|Guy and some of the volunteers!|
We had a meteorologist on launch today, and he was explaining that the clouds were indeed dissipating as they dropped off the east side of Vancouver Island, forming a blue hole visible on the satellite images, but they were reforming on the upwind side of Howe Sound and creating the schmoo we were seeing. South of Squamish it was beautiful (and Alex and James were indeed having an epic flight at Tunnel Mountain near Lions Bay, Alex landed in Coquitlam next to the Skytrain station, very civilized!), but north of Squamish it was cloudy, and not expected to dissipate until late in the afternoon.
|This is the final version after 2 longer tasks were ultimately rejected due to deteriorating weather conditions.|
There was a patch of sun approaching so a bunch of us decided to take advantage of it and launched and got barely to 1900m, and then we started working our way west. Behind us the patch of sun had disappeared to be replace by yet more overcast, and the late launchers were basically on glide from launch. We were able to keep up with the patch of sun to Fraser Peak, where it fizzled for pretty much everyone, and then everyone left in the air was scratching around on Owl Peak, fighting for every meter of altitude before pushing out into the valley to tag the CamelHump TP and then turning around to get some distance to the next turn point.
|What we had to work with in the end! Notice the rain up by North Creek.|
The Beer Farm was hopping with pilots, and it ended up turning into the unofficial goal field with pilots hanging out to have a beer before getting shuttled back to HQ and scoring. I believe the most distance today was something like 28km (out of 45) and I was around the 18km mark. The day will probably not be worth much, points-wise, but at least we flew!
My track log from today.
Today's results and overall results.