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Written by: Jeff O'Brien
9/21/2009 7:38 AM 



Back at the Oasis... Santa Cruz is the comp with the sweetest facility. The resort has a nice restaurant, rustic bar, pool, jacuzzi, golf course, palm trees... paradise.

The local crew spent $7000 paving two runways out on the paddock... I think this place could hold a world championship caliber competition.



We called a 69 mile out and return with three turnpoints. I launched just after noon when the launch opened. Conditions were light for the first hour, and most of us were groveling at around 3000agl.

The last start time was 1.45 and it seemed every one was keen to wait on the day to heat up.

The run to the first turnpoint had Jim Yocum leading out on his sweet looking Atos VRQ He wasn't finding enough to pull away, so he was a good marker for the first leg.

The nature of the day had groups leap-frogging each other. The second leg started out well and we got to higher terrain before the second turnpoint. Dustin, Zippy, and Jim Yocum were out front, but lower and Robin Hamilton, Phil Bloom, Dave Gibson and I got the jump up and over the leaders. We went from our high point on the day to the deck three abreast. I couldn't believe we hadn't found anything.



I got the short end of the stick, and was stuck low. Eventually I found 700fpm that enabled me to catch back up. Around the last turnpoint, things started lightening up. Zippy and Dustin were out front and soon I'd see zippy land. Dustin was stuck low in zero sink, but I couldn't see anyone else climbing, so I headed for him. Misery loves company.

Dustin and four others eventually got out front when we passed over a dust devil that it took me an extra turn to find the core. Things were getting light, and the headwind had come in, so we had to be exceedingly patient saw-toothing into the wind.

I hooked up with James Stinnet and worked well together for a couple of slow climbs. Dustin was on the radio saying it was better out west, but there were rocky foothills to the east, I chose east. Dustin was in the middle, James shaded west.

I had to wait for a while, but the hills finally produced and I slowly worked it up to a 9.9 to one into goal. I was able to arrive home with less than 1000ft. into the headwind. A couple of pilots landed painfully close to home with the headwind. I thought the task call was great for the day. Not terribly racy, but rewarding and difficult (for me) to finish.

Airtime: 5:30. Flights: 1. Miles: 69.

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