The tasks get longer as the conditions improve. We were set a course of nearly one hundred kilometers which turned out to be exactly right because conditions seem to shut down fairly quickly.
The task was set to give some variety of choice. This did very little to separate the field as the mass gaggle decorated every thermal around the course like some giant tree with colourful flowers. One or two pilots did their own thing and were rewarded accordingly. A US pilot, Kody 'the Bean' Mittanck, was one of these who flew the course solo crossing the line first in just under three hours. Kody ended up in fifth place behind a group of Brazils' best pilots with Erico Oliveira in the lead.
It was commonplace to see 5+ on the averager as all thermals were going to the top like high speed elevators.
The field did stretch out a little from the halfway point. I was lucky enough to snag the six up with a small posse just before the second turnpoint to the west which put us in front for a good half hour or so. We could not convert the advantage completely but the result was satisfactory with lead-out points helping a bit.
We are expecting the best conditions yet for day five, so lets see what happens.