Well, on the first day I drove, to Virginia, then to the Carlisle, PA for the Polecat Aero Challenge.
So, on the second day of my summer vacation, I woke up. I went down to the flying field to fly my DLG. Then I landed out. Well, not too often and the Polecat Aero Challenge was a really fun event.
In the past I tried Hand Launch a few times and have owned a few HLGs and DLGs that mostly got flown at the slope, either in light winds, or on days when there was no wind at all but this was my first contest and it was a lot more fun than I was expecting. The tasks were varied, challenging and fun and the guys, several of whom are among the best in the world, are excellent resources for an on the flats sloper.
In the end I’ll always be a sloper first but I see a few more hand launch contests in my future.