The tasksetter's thoughts:
I made the task about 3 weeks ago. My intention was to have finally a wave task again as with the last patches (some years ago
) the devs almost made it impossible to set tasks without penaltyzones where wave is the best way to fly. After some great wave days this winter in that area I tried to make a task where wave is the fastest option and which isn't too unrealistic...I never flew the black forest wave in RL but I think it wasn't too bad (and please don't tell me that flying a 200km task in such conditions is unrealistic: OLC
Of course I won't always make wave tasks (it is almost impossible in most areas anyway) but it is part of gliding and thus part of Condor and if you know where to search for the wave in Condor it is even a very simple task.
And yes, I read F9's topic and although I made all SR tasks we flew so far before that topic started I think I didn't act against it too often.
What F9 claims it shouldn't be unrealistic and doable for most. OK if you don't know Condor waves this task was very hard, but even some pilots rather new to Condor managed that yesterday, I think the main problem is that almost none of the Condor pilots practice to fly wave...
And it was neither unrealistic nor very crash-supporting (In wave you were about 1500m away from the trees and you had to cross mountains more than 1500m lower than the base of most waves...)
About the tasks before:
Day 1 was doable without crossing ridges with front-wind
D2 was none of my best tasks I must admit but the fast pilots flew without crossing the high mountains
D4 was hard but at the parts were you had to cross high mountains you had 30km/h wind from behind
D5 cloudbase was much higher than the ridges
D6 was maybe a bit too hard, but no high ridges with frontwind
D7 was again not too good in safety aspects, but still you could get under top5 without clodflying/crossing ridges close to cloudbase without wind from behind
D8 there were no high mountains at all.
If you don't agree please tell me, it's just how I saw tasks so far.
About the "dull" flatland tasks. Don't worry I still got a few planned for this SkyRace, my personal problem about flatland tasks in Condor is that in most sceneries the flatland is absolutely boaring. Milos' sceneries are the fortunate exceptions and Slovenia is great for me/some others as we know about every field from the great LLC times. An LLC task would be great here but unfortunately I don't have them anymore. In most other sceneries one flatland part looks like the other which is quite boaring (at least for me). So there'll be some flatland tasks (probably in Slovakia and CZ, maybe HW and also Slovenia) in SkyRace09 but don't expect it to be the "normal" case. SkyRace had always been infamous for it's tasks and I guess that'll never change, but I'll do my best to make it interesting for all.