Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Day 3 continued...

Sheesh.... I hope those synchronized swimming pictures don't make it into the K-Factor! Ill be toast as a VP not to mention being banned from most all hotel pool areas around the world.

As Mark mentioned, it was a pretty good day for Team Canada. Dez had crappy conditions and managed a pretty good flight all things considered. I believe the blow out was actually stronger than yesterday afternoon as crab angles were very high. Being able to handle the wind and maintaining the requisite track was hard work for the early flights today. The winds pretty much stayed that way for the first couple hours then started to die down a little.

Massive sounding Canadian cheering section!

Much discussion over the past few days over back up planes... do you need them? If you had one would you bring it out of the car? Why assemble it if your primary always works? etc. etc. Well we were first hand witnesses to an example.... one of the Argentinian team members YS would not fire up....... mayhem in the pits as they scrambled to change glow drivers, try another starter, flip the plane over. ... all the glow starting tricks. No joy followed by much consternation (and a few choice words I am sure.. I don't speak Argentinian so I could be wrong:-)

After three minutes passed the official timer announced "time" and the flight opportunity was lost. Not sure if he had one in his car but no backup plane was present on the flight line. I felt for the guy.

I had a much better flight as I fought with strong blow out conditions. Mark did his usual stellar calling job and we received a good score for the team. 499.40 to be exact :-) It felt good throughout the flight but I had used up a lot of my power supply. The batteries took a beating but lasted long enough to make it home after a somewhat crushed 6 sided loop. Sorry Jack!

Chad prepares for his round.

Harry Ells calls as Chad puts in his best round of the event.

Chad's round was "locked in" and everyone enjoyed the solid flight in relatively calm winds. This should place him into the semi's if his math is correct. Funny thing but even though he had a backup airframe ready to go on the flight line, it had suffered a bump or such to his left stab. This caused the threaded titanium rod to pull out of the nylon BB clevis and rendered the airplane unserviceable had he needed it.

Chad had also suffered some stress cracking around the gear plate area and Harry Ells was put to work making repairs.

Mark and I relax after the third round. We had a great day and look forward to day 4.

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