The Thermal Farm
is an immaculately
manicured piece of
owned by Bruce
opens it annually
for The Bruce, a
weekend of glider
flying and fun.
Bruce and his wife, Christine, have
discussed not having any more contests at
The Thermal Farm. We hope that doesn’t
happen anytime soon.
to see if he or she can come close
to a pool noodle that is more than
500 feet away. It’s not as easy as
it looks. I don’t remember the
winner, but the moans and groans
were worth it for the audience.
Friday’s real flying happened
during the All Up Last Down event.
Approximately 50 pilots and sailplanes
gathered on the field. A three-minute
window was set and when the buzzer
sounded, all 50 sailplanes were
simultaneously launched. The first one
down is eliminated. With 50 pilots, this
can take some time, but we got to see
some great flying.
Two contestants stood on top of a
small hill to fly it out. The first was
Oleg Golovidov, from North Carolina,
and next was Dave Banks, from
Washington. Oleg has been on the
scene for a long time. Dave was the
Both launched and Oleg had the
advantage. Dave flew out over Bruce’s
house—probably looking for hot air
from the conversations that were in full
swing from the gallery. Oleg went deep
over the woods, where he had luck in
the last few rounds. Dave did not feel it
and was low coming back. It appeared
Oleg would get the win.
On the way back, however, Dave
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