14th FAI European Paragliding Championship 2016: Day 4 - Task 3

Michael Sigel reports on task 3:

"A strong cold front crossed the flying area. Because of that, temperatures dropped a lot and it was only 5°C in the early morning, which is very unusual for summer in Macedonia. That was also the reason why pilots were desperately looking for warmer clothes at the takeoff. Because of the strong north wind (10-25km/h), today’s task was a 90km downwind zigzag with several in and outs of the same turnpoint: 60km entry start, 42km, 52km out, 42km, 52km out, 42km and then to the ESS and goal in the South.

Once in the air we could climb to over 2500m, even though there was not even one cloud on the course. Because of the fairly strong wind, the conditions were quite turbulent. Soon after the start most pilots tried to head north, in order to prevent being pushed too far south. Again it was important to choose the right line; sometimes it was possible to make 200m in straight flight, while other pilots lost 500m. The small hills in the valleys were working nicely and the fastest route connected two times over these hills. It was very difficult to find the best thermals, because clouds did not indicate them. However, we managed somehow to get to the turnpoint for the last time. It was already 17:00 and the thermals had gotten weaker so pilots stopped pushing. In the end Marco from Italy won, closely followed by Honorin and my larger group."


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