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Skyport to Carpinteria
In all the discussion board upheaval this gem of a flight got lost in the shuffle but it's one worth posting.
A bunch of us, including Irene, Bo, Gary, Andy and I hit Skyport at 10:30. I took a shot early and decided to stick it in at the Bypass. Quick retrieve back to launch and got back around the time Ron F showed up. Ron launched quickly and headed for the R&R. We both hit 4k almost immediately and the race was on. I led the charge across to a spot just short of the powerlines with Ron right behind me. Altitudes didn't exceed 4k until the last thermal which bumped me to 4500.
There was a clear north wind and extra nasty air down low so I decided to try running back to Parma to avoid a long retrieve. I watched as Ron passed underneath me 1,000 feet bellow. Not 10 minutes later I looked back and he was topping 5 and continuing to Ojai. I succumbed to peer pressure and did another about face. I never found lift again and flushed to the ridge just south of snowball. Back-hill landed, hopped over to the front and relaunched into Carp. Retrieve was right there as soon as I landed.
Meanwhile Ron was reporting 5700 near Whiteledge. I shall let him continue the story....;P