Regionals - Practice Days
Worcester. Practise day Sunday 5/1/2014.
Practise day dawned gloomy and the forecast was not promising. An AAT was set as a practice task and a number of pilots flew the task successfully and enjoyed the day. Others did not fly for a variety of reasons.
The task called for a Rawsonville start and a 30 km radius at Tulbach and McGregor and a landing cylinder of 3 kilometers centered on Worcester airfield.
Day 1 – Monday 6/1/14 – Although the forecast was not promising a short task was set and after 1 launch and reposts of cloud base of 1500’at the 1st TP and rain visible at the second the task was scrubbed.
Day 2 was heralded by the sound of heavy rain, this had started in the early evening and carried on through the night. The airfield flooded and low cloudbases made the decision to scrub the day an easy one.