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July 11, 2018

35th WGC in Ostrow!!!!!! EUROGLIDE as always,.. a great success! Centenary R.A.F….AMAZING !!!

Filed under: Uncategorized — ritz @ 6:05 pm

OSTROW WIELKOPOLSKI  !!!!!

 

THEY HAVE STARTED!!!!As I told you already a while ago, I am not writing daily bulletins anymore ,too complicated ,that’s for those who are THERE, but of course I try to keep and eye on everything.
Here is the official site and the result site;

https://wgc2018.pl

www.soaringspot.com

        

As shared by TEAM USA.
The pilots meeting was held in an old Soviet-era hangar on the field. Scrutineering has started and the first official practice day had EXCELLENT weather up to 3000 m.”
First out-landings as well, BUT on the day before…

It’s ALL HAPPENING!!!!!

Practice day 1; 404 with 126 km./h. km in standard class ,in mostly blue conditions. Great day!!
Official news;” We’ve got more than 100 pilots at the airfield. During the briefing they had an opportunity to taste delicious coffee by Woseba. Today’s grid was sponsored by Ignaszak – Autoryzowany Dealer VW Audi Skoda, who lent us a car for event needs. Thank you!”
Andy Lutz from Austria won in 15 m. by flying 363 km from the set 430.90. No finishers in 15 m. class
The Dutchies, Tim and Frank  in Club had a great result , both 1000 points for a speed of 109 km./h. over 358 km.Both  are strong pilots …Tim was already European Champion, Frank Dutch National Champion, so pilots to keep an eye on!!!
Practice day 2;around 300 km. again. 317 for standard and a good practice day for the Swedes, Richard Swanstrom and Jan-Ola Nordh, as they won! In 15 m class it was Max Seiss from France who won the day with 332 km and in Club Rasmus Ørskov from Denmark in ASW 20w.

Something different, a GREY glider,  though not TOO different as Blanik’s are grey as well. But looking good , have a look. Sebastian arrived with this Polish GP 15 JET at the WGC spot. On FB I read a comment by Swiss Chris;“15m but the aspect ratio is 29! Wing area only 7.7m2 (ASW27 9m2) but its empty weight is 60kg less.”

     

Gracious “toy”.  As shared by one of the Lucasses; this time Grabowski.
The glider however won’t be competing in the event itself, at this early stage in development and testing process. It will perform demo self-launches and flights between competitions” – says GP Gliders representative.

Practice day 3; Great day for the UK in St class Howard Jones was the winner just ahead of Louis from France [116.20 for 116,18 km./h.]  CLOSE!!!!!. In 15 m. it was Polish pilot Lucasz [Diana 2w] and his mate Sebastian [ASG 29w]and in club AGAIN Rasmus from Denmark. Good on them!!!
Saturday opening and then the real thing started!!!!

Opening on Saturday with in the morning a safety briefing for all competitors at 10.00AM. Then before the briefing  “Professor Krzysztof Kubryński will present the new polish glider Diana-3. The glider will be delivered by Avionic company

PR picture as shared by the organizers on the official site.

   

Before briefing enough interest in the new polish Diana 3 !!
As shared by the organizers.

AND
WGC2018 are officialy open

 

   

Team Belgium and team France .
As shared by Belgian Gliding Team  and   Pôle France Planeur

 

   
team South Africa  and Team The Netherlands
As shared by South African Gliding Team
and Wereld Kampioenschappen Zweefvliegen

 

team USA as shared by  US Soaring Teams

Enough PRE-NEWS, we start now with
Day 1 ….daily news first
; Tasks 3 x AAT. and a new airspace file !!!And ….a first and exact- on -time -first- launch at 11.20 LT!!!The weather was fore-casted to be less good than the day’s before with possibility of over-development maybe even in to CB’s , slightly lower temperatures and lift deteriorating  after 5 PM. It ended up an EXCELLENT day with huge speed and lift between 2.5 and later in the day 4 m./s
Before start the South African team shared their opinion.
Interesting observation on the grid today showing the evolution of glider design through the years. The very first glider on the grid today is a Glasflugel Libelle and the very last glider on the grid a Jonker Sailplanes JS3.”

Not too bad skies by the way!!

The little but oh so good Libelle.
As shared by Team SA.

Day 1…standard; 2.30 AAT… ALL 47 pilots finished and ALL flew with a speed of over 100km./h!!!!!!!
There is always one the best,even with the smallest margin,  this time “good old ” Russian mate Dmitriy Timoshenko in a Discus A ;355 km in time 2.39 so 133.85 km./h. ,…..and very good as well, Dutch pilot Sjaak Selen ….yes younger brother from….as runner up.; 345 km. in 2.35 so 133.31 km./h. That’s close!!!
Number 3 was young, Norbert Scarlet from Romania. He works for Glide Omarama, where he flew the last 2 seasons. Good on him.
9 Times Discus in the top 10.
Day 1…15 m ; 2.30 AAT..One outlanding and also here HUGE SPEED.
Winner from day 1 Uys Jonker [S.A] in the JS 3; 358 km. in time 2.35 so a speed from 138,39 km./h!!!
Runner up Sebastian in ASG 29 [136 km./h] and the VENTUS 3 with Andy Lutz from Austria was 3.[135 km./h]
4 From the  6 top-spots are for JS 3’s.
Day 1…club ; 2.30 AAT..The first 6 places were for East European pilots; Jaroslav Tomaňa from Czech Rep in St Cirrus, won with 286 km. in time 2. so a speed of 107 km./h.39.
Runner up from Poland Tomasz Rubaj.[SZD 55]
On 7 spot Rasmus from Denmark who won 2 day’s in the official practice week.

Jonker Sailplanes was OF COURSE happy with the day-1-result , shared a great video,…but was also very honest;
The JS3 SA team, Uys and Attie, was fortunate to be in a small fast gaggle, towed by multiple world champion Sebastian Kawa. According to Uys, Sebastian gave the rest a lesson in flying. “It was awesome to watch such talent.”
Is he in his way to the next title?? Got lost how many he has.

Day 1 is over, disappointment for some, happiness for others , lot’s of day’s to go;no worries !!!
Maybe a bit too short tasks today?

 

Day 2…Daily News first; first start at 11.15 sharp…CU’s in the air…club, standard and 15 m….AAT’s again , but longer!Some mentioned 3/4 m.s. Another pretty conservative weather forecast.Scattered rain and a chance of thunderstorms BUT, stronger thermals and a higher cloud base!!
The weather turned out MUCH better again.

   
Glider 74 , a St. Cirrus, from Frank is ready to go …….AND ………look at the skies as seen by
as shared by the Dutch team.                                  Kristian Roine from Finland.

 

Day 2..standard; 3.30 AAT… great day for the French…great speed 133 km./h…lot’s of kilometers 467 ..and flying together brought them, Louis Bouderlique and  Guillaume Girard, to 1000 and 994 points.
Matthew Scutter …Aussie Aussi Ausie ,oi oi oi.. was on spot 3 with 470 km in 3.33.
And on 4 ,Sjaak from Holland , who likes this type of weather and is on spot 1 overall now. But he knows there are many more day’s  to come.
The first 20 daily pilots are all within 100 points; between 901 and 1000. The first 10 spot’s are for the Discus and LS 8.
Day 2…15 m. ; 3.30 AAT…Also in this class the French , both in JS 3, did well on spot 2 and 3 with Christophe Ruch and Maximilian Seis. They flew 504 km. in time 3.42/43. so a speed of 135 km./h.
Good , better but BEST was Jan Omsels [Ventus 2ax] from Germany . He got the 1000 points 496 km. in time 3.36 so 137 km./h.
On spot 4 Sebastian and Lucasz from Poland.
On the last spot 37, Andy Lutz from Austria, a place he does n’t belong.
Day 2…Club ; 3.30 AAT… A Pegase 101A won the day with in it Darius Liaugaudas from Lithuania; 405 km in time 3.34 ;speed 113 km./h!!.
Frederic Hoyeau and Eric Bernard both from FRANCE [extra good day for the French in all classes!!!]and both in LS 4 were equally on spot 2  .The UK pilot Ge Dale had a great first leg with 135 km./h and for 80 km.  no turning .
Another day done!!!
Darius “moves” in a wheel chair so his first spot is EXTRA SPECIAL.

Winner in club class Darius with a bag full of coffee.
As shared by the organizers.

 

Day 3 …Daily news first: The weather is less good, so a tougher day. A small front is passing by with local rain and thunderstorms in the afternoon. Another type of flying, WHEN they fly!! 2.30 AAT’s for all.
The USA team is still optimistic.
A change of pace as we grid on Runway 11 today. It is noticeably cooler this morning with high cirrus moving in but still some low cu forming near the airfield.”
Ready for launch at the grid  meant waiting… feeling tail- wind….postponing …waiting…. AND …in the rain!!!
As Adam mentioned : “Weather for ducks, still forever hopeful though.”
EVERYBODY stayed optimistic and hoping.

     

As shared by the Dutch team

Dutch team captain Ben with his son Frank, club class pilot and Sjaak , standard class, having a “meeting” in the car.

Day 3 …standard; 2.30 AAT.… Cancelled !
Day 3…15 m; 2.30 AAT… Scrubbed !
Day 3…club; 2.30 AAT… Neutralisiert!
NO TASK TODAY !!!!

As shared by the organizers.

After 2 day’s the overall scores are :
Standard;
1.Sjaak Selen [Holland ] 1.828…..2. Dmitriy Timoshenko [Russia] 1.787…3. Louis Bouderlique France] 1.744. All 3 fly DISCUS 2A.
15 m.:
1. Jan Omsels ,Ventus 2ax  [Germany] 1.795…2. Christophe Ruche,  JS 3 [France] 1.779….3. Max Seiss ,JS 3 [France] 1.771.
Club;
1. Jaroslav Tomaňa, St Cirrus [Czech Rep] 1.827….2. Ivan Novak , St Cirrus [Czech Rep] 1.773….3. Andrej Lebedev,  ASW 20 [Lithuania] 1.772. !!
More next week.

TODAY, Wednesday July 11, IS CANCELLED!!!!

 

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——- EUROGLIDE;
After the first 2 good to very good day’s the weather changed ; some had RAIN [wish we had some here for my VERY dry garden!!] so the speed was a bit “on hold” on day 3 and 4. Some were still in the Czech Rep. some nearly on the 3d TP in the far South of Germany above Zurich.But the fun is as BIG everywhere and for some the “bad luck” as well.
Pictures say it all.

   

As shared by Annemarie ,from  Krnov, Czech Republic    and     Volker……. he will be back in 2020.

On day 4 last Thursday, the ” Early birds ” were on the last leg number 4. As said huge differences between the different gliders  .
But thunderstorms were annoying though the place to wait it out, Stillberghof was for team TP one of the early birds ,not annoying at all. But you always want to continue!!!!

The Magistic EB 28  in the rain.
As shared by one of the pilots,Dirk

FRIDAY AFTERNOON; the “early” birds are home !!!! 88 km to go……, waiting 22 km to go…. it will happen today ….YES it happened; Glider  UFO with Max/Wolfert and Marc is HOME after 2350 km in 5 day’s!!!!!!
They are the first finishers.
They left with pretty good weather on Monday at noon, had a ball on Tuesday thunderstorms and heavy rain on Thursday and Friday afternoon they were home. Good on them.
Picture from the last kilometers…final glide to Terlet after “seeing” Venlo.
And,…LZ is in as well !!!!Luka Znidarsic from Slovenia,in a Ventus 2cxa FES  ,…..he will be back next year!!!

As shared by Frans Guise

the first finishers.

    

Volkert, Max and Marc with bubbles from Sander at Terlet. And Luca at Venlo with nice cold beer.
In a few weeks when everybody is back and the handicaps are applied, there will be a special evening some kind of reunion, to hand over the prizes.BUT the first prize is there for all…the fun they have had. It turns out for many a real addiction.
Picture courtesy Sander Terpstra from the THERMIEKBEL and picture from Venlo shared by Luka Artelj.

Last Saturday another 6 teams arrived home.Others still en route, a few “landed” at a field were they could follow the opening-briefing from the German Aerobatic Glider Nationals .
Some make it a real holiday and stay longer than necessary,why not???
AND,…don’t forget the drivers, racing behind the gliders. They drove between 2500 and over 3000 km.!!!
Chapeau!!!
Now it’s 2 years waiting again!!!!! Be strong boy’s and girls,……. time flies!!!!!

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——RAF; I looked at the BBC yesterday, for more than 2 hours to see the celebrations of ONE HUNDRED YEAR RAF Amazing, lot’s of tradition, history and emotions. A new RAF flag was presented and I never saw the UK queen so “smiley”, she really enjoyed herself specially with the extraordinary FLY PAST from over 100 aero-planes.
Starting with Chinooks  and finishing with the AMAZING Red Arrows. In between 7 “oldies”  like the Dakota, Hurricanes, Lancaster, Spitfires,  but also the brand-new F 35 , only arriving in the UK this June and now for the very first time presented in the air to the queen and the UK people.
Several Chinook’s wrote 100 in the air.
Of course the Dutch are still grateful to the allies ,who freed us in 1945 ,among them UK pilots as well.

 

——-Thailand; The world held their breath when 12 young soccer players were missing with their trainer in caves in Thailand. The news captivated the entire world. Yesterday they were freed and scuba divers and other helpers from all over the world contributed to this fabulous rescue.
Heroes,..that’s what they are!!!!!

 

Enough cheers Ritz

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July 4, 2018

French and Spanish Nationals…2018……. USA-Sports -Class in Nephi [Utah] ….35th FAI WGC in Poland about to begin…

Filed under: Uncategorized — ritz @ 6:45 pm

——-Final day’s from the French Nationals in open class;

Ready for day 5. VERY BLUE!!!
As shared by Arne.


Montluçon-Guéret in  France were they flew these open class Nationals, had another 312 km. day last Wednesday and the same winner as the day before; Laurens [Goudriaan] . It looks he has found his “French rhythm” .
As Laurens is not French ,the daily prize was for French female pilot Anne Ducarouge  [JS 1 C 18m Evo ]  just ahead of  Stéphane Aboulin in an ASH 25, both 88 km./h.

