A howling gale on launch had us all huddled around the chai pot muttering about how long before they would call it off. Two hours later we launched and flew a 63km task in blistering pace of 41+km/h. Freaky man! I guess it was too much to ask given the luck of yesterday, but I was styling with 20km to go with a glide of 8 required and just when I was adding up the points I cascaded to a glide of 10 losing forty places (five minutes) on the lead nursing the glide through the last two turn points with absolutely no hope of a climb in the stable valley. So here's the thing all ye Ozone owners... don't let go of the red things if you're goin' 60+ because the wing disappears and then tries to get rid of the rider when it re-appears.
A massive cravat and two twists required three clumsy full stalls to eventually fix and unwind. Another day which had almost one hundred pilots in goal with the first 50 separated by 6 minutes. The strength of this field is absolutely mind boggling. Any sub-optimal micro second of blunder is punished out of all proportion. I am clinging onto 5th overall with a discard in hand should we get a third 1000 point task which is good news. The whole discard thing is pretty cool because many of the pilots languishing in the eighties could be leading overnight if they can put a good task or two together in the coming days.
The day was won by Luc Armant on a dark blue Ozone proto which is reportedly stable @ 65+km/h. Alex Hofer(Ozone) was in second with Taro Kobayashi(Gin) in third a few seconds behind. Another 7 out ten 10 for Ozone with Gin looking strong and only the Valic brothers in the top 20 for Niviuk on the day. The picture looks the same for the overall standings at the moment with a lot of flying to come!