The day was cancelled early on Saturday but a few people flew mid-afternoon during an unexpected lull. We watched three pilots launch as we returned from lunch at the Cookie Jar Cafe. We arrived in time to watch Cliff move to launch and get trashed around on the ramp by over-the-top wind gusts. Ollie closed launch shortly afterwards.
Just before sunset, as the party was about to begin, our driver Pete wanted to know what I thought of the conditions. The increasing cloud cover and setting sun allowed a wind gradient to develop, making it safe to play along the ridge.
After a quick consult with Ollie, we (Eric, Randy, and me) launched Pete and then Cliff. Sharon was kind to fetch the late flyers and bring them back for the dinner and party.
I ate, listened and danced to a band, and talked around the bonfire before saying goodbye and hopping into the car around 11:30 PM for the long drive back to Massachusetts with Randy.
I was disappointed we only had one task, but, as always, I learned a lot, caught up with many old friends, made a few new ones, and left eager to try the things I learned. If you are new to XC flying or want to step up your game, there's no way you can lose by going to the Team Challenge.