 

Anne as daily winner after task 4.
as shared by Pôle France Planeur

Task 5 on Thursday was a bit bigger; 422 km. Another HC pilot, this time Peter [Eriksen}  from Denmark, won the 1000 points. French pilots Francis Svobodny and Laurent Aboulin were runners up but remarkable slower [96,55 km./h for 89 and 86 km./h] . In points a bigger difference; 888 and 881. Reason. Peter “found the convergence”!!!!
Laurens was the first on the list of out-landers in his 18m. JS 3.[481points for the day] .So his “found rytm” was uset again.

day 5 winner, Francis as shared by Pôle France Planeur

 

Task 6 and the last but one day, with a 3 hour AAT and the French showed they know the circumstances in their own country pretty well.Philippe [  de Péchy ] won the 1000 points; 346 km. in exact 3 hours, Denis [Guerin] the 924 and Sylvain [Gerbaud] the 891,… equal points with Arne.
The scores were very close.By winning this day Philippe passed Denis, who was first every day till now. And by …..exactly 50 points.On spot 3 Francis Svobodny, but in between 2 HC Danish pilots Arne and Peter.
BUT ,…still ONE day to go, so a lot was still possible!!!. They all would go for “the win!!!”

   

Happie chappies Arne and day 6 winner Philippe!!
as shared by Arne.

Task 7 was the cherry on the cake with a set 445.96 km. task.
What happened? Laurent Aboulin WON!!!  Speed ; 105 km./h in the ARCUS T. Overall he was 7th.
Stephane Aboulin was runner up [ 5th overall] and Philippe was 3d that says it all, he is the NEW FRENCH OPEN CLASS CHAMPION in a  21 m. JS 1 C. [6.534]
Denis [6.443]  in the same glider was 5th for the day but remains vice champion!!!
And Francis stayed on 3 for the French Nationals[5.934] !!! In between HC pilot Peter [6.116]Good on him.
A last word from Arne;
A great competition ended with old and new friends. I spoiled my overall 3rd place and 1.st place in the 18 class by pushing too hard on a otherwise strong day as we pushed over the forests to the north where it suddenly got very weak. The jet worked just fine and took me to the nearest 2m/s to 2.300m…. My mistake and nothing else. But what great training for the Worlds in 3 weeks.”

Well done, great comps, congrat’s to ALL.

The champion ,vice champion and number 3 and HC pilot Peter Eriksen .
As shared by Philippe .

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——Final day’s from the Spanish Nationals;
Another small task in La Cerdanya on Wednesday. 2 hour AAT for open, 1.45 AAT for 15 m. and a set task from 122 km. for club. At least they flew!!!
Robert Pratt won in open class 256 km in time 2.02. Lukasz Wojcik in the Diana 3 was runner up. Total points in this class after 4 tasks 2693  for Robert,… that say’s enough about the weather.
They did not fly on the next 2 day’s , a pity as Spain normally ALWAYS has good weather.
In 15 m there are 4 pilots with over 2000 points after 5 tasks and in club the overall score after 5 day’s was 1.236 points.
Open had one reasonable good last day with 302 km. won by Serge Leclercq in the Nimbus 4DM. This made him the new Spanish champion in Open Class with 3.402 points.
Robert who is French had 3.555 points so he was the winner.
In the end 5 out of 8 day’s as the last day [Saturday] had better weather and showed a 1.45 AAT for club, 280 km for 15 m and 335 for open.
4 From 12 finished in open, some pretty close after 287 km .

In Club Frederic Crespo Nomen won in an ASK 21; 1,236 points.
In 15 m. Jorge Arias Riera is the new champion with 2.914 points. Italian pilot Aldo Cernezzi [DG 600] was runner up with 2.856 just a tad better , 10 points, as the vice champion Aldo Rodriguez [ASW 20]

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———USA;|
43 from the 50 flights on page 1 from the world wide OLC on June 26, were for pilots flying in the USA.
From Parowan 5 over 1000 km flights one in an LS 6!!! One in an ASH 26 E from 942 km. The pilot , Russ Owens,  attempted and set a 1.040 km flight but, “it was getting too late to attempt final turnpoint.”
Best speed by Keith Essex with 150 km./h  over 1.183,71

Paul Remde who flew at that moment in Nephi in Utah ,where the 2018 Sports Class Nationals took place shared the next news:
We flew further East into the “Martian landscape” than I’ve ever been before. it was spectacularly beautiful, but we were glad to be at between 15,000 and 17,000 feet for most of that long leg of the flight. The cumulus clouds looked great and were reliable indicators of where to find thermals. We flew about 392 miles (630 km) and our contest task speed was 85 mph (my best). The fastest pilot and glider flew 105 mph! We continue to have a blast in one of the world’s best soaring locations. 2 more flying days to go.”

Great picture shared by Paul Remde.

24 Pilots participated in Nephi , a desert area, with mostly great conditions and they started their day 1 on June 19 with Gary Ittner [ Discus 2A] as winner; 415 km. with a speed of 93,88 km./h.
Day 2 was BLUE with light wind and Bill Gawthrop in the JS 1 C/18 m. dealt best with the circumstances; 428,78 km. with a speed of 91,38 km./h.
Day 3 was for David Leonard in the 15m ASG 29; 599 km. with a speed of 136,92 km./h.
Day 4 was described by Bruno from glider B4, in his daily bulletin , as ;”Today proved that Nephi is a pure mountain site when the lift doesn’t go up very high and its blue.  We had moderate winds from the northwest so we knew we would be able to use the western faces of the mountains to get around course.”
Another winner on day 4…… Bruno Vassel in the ASW 27 with call sign B4. Not only a good writer but a good pilot too.
Day 5 according to Bruno was “ windy, blue, clouds, fun, scary, low and high all in ONE flight.” AND ,…again another daily winner , this time young  Daniel Sazhin with an LS 3/ 15m !!!! He flew 563 km. with a speed of 102 km./h.
After 5 days there was a difference from TWO points between Gary and Daniel; 4636 and 4634 !!!
Sunday was a restday!!
Day 6;Monday June 25 started with another good day as Bruno mentioned;”with booming thermals going well up into the flight levels. ” The new week started also with another winner; Michael Marshall. Not a very good day for Gary as being 4th for the day moved him from 1 to 2, whilst Daniel with his daily runner-up-spot, was now ONE overall.
Daniel flew 428 km. with a speed of 121,83 km./h. In that LS 3!!
Day 7; Tuesday , June 26…you guessed it already another winner this time John Cochrane, in the ASH 31 MI. Gary dropped from 2 to 4 by being 19th for the day. Daniel was again runner up and still 1 overall.  He flew with a speed of 144 km./h over 645 km.
David had a good run and moved up from 4 to 2 !! Bill Gawthrop flew 809 km. that day with a speed of 145 km./h ”
His OLC comment for the day; “fast day over the desert. Good strong cu”
Day 8; With only 2 day’s to go !!!!
Bruno mentioned;”The day was predicted to have clouds and good lift in the northeast quadrant of our tasking area of the high Uinta Mountains.  The winds would be higher but manageable out of the south.  Many pilots were concerned about the aggressive task call, but our weather man stood by the models and said there would be good lift up high, a convergence line on our third leg going down south over mars landscape, and a good tailwind headed home.

It worked just as predicted.  Climbs up to 17,500 were strong and plentiful and many pilots talked about needing to do whatever it took to not bust 17.5k’ while cruising at over 100 knots on the convergence cloud street.  Pilots landed with big smiles.  An event organizer’s nirvana.”
Gary won the day but Daniel was runner up , he found it a tricky day, but flew 587 km [500 FAI triangle] with a speed of 119 km./h.,so no changes for the top 1 position, though Gary [634 with speed 127 km./h.] , moved back up to 2!!!
By the way, Daniel participated in the  US Team in 2015 as part of the Junior Worlds in Narromine, Australia.
It looks there is a bright soaring future for him. This is already his 2d National Championship win!!!!
Daniel’s OLC comment;
“Tricky day! Had a hard time getting into start position. Then my Kobo died, so whipped out my trusty Garmin and programmed it. Gaggle left and I couldn’t climb up and catch up in time. Tricky transition in the blue to the east and kept going out of the sector to get into the convergence. The convergence worked well, but was always a bit unsettling; I couldn’t maintain altitude and the band in which it was comfortable was very thin. The run up North worked out well, but dodging the TFR was stressful. Getting over the Wasatch Plateau was a challenge. The 70 mile final glide was spectacular! Thanks Aero Club Albatross for letting me take the club’s LS3 to the Sports Class Nationals.”
     
Daniel;One day daily winner but further on very consistent.As shared by the SSA
AND
Not a very warm welcoming area for an out landing.
Courtesy Paul Remde, who flew over this area on Tuesday.
His comment;”We flew further East into the “Martian landscape” than I’ve ever been before. it was spectacularly beautiful, but we were glad to be at between 15,000 and 17,000 feet for most of that long leg of the flight. The cumulus clouds looked great and were reliable indicators of where to find thermals.

Day 9; Thursday LAST day of the USA Sports Class Nationals!!!BUT NO CONTEST DAY cancelled on the grid.
So Daniel won in his [borrowed… from the Aero Club Albatross] LS 3, Gary was runner up and though David had a less good last day , being 15th he was 3d, so congratulations to them and THANK you to Bruno who finished overall as number 5 , for his fabulous wrap up’s from the day’s. Loved them!!!!!! I noticed more about Bruno. “Mr. Organization Extraordinaire…. Bruno Vassel” is what they mention him. Busy guy!!!

Daniel surrounded by Gary and David. “Youth ” in the middle”
As shared by the SSA.

   

Bruno Vassel who really has a nice style of writing and “the party is over  ” but the dinner party is on.
As shared by the SSA
all pictures courtesy Leigh [Zimmermann].

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——-Not far from where live, is the popular and lovely place Balen in Belgium. The Keiheuvel is the well known flying spot for power planes and gliders.

SUPERB weather! The Keiheuvel in Belgium as seen by Eddy.

On Thursday they had superb weather and Tijl [yes Schmelzer] and Wim Akkermans flew a 1000 from there in the Ventus 2ct/18m  and ASG 29 E/18 m. GREAT JOB guy’s!!! Also over 600 and 700 flights. St Hubert , more the Frecnh airfield in Belgium had great weather too with flights over 600 km .In Belgium it is even more difficult to fly a 1000 due to complicated for bidden zones, even more difficult than from Holland. So compliments!!!!
They flew partly, “on steam” to Germany and raced there over a 358 km.leg  and some shorter ones, over 1000 km!!!
From Terlet in Holland Jeroen [Koole] flew in a Nimbus 4DT 853 km.
Jeppe mentioned;”600km flight from the southwest to the northeast of Holland. 
Best cumulus day of 2018 by far!”
We had a great summer week with up and just over 30 dgr. C. Not bad!!!

 

——–EUROGLIDE 2018;
started with a briefing for all on Sunday evening. On Monday they could leave “like tigers out of a cage”  where they had to stay for 2 years!!!MORE than ready they all were!!!

Venlo…briefing room…
As shared by Max,Leo and Bart.

AND THEN,….it was Monday morning, after 2 years of waiting they left around noon, [ between 12.41 and 13 .50, with blue skies around 29 dgr. C and a tough N Easterly wind, for 2,354.46 km . But fabulous weather for some as they reached TP 1, South  of Rostock in the NE of Germany..

   

Ready to go as seen by Patrick Hoeve, who is part of TEAM DL.

There are 13 teams in pure gliders from 4 different countries. Each team has between 1 to 8 people.
Another group are the gliders with low turbo’s. There are 18 mostly Duo Discus’.
Another group with high turbo’s, as Nimbus 3/4 and ASH 25 and Ventus. Baer Selen, double world champion flies in this class with an  ASW-28/18E.
The last group are  the selflauncher-teams;29 In this group.
All gliders have their own  handicap.
GOOD LUCK TO ALL!!!! I know they are going to have a ball!!!!!
Day 1 was for the best pilot’s a visit to TP 1 so around 500 k. Day 2 was longer and qua weather even better. Some were at 2500 m with up to 6 m. p.s. lift in the Southern part of Germany on the way to Ostrava in the Czech Rep!!Over 750 for some even more .
The OLC say’s; Max  and Bart from the Amsterdamse in the ARCUS  909 KM !!!! Thom from Venlo/Eindhoven;894 km. in the ANTARES, Vincent from my club de ZES flew 765 in the DG 800S/18 m. and the Duo Discus from the Gelderse with Maurice and Mark;745 km.
Could they be back today?????? After they left on Monday at noon for 2.354 km.???????!!!!!!!

You can read the daily reports on www.euroglide.nl

  

Friends from Eindhoven “en route” and what do you want more “accommodation and glider on ONE spot.
as shared by Frouwke and Huib Zwart.

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———The 35th FAI WGC in Ostrow in Poland starts with unofficial practice days today!! The USA was early and made their camp ready for the pilots who arrived over the weekend. A lot of pilot’s drove through Europe either with their own glider from their own country or with a borrowed car and trailer with “glider inside”.
It’s all happening soon. It’s too complicated to write from home , so “only” updates from important things.
More teams were early as the Argentinian, USA and Danish pilots  flew already before the weekend.

As shared by the WGC organizers.

 

——- WGC’s;
Whilst Laurens flies here and there in Europe,as good practice, [ he was 7th in France ] , Oscar has arrived in Hosin, their 35 th WGC for the flapped gliders is in about 3 weeks.
Jonker Sailplanes mentioned:
The European chapter of WGC2018 started. Attie and Bossie arrived first at Hosin, and started offloading the JS3s going to Poland. Tomorrow the Hosin-Ostrow leg starts.”

Aussie team Adam and Dylan have arrived in Germany and got the Ventus 3 for Adam, which he flies at both comps so in Ostrow and in Hosin. Adam was very grateful to Benjamin [Negalis] working for Schempp-Hirth who prepared the glider!!!!

 

‘The journey is still continuing, effectively without rest. Dylan & I found ourselves picking up the company Ventus & are now enroute to Ostrow! 

This trip & timing couldn’t have happened without a huge thanks to Jitka & Petr of CZE, who drove to MUC last night to deliver the car after I missed my connections. Forever grateful, how good is the gliding community?!

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And to finish… I could finally read my digital GLIDING INTERNATIONAL again. All kinds of good news as always.
Bruce Taylor shares his Cross country techniques with the readers. ” Gliding efficiently is as much an art form as it is a science”!very interesting.
–“Sebastian Kawa explores the Pyrenees”…..The next G.P. final , organised for June 2019 from the Aeroclub
La Cerdanya is in the Eastern Pyrenees. Good reading.
Sebastian starts with :”Gliding Grand Prix have become the most sophisticated form of any gliding competition.”
–the 40thiest GPS anniversary , but the under tone …..unit’s and software program’s are becoming too expensive.
–explaining how winglet’s really work..”They are not as new as you might think”.
–lot’s of other news we all should know….enjoy the JULY-AUGUST ISSUE of Gliding International!

More next week, hot here, feels as if I am in Australia, which is GOOD.
Unofficial training , with fabulous weather, is over now in Ostrow…. it’s about to begin……. the 35th WGC.
HUGE EVENT for our Glider World.

