DB flew yesterday for the first time with a full load of water -- and, still not at gross weight. I did my best to take some air-to-air photos but this proved to be harder than I thought ... or, I'm just terrible at it. I'll try again today.
The Concordia thermalled and cruised well with this much water. We flew for several hours in the blue and the heat. Our best climb saw 7 kts on the averager but most were closer to 4 kts. Finally, Cu started to develop and we climbed in the shade to almost 9,000 feet. Another nice day with today promising to be the same.