Region 5 West at Chilhowee

This Region V West contest was a very demanding one. It required the best of every pilot. My congratulations to those who topped the field, they did an exceptional job of reading the weather and finding the energy lines. Fernando Silva came in first, Frank Paynter second, and Mamad Takallu third. All very experienced contest pilots. Frank was working the finer points of his new 18M ship.

Stormy morning—Photo by Frank Paynter (TA)

Stormy morning—Photo by Frank Paynter (TA)

The weather was beautiful all the days of our contest; still the low ceilings and weak thermals made the tasks challenging. Our venerable Contest Director, Francois Pin, missed nothing in understanding the conditions and calling tasks that gave the skilled a solid chance to complete them. Others, YHS (Your Humble Servant) included, landed out or cut short the task to return to Chilhowee. Despite the multiple out-landings, all gliders returned without incident. The Nationals had three no-fly days due to weather.

Weather forecasts, by Fernando were spot on; some days improved a bit from the morning predictions but were generally characteristic of our flights. The last day was the best and the task speeds showed it.

Messrs Paynter and Mittel (aka TA and BZ)—Photo by Rand Baldwin (NN)

Messrs Paynter and Mittel (aka TA and BZ)—Photo by Rand Baldwin (NN)

All in all a very well run contest. Sarah Arnold and crew did a great job.

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  2 comments for “Region 5 West at Chilhowee

  1. September 13, 2013 at 3:39 pm

    Congratulations to all for flying safely in this challenging weather

  2. ursula ehrmann
    September 19, 2014 at 3:26 pm

    My husband used to be a very good friend of Mamad Takallu. I have been trying to contact Mamad but I have not been successful. Could you provide me with some contact information? You may ask him, my husbands name was Roland Mendt and my name is Ursula

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