 

As shared by the organizers.
cheers Ritz

 

June 27, 2018

Exciting Italian SGP…Spanish and French Nationals…EUROGLIDE; start in a few day’s …..

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Last Thursday, our astronomical summer started and we had on this side of the world the longest day.
Last Wednesday we had 28 dgr.C.,  a day later only 18.!!!But fabulous clouds and a strong wind from the NW bringing in some “polair” air  and through the years I found out, that’s  great for soaring; in the evening I looked for long goal flights but, though it was the longest day …for thermals it was not long enough here in Holland due to overcast.
John Williams however, flying from Kinross in Scotland flew 829 km. with some wave just under 3000 m. MSL.[Antares 20]BUT,…..a some more pilots “used” the air and flew far…
What about Andy [Aveling] and Garry [Coppin] flying their ARCUS T over 1.135 km. from Lasham and Roy [Pentecost] in the ASG 29 E, also from Lasham 750 km.
Daan [Spruyt] from Belgium  with 795 km. in the ASW 27 and then NOT using our European air ,but USA clouds just over 1000 km for Keith Essex [ASG 32 MI] from Minden [151 km./h] and John Good flying from Montrose with a mate in the ARCUS M; 147 km./h..

Later I found out that more UK pilots did well. They use their own NATIONAL LADDER to share their flights;
“British Gliding Team members topped the scores on Thursday 21st – Russell Cheetham’s awesome 1003k at 107kph for 6562 points, and on Friday 22nd – Liz Sparrow flying 613k in her Standard Cirrus at 87kph for 5905 points closely followed by Finn Sleigh and the Libelle at 82kph for 5819. Epic days, epic flights!

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VARESE….Italian SGP;

Interesting start,….shared by the organizers.

It was a cloudy morning last Wednesday in Varese when I left you and a lovely evening with a BBQ.
What happened that day?
race 4; It turned out a French day with Diedier [Hauss] and Gilles [Navas] on top for the 10 and 8 points. Peter was 3d and still leads after 4 days with 34 points.
All finished in one big gaggle/bunch; the first 8 between 117 km./h as best and 113 km/h.
” It was a real race all the time ” is what Didier mentioned with a big smile straight after the flight, when Margo [Acquaderni and A[eroclub] C[lub] A[dele] O[ rsi] President]] interviewed him “we were very tight all the time. How I managed to win in the end I don’t know , I made a better final glide, began more direct and earlier”
Gilles is for the first time in Varese. He found the flight difficult, he struggled quite a lot. Just before the finish he had “2.7 m “and was able to catch the rest.On the last 4 km,he passed Peter with higher speed, but was not able to catch Didier.

   

Looks good!!!!!
As shared by the organizers.

 

Race 5; “Weather situation is quite weak, we need 27 C° to get thermals but if the temperatures rises to much there is a very high risk of thunderstorms, that’s why the task setter has decided to give 193,3 km task in the pedemont again.Takes off at 13:30
After a wonderful BBQ we are here again ready to start day 5 !
A thunderstorm passed last night and the airmass looks still quite humid.”
Messages from Thursday morning, so another day in Varese-paradise.
I was waiting for Mike [Young] to step up the podium and that happened today!!Winner with 10 points, in the VENTUS 3G  with a speed of 104.8 km./h. Just a tad faster as Peter with 104.6; the difference for such a small margin is 2 points.
Mike was upfront all the way and “felt”  the racers behind him. He kept pushing and pushing but then,…had to find a thermal at 750 m. He praised the VENTUS 3, ABSOLUTELY FANTASTIC, as even on low height it helps you out. He saw the others coming closer and closer but  just made it in first on the correct finish height.From 15 Tilo was 13th [ including 43 sec penalty for finishing a bit too low] , so not such a good day for him.

Day 5 winners, Mike, Peter and Gilles
As shared by the organizers.

Race ; CANCELLED.

as shared by the organizers

Windy day  in Varese !But they tried HARD !!!!
One but last race! On top Peter with 42 points followed by Thomas with 34 and a max of 21 points in 2 day’s to gain.

At the briefing the meteo man showed that the wind situation for the flight is very nice, even if a bit different from usual.
The wind on the ground has increased from the East and makes take off very difficult at the moment.”

 

The organizers shared this map/picture to show the wind.

    

Gliders at the back of the grid/grass, ready for the launch at 1 PM..
As shared by the organizers.

“Ready to take off the wind started blowing from the wrong side again, so the director decided to cancel the day.

Last day race 6;

as shared by the organizers.

Last race for the Varese QGP.
After the strong north easterly wind that forbid yesterday take off, today we expect good weather for the final shot that will be played by our competitors.

   

Great looking last day in Varese.
As shared by the organizers.

Race 6 started at 1.35 PM.
You would not expect big changes in the top. But spot 3 changed “hands” .
How come ?
Gilles won the last day….11 points in the pocket!!!!! AND…he went up from 20 to 31 points, meaning 3d place!!!
Gilles found the first leg , direction East,difficult, Peter even more difficult , he got in deep shit, got low , made some strategical mistakes but got the gaggle again and finished 5th for the day.
After 6 races Peter was the clear winner with 42 points. Well done!!!
Runner up for the last day and the SGP….Thomas with 42 points. Mike who had 20 points, as had Gilles, got 7 for the last day, just not enough to be on the podium.27 points and Didier had 28!!!
So,………Peter and Thomas can book a trip to Cerdanya for the 9th world final in Spain.[1 Jun-8 Jun, 2019]

The Varese toppers/heroes,  both pilots and organizers.
Shared by the organizers.

In 2 weeks 12 pilots fly to be the best in the next QSGP in  Germany in Musbach among them 1 Polish and 1 French pilot and Laurens [Goudriaan from South Africa] in a JS 3.

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Swiss Nationals. 7/8 day’s out of 9 !!!
The Swiss Nationals were flown between June 16 and 24 , with 39 competitors in 2 classes, mixed 15 m and mixed open.
They had pretty good weather and the mixed open pilots flew every day with strong [368 and 410 km.]  tasks.
17 in this class and on day 1 only 5 of them flew the 315km. set task and that straight away had an impact. Gabriel Rossier [ ASH 31 Mi/21m] won the day and was the best on 3 other day’s as well.” In ” at day 1 as well; Thomas Sütterlin in ASH 25 EB 28 and Yves Gerster in a DG 400/17m.
The out-landers lost 500 points on this day and after 7/8 out of 9 day’s, the last day was cancelled]  the 3 best from day 1 were in the final top 3; 1. Gabriel with 5,329…2. Yves with 5,219…3. Thomas with 4,720.

In 15 m. David Leemann won day 1 in an LS 8. Day 2 and the last day were cancelled in this class . He also won task 5 [255 km.] and 6 [329 km.]  AND won the comps so he was CHAMPION in the open 15m class with 5,084 points.
Only 2 pilots could stay close; Peter Keller. He won task 7 and was overall runner up with 4,888 points.
German pilot Lukas Blattmann [LS 8A]  was 3d with 4,790 points.He won the last flying day ,1000 points, and flew during a 3.45 AAT a distance from 387.90 km. in time 3.45,53 !!!! Good on him.

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EUROGLIDE:

“Euroglide is the biennial gliding race over more than 2000 kilometres through Europe, organised by the Venlo Eindhoven aero club in Venlo, The Netherlands.”
Starting on Monday July 2 till July 13. But no worries if you are back in 3 or 4 day’s!!!This year’s race is around 2350 km.
Last preparations in full swing. With a race like this the preparations and PRE-FUN- are as important. Will keep you informed.

EG 2018 maps as shared by Bas.

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Next week more about the Spanish [3 classes,…. club ,15 m and open from La Cerdanya] ] and the French Nationals for 18 m ./ open class.Both started this weekend [23 and 24 ]and continue till the 30thiest!!
The French Nationals had already 3 day’s out of 3.
16 Pilots plus 3 HC pilots fly from Montluçon-Guéret; Arne and Peter from Denmark and Laurens from South Africa.
Arne won day 1 with 326 km.  and only 6 finishers.For the French Nationals spot 1 was for Denis Guerin, followed by Philippe de Péchy and Stéphane Aboulin.
Peter [ASG 29 /18 m] won day 2 with 343 km.,  so the Danish pilots are doing VERY well in France. Though Arne lost 315 points by being 10th.
By the way Laurens [JS 3 /18 m] was runner up , so both HC. Looking for the Nationals Gerard Lherm was the best , followed by Laurent Aboulin and Sylvain Gerbaud.
Day 3  yesterday, ,with a 3 hour AAT,  was a prey for Laurens who flew 246 km in time 2.57,19. Denis won the day for the French Nationals with 263 km in time  3.08. Lherm had a bad day in the EB 29D; outlanding after 168 km. Guess virtual.
More next week!!

Arne’s  18 m. JS 3 as shared by him.

La Cerdanya has till now 3 out of 4 days for all 3 classes.
In club all tasks under 200 km and in 15 m. 3 AAT’s from 2.15  and 2x 1.45 .Frederic Crespo Nomen leads after 3 day’s in an ASK 21 and a total of 944 points!!!!! That say’a lot.
In 15 m. 2 from 3 day’s have been won by Aldo Rodriguez. In this class 4 Spanish and 5 HC pilots.
Open 2.45 and 2x 2 hour AAT’s. So not yet the real Spanish soaring conditions.Also here HC “foreigners” ,and one of them Robert Pratt from France in ASG 29 , won day 1.
Yesterday 3 HC pilots in the top; Lukasz Wojcik [Poland] in the Diana 3 , Gintas Zube [Lithuania] in the ASG 29 and Robert. Robert leads overall , after 3 day’s with 100 points over Spanish pilot Serge LECLERCQ in the Nimbus 4.
The latest next week.

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AND looking forward to the 35th FAI World Gliding Championships in Club, Standard and 15-metre classes. Championships begin on 7th July at 19:00 in Ostrów Wielkopolski. The contest will take place until 22th July.
29 Countries participate with 49 in Club class among them the current WORLD CHAMPION Jan Rothardt from Germany.
42 In 15 m. ,with title-defender Sebastian Kawa in GP-15 and 47 in Standard class among them Louis Bouderlique who defends his title.

Cheers Ritz

To finish a great picture by Sophie Mahieu shared by L’album de Mamz’ailes SoFi and Planeur Glider

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Fabulous colors from the Pic [top of the- ]  de Morgon and the lac [Lake of-]de Serre-Ponçon.
Courtesy Sophie Mahieu.

June 20, 2018

Rayskala Masters….Italian SGP…..

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Back on track ;
After a lovely week with my high-school- friends,with lot’s of walking ,talking and biking [poor me …with bft 5 a distance of 17 km.through open fields close to the sea against the wind…..BUT I arrived home safely PURE on willpower.],  it’s time to look back at what is happening in our world and what has happened in short.
Miss a bit out on time, as I was in terrible pain the last day’s, due to an attack of kidney-stones. Never had them before but knowing ALL about gall-colic’s/ stones, I knew straight away the verdict from my doctor;  so I will do my best to inform you as much as possible.

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Rayskala MASTERS in Finland;

 a “typical Rayskala ” finish 12- picture , this time from Boerje in the VENTUS 3 over the lake
Courtesy  Katja [Soikkeli] .

 Always loved and still love Rayskala with the lovely people, fabulous over-the-lake-finishes and not to forget the  camping in the wood and the sauna with the ice cold lake afterwards to dive in.

On the last day [6 out of 8] the PR message for the 45 pilots in 3 classes ,was;
Saturday 16th June 2018
Last briefing, the weather is looking really good and giving us 2000m cloudbase. Towings at 11:15. Racing tasks for all classes (Club 300 km, Racing 500 km, Open 530 km)

They then had already 5 out of 7 day’s so Rayskala “performed” again on high level with tasks up to over 500 km.
Club class; On day 1 only 2 pilots finished the 2.30 AAT and some nearly did so.
Sakari Pyörre was one of the finishers in his LS 7 , did well on day 2 too, but “missed” out on day 3 with an out-landing.He won day 5 again with 1000 points so that helps, AND the last day 302 km with a speed of 115 km./h., which was 15 km. faster than the runner up that day, but in the end he was 3d with 4.704 points.
Winner;Kimmo Pulkki in LS 1-f with 4.907 and runner up Juha Vainikka in St Jantar 3 with 4.885 points.
9 pilots in this class!!!!3 Finnish winners and NATIONAL champions!!!!!
By the way,…last Sunday Sakari flew from Rayskala 762 km. in an 18m/LS 8. Good on him he was not yet ready with gliding after 6 good day’s of competition.That’s the spirit!!!

Racing class ; 7 from 13 finished on day 1 and the winner was Aku Jaakkola. I met Jaku at several comps,… a real nice young man. On the last day he won the 499. 96 km task with a speed of 126 km./h.
Jan Ola Nordt was a tad faster but flies HC as he and his mate …both in Discus 2 T… Richard Swanson are from Sweden.
After 6 day’s the top scores were CLOSE; Richard 5.694 and Juha Sorri as Finnish winner 5.679.Jan Ola was 3d but HC with 5.618.
The Finnish National titles;
1.Juha Sorri in Discus  and on spot 2 Harri Hirvola in Ventus 2A and Aku was 3d 

open class; had 3 HC winners Wolfgang Janowitsch,[Ventus 3]  Borje Eriksson [Ventus 3] and Peter Johansson [ASG 29 E] ; 5.745…5.451 and 5.305.
Wolfgang won 2 day’s and was runner up on 2.
Task 4 a a 3.30 AAT was won by Olli Teronen; 477 km in time 3.34 so a speed of 133 km./h. Wolfgang was runner up with 486 km. in time 3.35[speed 135.18 km./h.]
The 530 km task on the last day was won by Swedish pilot Markus Ganev in the ARCUS M;131.96 km./h. AND, with
equal 1000 points by Olli, who flew the ARCUS E around with 130.77 km./h.
The Finnish Nationals;
1.Antti Lehto in Ventus-2cxaFES. 2.Olli Teronen in ARCUS E
 3.Martti Koivula in LS 10st.

Picture shared by Teemu.

Congratulations for the winners from the MASTERS and the Finnish Nationals.
Katja made some great pictures from the winners in the 3 classes, but with the new privacy- law I am not sure if I can share them without asking permission from all AT the picture. Try to find out how it works for blog writers. If somebody knows, please let me know!!!
I presume that when ORGANIZERS share pictures on FB I can share them too for those without FB .

Courtesy Pekka Ylipaavalaniemi and shared by the FAI World Air Sports Federation with the message
Yesterday at the Räyskälä Masters the pilots got to experience the legendary finish 12 over the lake, to the delight of the competitors and the spectators alike .”

