Like a few other places we've flown in Europe this summer, the stability plague seems to have hit here today. The air was so stable the task committee (Primoz, Jochen and one Turkish pilot) decided a 32km task was all they could call. Even then, Jochen and Pedro ended up in the bomb out field. Jochen said he didn't make a single 360 during his flight. Meanwhile, Primoz and Suan are just in goal now.
The meteo man here at the comp has quite a resume. He has worked for the US military in Afganistan and is a full-time meteorologist here in Turkey. His English is nearly perfect and I had a nice conversation with him on launch today. He said that the change of seasons (end of summer to beginning of Autumn) typically brings the nicest and most unstable conditions for this area. Unfortunately, the last few days' weather has been anything but typical (as we seem to have found all over Europe this summer). I didn't want to jinx anything by asking him if things were expected to improved throughout the week, but I'm keeping my fingers crossed.
Meanwhile, we're enjoying the Turkish hospitality and food....maybe Maria I a little too much! We've also come in contact with some cool wildlife.
Jochen's advice for the day....better remove the ballast!
Bombing out isn't the worst that can happen though.