June 28, 2011
Racer #42 was not winners this year. We found out just before the final stats were entered into the scoring system that we made a mistake, and did not fly the entire length of a runway. We were told we didn't make a one mile radio call. Laurie insisted that she did. They dinged us for 4 kts on that leg. Since the race was only 5 legs long due to weather it was a huge ding. We did not see the airport as it was hidden by trees and needed to turn 90 degrees, when we did see it we were too close to be able to fly the entire length. We were not the only folks that had similar problems. We learned a valuable lesson from this experience and will try to make sure it dosen't happen again.
When you are flying at over 180 mph it is difficult to make change the course of the plane instantly without having some problems. We did fly the entire course in the shortest amount of time 7 hours 12 minutes, we made our handicap by 2.05 kts, but other teams were better in their handicaps than us. The lessons learned were huge and we hope to fly again in another race and make sure we do not have problems like this race.The airplane performed well it was the pilots that had problems, but we had some great experiences with wind, weather, and race course changes, but completed the course in number two position in Mobile, AL.
Fred my husband and I flew home from Mobile on Monday skirting a huge thunderstorm near Columbus, GA. Tooks us 3.5 hours our friends from Sanford & Apex were right behind us in a slower plane and had to land and wait out the worst of the storm. They made it home about dinner time.
Thanks for everyone's support and help in this year's race. Thank you notes are forth coming.