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Ephrata Dust Up - May 2009

I have always heard discussion that "contests are a great way to learn", or "I picked up more in that one contest than months of regular soaring". While I believed there was some truth to those comments, I also attributed some of it to competition euphoria. Having never personally competed in a soaring contest, due primarily to lack of a personal sailplane and/or schedule conflicts, I was very interested when Bruce Bulloch sent out the invitation last Spring for the Ephrata Dust Up 2009. The timing was right, and I was able to easily convince Lynn Weller, who I often fly with in his DG-1000, to join me as a team entry.

We had a blast in the three-day contest in May, with outstanding soaring conditions on the first two days, and challenging but fun weather for those who decided to fly on the third non-competition day.

Here are a few of my lessons learned:

I'm already looking forward to the next Ephrata Dustup!