[Courtesy of Dave Garwood dgarwood "at" albany.net, September 1999]
Well, we ran the New England Slope Race. Maybe it wasn't a terrific race, but maybe a start of racing in the northeast.
28 people expressed interest and asked to be put on the weather notification list. The winds looked real good on Friday afternoon (10-20 NW) so we decided to run it, but the forecast deteriorated overnight (5-10 turning north) and we sent out a weather advisory at 4:30 AM.
A dozen pilots came to the hill and flew from 11:00 AM until 5:00 PM, sport flying that is. We started the 48-inch combat foamie race but did not complete it because winds came and went. Throughout the day we flew small foamies and large foamies, Spirits, many HLGs, a Freedom, a pair of CR Fun-1s, Zagi and Bomerang, a Slegers Skyhawk and many others.
During the day we saw about 40-50 hang glider launches at our left and 20-30 parasail launches to our right. The race course was between these two launch sites. The skys were crowed at times and there was one collision between a Zagi and a hang glider. No damage done.
The landlord asked us to pay more attention to parking at the top and be more vigilant about staying clear of the full scales, but invited us back for another try.
// Dave Garwood