Type of glider: Std. Cirrus,

Takeoff location:Weinheim Bergstr (DE / BW)

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Points for the flight 124.38
scoring distance 108.84 km
Speed 53.01 km/h
Duration 02:03:12
Scoring class club
Scoring start 11:39:25
Scoring end 13:47:34
Index: 98.01
Pilot factor 1.4 (<700km)
Club Nijmeegse Aeroclub
Date of claim 17.03.2019 21:18:03
state IGC-File: Flight:

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The forecast predicted a good day for the ridge and decided to give it a try. After the passing cold front, the wind was supposed to turn 270, with 40km/h, just good for the ridge at Weinheim. Some rain was predicted but not a lot. After take-off had a normal run down to Heidelberg, but on my way back, I saw a thick incoming rain band. Decided to go again south to stay away from the rain, as it seemed more open there. Everyone was landing back at Weinheim, and I was wondering whether my plan was good and how am I going to make it back to the field? I waited at Heidelberg on the ridge for some time and had a look at outlanding options. After some time I managed to transition from ridge lift to a small wave marked by an impounded cloud ("staubewolkung"). Above the clouds, the air was laminar with weak lift, but could climb up to 1200m. After the rain passed, I could fly this small wave back to Weinheim. Back at the field the wind was very weak and the ridge did not seem reliable and I decided to land.
Vielen Dank an die Weinheim-Bergstrasse mitglieder für die super Gastfreundschaft! Uli, danke schon fur die schlepp.
Finn and Oli, thanks for the tips&updates during the flight and for the good time!
Langen Information, thanks for the good coordination with Mannheim.
Pictures from the flight: https://www.flickr.com/photos/123815791@N04/albums/72157707635039114 .

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