A monster task was called today to take advantage of the supposed NW winds; also possibly because we could have easily flown to Bakersfield yesterday ;) The actual goal was just north of Bakersfield, about 135km away, to avoid the airspace around Bakersfield proper.
Alex was high at this point but got low as I got high, but was able to get high again to turn around and fly back towards Dunlap. The reason he did this is because it was actually SW winds, not NW, and the whole south leg was into wind and thus very slow going. If the entire courseline was going to be SW wind it was gonna be a very long and slow day!
|I at least got to see goal today ;)|
According to the SPOTs we could see the lead gaggle of about 8 pilots was still heading south but shedding pilots every so often. In the end only 4 pilots made goal, with a few more landing just short. It looks like most of the lead gaggle took the flats route, reporting a lack of strong thermals and dust devils unlike yesterday, and a SW cross-headwind until at least Porterville where it finally turned more NW. I think a lot of pilots didn't make it out of Sand Creek so I'm hoping I stayed in the top 10 for today.
Tomorrow is the last day and we are definitely ready for a rest day afterwards, as we've been flying 7 out of 7 tasks. This place is definitely consistent for reliable sunny flyable weather, so long as the winds stay within reason.