There was an undercurrent of excitement at HQ this morning, along with a frenzy of last minute gear checks. A sack lunch, no classes, and a very early arrival at launch was the order of the day. We hoped to get launched and flying before the suspected overdevelopment of the clouds occurred from the heavy moisture content in the air. A 12:15 launch window was called. A few pilots braved it and immediately sunk out. They had a quick ride back up to launch for a 2nd try. By then a few pilots were getting up above launch and heading in almost every direction they could. A few more sunk out.
The clouds stayed amazingly light over the Wasatch, aside from a few errant lightning strikes which made a few pilots turn and head to a safe landing. The leaders were flying in every direction, and back at HQ the retrieve team was following their SPOT tracks online and sending out retrieve vehicles. We eventually had pilots landing at Bountiful, Park City, and Salem. Some amazing flights on a marginal day. The distance award for the first day will be given out at HQ in the morning, and we hope to have some photos for you then too!
Superfly fed all the hungry pilots this evening with an Indian Dinner and some well deserved drinks. Hopefully we’ll all sleep well and be ready to fly even further tomorrow, the weather forecast is looking better. Considering how well the top pilots flew today, if the skies cooperate we might finally get that flight into Colorado!
Our big winner for Task 1 was Andrew Dahl with 64 km, he flew all the way to Bountiful, making it back just in time for an Indian dinner at Superfly!
Other awards for the day included Becky Brim and Chris Galli for being the most tenacious (scratching the longest before getting up) and to Dawn Westrum for dirting the most times. 3, in fact. Her award was a bag of dirt. Hah. Many thanks to all the volunteers and drivers for their help with the retrieves!