||Re: 1000m Start Height
||Number 6 of 7 in thread
||The distance penalty is rather excessive. For an extra 500 metres, equating to about 1600ft, the distance penalty is 50 km. Most gliders wouldn't make half that distance, even a 1:60 glider would only get 30 km.
## On 31-Jan-12 14:02:00 John Bridge wrote:
This interpretation has been used in the past, though mainly by wave racers who tend to start and finish well above 1000m agl.
There is a similar situation at the end of a task when it might be worth taking a climb to reach one's "finish height", exchanging the potential distance penalty for the extra task time.
Whether or not there is significant advantage to be gained by trading 1000m start/finish heights for longer task times is (I think) a judgement issue. I am happy with Shaun's interpretation, but am happy to discuss further if anyone has strong views on this.
## On 31-Jan-12 09:38:00 David Booth wrote:
Shaun has articulated a useful interpretation of the rules in the 3rd item in this thread, i.e.
'.....So in effect all you do is note your finish height, then find the point either behind the line or within the 90 degree sector that gives you less than 1000m height loss- this point is then your start time.'
Would you agree that this is a valid interpretation of the rules?
## On 30-Jan-12 12:13:00 John Bridge wrote:
Not sure what you mean? There is no 1000m max start height in the ladder, only a max height loss between start and finish of 1000m (and even if that IS exceeded, the claim is not rejected but only modified by a distance penalty).
## On 29-Jan-12 15:09:00 David Booth wrote:
It would be handy to be able to start from behind the start line by climbing through the 1000m maximum start height, similar to the rules for BGA competitions. Does anyone else share this view?