This was a good one. I arrived at the field 20 minutes before dawn. The launch was clean but the air was very twitchy between 50 and 100 feet. Once above the layer it warmed up and was very smooth. There were no balloons today unlike the last 3 mornings so I explored the south and returned to the field. Not a real long flight but very enjoyable.
NEC Airborne training on site
Clean Launch and landing
The Fagawie was a floater with little wind at the start eventually dying to zero. Our speed was measured in inches per minute so we decided to abandon the race in favor of getting an extra hour of sleep. At 6:00am the alarm went off and Dawn and I struggled to crawl out of the berth. The air was considerably cooler than the last couple of days and I pulled on long johns to wear under the light pants I’ thought would be sufficient. At 7:00am we were pulling out of the Marina and encountered Chris Montes who had made the wrong turn at Roxbourough. He waved and follow us to the field where we saw a big part of the Front Range Flock. John Sieb was getting ready to launch and I counted several others including, Mike Bennett, Ty, Nate, and Marek and amazingly Chip who hadn’t flown with us for ages.
On the way back to the south end I encountered a red white and blue balloon close to my altitude we blew by each outer with a wave and I turned around toward the bottom of the lake.
Last nights huge 50 boat raft-up was greatly reduced but still impressive. This is the first year but I’m sure the Annual Mega Raft-Up will be a regular event.
I flew over to the marina and RC Airport before heading back to the LZ. What a great flight! I was back on home turf and the conditions were perfect.
Thanks to everybody for coming to enjoy it with me..