Going in to Turn 1 we had a quartering tailwind so kept
it high from the start line. After making Turn 1 it was time to go for the hard deck (500 feet AGL) to battle the head
Turn 3 at the camp. Probably should have decended
after that turn, but it was a short leg before having to climb again so I elected to remain at 1,000 feet.
Turn 5 (Jo's Turn) is where we turned into a direct headwind
(plus the photo op) so I'd decended into the turn and a little more coming out of it.
After Turn 6 this shot shows a common mistake racers make
- and I still do if I didn't prep for the race well enough. If you can't spot it, email me and I'll tell
what it is and how to avoid it.
I had misplaced my Turn 8 course line on Google Earth, but
this shot does show a situation I had to deal with on the finish. A ship was coming into the channel (moving left to
right as shown) and our courses were converging. I wanted to be going downhill on the finish to pick up as much extra
speed as I could, but didn't want to overfly the ship at low altitude, so I adjusted my flight path to stay ahead of the
ship and once past, I cut back to the finish line.