When we arrived on takeoff this morning, the weather looked really nice. Because of that, the organization made a big 121km task that went to the south, then to the volcano, followed by a turnpoint north of Valle de Bravo, a last turnpoint over the plateau with the goal over the town. The start was quite tricky, as the thermals were not constant. Because of that, the field was already spreaded on the way to the first turnpoint in the flats. On the way back to the takeoff, the field was mixing quite a lot and even lifts were not high, we advanced fast towards the volcano. The swiss, but especially Stefan did a great job and leaded a lot. Until now, thermal top were quite low and only in the high mountains we were able to climb higher than 4000m. Already on the briefing it was clear that the second part of the task would be the difficult part, as it is more flat and not clear, where the thermals will be. Because of that pilots slowed down and tried to catch every possible climb. But this did not prevent us to loose more and more height to the third turnpoint. Not only me, but also the other pilots thought that this is the end of the race. But only 300m above ground, we finally found some weak thermals. This was the time when I took the lead and made my way back to the plateau. The day advanced and we were running out of time. I found a weak thermal 5km before the last turnpoint, but the other cached up again. Together we climbed until we reached glide ratio 13 to goal. Because of a good line and a little luck I was able to control the other pilots and win todays task, shortly followed by Stefan, Tim and Adrian.
22 January 2016, Michael Sigel
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