IMG 9821Excellent weather today - but still with some NE wind on Kovk, so we were forced to stay in small flyable area, hiddden from NE wind. Anyway we set almost 80 km long task, it seems that 20 or so pilots reach the goal. Freezing temperature at 2500 m cloud base were hared to stand but this is just part of the winter race. Pilots are now coming to the office to give the tracks, later at 8pm the party will start with free dinner for all competitors.

 

 

 

The launch place for today is Lijak. The official transport will leave from the competition office at 10:30, loading gliders will start 30 minutes earlier.

Today weather forcast looks very good - for the wind and for the strength of lift. However, there is still NE wind on the Kovk which should stop in next few hours - if this will come true we will go to the Kovk launch, therefore the final decision about todays launch site will be published  till 9:45am.

The NE wind today was to strong to make a safe task, so after the safety comitiee briefing at landing place, we decided to cancel the day. Afterwards we checked the wind on Lijak launch and found out that the wind on take off place itself was from the back as well.

The wheater forcast for tomorow looks much better, the first info about the task will publish at 8am.

Today we have strong NE (bura) wind up to 13 m/s. The decision is to make the safety comitiee briefing on Lijak landing place at 11am - so we all meet at 11am at Lijak landing field.
If the decision will be to try with the task the official transport will depart from Lijak landing field at 11:30 and the task briefing will be at 13:00 at Lijak launch.

Forcast for tomorow is for much less wind and therefore we are certian to have a nice task then.

So the first day is over. Primož Gričar, SLO (Aeros Combat 12,7 C) won the day in front of Elio Cataldi ITA (Moyes Litespeed RX) and Anton Moroder ITA (Icaro2000 Laminar 13.2). It was only 13 seconds dividing the first and second in goal. Goal also reached Franc Peternel 10 minuts behind the third, Florian Gostner reached the end of speed section but was 300 meters short of goal. The weather closed down for everybody else force them to land along the course. Anyway it was well set task, luckily using the short usefull part of the day.

For tomorow the 30 km/h NE wind is forcasted, but giving the sunny day it might be possible to fly on Lijak again. More info about that will be published here tomorow morning before 9 am.

20150311 124348The first task of this year Aeros Winter Race was 50 km long, by now (15:30) 4 pilots made all the way to the goal. We new that we have very narrow taskable window today, so we hurry to get everbody of the ground as soon as possible. Right now the sky is overcasted allready, with north wind setting in, killing whats left of the thermal day.

 

Today we are going to western launch place Lijak. We will start to load official transport vans at 10, and they will be leaving at 10:30.

Different weather forcasts does not agree on wind direction, but they agree that taskable day might be kind of short - so we need to be ready soon enough.