Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Day 3 Wind, Wind Go Away

Hi everyone, we were up at the crack of dawn and out the hotel at 6:30am as Dezso was scheduled to fly at around 7:15am. After a few delays he took to the skies in..........you guessed it strong blow out wind conditions. This first few pilots had a bit of difficulty as the winds at the top of the box seemed to be blowing about twice as hard as down low and many choose to start their sequences downwind ???. Dezso chose the correct direction and was working really hard but didn't mange to surpass his previous days scores. I'm sure he'll bounce back tomorrow afternoon.

Dave was up next and he flew his best round of the competition and even when he knew there was a drop in power through the last couple of maneuvers he stayed with the aircraft and managed to complete his routine without any zeros. The only casualty was a puffed cell on one of his packs, but if you are going to stretch a pack beyond it's limits this was the time to do it. The result was a score of 499 something which I'm sure Dave will clarify later today on this blog.

Next up was Chad and the pattern gods were with him today as when it came time for him to fly the winds stopped all of a sudden for a period of about 10 minutes. Chad put in a beauty of a round and got a round of applause from everyone on the flight line. Simply magic to watch!!!

The boys then took off to a local park to test fly one of the kites we have bought at the flying site. For $105 Canadian we each purchased a high performance carbon kite complete with flight strings and control straps. This type of kite would retail for around $300 in Canada. Xavier's kite was the test model as we all took it for a spin and it wasn't long before we were doing knife edge passes, Cuban eights etc. It's quite a work out to fly those things in high winds but what a blast and a way to get away from flying for a while.
It was quite the work out flying the kites so we headed back to the hotel for a quick dip in the roof top pool. Keeping in the spirit of pattern competition, Dave and I demonstrated the finer points of synchronized swimming. We hear the judges didn't score us well however :) I think we got downgraded for uneven tans. :)


Derek said...

Definitely NOT a 45, guys!!! You need to work on those angles...

Keep up the good work and perhaps you'll be able to qualify for the Olympics Mens Synchronize swimming event.

Great job on the reporting Dave/Mark... carry on!

Anne St-Jacques said...

Very cute guys !

Ivan Kristensen said...

Great reporting form Argentina, funny and informative, just what good reporting should be.

Good flying and good luck tomorrow!


Anonymous said...

You guys are having way too much fun. Dave looks to be in great form but Mark gets a big downgrade. He looks like he's waving at somboby and his left hand is not in good knife edge.
Keep up the good work guys.


Kris said...

3 point downgrade each for intense watch-tans.