Our Team in Rieti

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Tuesday, July 15, 2008

July 15, 2008--Competition Day 8

When I last wrote we were preparing for the International Dinner and our pilots were all at home. Pat and Francois finished a respectable 4th and 5th in the World Class, Jonathon and Manfred finished 18th and 24th in the Club Class and Mark finished 20th in the Standard Class. As you know Chip landed out and unfortunately finished near the back of the field.

The preparations for last night's dinner were a team effort with all joining in. When we had nothing else to do in the preparations we were sampling Francois' wine in a plastic bottle. It was actually quite good.
The International Dinner was a resounding success and I believe everyone had a wonderful time. Gigi's artichoke dip and Carolyn's chip dip disappeared in short order as did the Coke.
Bogie and I arrived with the pizzas about 30 minutes after the event started and all six large boxes disappeared in about 7 minutes! Even Giorgio had great things to say about Orlando's pizza!

Today is Competition Day 8 and everyone is in the air and on course. Tasks for the day are significantly longer--Standard 475km, Club 368km and World 295km. Everyone is headed to the south for a short run, and then a long leg to the northwest and back. Airspace that normally prevents flying northwest is inactive for today, allowing the tasksetter to use this part of the contest area. The terrain is not mountainous, but relatively flat with small rolling hills. The weather from Rieti Valley to the south has been good with a number of cumulus. The trip from here to the north will be very blue. I spoke with Mark on his way back through the valley and he indicated that he was slightly north in Spoleto--and headed into the blue. We'll just have to wait and see.

I got a call from Chip shortly after he got through the gate and he said "I thought I'd just get my landout out of the way early today". So we sent Paul off on a retrieve about 2:15pm for what will probably be about 4 hours total turnaround time. Right after that I got a call from Paul asking if I'd come down the road. He had quite unfortunately sideswiped a parked car with the back of the trailer. We left a note on the windshield, and the owner has already contacted Giorgio. Insurance time again!

Back with you later.


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