Type of glider: DG 800/18m,

Takeoff location:Corowa Rwx Gld (AU / VIC)

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Points for the flight 770.4 (GFA-DCE Cat 0 Summer Event)
scoring distance 930.03 km
Speed 104.24 km/h
Duration 08:55:19
Scoring class 18m
Scoring start 00:54:58
Scoring end 09:50:35
Index: 120.0
Club Amsterdamsche C v Zweefvliegen
Date of claim 31.01.2009 20:15:11
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Last flight of the Corowa season.
It was one of the hottest days in the area ever and I was freezing even with all the air inlets fully closed. Outside temperature was +1 and that was at 4450 m late in the evening with the sun low in the west and me flying eastbound on a final glide of almost 200 km ending just before last light with a landing with the runway lights of 05 on bright. A perfect end of the season.
At the start of the flight I saw 40 degrees indicated on the LX8000, good enough as the trigger temperature for climbs to a minimum of 1000 m was calculated to be 39.
This last flight I choose to go for the good weather, to the clouds if they would appear and no target, no triangles, just for fun.
Chosen routing in the beginning was via the nostalgic points of the Oil Tree Lagoon, the Google Hoof. Officially it is named Goombargana Hill and I even don't know how Google Hoof is spelled, but anyway that's the name in glider circles. Next to Rand and Lockhart. All the time looking for ground features for thermal triggers as the first thermals of the day are neither strong nor going that high. It's struggling in the beginning, but as the temperature rises the situation improves and after an hour or so, it becomes easier and easier. But the first real good thermal is picked up somewhat past Rankins Springs, from 1000 to 3000 in 10 min. It bridged the gap to go for the clouds which were abundant and gave good climbs. I turned around at 351 k from Corowa; why go for the round numbers? The way back was cloud dancing, but near Griffith there were a couple of no-no's and a blue gap which forced me to retrace a couple of km's to make sure to reach the next cloud street. By that time NL advised that it looked nice in the direction of Deniliquin, which proved correct, but how cold it was at around 4,5 k high. Happily I had oxygen on board and readily available. The last thermal finished at 19.30, the beginning of a long glide down to warmer levels; temperature on the ground still in the high thirties.
At my finish of a very succesful season, I would like to thank Grietje and Franceso of the ASCC for their vision, determination and self-sacrifice for creating this soaring heaven on earth. Thanks to them and a perfect staff it is running like clockwork.
With regard to my fellow pilots, male and female, and their supporters, thank you for the camaraderie and friendship. In ten months I'll be back and do it again.

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