J15 at 74.6kph (handicapped).
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The Bicester Regionals 2009
8:00am Well, Dan the Weather says today is better than yesterday, and there is a chance of a small task.
Just to help pass the time, we found this nice program, IGC Flight Replay, that displays and animates your logger track over Google Earth.
12:00 We are still holding on for a promised decrease in wind speed.
Open Class Task - BIE - DID - THA - STS - BI4 = 115.1km
14:00 It has brightened up a couple of times, and there will be a re-brief on the grid very soon.
14:25 The tugs are moving out to the grid - it's getting a bit serious now, they might even have to fly. (And there are blue bits of sky showing through as well!)
14:30 First launch for the Open Class will be at 14:45, and then the brave heroes will rush off around the sky, playing with the pretty clouds.
15:30 But due to the wind strength, the Sport class has been scrubbed.
15:50 There was a steady stream of starters from 15:31 - 15:48, only a few were re-starts, and they were probably just unlucky rather than playing games to confuse the rest. Now we just wait to see how many get back.
16:14 - They have just called for the crew of 131 (Johnny "I don't land out" Roberts). He might not win today, for a change.
16:35 - And JFF is also in a field now.
16:55 J15 is the first to call 10km (he started 15:38)
17:00 EHT is 4km out (started 15:30)
17:04 PIO and S8 are landing back however. Someone has landed out 8km short, 333 I think. And five minutes later, 260 called non-comp as well.
17:17 LS8 and 634 have landed out, but not far from home. (This will be LS8's second field landing since we bought it 3 years ago.)
17:25 LD is in a field, but FWW called 10km, while KBS will land out 15km short
17:33 And now we hear that X8 is in a field, while 888 is landing back.
17:45 The results are starting to appear online now. Only two finishers, although several landed back after a while. The wind was a bit of a problem, with several having problems in the last 10km or so. Graham Drury (JB), for example, landed 2.3km short of the finish.
21:00 There is one glider still to come back from his field, so the final update to the scores will be tomorrow.
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