Sunday, June 24, 2007

Laundry Day in Lakeview

We are here in Lakeview now for the 2007 Paragliding National Championship. Our first task today was canceled because of strong winds, but not until they made us all wait on the hill thinking we would have to fly in that stuff. They initially came up with a 102k task for us, and then shortened it to 48k after pilots complained about having to overfly a huge antelope preserve where we are not allowed to land (under penalty of gear confiscation). At that point the top guys were still raring to go (and so was Dave) but the rest of us had our doubts about the strong winds. Our Rat Race host Paul is here and flying as a wind tech - he and Rick Ray launched to show us how strong it was blowing, and that's when the meet directors made the call to cancel. Thanks Paul! The Rat Racing monkeys needed a break anyway - we've been flying thermic conditions for the last seven straight days. Stay tuned for more news from Lakeview.