Friday, September 19, 2014

A Day of Clouds

Such a rare sky here in the Santa Cruz Flats.  101km triangle and the Moyes boys did it again.  Kraig first in with Bruce Barmakian on his T2C in second and Robin Hamilton close behind in third.

Lots of happy sport class pilots in goal too!!



Thursday, September 18, 2014

What Hurricane?

It never really materialized, but because we expected rain all day, everyone went various directions finding ways to spend the day.  There is so much to do in the southwest!  Dustin took Kroop and several others on a hike up Picacho Peak.  Brian Porter and his crew went to the aviation museum. Bobby and the dragonfliers went on an underground flying tour - of the abandoned copper mine near here.  Another giant bunch of us went to the nearest reservation and played silly games at the giant arcade - bowling, hoops and laser tag.  

Everyone gathered to watch Steve Morris fly his ornithopter - which look a bit like a bird flying into a 50 knot headwind (Jonny's description).  







Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Rain

Although it isn't raining cats and dogs, there has been some wind and almost full cloud cover most of the day today, so there was definitely no hope of flying.  It's a sad sight to see so many derigged gliders.  



Maria got the award for two straight days at goal - top female pilot.  The new sweatshirts goes great with her Captain America T2C.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Hurricane Uvodlle14 (aka Technorama)

The Mexican hurricane is heading straight for us and it looks like we might get 2 or 3 rest days here :-(.  In eight years running the competition here, we have never had a rain day (wind, but never rain), so this will be new one.  Hopefully it won't rain so much that things are too wet to fly Friday and Saturday.  



Tequila Sunset

When storms come to Arizona, they create really gorgeous sunsets.



Monday, September 15, 2014

Goal Update

Quick update on goal Day 2 as they're all streaming in.  Looks like Kraig may have won the day. Chris Arai had a great day reporting solid 700 ups and a 10,000ft cloudbase.  I think it was an excellent day.

Young Cory, the Ladies' Choice award winner, was first into goal for the sport class.  Anna Eppink, soon-to-be women's world team member was close on his tail.  Great to see so many sport class pilots making goal today.  



Cookie Monster

Here's Mike getting his Molly cookie at the briefing this morning after his day win yesterday.  It seems to have a bite out of it already (I wonder what that smirk on Jonny's face is about?).