ONE MORE……because they are so beautiful……because they bring back good memories…. because of  Katja who takes great pictures.

 

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Italian SGP from VARESE;

ready to go on Sunday for race 1.
As shared by the organizers

With only 3 day’s,the French SGP was very unlucky with the weather. Louis Bouderlique from France won day 1 and Dutch mate Peter Millenaar won day 3;  both had 17 points and were the winners.Max Seis [France]  had only ONE point less.
Straight after,…… the “circus” went to Italy for the Italian SGP at Varese from Aero Club Adele Orsi Acao.
Last Saturday they started with 15 pilots, some of the REAL toppers with a practice day [231 km.] won by French pilot Didier Hauss,with 107 km./h. [JS 1C]  followed by Thomas Gostner[ Italy..Ventus 3] and Peter Hartmann [ Austria JS 1/18m.] and Luciano Avanzini,[ Ventus 3,Mike Young, [UK] Tilo Holighaus [Ventus 3] and Alberto Sironi [ASG 29 E/18m]
RACE 1; “High clouds coverage forecasted: let’s see if at the take off time (13:00) the task that has been set will be confirmed .” was the message for the first race.
298.9 km. was set for the pilots and Austrian topper Peter  won the first 9 points. He knows the Italian skies and mountains as the best. Mike  was runner up followed by Thomas, Tilo ,Gilles and Alberto. Didier got 2 points and Ugo ]Pavesi] 1.

RACE 1 winners.
Shared by the organizers.

Race 2;” The sun is shining this morning after the thunderstorm of last night.
290 km. was set for the pilots.
Thomas in the Ventus 3 was the fastest, though the speed was “only” 85.5 km./h. [10 points] A tad slower was Peter for 8 points.

The final stage of the race was exciting with 3 gliders finishing very close.” Exciting as never,  “, was what Thomas had to say. He, Didier and Peter were at the same altitude and more or less to his astonishment Thomas won the day. He was the best “chaser” is what Peter mentioned with a laugh.
The weather was pretty difficult .

Thomas ,Peter and Didier….finishing in about the same time!!!!
As shared by the organizers!!

Race 3 had”gorgeous weather” and 169 km. was set. I told you already that Austrian pilot Peter Hartmann feels at home in Italy. He won AGAIN; 10 points . He was followed by Tilo and Thomas both racers and from Tilo I knbow that he loves SGP-soaring. 27 points now for Peter and 23 for Thomas whilst Tilo has 13 now.

race 3 winners
Shared by the organizers.

4 Races to go.
Today ;”Good morning from a cloudy Varese this morning.
Pilots are preparing their gliders !
The forecast is for the sky to clear up in the next hours.”

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——–Slovenian Nationals.
David Tansek shared some great pictures on FB last week, from the Slovenian national comps in Lesce partly flown over the Slovenian Alps.
“Flying in hills in substandard weather at that time, shows a lot of brave and enthusiastic competitors to dare the rocks.
Magnificent photos under such adverse weather conditions.” I totally agree.


Thanks to David for sharing these pictures.

The Benalla Junior World Champion Matthew Scutter from Australia flew these comps and after being runner up on the last day he dropped to 4 due to an out landing on the last day. You can read his full story on
Matthew Scutter’s Gliding

I share his last day with you;
Slovenian Nationals finished – 4th place down from 2nd after my outlanding on the penultimate day. Turns out club class gliders shot the glide from below where I decided I needed to deviate to climb towards my eventual outlanding – I’ve picked up ridge flying and mountain thermal flying without any problems, but anabatic lift flying, in particular relying on it to pickup glide through difficult valleys still eludes me.
Final day was challenging with thick mid-level cloud covering the first and last quarters of the task, suffocating convection. It caused me real difficulty without long wings to glide through it, and I ended up waiting on a ridge in a valley breeze for an hour at 300m until some sunlight broke through to get me home just in time for the final dinner (without finishing the task, not that many others did…)
Hope to return again in the future, it’s a great place to fly with very diverse conditions.
Time for 2 weeks of glider tuning before WGC PL.”

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—–South Africa in winter!!
Great and interesting flight from Sven [Olivier] ….603 km. in winter from Worcester in his JS 1B. With a take-off at dawn he shared a picture impression.
Thank you to Cape Town ATC, they were most accommodating .
“Launched shortly after dawn – immediately had a battery problem  ATC was most accommodating – a large portion of the flight was spent in the TMA! Fell out of the sky twice – scraped away in the Hex river valley the first time, and climbed rotor in the second time – averager was at 10.2 m/s for a while (down when I fell down and up – climbing the rotor) 
Landed with 3h30 daylight remaining and improving conditions (low battery and running out or turnpoints)”

Villiersdorp and Theewaterskloof

 

False Bay                              Matroosberg

Touwsrivier
As shared by Sven

By the way, …Allan Barnes flew that Sunday 336 km. in an LS 1-f from Lake Keepit….. winter down under is not bad either.

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More news next week, cheers Ritz
To finish another fabulous/spectacular  finish-picture from Dutch photographer ARJAN VRIEZE at Terlet.

 

 

 

 

June 6, 2018

Ostrow Glide 2018 !Swedish FAI SGP and French FAI SGP!OMK at Terlet!

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Picture shared by organizers.

OstrowGlide 2018 /Polish 15m. Nationals;
Last Wednesday was a short but superfast day/window!!
Club; 1.30 AAT flown with a speed of 119.17 km./h. by Tomasz Rubaj in the SZD 55. Runner up in the same glider Jakub Barszcz ,but a tad slower; 118.65 km./h.
All 40 pilots who started finished as well.
15 m;1.15 AAT; Polish pilot Marek Herbreder [LS 8] started as one of the last at 14.25 and flew 174 km in time 1.14,19; speed 139.23 km./h.
Even faster was the runner up on spot 2; Lukasz Grabowski [Diana 2] flew 194,87 km in time 1.22 so a speed of 142,15 km./h.!!!

Thursday last day of this “bloody” hot month of Mai.The hottest and wettest ever!!!
Club….2.45 AAT; 320.55 km. in time 2.46.55 was the best and the pilot was ” good old” Stanislaw Wujczak !!! A big bunch started straight at 13.04. From 40 , 37 finished, but the later starters needed more time.
15 m….3.15 AAT; Adam Czeladzki in the DUO DISCUS XLT won the day with 414.28 km. in time 3.24,50. Good on him and for those who don’t know,… Adam moves in  a wheelchair, but it did not stop him to fly!!!!Chapeau!
Lukasz Błaszczyk was runner up.

   

Adam and co pilot Fernando [15 m] and Stanislaw [club].
As shared by the organizers.

On Friday JUNE 1 , start of the meteorological summer here, with dramatic loads of rain, there they started with day 7 out of 9 in  club and day 6 [they cancelled in the end task 3 to have equal chances for all , due to an unexpected  change in the task by a tower] in 15 m.!
Club….2.30 AAT; 4 St Jantar’s in the top 4 and 279 km. in time 2.37 was the best daily result. No changes in the overall top so everything went well for the “toppers”, Tomasz, Jakub and Marek.
15 m….313 km; Great day for team France in the ARCUS T. Eric [Napoleon] and Amelie [Audier] flew 276 km. and that’s how close they reached the 313 set km.Adam and Lukasz G. were runner up with 250 km.

    

Today’s weather-en-route, as shared by Per.

AND

the daily French winners Eric and Amelie
as shared by the organizers.

Final conclusion from the Swedish team;”We have had one week of beautiful weather. So far has it been 7 days out of 8 and with reasonably long tasks. Tomorrow will it rain so the competition is over for this time. We have learned a lot about the local conditions, hopefully can we use this new insight at the WGC.”
Rain on Saturday so,Friday-evening- dinner from the Swedish and  French team together,  to finish this practice -period ….unfortunately  no last day of soaring for Club class. But the scores were pretty clear already.

Last-day-weather, as shared by Per.

Final scores in CLUB class;
1.Tomasz Rubaj in SZD 55 with 5,626 points.
2. Jakub Barszcz also in the SZD 55 with 5,463.
3. Marek Sawczuk in ASW 20 f with 5,244 points.

15 m….Task 8:They squeezed out another day for 15 m. class! Unbelievable is n’t it ,when you look at the skies!!!
1.15 AAT; AND,…..16 pilots did fly, even the USA pilot in the ASW 27, Timothy.He flew around with 65 km./h over 111 km . for 147 points, but this is PRACTICE for him with capital letters!!!
Winners; Eric and Amelie….150 km. with a speed of 112 km./h. This kept them on spot 5 overall.[4.766]
Both classes had 7 valid day’s now.

Final scores and 15 m. Polish champions; And here we are again……..2 Lucaszes…
1. Lukasz Grabowski in Diana 2 with 5.072 points.
2. Lukasz Błaszczyk in Diana 2 a with 5.031  points.
3. Piotr Jarysz in ASG 29 with 4,893 points.
Not far behind so pretty close final scores in this class at  4 Mateusz Siodloczek in Discus 2A with 4,844 points

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——–“A-last -minute” Change of venue for the 35th World Gliding Championships in the Open, 18m, and 20m Classes…..
Is a logistical nightmare for many!!!! For organizers, even when they are the same people, who must have been nearly ready for Pribam, but even more for TC’s, who had hoped to have organized accommodation, car’s, trailers etc for their teams a year or more ahead, in the Pribam-area and all in vain.
A TOO late call in my opinion. When the field in Pribam IS not big enough for 90 gliders now,…. it was not big enough either on the moment from the bid!!!!!
AND,…what about my club the ZES??? They booked the field HOSIN, for their summer soaring holiday!!!! Not easy to find something else so quick.
May I just say…..STUPID !!!!!

 

——–South African team at the WGC’s;
The teams for Poland and Czech:

Poland
15m class: Attie & Uys Jonker
Std class: Nico le Roux & Dolf Pretorius
Team Captain: Stephan van den Berg
Crew: AP Kotze, Bossie Bosman, Nicky Oberhofer, Martin Lessle

Czech Republic
18m class: Oscar & Laurens Goudriaan
Open class: Uys Jonker & AP Kotze
Team Captain: Carol Clifford
Crew: Jason Adriaan, Rowan Hill, Hendrik Wijnmaalen, Julian

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THE UK

In case you missed the publication elsewhere, the British Team selection for the 35th FAI WGC 2018 is;
Poland

Club Class – Tim Fletcher, G Dale
Standard Class – Howard Jones, Dave Bromley
15m Class – Tim Scott, Derren Francis
Team Captain – Werner Stroud
Crews – The ‘usual’ suspects will reveal themselves in due course……

Czech Republic

20m Multi-Seat Class – Steve Jones/Gary Coppin
18m Class – Mike Young, Russell Cheetham
Open Class – Andy Davis, Peter Harvey
Team Captain – Graham Garnett
Crews – The ‘usual’ suspects will reveal themselves in due course…….. Baldrick will be in attendance I am reliably informed!

It getting closer now and so excitement levels are increasing!

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——–Swedish FAI SGP;
Boras continued on Wednesday with race 3 from 344.72 km. With a speed of 121.08 km./h Jon Gatfield did well and received 8 points.
Winner from the day before, David Gustavsson, in the LAK 17 did NOT start!!! He mentioned earlier how good the VENTUS 3 climbs!!!
Race 4 with 153 km. [ a very blue and hot day] , had an international top. Peter Cutting from Sweden won the day and the 7 points.5 Points for UK pilot Jon and and 4 and 3 for the German pilots Christoph and Stephan.
Bad day for Boerje and David violating the airspace , so “outlanding” after 23 km.
8 Pilots and 6 times penalties!!!
Race 5; 230 km. with a late start at 15.15 . The VENTUS 3 with Boerje in it, won the 9 daily points. This brings him on a runner up spot behind Jon [22]  with one day to go;20 points and 18 for Christoph and Peter, so possibilities enough for these men. It was another blue , hot day, so gaggles,….”the gaggle wins on day’s like this ” and then “trying to push away from them” for “private” final glides.
Race 6; is” the cherry on the cake” with 378 km !!!! Quite a lot for a GP.
with a speed of 137.8 km./h. Boerje raced over the circuit to win another day AND the Swedish FAI SGP.
A total of 31 points for him in the new Ventus 3.
Runner up with 26 points and also runner up for the day, Christoph. Not far behind Jon with 25 points.
Not too bad  weather as the “slowest” pilot for the day flew around with 122 km./h on the clock!!!
Stefan Langer was the only one who flew and finished all 6 races and got points on those day’s!!!

As shared by the organizers.

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——-FRENCH FAI SGP ;

Last Sunday this French FAI SGP started for the 4th time from Rennes  Saint Sulpice in Bretagne, with some very good pilots. Among them 2 Dutch, the fresh new DUTCH open class champion Peter Millenaar [JS 3 ,I read this glider is for the first time in France!!] and many-times-WGC pilot, Jeroen Verkuijl.
Nearly all French pilots flying in the GP are toppers, so too many to call and from the UK Russell Cheetham is for sure a topper as is Gary Stingmore.
2 Spanish participants [AND a Spanish jury president, Angel Casado] and 1 from Belgium, from Slovenia and Switzerland.

practice day 2….ready to go…..
As shared by the organizers.

June 1 had a practice day from 119 km. and June 2 another practice day with 149 km. [9 from 19 flew the task ,best speed 120 km./h.] BUT it all started on Sunday with 2 JS 3 JET’s and one VENTUS 3 and 1 Ventus Cxt…..7 JS 1 variations …6 ASG 29 variations….and 2 LAK variations.
RACE 1; Exciting race , short 121 km, [because of expected thunderstorms later in the day ]and won by current world champion in standard class, Louis Bouderlique in the VENTUS 3 with about the same speed  as Maximilian Seis [JS 1 EVO] who was runner up [115,7 for 115,3 km./h. for 10 and 8 points]
My Dutch mates did well Peter [JS 3] was 3d and Jeroen [JS 1C Evo Jet] 4th [ 7 and 6 points]

The magic VENTUS 3, first race winner, As shared by the organizers.

Nice presents!!!
As shared by the organizers.

Race 2; Another short …105 km….tricky day. Overcast and a bit of early-morning-rain  in Rennes, but hope for a day of soaring. Regatta start at 15.35.
BUT,….then the news from the organizers.
What a day ! The rains stopped at 12:30. Gliders were rigged then launched at 15:35 for a 102km race.
The organisation sent a Dynamic to the eastern point during the task to be sure there was no danger. But the two last control points were impossible to reach, despite pilots were waiting at 1000m that the heay rain moved.
Finally the task has been cancelled to avoid any risk. Only three pilots are outlanded : V and E1 in almost the same field and 1L safely on Redon airport.
Congratulations to all pilots for their safe and sport behavior.
The International Party will start at 20:00.”

