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13
Feb

Hot as Hell Weekend - Update from George Brown

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Saturday provided consistent and strong thermals and the only complaint was that the Cumulus cover was not extensive enough. Some long glides were often achieved in generally good air, but no tempting climbs.
North of Pittsworth the conditions were weaker and less consistent. Surprisingly, I did not notice any action on the DDSC strip and heard minimal chatter on 122.7.
 
Sunday kicked off slightly earlier and the cumulus showed similar tendencies to spread out and limited convection in the South.
Cumulus cover was far more extensive and there were still some great climbs to be had. Unfortunately, you still felt obliged to take weaker climbs to stay cooler (still quite warm at 10,000 feet) and connected to the high cloud base.
North of Dalby was weaker than the South of the road and there were some very disappointing climbs under enticing Cu.
 
Both days had another one to one an one half hours of useful convection available; and you can glide for a long time from 12,000 feet.
Whatever, I had two good days of gliding - where were all the "gun pilots"? Nice of you not to clutter up the airwaves and thermals for a change - thank you, but you did miss out on a 750 km day (only for the guns, not us mugs).
Many years ago, I managed a 750 out of Warwick on a similar day. Of significance I turned over the strip at 5PM for another 180km - but I knew that Michael would pick me up from any field as I was in his glider.
Sunday, I landed at 4:30PM having overflown the strip after finishing and noted that the conditions were better over the strip than they had been since Dalby. I am not convinced that Michael would collect me if I out landed - he's changed.
 
Remember that the hotter it is the better the thermals - heat wave, what heat wave?
George
 
Editor Note : George and Michael scored 7th and 8th on the worldwide OLC for the day showing that Warwick is certainly punching above its weight
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