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Real Racing takes its toll on the Perry score sheet. It’s a very different mindset vs. go where you want when you want tasks. Congrats to the folks (5U, LX and SM) who made the finish! 61+ mph isn’t shabby, especially when ⅔ of the class appears to have played “follow the leader” and landed themselves out together at the same airport, failing to make even the first turn-point. ... See MoreSee Less

Real Racing takes its toll on the Perry score sheet.  It’s a very different mindset vs. go where you want when you want tasks.  Congrats to the folks (5U, LX and SM) who made the finish!  61+ mph isn’t shabby, especially when ⅔ of the class appears to have played “follow the leader” and landed themselves out together at the same airport, failing to make even the first turn-point.

 

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Updated now. More like the doomsayers predict. Half the field landed out. Scattered all over the countryside from trying an improbable task. Great fun if you make it. Not so much if you don't. Net positive? I don't know, but tend to think not. Interesting, two landouts, quite a ways short, got finish penalties. More preliminary funnies.

I think WinScore is having problems look at the start times. Plus the tracker shows folks rounding the course

Bravo!!! 👏. I don’t believe it. AN SSA Rule Assinged small area “Task” was called. I think SSA.com may have been hacked. I’ll now place a new bet. This will be the only one!

Sadly, I must also point out to my beloved audience that this so-called “US Rules Assigned task” is really just a small area task (thankfully un-timed).

What’s the difference? Why do we care? Why is it important? Because US Rules require a significantly difference tactical approach, especially for the most competitive pilots who are, for example, able to stay with the lead gaggle or more commonly like to start late and leech in from behind.

1) The SSA so-called Assigned (a fake term entirely in this context) Task uses a 1-mile turn area (this used to be .5 miles as recently as this winter, to simulate FAI’s 1km (.6 mile) Racing Task Turn radius, but the Oligarchy somehow managed to “changed in back” at the last minute, just before the new 2019 rules were published 🙄🤔. Someone had some weight to throw around apparently.

2) The SSA RC still seems to think they are smarter than the the voters (opinion poll recipients) they represent and have always treated their unique version of the Racing Tasks turn-points like small turn areas. In US small area psuedo Assigned tasks, pilots can score significant extra distance (up to four miles) for their average speed by going to the very back of each turn-point (essentially giving them the opportunity to “re-leech” onto any pilots who were behind but chose to turn early. Also pilots behind can EASILY “re-leech” on pilots ahead who hit the back of the SSA Assigned Task “TURN AREA” in an effort to earn the FOUR EXTRA MILES available to them. This makes the task massively different than FAI Rules where Assigned or Racing tasks are a pure race and every pilot flys the same task exactly, and this allows pilots ahead to actually break away and win (like Sailplane Grand Prix).

If everyone generally goes to the max distance point, how is that any different than an FAI Racing Task minimum point? 🤔

3) So, once again US Rules produce very different tasks both strategically and tactically and the US version (cough, cough)
is not a true race as all the pilots will fly significantly different distances (and play the game of extra distance from behind vs trying to break away and win) and when a fast gaggle is flying together, anyone who turns early at any turn point will be slower (so they all go to max distance point anyway.

Why they intentionally make the US task so completely different makes ZERO SENSE especially when their own pilots CLEARLY have voted to change back to the FAI rules.
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Bravo!!! 👏.  I don’t believe it.  AN SSA Rule Assinged small area “Task” was called.  I think SSA.com may have been hacked.  I’ll now place a new bet.  This will be the only one!

Sadly, I must also point out to my beloved audience that this so-called “US Rules Assigned task” is really just a small area task (thankfully un-timed).

What’s the difference?  Why do we care?  Why is it important?  Because US Rules require a significantly difference tactical approach, especially for the most competitive pilots who are, for example, able to stay with the lead gaggle or more commonly like to start late and leech in from behind.

1) The SSA so-called Assigned (a fake term entirely in this context) Task uses a 1-mile turn area (this used to be .5 miles as recently as this winter, to simulate FAI’s 1km (.6 mile) Racing Task Turn radius, but the Oligarchy somehow managed to “changed in back” at the last minute, just before the new 2019 rules were published 🙄🤔.  Someone had some weight to throw around apparently.

2) The SSA RC still seems to think they are smarter than the the voters (opinion poll recipients) they represent and have always treated their unique version of the Racing Tasks turn-points like small turn areas.  In US small area psuedo Assigned tasks, pilots can score significant extra distance (up to four miles) for their average speed by going to the very back of each turn-point (essentially giving them the opportunity to “re-leech” onto any pilots who were behind but chose to turn early.  Also pilots behind can EASILY “re-leech” on pilots ahead who hit the back of the SSA Assigned Task “TURN AREA” in an effort to earn the FOUR EXTRA MILES available to them.  This makes the task massively different than FAI Rules where Assigned or Racing tasks are a pure race and every pilot flys the same task exactly, and this allows pilots ahead to actually break away and win (like Sailplane Grand Prix).  

If everyone generally goes to the max distance point, how is that any different than an FAI Racing Task minimum point?  🤔 

3) So, once again US Rules produce very different tasks both strategically and tactically and the US version (cough, cough)
is not a true race as all the pilots will fly significantly different distances (and play the game of extra distance from behind vs trying to break away and win) and when a fast gaggle is flying together, anyone who turns early at any turn point will be slower (so they all go to max distance point anyway.

Why they intentionally make the US task so completely different makes ZERO SENSE especially when their own pilots CLEARLY have voted to change back to the FAI rules.

 

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FAI observation zone is 0.5km radius (1km diameter)

Thanks Tim.

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