Day 2 weather as shared by the organizers. No points , 3 out-landings but the International party “made” the day.

Race 3;They tried again.Small task and late start; but,….in the end the day had to be scrubbed!!!

Pilots and crews……”Angry” at the weather-gods?????
As shared by the organizers.

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—–The Dutch Open Military Championships at Terlet;

A WOW-factor finish/picture at the OMK on June 4. Typical Bas Seijffert-finish in the JS 1.
Courtesy Arjan Vrieze.
When I asked Arjan how the hell it was possible to take such a picture, he mentioned that he prepares VERY well before he takes the pictures. He knows the circuit of the finishing gliders, takes a ground- set and I-pad with Flight Radar. Also 2 ladies who help him  spotting the gliders. He has 2 professional camera’s with lenses. This fabulous picture was made with a 30 megapixel full frame camerawith a 500/4.0 lense on iso 400 and shutter speed of 1/1600. All pictures are in RAW.

 

Lot’s of pilots [59] again at Terlet for an always happy and interesting competition, between “old”  and “young” and experienced and novices.
17 in club, 13 in combi, 15 in the 20 m./2 seaterclass and 14 in 18m./open.
Monday was the first day and it took a while but in the end there was a window to fly in. No worries as ,whilst waiting the military helicopters [guess from Deelen] came to say hello and that looked pretty spectacular on the video!
First starters left around 4 PM with the B-tasks and only 2 classes up in the air!!!
2 seaters;150 km and Lizzy van Someren one of the young female talents flew the Duo Discus XL over 119 km and that was the best result, shared with the Hiemstra family from Friesland ;both 145 points.
open;161 km and 2 finishers Bas [Seijffert] and Sikko [Vermeer] . Some were only 10k out.

 

Another WOW factor picture, you can clearly see Reitze and Bas in the E 12 from the Gelderse.I guess they flew HC as they are not on the competitors list.
Another fabulous picture from Arjan Vrieze.

Task 2; It took quite a while before the ” milky stuff” disappeared, it hung all over Holland. In the end it ha[ppened and it turned out a rather good day with lot’s of finishers!!
Club 188 km; 71 km./h for Maurits Hebels in the St Cirrus followed by junior and vice JWGC champion Robin Smit with 67.91 km./h. [same glider]
Combi 183 km; top-day for the Dutch juniors all over 70 km./h. Annemiek former junior now TC was 5th.
2 seaters 177 km; Lizzy was “out” such a pity ,but the Hiemstra’s did well and won the day with 71 km./h.
open 192 km.;another Bas-day and the only one over 100 km.

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——-On June 1 Ingo turned 78!!! Still young from heart he flies and flies and flies!!! On the picture a new student for him in Tocumwal Aaron. Dundee is still there and helps out. He leaves Toc today!!!

    

HAPPY BIRTHDAY INGO!!!!
Shared by the SRGC.

 

—-Last but not least; The Rayskala Masters will be flown between June 9 and 16, BUT,…I will be on holiday then so please look for scores at ; www.soaringspot.com and for news at http://www.rayskala.fi
After record breaking warm May, temperatures dropped 10 degrees for monday June 4th. For glider pilots cold north-westerly flow means unlimited visibility, no bugs on the wings, good use for longjohns and kick-ass thermals. 3 days to go....”

Last Sunday Alexander Mueller flew from Bayreuth 1.195 km in the EB 29. I liked his comment; The EB 29 with an EDITION -wing and NO water even climbs when  only the moon shines.”
He added another 1000 on Monday.
Another 1000 from Winzeln [Germany]by Michael Schach in a Ventus 2CT [18 m.] 
Also Uli [Schwenk] in the ETA flying on Sunday from Muensingen and Alexander [Spaeth] flying from Hornberg in the 15 m. Ventus 2ax flew a 1000 that day.

CU on June 20 .So,….not next week…. it’s that time of the year again; Duke John High-school -girls week…..all over 70 now and still going strong….2 of them I know since we were 4 years old….!!!!!!
Cheers Ritz

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May 30, 2018

NK in Holland…OBGN in Belgium…SGP in Russia and in Sweden….Ostrow Glide 2018.

Filed under: Uncategorized — ritz @ 5:33 pm

DUTCH NATIONALS AT TERLET with 6 out of 12 day’s;
On Wednesday it was raining in the morning, BUT still enough to do at briefing as one of the Dutch Juniors , Jelmer Vis, received his prize for being the best in the Ventus 2A in the combi class,  the day before. Good on him.

Jelmer tells the “rest” how he did it!!! With CD Ton to the left.
They are a real nice bunch of young enthusiastic and eager pilots, as you can see.
The Dutch gliding future!!!

   

As shared by Dutch Junior Gliding Team.

      

pict 1; Happy young Chappies, Lars Groot and …..pict 2.;2 sons Thijs and Hidde of 2 dad’s Rien and Tjeerd….. both Rien and Tjeerd  fly the nationals already for years and,…also this year;
Juniors Thijs Bastiaanse and Hidde Reitsma, the new generation,  “like father like son”!!!!!
last picture as seen  by Mira van Aalst.

Unfortunately  Wednesday was cancelled. Most stayed for the day as , they knew the quality of a good BBQ in the evening. So only 2 day’s to go but it’s already more than some other years.

Thursday they carefully tried to squeeze a day out. Tasks were set ,but …in the end,  they had to scrub the day.

Task 10 on Friday LAST DAY;

as shared by the organizers.

Glorious ,but also “dangerous “looking skies, so short tasks to have atleast  another day and be back before the expected thunderstorms would arrive.
We had a nasty one here yesterday evening with loud thunder, no rain , but fire brigades racing out after the first BIG BANG.
18 m…189 km.;
Difficult day in the office and some “motored” home. Those without an engine had to go for it and the best still were the best , though Jelmer’s day was not too flash with a 5th place and a speed of 66,65 km./h BUT he was back!!!Sikko, Hans [Biesters] and Steven formed the last daily top 3. So the DUTCH CHAMPION is STEVEN RAIMOND, with 4.392 points . He won 4 day’s !! Silver was ready for Sikko ,who won the last 2 day’s[!!]; 4.204 and for the bronze with 3.585 points , the 5th place was no problem for Jelmer [Wassenaar].

 

With Steven, Sikko and Jelmer . I had all 3 as TC in my team at different comps .
As shared by the organizers.

open…185 km.;
7 from 10 finished and Ronald [ Termaat ] showed his class and won the last daily prize, his 2d this week.
Peter Millenaar is the new Dutch champion in open class. [4.416 p.] Peter was 4th on the last day but  he won 3 days and was runner up on 2 day’s.Maybe he likes the Quintus better now than the Ventus 3. We have to wait and see ,but I guess NOT!!!!
On spot 2 Ronald with 4.184 and on spot 3 Mark Wering with 3.844 points.

With Peter, Ronald and Mark.
As shared by the organizers.

combi…166 km.;
The young ones/ juniors  did well and the son’s from the father’s won the day in the Duo Discus XL! They moved from 4 to 3 so bronze for the boy’s Thijs and Hidde. [3.442]
The other junior, Lars, unfortunately was out after 72 km. and lost his 3d place overall, to drop to 4. [3.425]
Who was runner up?My former junior in the 2005 WWGC in Husbos, Robbie Seton, who had a great start by winning task 2 and 3 and by being runner up on task 7. [3.940]
And,…then the new DUTCH CHAMPION in the COMBI class!!! TEAM PETER BATENBURG/Bouma in the ARCUS T. [4.041]

With team Batenburg/Bouma on spot 1, my former junior Robbie to the left and the new upcoming juniors on the right.

The prize-giving- ceremony to honor the champions was at 8 and after,..yes PARTY TIME.
CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL !!!!

Rookies of the year; Thijs Bastiaanse and Diana Schuit.

By the way the comps ended on Friday. On Saturday they flew from Soesterberg [Aeroclub from Amsterdam] 593 km in LS 3 and 710 in ASW 22 BLE
To finish the NK,  2 great pictures from Mira van Aalst; Ronald with his finish in XT on the last day which he won.

   

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——OBGN [ Open Belgian Gliding Nationals ] from St Hubert in Belgium.
With only 2 day’s in club and combi and 3 in 18m./open, they desperately need MORE days to make it a valid competition in 2 classes.
And,..no luck on Wednesday, cancelled.
On Thursday I noticed NO GRIDDING, so another “lost” day. Such a pity!!!
BUT,……
On Friday it was UP IN THE AIR again and HOW!!!?:??
combi…434,54; Cousins Dennis and Jeroen “tackled” the big task together each in an LS 8, starting, flying and finishing together,…both 1000 points. After 3 day’s of flying there is a difference of TWO points between the cousins!
club…308,54; 2 LS 4 gliders in the top and only 3 from 8 finishing but 1000 points for Benoit  and 991 for Bernard. The 3d finisher in the LS 1d flew 5 hours and 39 minutes [speed 54,57 km./h.] 2 Pilots flew over 100 km.
18 m./open …501,89 km !!! With a early start, Pierre left in the “mighty EB 29” AND he was back first too. A great race , as the 500 km. was done by him with a speed of 110.29 km. /h.
Bert jr and Tijl were runners up with 96,59 km./h and 92,40 so quite a difference.1000 Well deserved points for Pierre.
Only 4 finishers in this class and Wim lost his 1st place overall by out-landing after 485 km.
With hopefully 2 flyable days to go the overall scores after 4 day’s in this class ;1. Bert jr ..3.032. 2. Pierre ..3.003 and 3. Wim with 2.845. 4. Tijl has exactly 100 points less.

 

Great picture from “Wild-looking boy’s” Piere and Arnaud, ready for Pribam !!!! 🇧🇪
As shared by Pierre.

Saturday; turned out to be the last day as Sunday had to be cancelled. They needed 4 day’s for a valid competition and they succeeded ,…only just……in 2 classes.
What happened on the last flying day 4 and 3 hour AAT’s, so  a GOOD day again !!!
combi…4 hour AAT;
With nearly 400 km. Daan Spruyt won the 1000 points in his ASW 27 in time 4.04,55!!! With 20 km. less, but in 4.02, the Keiheuvel mates finished ….first Jeroen ..then Dennis and Jef. Critical for the title was that Jeroen had 2 more points on the last day AND,….with the 2 points he had already ,Jeroen  is the new BELGIAN CHAMPION  in this class;3.814 points and Dennis had as runner up 3.810. Jeff followed on 3 with 3,750.
Jeroen;”The past week we flew the Belgian Nationals in Saint-Hubert, as usual together in team with Dennis. We’ve been crowned as Belgian Champions after four days of flying, the weather wasn’t always a friend but after all we can be satisfied! ”

With Jeroen in the middle, Dennis to the right and Jef to the left ,with his son Leon, a future champion!!!
Picture shared by Gitte.

club…3 hour AAT:
Pieter Lievens flew 257 km. in time 3.21 and won the last 1000 points of this OBGN in the St Cirrus. He moved from bronze to silver! [2.692]Champion in club class is Benoit Evrard in the LS 4.[30. 88] He won 2 day’s and on one day he was runner up. On the last day 3d.

Pieter Lievens as vice champion in the Belgian combi class.
as shared by Pieter.

 

18m./open…4 hour AAT;
1000 points for Francois Delfosse in the ASG 29 for 455,87 km.in time 412.51. He was followed by Tijl and Bert ,Wim and Pierre. What does that do for the the overall scores?
Bert Schmelzer jr. is the new CHAMPION flying the new VENTUS 3.[4,006]  The last day’s he took over , the overall lead from Wim. Wim had an outlanding the day before, when the toppers finished. But he could hold the 3d place!![3.817] Silver  for Pierre and Arnaud de Broqueville with 3.945. Tijl was 4th.

Belgian champion in 18m./open Bert jr.

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——FAI SGP in Usman in Russia;

As shared by the organizers.

Not the best weather there either.Only 3 races  till Friday and 4 cancelled days,so ALL hope was for Friday and Saturday the last 2 days.
BUT……Friday was cancelled too, so only Saturday to go!!!
AND,….this last race , number 3, changed the total situation.131 km was set with a regatta start at 13.45.
Petr finished on spot 8 only gaining 2 points. Not enough to keep the lead he had for 2 day’s. He finished on spot 3 overall with 11 points.
Evgeny Zlobin got the 11 points for the last day [1 point bonus] and won the SGP with 16 points.
Vladimir Radovski is the runner up with 12 points gaining 8 points on the last day.
Only 3 races were flown.
And the next FAI SGP started already last Sunday in

 

—–Boras  FAI SGP …Sweden;
They started with 9 pilots , one from the UK , 2 from Germany , one from Norway and the rest from Sweden on Mai 27 [going till June 2]
Race 1; A short yo-yo task with challenging weather. Stefan mentioned ONE  “good thermal” from 1.4.
3 of the 4 “strangers” straight away topped the scores after a very tricky day. Jon Gatfield [ASG 29ES] from the UK got the 4 points the German pilots Stefan Langer[Discus 2CT]  and Christoph Limpert [ASG 29ES] the 2 and ONE point.

Jon, Stefan and Christoph race 1 winners.
As shared by the organizers.

Race 2; 172 km. but the weather did not co-operate. Scrubbed.
Race 3; 123 km. was set AND flown by all but some got penalties. David Gustavsson in the LAK 17 “got” the 8 points and Boerje [Eriksson] as runner up 6.
Today big task; 344.72 km.
more next week.
Looking at neighbor country Norway,…they had several over 700 km. flights yesterday.

Day 2 winners; David, Boerje and Stefan.
As shared by the organizers.

 

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——OSTROW GLIDE 2018….practice before the 35TH WGC for small ships which is from July 7 till  July- 21 -2018
The Swedish and French pilots arrived already early, as always VERY serious about practice before a WGC..
Parallel with this Ostrow Glide for club class the Polish 15 m. Nationals….May 24-June 3 2018
Practice is in progress and not too bad weather;

As shared by Per Carlin from Team Sweden.

