Yeah, kinda looks like a downwind approach by the lack of him slowing down much. However, the wind cone indicator that he flew over was indicating a reasonably strong headwind. I'm thinking he encountered a good bit of rotor that might have back-winded him, originating from the upwind trees. Or the vid merely makes it appear he was flying with enough airspeed. He is pushing out hard the last second before impact. So perhaps he missed his window of opportunity with a little rotor mixed in for fun.
There is a reasonable explanation for that. I had no doubt in my mind I could have made cloud base, easily. The turbulence didn't bother me. However I was searching for sink. First time I wanted to hear the sink alarm during a flight. I had to get down quickly. I made it to launch 3 hours late due to traffic on the drive down. I planned to launch earlier at 12:30-1 and be at the lz with my glider packed and ready for a friend to meet me at 3 and take me back up to launch and retrieve my car. Then we'd continue on to Bassano. My friend called right before 3 from the lz right before I launched wondering where I was and pretty pissed I wasn't there yet since he had a bushiness meeting at 4:30 an hour away. I didn't know this and thought he'd be late as well due to the same traffic trouble since he came down the same route a few hours behind me, not the case, he was there on time, my buddy, reliable. Guess I should have called him before setting up at launch, my bad. So I launched planning a quick sled ride down but had trouble getting down quickly to make it to my p.o.'d Italian buddy waiting on me. If you know Levico you can see his lone van in the lz. What should have been about a 7 min sled run turned into over 20min. Hence I didn't turn in the lift and flew through it, much to my chagrin. I even crossed the valley towards the large shadow on the other side hoping that would get me down quicker. Traffic robbed me of what could have been an epic flight for me.
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