02 February 2008

Euphoria and trees

Another really nice day to fly. The task was a whoppy 101 km. In the afternoon nice clouds formed and some 40 pilots made goal where all were welcomed with cold beer and fruits.

Amongst these happy people Jouni who came nicely back after yesterdays early landing. Unfortunately Ari did not quite made it although he led the pack for the first half of the race. Jari and Esa did over 40 km.

Today it was my turn to have a really bad day. Shortly after launch I had a collapse while scratching low over a ridge. It was easy to clear the collapse but due to the strong thermal I couldn't turn away from the ridge fast enough and landed between the trees. Luckily without any harm. I managed to get my glider out of the trees and hiked up to launch. Once I had cleared all the lines from knots and checked the glider I took off again. And flew through the beautiful sky straight to the goal to meet Jouni and those beers!

Tomorrow we fly the last task and should try to improve our team score. Ari did indeed make goal yesterday, but with my adventure today we probably drop a bit in the nation ranking.

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