Unfortunately the”nice” weather moved away and there was no task 1 on day 1.
But then it turned in to good and better.
Club; has 41 participants and 8 ‘Foreigners” from Sweden, France and Germany.
Practice for the WGC was this day[task 1 2 hour AAT]  best done by Tomasz Rubaj; 250 km in 2.20. Only 27 from 40 finished so a tough beginning.
task 2 was 335 km and again Polish winners,Marek Sawczuk [120 km./h.] and Jakub Barszcz [115 km./h] in ASW 20 f and SZD 55 ,.Per Carlin [LS 1f] from Sweden was on 3.
Task 3  with 317 km. was also in this class tough, BUT had one finisher;Tomasz Rubaj !!!! What a hero!!!!
He needed 5 hours to come home but he DID!!!!1000 well deserved points for him.So lot’s of out-landings and the Swedish team shared some pictures.
task 4 yesterday; a big one….3.30 AAT and very ready for the WGC is Tomasz who won for the 3d time;250 km. in time 2.20.A total of 27 from 40 finished.
After 4 day’s Tomasz leads with nearly 200 points. [www.soaringspot.com]

 

     

As shared by Per from team Sweden

15 m. Nationals; 25 participants,Sebastian Kawa was on the list but did not fly his GP 15 SE.
7- Not- Polish- pilots in this class.
So task 1 on the 25th was a 2.45 AAT. Polish pilot Lukasz Błaszczyk [won the first day with 334 km in 2.46. [Discus 2A]
Task 2 was a 406.89 km. race and we all know already that Polish pilots are good and at WGC’s have a very good TC, so this practice shows another top pilot from Poland on spot 1 with 127 km./h.;I call them the Lukaszes as there are several, but winner from race 2 was Lukasz Grabowski.[Diana 2]  Like the day before , nearly all finished!!
Task 3 was another story ; 411.17 was set and NOBODY finished!! But still 1000 points for Leszek Staryszak who “nearly ” was home with 336 km.
Task 4 a 3 hour AAT was set for the pilots from the Polish 15m. Nationals. Lukasz Grabowski won the day with 297 km in time 3.09. Good to see French top-pilot and TC, Eric Napoleon on spot 3 for the day. 20 from the 24 who started,  finished.
After 4 day’s Lucasz B leads with 39 points over Lucasz G.

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——Last but not least this great picture shared by Matthew Scutter’s Gliding on April 29. The picture is made on April 28 at 21.21 in Planeurs d’Ille-et-Vilaine

Fabulous shot.

 

Matthew also shared this LAST NEWS!!!! And yes it happened before in 1990 when one year later the WGC was moved from Minden [Nevada] to Uvalde [Texas], I was involved in that one as TC and in Sweden from in 2006 when the WGC moved from Uppsala to Eskilstuna [I was the champion-editor there] BUT NEVER about a month BEFORE the WGC!!!!!

 

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Global warming;The normal average temperature in this time in the year is for Holland around 19 dgr. C.
The last day’s we had over 30 dgr. C, so tropical temperatures in Mai and,…. still spring.
With up to 54 mm of rain on one day, severe storms , code orange for wind and hail, land slides and flooded cellars and houses, the climate change is very feel-able and visible here.
They say,….we have to get used to it!!!!
Cheers Ritz

May 23, 2018

Last part of Danish Nationals….Dutch Nationals….Belgian Nationals , Russian SGP….and more.

Filed under: Uncategorized — ritz @ 6:15 pm

—-The Danish Nationals from Arnborg;

Picture courtesy Luise Bruen and shared by the organizers.

No flights on Wednesday. ……In Rayskala in Finland however, they flew over 700 km.in an LS 8T.
BUT, Thursday was another day and for sure NOT an easy one. Several classes had no finishers and those who finished did an amazing job not so much in points but still!!!
Task 8;
Standard… 193 km.; ONLY ONE finisher in this class ;Poul Kim Larsen in the Discus 2A. He leads already for 3 days the total’s and today a few more points.
The other 8 did their best but must have been stopped by the weather as they all flew between 162 and 184 km.
Club…154 km; NO finishers but also here 9 pilots flying over 100 km. Best 2 Ulrik Sørensen and Jan Andersen.331 and 320 daily points.
15 m…193 km; FOUR finishers !!!Among them Stig Øye and also here a few close by as 186 and 181 km.
18 m…2 hour AAT; TWO finishers Svend Andersen and Arne Boye-Moller with 227 km in time 2.08 and 181 km. in 2 hours AT THE DOT!!!!
The other 7 were over 100 and 3 of them over 200 km.
2-seaters…2 hour AAT; NO finishers but some good flights, one over 200 km.

Friday; No task 9..cancelled.

Saturday; Flying day again,one but last day!!!
Task 10;
Standard…280 km.flown by ALL 9 pilots!! Best was Uffe in the LS 8. Speed 112 km./h.
Club…3 hour AAT; AND,…it looks like Jan is good in AAT’s he won the day with 318.95 km. with av speed of 106,32 km,.h. 1000 points!!!Rasmus did well too as runner up.
All 13 finished!!!
15 m…2.30 AAT; Johnny Jensen and Stig flew both 261 km.in time 2.27 and 2.29 a difference in points from ONE. 800 and 799 .

Sunday; LAST DAY!!!!BIG tasks to finish the Danish Nationals!!!The Scandinavian countries had a few SUPER days. In Rayskala [Finland] flights from 892 km. Lidkoping [Sweden] with 685 km. Norway[Notodden]  with 485 and Arnborg in Denmark with 383 tasks in a competition.
Good comps they had weather-wise in Denmark!!!
Task 11;
Standard..383 km.
Poul Kim has 5.192 points and Filip 4.960. Everything is still possible!!! What happened on this last day?
Poul Kim got the 1000 points and no worries he won the Danish Nationals in this class;113.85 was his speed on this last day.His overall score was 6.192 points AND he won 3 day’s.
Filip was 3d and lost just under 150 points, But with 5.817 he stayed on spot 2.
Jan Brandt Jørgensen was runner up and moved from 4 to 3!!!![5.706] Good on him.
Club …356 km.;
Sviatoslav Roublev,Steen Elgaard and Rasmus are close and are OVER the 4000 points border. Jan won again, his 5th win !!! but his off-day keeps him from the top.
Steen was runner up and stayed on spot 2 [5.275]and Sviatlos was 3d and stayed on spot 1[ 5.593] . Overall Danish champion.[5.593]
15m …383 km.
The “final-fight” will be between Johnny [ASW 27 B] and Stig [Ventus 2ct] .Johnny is at 4.931 points and Stig overall on 4.923. Will “experience help Stig???
I don’t know but HE won the last day [speed 120,56 km./h. .and the title. He must have many already!!![5.923]
Johnny was 3d and and moved from 1 to 2.
18m/open…123 .61 km./h. was the speed over the set 444 km. and Arne flew that fast, so a deserved Danish champion and not for the first time either.[5.850]
Peter  and Henrik followed and that’s how it was for most of the last week. Henrik and Peter swapped places but the end is for Peter on spot 2  with 5.432 points and Henrik had 5.310 p.
2 seaters…384 km; The “fight” was between team Larsen/Pedersen and Hoelgaard & Andersen; BUT ….Jørgensen & Nielsen won the last day and moved from 5 to 4, where they were anyhow during most of the week;
CHAMPION in the DUO DISCUS T with 5.598 Larsen and Pedersen. Runner up in the Arcus T team Hoelgaard [5.581]

Nice competition with 8 out of 11 days !!!!

 

—–The Dutch Nationals from Terlet;

Picture courtesy Martin Smit.

Indeed after the great day here, with over 700 km flown in a Duo Discus, the weather -window was not big enough to fly task 1 on day 1.
The organization with Ton as CD, stands with several people who have done it already fore years, as Rik, Robin, Ronald and Maarten. Of course the 3 tuggies are the same as every year; Sjoerd, Daan and Bertje.
Last Wednesday ;cancelled not a flash day and quite a lot of wind.
Thursday was better still windy but tasks were set and flown.Only one “out” so a good day with task 2.
18 m. had 222 km. to fly and good old Steven Raimond [725 p] was the best followed by good old Sikko [606] and by Diana [469]on 3 good on her!!!
open had 258 km .and former junior world champion [2013] Peter Millenaar won in the Quintus. As far as I know his Ventus 3 is not yet ready,so the Quintus was a good replacement so to see.Marco Vermeer in the JS 1 was runner up.
Combi had 214 km. and Robbie Seton one of the juniors in my HUSBOS- JWGC team won the day in an LS 8a.

Friday another good day with task 3;
18 m. 321 km; again Steven and Sikko as the best. Unfortunately Diana had a bit of an off-day. She had some instrument problems started late and had to use her engine.
open 343 km and QUINTUS time again!!!With 111 km./h Peter won 1000 points !!Ronald Termaat was 3d.
combi 307 km and Robbie was in a hurry again and get’s his 2d daily winners prize. Also good…1000 points!!

Saturday cancelled !!

Sunday; After a non-flying-day ….extra motivated pilots and a nice Pentecost day in several parts of Europe , with for
18 m. class …422 km.;the same 3 top-pilots were the the top again; Steven won and added another 1000 points to his scores.Sikko and Jelmer were runner up.
Open …438 km; time to see Ronald [Termaat] in the top ,so he did. He won in the JS 1 the day with a speed of 107.22 km./h. The Quintus with Peter was runner up and Mark [Wering] who flies normally at Lasham was 3d in the JS 1 C.
Combi….364 km;Not a ‘flash’ day for Robbie he was on spot 7 for the day. Daily winner team Peter Batenburg /Bouma’ in the Arcus.

Monday; another good day and I was there with my family. Great fun to see everybody. As always a “feast of recognition”. We were early to see the starts. They had to be postponed however,  as the pretty tough wind was too cross for gliders and tugs.
No worries with the around 75 km. smaller B task ,they all went on their way and we walked around and had drinks and bites with a lot of friends, whilst the “boy’s” and Diana , as only “girl” were flying.
The rest of the weeks the weather seems to hold ,with in the weekend when they all have gone home [last day Friday]   temperatures of 30 dgr. C.
18 m…244 km; Same 3 with AGAIN Steven as daily winner. He walked to the Thermiekbel with a big smile and told us ; “Yes I won again, it seems all so easy , I really enjoy it ”
103.95 km./h was his speed the only one over 100.
open….245 km; Top spot for Mark, also with a big smile!!111,84 km./h was his daily-winning-speed  and nearly all finished.[one out]
combi….228,89 km;AND,…the ARCUS T with Peter and I guess Jens [Bouma] was the best again with 98,83 km./h.
Stunning finishes when I was there, here a few pictures from Arjan Vrieze top photographer.

Great finish by Peter in the Quintus.

Finish with Bas Seijffert.

AND 4 times daily winner till now ,Steven Rainmond

And after these fabulous pictures from ARJAN, some personal snapshots from the day; The one from Steven and Marion is SPECIALLY for Art, with their best regards.

  

  

picture 1 Steven and Marion… picture 2 field briefing to change grid.. picture 3 Diana and George with Inge and Smitje…picture 4 drinks with Max and Frida and Casper,..they drove me home in the evening. THANKS.

Tuesday; as said the weather holds but with thunderstorm-possibilities in the evening in the SE. By the way we had here, where I live in the SE, a big thunderstorm on Monday too, I could see in my garden.
18 m…200 km; task 7 and ALL finished. Small task but FAST; 119.64 km./h for Sikko who won the day. Runners up Jelmer and Hans [Biesters] . Where was Steven? On 5 this day.
open…204 km; QUINTUS-time again and Peter was in a hurry with 129 km./h for “only” 433 points.!!The next 5 places were for the JS 1C. Jaap [Horsten} was runner up with 123 km./h.
combi…176 km; Jelmer Vis one of the juniors won the day. He started last. My former junior Robbie , now father of 2, was runner up;116 and 108 km./h.

So how are the scores after 5 out of 9 day’s, with , hopefully, 3 good day’s to go;
18 m; 1.Steven..3.888 p. 2. Sikko..3.590 p. 3. Jelmer..3.160 p.
18 m./open; 1. Peter..3.896 p.2. Ronald..3.613 p. 3. Team EB 29..3.374

More next week.

 

—-The Belgian Nationals from St Hubert;

And indeed they started on the 19th with  great tasks!! St Hubert is closer to the French border than the Dutch , clearly obvious as in Holland at the NK the day was cancelled.
Not in Belgium where they flew in 3 classes with 30 pilots.
Saturday;
combi-class…376 km; The Keiheuvel-clan did well occupying the first 4 places and they were the only 4 finishing in this class. They all started early;Jef [Kell..1000 p.], Jeroen [Jennen] and  Dennis [Huybreckx]  with 999 p.and Pieter [Daems] with 996.
Club class..298 km;AND,..another Keiheuvel pilot won the day;Pieter[ Lievens ] even with a finish-height-penalty.
3 From 8 finished.
18m/open class…482 km; NO finishers but they were close!!! Again Keiheuvel pilots as Bert [Schmelzer jr in Ventus 3T] with 473 km. so pretty close and Wim [Akkermans] in ASG 29 with 451 km. AND 474 km for Pierre [de Broqueville] en the EB 29.

As shared by the CNVV. [Centre National de Vol A Voile]

Sunday;
18m./open..a 2 hour AAT;
The 2 hour AAT was won by Tijl Schmelzer. He had not the best first day, but a glorious Sunday with 248 km and a nice speed of 120 km./h. All 11 pilots finished and brother Bert was 5th.
No tasks for the other classes.

   

2 X , Bert jr in Ventus 3T and V 8 with Bruno Pieraerts in the Arcus T on tow.
as shared by the CNVV.

Monday;
combi…2.45 AAT; AND… it was a good day for Jef flying his 270 km-task in the LS 8 with a speed of 97.34 km./h. Jef is the husband from Gitte Huybreckx. Both have 2 adorable kids.
club…2 hour AAT; 151.92 km was the best distance for Benoit Evrard in time 2.06.
18 m/open…2.45 AAT; No Schmelzer today but Wim [Akkermans]  husband of Sofie Huybreckx[ with also 2 adorable kid’s] ; 315 km. in time 2.50.Bert was runner up and Pierre on spot 3 and Tijl on 5.

Tuesday; No tasks. Till now 2 day’s in the combi class, 2 in club and 3 in 18m./open,  But another nice picture;

The mighty EB 29 on tow.
As shared by the organizers.

 

 

—-FAI SGP in Russia from USMAN.
17 Pilots flew on the first day [ of 8]  , last Saturday, a 137 km race and for most of them this was too much! Only 6 finished and the best was Petr [Krejcirik] ;79.8 km./h. He and Erazem Polutnik are the only not-Russian-pilots.
They all fly in St. Jantars.

Petr as the first race winner. 7 Points.

Sunday, with race 2 they  had 137 km. on the SGP-menu. In the end the day was scrubbed so was
Monday.
Tuesday is flying again with sunny conditions. Race 2 had 116 km. and only 4 pilots finished 2 Russian , one Czech and another Russian pilot. 5 Points for the winner.
With 4 races to go Petr leads with 9 points. Evgeny Zlobin has 5 and Vladimir Radovskiy 4 points.

