At the beginning of the downwind leg
our rudder popped off but luckily we were able to get it back in quickly.
As the airplane reached about 250 feet agl, it stopped climbing, so the pilot turned to the downwind leg
of the airport traffic pattern.
Caption: Left: SWEET SPOT Kite set nicely, Tevake II sets an impressive pace on a downwind leg
at Sealink Magnetic Island Race Week.
Passing the 180-degree position on the downwind leg
, just as the H2P started the turn toward final, the helicopter aircraft commander (HAC) realized they hadn't secured the anti-collision lights, the normal procedure once the aircraft entered the pattern.
On the downwind leg
, at 450 feet, we were in and out of the clouds.
On our first day out, one of our AFs splashed down on the downwind leg
in the landing pattern.
The western downwind leg
of this huge turning wheel brought in some moisture in the middle layers from the north west.
A close race continued into a side-by-side turn around the final mark onto the last downwind leg
Xu, however, quickly passed her on the downwind leg
, as did Bouwmeester, and the positions behind the Chinese leader fluctuated until Murphy grabbed the bronze medal spot at the turn of the final mark.
In an attempt to keep the boat as light as possible during this downwind leg
, Walker ordered only 14 days of food to be taken on board.
However, the bulk of the points are won on the open water and the team is hoping the traditionally downwind leg
will play to the strengths of the boat and revitalise their campaign.
Ainslie finished race nine in Perth second to Holland's Pieter-Jan Postma, but felt impeded by the media boat's wake on the downwind leg