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Nick’s post-contest performance analysis

Nick’s post-contest performance analysisAfter an important contest, it is important to do a critical review of performance to determine what went right and what went wrong with the goal of improving for the next time, and passing information to other p…

Nick’s day 13.

Nick, ST – Day 13, 18 AugHeavy cirrus to the north and over Uvalde and blue sky with CUs 30 km south. After release I climbed to 5000′ MSL under a small wisp under the cirrus deck, and seeing some small Cus to the east in the sun, I decided to go have …

Nick’s day 12.

Nick, ST – Day 12, 17 AugIt was shaping up to be a good day, but a radio call from the team captain put an end to it. “The 15m task is cancelled. There’s been a mid-air. Both pilots are OK. Return to base”. It puts things in perspective as I had a glid…

Nick’s Day 11.

Nick, ST – Day 11, 16 AugA late starting day with slowly rising cloudbase is the prediction. 2-3 knots to 5500′ in the blue is what I find after release.I sample lift in a few gaggles, but find nothing much, and gliders are milling around waiting for t…

Nick’s day 10.

Nick, ST – Day 10, 15 AugThe weatherman predicts a blue day, but the sky is full of CUs. Mind you they are not working very well. I usually go exploring between release and the start gate opening to figure out what conditions are like and today I find …

Nick’s Day 9.

Nick, ST – Day 9, 14 AugAnother long and challenging day. Few Cus to start and slow at improving. Very few Cus on the first leg, with the first turn under cirrus. It was best to wait a while for the area to fill in.  When I got good height, 7000′,…

Nick’s day 8.

Nick, ST – Day 8, 13 AugThe weatherman predicted a slow starting day and thunderstorms for 5PM to the north of Uvalde with a possible gust front for the return landing. A short 2:15 hour area task is set. So what do you do when the start gate opens at …

Nick’s day 7.

Nick, ST – Day 7, 11 AugIn bed by 6:30AM after an all night retrieve, and awake at 9:30AM with a slight headache, most likely due to dehydration. Only 3 hours of sleep; I definitely need some rest but today is not a rest day unfortunately, tomorrow is….

Nick’s day 6

Nick, ST – Day 6, 10 AugDr. Jack was showing heavy cloud coverage to the north by 2PM, but in contrast, the weatherman predicted a few CUs with chance of thunderstorms later in the afternoon. The task was set for the north first, and then south. As it …

Nick, Day 5.

Nick, ST – Day 5, 9 AugDue to the potential for severe thunderstorms to the north, we had a short 3 hr Area task with a 15 km finish radius in case Uvalde was under a T-Storm by the time we got back.I started early because of the T-Storm threat estimat…