—–WWGC;
As said before the next WWGC will be in Lake Keepit in Australia. The next one is definite now too; Husbos in the UK. I knew they had a bid,. NOW they won it!!!
The announcement means that in August 2021 around 100 of the world’s top female pilots will race each other over two weeks from The Gliding Centre at Husbands Bosworth, Leicestershire, to decide the Women’s World Champion.”

—–Last but not least!!!

Despite challenging conditions, the first 20m Nationals wrapped up today with an official contest!
1st Place: Team KS; Karl Striedieck and Sarah Arnold
2nd Place: Team PP; Noah Reitter and Jake Barnes
3rd Place: Team QQ; JP Stewart and Piet Barber.
CONGRAT’S to ALL !!!

CU next week with more news
Cheers Ritz

May 16, 2018

Hahnweide ! Eskilstuna ! French Nationals in Bailleau ! Danish Nationals ! SORIA …the latest!!!

Filed under: Uncategorized — ritz @ 5:56 pm

——-HAHNWEIDE continued!

Hahnweide last Wednesday as seen by Philippe de Pechy.

On Wednesday the weather was sunny and pretty good again, in the end it turned out extremely good and high. So 4 more day’s to go !
Daily weather; “Finally clouds! The weather forecast looks great. We are expecting cloud bases up to 2800m in the afternoon. But we also have some spread outs during the day.”
Task 5 was set a 3.30 AAT for ALL classes !!!;
15 m.;1000 points for Howard Jones; 407,96 km. in time 3.29,43 in the Discus 2A!!!speed 116.56 km./
18 m; 478 km for Russell Cheetham in the JS 3 in time 3.35, so a nice speed of 133,13 km./h. At this stage 3 UK pilots in the overall top 3.Steve,[3.927]  Russell [3.926] and Phil [3.920]  !!!!!!!!!.
open; FAST speed by winner Markus Frank in his EB 29;141.99 km./h over 434,81 km ., that was remarkable faster than the runner Eric Bernard JS1c evo 21M]who flew around with 127.56. km./h. over 399.07 km.
2-seater;Great job from Katrin Senne;440.39 km in time 329.22. speed 125.83 km.h.

The number 1 overall on day 2 and 3 in the 2-seaterclass is the one involved in the midair. Glad all 3 survived!! One way or another parachutes are more and more important!!!!!

    

Katrin  in the 2-seater after her win  and Marcus in open after his win.

As shared by the organizers.

Thursday was a well-deserved day-off. RESTDAY !!!The weather was “crap”  for flying anyhow, though some flew local ,just for fun .
Also good for all kind of visit’s as the MERCEDES BENZ museum and the SCHEMPP-HIRTH business.

On Friday the tactical games were on again,..at least that’s what they hoped for. AAT’s were set and they waited….But in vain …a pity. The day was cancelled.

So Saturday turned out to be the last day:
We are expecting good weather conditions with cloudbase up to 2400m. In some areas of south west local showers and thunderstorms possible in the late afternoon.”
15 m;3.30 AAT;
383 km. was flown in time 3.30 at the dot. Good on you Maximilian Schaefer.
They did not start together did not finish together , but both had 1000 points; good on you Howard Jones [372 km in time 3.26] !!
Maximilian moved from a shared 3d place to a ” shared” runner up spot !!!So did Howard both had 4.936 points!!!
WHO WON ????? Robin Sittmann, who won day 2 and 4. Congratulations!!!
Tim Scott dropped from 2 to 4 and he still was 5th for the day.[4.910 ]

The HAHNWEIDE 15 m. WINNERS !!!

18 m; 3.30 AAT;
NEVER underestimate Russell, the reigning world champion in open class !! He flew on the last day the most kilometers 445 ,but he ran a bit out of time;3.46,50. But in the NEW JS  3,  he still gained 955 daily points , so he stayed on spot 1 overall with 4.882 points. GOOD !!!
The French pilots Denis Geurin [4.815] and Jean Denis Barrois [4.793] followed on spot 2 and 3. both in JS 1.
The  New VENTUS 3 with Boerje [4.779] , Steve [4.775]  and Phil Jones did well too. [4.754]

The HAHNWEIDE 2018 WINNERS.

open;3.30 AAT;
The last day was an ETA- day. Uli won with 440.90 km in time 3.38. Not enough points to win the Hahnweide but spot 6 is just GOOD!!!
Except for day 1 when Pierre and Arnaud topped the overall list, Marcus Frank [EB 29] topped the next days,  as well as the last one; so the winner with 4.995 points. Well done!!!
Also in this class he was surrounded by 2 French pilots Eric Bernard [4.718] and Phillippe de Pechy [4.716 !!] both in the JS1c evo 21M.

THE HAHNWEIDE OPEN CLASS TOPPERS.

dosi; 3 hour AAT;
Former WGC Champion Holger Karow won the last day[ 366 km.in time 3.03 ] in the ARCUS M. A day earlier he and his team mate were 2d behind Martin Theisinger overall and  now they moved to spot ONE.[5.110]
Martin lost nearly 200 points by being 14th so “dropped ” from 1 to 3 .[ 4.921] As Belgium pilot Yves Jeanmotte [ASG 32MI] was runner up on the last day he moved from a shared 6th place to spot 2. Good on him!!![4.950]
On a very good 4th place team KATRIN SENNE.

A happy bunch of 2018-WINNERS.

Next year for sure will be exciting again.Always great fun that HAHNWEIDE competition, also to follow from home.
By the way all pictures from the CHAMPIONS credit HAHNWEIDE ORGANISATION.

 

——-Bailleau NATIONALS;
The French Nationals for 15 m. standard and 2 seaters in ONE handicapped class continued.
Task 4 out of 4 was set on Wednesday ;276 km. It turned out a tough day with many air-space infringements and a total of 3 [LS 8, Ventus 2AX and ASW 27 ] of 49 finished. Winner was Adrien Henry .
Alexandre Boillot was the runner up and leads overall now after 4 day’s.
Some must have seen the airfield but could not reach it; they flew 272 km.
Thursday ;345 km. 45 from 48 pilots finished!!! Good day!!! Winner;Christope Ruch in the Ventus 2ax. He flew around with a speed of 120.44 km./h. Runner up Frederic Hoyau had a speed of 116.90 km./h.
Friday; 280,61 km. and this time not Adrien but Julien Henry was the best in the LS 8;81.03 km./h. AND,..the 2d day with 1000 points so good business for Julien who moved up overall from 36 to 28 .
As there was no task on Saturday,…. the last day was not flown anymore so the Friday final scores overall remained as the scores for the CHAMPIONS.
He won NOT one day but was always somewhere in the daily top;Meric.
So a consistent winner; 1. Meric Morel in the ASW 27 4.373 points….2. Christophe Ruch 4.218  [Ventus 2ax] and 2 pilots on spot 3 .Alexandre Boillot [Ventus 2ax 4.212] and Louis Bouderlique [Discus 2a] .
Only 5 points less for Freddy Barthelemy [ASW 27]

 

—–Danish Nationals;
53 Competitors in 5 classes are flying in a period between May 10 and 19 from Arnborg to be the DANISH CHAMPION in each of those classes.
No flying on the 10th but then 5 day’s in a row and good, better, the best weather!!!!.
Here a review about those first 5 days.
standard; 9 pilots in this class started with a 267 km. task [2] and 8 flew it. Then 2 smaller tasks[3 and  4]  and several out-landings.
On Monday the new week started with
Task 5; 347 km.and flown by 6 out of 9. Best speed 98 km./h in LS 8. AND,…a 1000 points-day.
Task 6 ;304 km….A tough day in the office in this class. Only 4 finished with a speed between 80 and 90 km./h. Best was Filip Bojanowski .[Discus 2A]
In this class after 5 day’s the overall scores are; Poul Kim Larsen in Discus 2 with  3.755 points and runner up Filip Bojanowski in Discus 2A with 3.657 p.

club;13 pilots among them Jan Andersen in ASW 20 WL [I am used to see him in open class] and Rasmus Ørskov.[Discus]  A 248 km set task[2]  was their first day, followed by 2 smaller tasks both won by Jan.
Task 5; 274 km. All pilots finished but 3 went into a forbidden area and got virtual stuck on 34 km. Unfortunately Jan was one of them so a lot of points lost.
Winner; Rasmus, a young father now , but  still time to fly well; 98 km./h. Rasmus , by the way, is the son from Brigitte who spends with Joergen [Thomsen] half a year in Tocumwal.  I met Rasmus already years ago at JWGC’s and found him then,…a TALENT.
Task 6 ; 255 km. ALL pilots flew the task and yes,yes, Jan was the best;89 km./h. A pity from task 4.
Overall results after 5 flying day’s ; Sviatoslav Roublev in Discus [3.362] and Rasmus as runner up with 3.228 p.

15 m; 11 pilots among them Stig Øye.[Ventus 2ct] 267 km was set for them and ALL pilots flew the task. Also here 2 less good days with small tasks and Stig won task 4. EVERYBODY out-landed ,but his skills brought him to spot 1 for the day, with 126 km. flown from the 141 km. set.
task 5; 347 km.A day with 1000 points and they were for Stig. Good on him.Speed 97 km./h .6 From 11 finished.
task 6; 258 km.Yes Yes again !!! Stig won another day with a speed of 99 km./h. Only one out-landing 30 k. out. A pity!
Overall scores after 5 day’s; Johnny Jensen in ASW 27 b;4.651 points and Stig as runner up with 3.440 p.

18 m.; 9 in this class among them Arne [ Boye Moeller] Peter [Eriksen]and Henrik [Breidahl] The first flying day with 263 km. was won by Arne , followed by Henrik. 5 Finished the rest out-landed also Peter. No worries,…he won the next day [task 3] whilst Henrik was the only one “out”. AND Peter was runner up behind Arne on the next day.[task4]
Task 5 ; 302 km. A new name on the daily top; Svend Andersen in the ASG 29e. 113.64 km./h just a tad faster than Peter [113,31] and Arne [109.70 ]and Henrik.[109.05]
task 6; 304 km. A 1000 points-day in this class and those points were for Morten Hugo Bennick in the Ventus 2ct; 98 km./h. Henrik was runner up.
After 5 day’s it looks like this ;Arne 3.558 p. and Henrik 3.181 p. and 3.144 for Peter.

2-seaters;11 participants flying 1 DG 1000 T and the rest Duo Discus or Arcus M or T. The first 3 flying day’s [task 2/3 and 4] had each a different winner. A duo Discus T, then an ARCUS M and Duo Discus XLT.
Task 5; 302 km.Only one team flew over 100 km./h; Hoelgaard and Andersen [ARCUS T] . All 11 teams finished!!!
Task 6; 258 km. and in ONLY this class they managed to fly just over 100 km./h. GOOD  from team Hoeck & Nielsen. ARCUS T.
The overall scores after 5 day’s; Hoelgaard & Andersen with 3.457 points and not too far behind the Duo Discus T from Larsen & Pedersen with 3.437 !!!! Only 20 points!!!
Still 3 day’s to go and 4 when they include the 19th.

The last day’s you can, if you wish, follow them on ; http://www.livetrack24.com

 

—–Eskilstuna MASTERS;

Eskilstuna ready to go on Wednesday.
Picture courtesy Per Carlin, daily winner.

Small tasks for the 3 classes on Wednesday and a tough day for quite a few [13] who did not manage to finish.
Daily winners as well; Owe Engström ,in openracing in the ASH 25 EB, Magnus Hyllander in racing and Per Carlin [ LS 1f] was the best in club class.
Unfortunately the last 3 day’s had to be cancelled!!
Winners after 3 days of flying in racing open; 1. Gunnar Karlsson in Ventus 2cxa 1.666 points and runner up from Norway Erlend Sørbye with 1.622 in Nimbus 4DM.
In racing; 1. Ronny Lindell 1.346 points[Discus 2T] followed by Richard Swanström and Jan-Ola Nordh with 1.318 and 1.316 points !!!
In Club Per Carlin won 2 of the 3 day’s and is the winner in Club Class.[1.685] follwed by 4 German pilots , 2 of them pretty close ;1.526 and 1.516

 

——–SORIA;

 

   
Kiki [Jacky Clairbaux] had a first guest to welcome in Soria in Spain;Ricky Brigliadori from Italy.
as shared by Kiki.

SORIA; New Gliding Center in Spain, here is the latest!!!
As you, I was interested when Kiki [Jacky Clerbaux] mentioned a new adventure in Spain.
So I checked for you and got answers.
When you want to know more you can reach Kiki at jackclairbsoria@gmail.com

I know Kiki pretty well and met him again in Uvalde in 2012 and heard he had some health issues but ,”I’m happy to inform you that my health is stable.”

After living in Ukraine  [2.5 years] ,he moved since the beginning of April  to Spain for a new gliding project.
Not as an instructor[ because he has lost all his licenses for medical reasons] but as adviser .
“This gliding center is managed by a private aviation academy : Airpull.
Their school ( from beginner to commercial pilot license) is located in Requenna near Valencia..
But they manage also another airfield located in Soria in the North of Madrid (200 kms ) . This flight area is one of the best in Europe . It’s the central Spain where a lot of 1000 kms were made in the past .
It’s a large airfield with a long runway ( 1700 m ) with 1350 m of concrete .
The airspace is free and the possibilities to out land are good . So the pilots we would like to have as guest are from the beginners to the champions. 
The area around is very beautiful with a natural landscape very interesting . The region is well known in Spain for the outdoor sports. It means than the pilots can come with their family and everybody will be happy . 
Our projects :
 To develop our local club for Spanish members . We are thinking also to make a link with the aviation school and to use gliding as ab -initio teaching method. 
We are going to bid for the organisation of the national championship next year. 
But I am also very happy to inform you that next year we are going to organize a master championship /: MASTER 1000 . Our goal will be to propose tasks of 1000 kms when the weather will be favorable . The dates are not yet definitly decided but it will be in June or July. 
We have also met our IGC delegate : Angel Cassado and already announced our wish to organize a FAI championship in 2022 . 
Next year I would like to organize two weeks in the spirit of : Fly with the champions . We invite 5 to 10 champions for teaching 30 pilots to reach the highest level . With courses , conferences , exchanges of experiences and a lot of fun . No flags . No nationality . Just the sharing of our passion. 
Our prices are willingly the cheapest on the market in a wish of promotion .
 Entry fees : 150 E per month . Towing : 5 E/min . Winch : 20 E . 
We do discount for the juniors.
We offer special prices to clubs coming together and ready to let the use of their gliders to our members .
Facebook : Soria gliding center
http://www.aerodromo-soria.com

 

—–Well there you are, lot’s of news !!!On top of that , the Belgian[ May 19-27] and Dutch Nationals [May 16-25]will start soon. Only 31 participants in Holland., but a few toppers included; 10 in 18 m, 11 in combi and 10 in open.
They start today whilst yesterday was a HAMMERDAY with over 700 km. in a Duo Discus XLT [without water!]from Hilversum[Best flight in Europe yesterday!!!]and a total of 61 flights …18 over 500 km !!! Good day for Holland!!!
Even a 300 triangle mainly over Holland in a KA 6e. WOW!!!
The next 2 day’s pretty crappy with lot’s of wind and some local showers/thunderstorms, “There must be a competition start” BUT,…. Pentecost will be good again, so no worries!!
Only 30 in Belgium as well including some toppers too;  8 in Standard , 11 in combi and 11 in 18m./open.
Will try to keep an eye on both of them.

 

And to finish ,again the link from the great pictures from Bert jr. [1.500 km. flight] when you missed it in my last blog.
https://photos.app.goo.gl/0PTlpkxkN2IvqDbB2

With the NEW European Security law, it will be nearly impossible to share pictures with people on it with you.
I will more and more ask to publish a picture and till now that really worked SUPER, but I can’t ask ALL people on pictures if they allow me to publish.
See how this in the “real” world is going to work.Still have a week.

Cheers Ritz

May 9, 2018

FATRAGLIDE !!Terlet !Klix ! Hahnweide ! Calcinate !FAI SGP in Poland !1000 k. from Belgium.

Filed under: Uncategorized — ritz @ 5:26 pm

as shared by the organizers.

——-Klix;
I left you last Wednesday  with 3 flying day’s in Klix,… but it was not over yet. Unfortunately though, nothing happened till Friday.
As there were only 2 day ‘s left, they carefully prepared tasks for Friday….. a blue day……
All AAT’s were set and Stephan Grunder from Holland in the LS 8 had his 2d win in this competition.He flew the 2.30 AAT in 2.36 and 202 km.
With one day to go he leads with 100 points in standard class.
In 18 m. the same task and another Dutch pilot winning the daily prize; Steven Raimond;223 km. Steven had an off-day in the beginning. A pity.
Helge in the ASH 25 leads overall just ahead of Dutch pilot Bas.[3060 for 3054 …VERY close!!]
A great win for Sigi and Brigitte in the 2-seaters. A 2 hour AAT for them and they flew 156 km. in time 2.07!!
In club a 300 hour AAT and on spot 1 a St Libelle, then a ST Cirrus and an LS 1-0 cd. Best time and distance;193.8 km. in 2.56.Jan and Sabrina are still in the lead!!
Day 4 was a fact.

LAST DAY[5] in KLIX. And a good one, though BLEU, but as I read “higher than the day before”!
Standard; 3 hour AAT, with 223 km. Mogens from Denmark had another winning day and it brought him to spot 3 overall. Stephan from Holland was 8th for the day but won the KLIX COMPS!!!Well done Stephan !!!
18 m.;4 hour AAT, and 1000 points were for Ingo Trentelj in an ASH 31 MI/21 m. with 309 km and a speed of 77.25 km./h showing it was NOT easy.  By the way the ONLY 1000 points, in this competition.!!!!
16 From 28 finished and the KLIX- winner after 4 day’s is BAS SEIJFFERT from Holland in the JS 1, [3.963] followed also in JS 1 his Dutch mate Jeroen Verkuijl. [3.940 ] Unfortunately Helge who was the leader, out-landed.
Dosi’s; 2.30 AAT, 3 ARCUS variations in the top 3. A Topglider!!!!
Club; 3.30 AAT, flying together did not work on the last day for Jan and Sabrina. Starting ,..no worries but after 117 km. Sabrina was OUT and lost points. With a speed of 53 km./h Jan hung in and won the KLIX comps.[3.252 points] In the end only 43 points more than the runner up.

A pity from the weather but ..no worries another nice KLIX competition, where pilots love to go to…AND.. still 5 day’s.

  

18 m. winners  and  standard class winners .
Pictures shared by Frauke Kuijpers who participated as well and finished on 26 in St class in the ASW 20 WL.

 

——FATRAGLIDE:
8/9 flying day’s out of 10 in Martin.
Combi-class had 9 day’s and the 14 pilots in this class had several 3 hout AAT’s but also day’s with only 2 finishers. 2 Day’s with 1000 points.On the last day, Monday, they set a 117.59 km. task and it was flown by the local Duo Discus with a speed of 135.29 km./h .Not bad.
Viliam Kubovcik won this class in the Ventus 2cxt/18m. with 4.486 points.
Juniors had their own class and 7 day’s for them;Ivan Bajana won this class with 6 participants….2.537 points.
8 Day’s for club class and Tibor Noga was a class apart. He won 6 day’s!!!!
On the last day he was the only finishing pilot. 0ver 117 km. he flew around with a speed of 128,86 km./h in his ASW 19 B….. for 69 points!!! The runner up had 28 points for 63 km. Only 3 from 17 “bothered” to fly the last day in this class.

 

——-Calcinate Del Pesce;
The18 m. and open Italian Nationals and the “fight”  for the Coppa Citta di Varese , had 2 day’s and then a weather break but continued on Friday with a small task, but unfortunately no flying….cancelled.
On Saturday and Sunday however, 2.30 AAT’s were set and the pilots for the CUP, had” difficult times” as Peter [Hartmann ANTARES 23] won EVERY day!! Good on him. No secret he won  the CUP with 3.001 points. Good runner up was Alberto [Sironi] 2.716 points in his Quintus M.
Also important the scores from the 18 m and open class Nationals .
Alberto [Sironi] flew in open class with his Quintus M, he won 3 day’s and on one day he was runner up. Pretty clear he is the new Italian OPEN CLASS champion.
In 18 m. Ugo Pavesi won the last 2 day’s and was once 4th and runner up. Ugo in the ASG 29/18 m. won the 18 mNATIONALS with 2.904 points.

 

——Hahnweide:
The annual competition at Hahnweide , the 52th edition, is always popular by pilots from all different countries and from different caliber. With beginners ,but also several former WGC and EGC champions. So a good mix and a nice bunch of INTERNATIONAL people.
They , the 120 pilots ,started in 4 classes, on May 5 and continue till Mai 12.

first briefing on Mai 5.
As shared by the organizers.

The tuggies tried to get all 120 pilots airborne in 1.5 hour!!! They did!! Later even in a shorter time.

  

In the 2-seater class 32 teams and except for 3 ASG 32 MI,  ALL gliders in this class are from Schempp-Hirth.
day 1 with 260 km. was won by Laurent Aboulin in the ARCUS T.
271 for 15 m. and UK pilot Nigel Mallender won in his LS 8. 24 In this class.
300 km for the 18 m. pilots [ 42 in this class !!]  and Swedish pilot Gunar Axelsson flew the distance with a speed of 135.54 ;  only 688 points for the winner.
322 for open and Pierre and Arnaud [Belgium…EB29DR] were the best with 141,95 on the speed -clock!The French pilots Sylvain Gerbaud [JS1c evo 21M] and Philippe de Péchy [ same glider] followed just a tiny tad slower all 3 in the 141 km./h range. 16 Entered in this class.
Must have been a great finish!!!

Day 2, bigger tasks but  less good weather , with less strong thermals than day 1 and a base of 1800 m. but also less wind.
After a Delay the tow planes are just starting their engines . Tilo as sniffer pilot informs us about blue thermals up to 1600m.
306 for the 2 seaters; and the ARCUS T from Christoph Heidemeyer flew with a speed of 119 km./h. for 828 points.
326 for 15 m;110 km./h in the DISCUS 2A from German pilot Robin Sittman. 8 UK pilots in this class and Derren Francis was runner up.
336 for 18 m ;2 VENTUS 3 in the daily top with Mario[Kiessling] and Steve [Jones] 9 UK pilots in this class and an off day for Adam [Woolley] from Australia who out-landed.
368 for open;all 16 open class pilots finished and Markus Frank was the fastest with a speed of 132 km./h. 3 Top French pilots in this class.

“Nearly all planes are back at the airfield, we only have one outlanding of GM. Because of the blue thermals flying in groups was preferred, so even at the landing nearly all planes came in simultaneously.”organizers.

As shared by the organizers.

Day 3; Sunny , blue and hot.
2-seaters; 360,69 km. AND,……FINISHERS!!!!!! 18 from 32 finished whilst in the other classes no finishers were to be seen. Great job from Belgium pilot Yves [Jeanmotte] in the ASG 32MI. Het got the 1000 points for a speed of 101,23 km./h That say’s enough, it was hard work in the office!!!
18 m; 437 km. It seems the problem was in the end and many “motored” home. Quite a few flew over  350 km.
600 Points for Reinhard [Schramme] and Sebastian Huhmann in the Ventus 3 and ASG 29.Russell was 3d with ONE point less.
In open Pierre and Arnaud had 600 points as well. They flew 433 from the 513 set km.
15 m; 352 km; UK pilot Tim Scott, flew 299 km and also for him 600 points. Nils Schlautmann had 600 points as well.

“Today only 16 pilots from the 2-seater class could finish the task. Everybody of 15m, 18m and Open class landed out ore used the engine.”was the message on the site.

Day 4 yesterday; about the same weather.
Depending on the thermal conditions on the “Schwaebische Alb” we may have first arrivals of 15m class very early, starting from 4.45. p.m.” So MORE finishers today!!!
18 m… 446 km; Hanu [Halonen…Ventus 3 T] from Finland was very much motivated. The day before he got zero points for an airspace violation, yesterday …he won the 1000 points; 121,59 km./h.!! Denis Geurin was runner up . 33 Finished and it was not a good day for Werner Amann or Anti Letho,..they both out-landed.
After 4 flying day’s , Denis [JS 1C] leads and Phil [Jones] in the Ventus 3 is runner up and at this stage on spot 3 Jean Denis Barois [JS 1b]
open….479 km; 2 German, 2 French and 1Belgian pilot in the top 5. Uli in the ETA won with a speed of 116,69 km./h. 1000 points for him and Keith. Markus Frank in the EB 29 and Eric Bernard and Philippe de Péchy, both in JS1c evo 21M and Pierre and Arnaud completed the 5.
15 m…348 km; 4 day’s and 2 times a UK pilot and 2 times Robin Sitmann on top!!Robin leads after 4 day’s but is only 41 points ahead of Aussie Owen McCormack who flies till now very consistent!!!
dosi…388 km; Dutch success as Joost and mate Erik [Borgmann] won the day!! Andy [Austria]  was runner up with Wolfgang. Jim [Acketoft] from Sweden who unfortunately was one of the 3 “out-landers” on day 1 was number 3 .
The first 5 spots in this class till now are close, very close;Martin Theisinger in ARCUS M with 3.196 points, Laurent Aboulin [ARCUS T] with 3.165,Anton Sibanc in ARCUS M 3.147 ,Joost Wolff with ARCUS T 3.143 and Holger Karow [ARCUS M] with 3.126.

Less good news from yesterday ;
On the fourth day of the HWW18 an accident occurred near the Lochenstein south of Balingen. At 5.20 p.m. there has been a mid-air between double and single-seater. All three pilots were able to leave the aircraft with the rescue parachute. Afterwards, they were taken to a hospital for observation as a precaution, but they were able to leave already in the early evening.
The competition management decided to let the participants finish their tasks despite the accident to avoid a possible risk due to the expected high approach frequence after the race cancellation.”
Competition Management.

 

Uli Schwenk with Aussie Keith Gately, in the impressive ETA. You can fly with one of both in this majestic glider. [both run Seventy2one]
As shared on the site.

 

——Eskilstuna;
The Eskilstuna Open in 3 classes started last Saturday with 38 participants. Eskilstuna is not a huge field but a very nice one. I was the editor during the WGC over there with Robert Danewid as CD.Had a great time!!
Till now only 2 flyable day’s in racing open and racing class and 1 in club class.[7 pilots]
More next week.

 

——The French Nationals for standard, 15 m and 2 seaters in Bailleau;
With 3 days till now the nationals in Bailleau had in one handicapped class tasks from between 2 and 300km. On day 1 [2 hour AAT] nobody finished so nearly 50 were “out”.
Day 2 was a bit better and 5 managed to finish with Christophe [Ruch] as the best.[Ventus 2AX] The speed say’s enough ;69.9 km./h
Yesterday was better with a set 334 km. task and it was flown by all 48 participants. Winner for the day;Frederic Hoyeau.
After 3 day’s the overall scores are very close so next week we look back on what happened!

 

——–Terlet;
The venue of the Dutch Nationals from Mai 16 till Mai 25.
Last Wednesday after publishing, I traveled to Terlet for some business and I was impressed with the THERMIEKBEL, the restaurant at the airport. Sander who runs the business is doing a great job and ready for the season and the Nationals.
About 120 people were at the field/strips from 6 different clubs, but as the weather was good for soaring, only visitors at the restaurant or terrace.The rest was at the strip or in the air!!
And they mostly flew up to nearly 600 km.!!!
One day later ,..again a TOP-DAY with nearly 700 km. from Soesterberg and over 600 from Terlet.
756 km. from de Voorst in a DG 400 on Thursday, has to be mentioned too.
Hope there is some weather left for the Nationals.

  
Not every gliding centre has such a fabulous terrace!!!

And,…where do you see such a table?

  

Some pictures as Sander did some art-jobs on the normally “boring” tables.

On Mai 5 the Gelderse at Terlet was the host for the Gelderse -One- Day- Competition and many friends entered.55 Gliders in 4 classes and many more pilots as quite a few teams flew in 2 seaters.
The 2-seaters had to go for 192 km. the combi for 173 , club for 165 km and open for 238 km.
It was a very blue day an inversion at 900 m. and very weak thermals and a pretty late start , as I read.
Looking at the 2 seaters; NOBODY from the 11 teams finished. Best was a distance of 170 km. by team Venema .
The 173 km. set for the combi-pilots was to “big” as well and also here no finishers but Simon in the Discus 2 flew 105 km.
Club had 4 finishers !!!Good on them.!!! With a speed between 55 and 61 km./h. they had a tough but satisfying  day. Frank [Hiemstra..St Cirrus…handicap 99] from the Friese Aeroclub won the 411 points, whilst Jelmer [Wassenaar] from DG was runner up in the LS 1 f-neo, a tad faster but a less good handicap from 101.[ 407 p.] junior Sjors van Loon was the number 3 also in St Cirrus and as there were only 4 finishers we mention the number 4 as well; team Konings/Sliedrecht in the DG 505/20 m.
In open no finishers either; Tjeerd Reitsma flew in the LS 8 134,61 from the 238 set kilometers. 6 From 15 flew over 100 km.

An impression by WILLEMIJN de LANGE. TOP serie.

   

  

Tuggies, self launchers and the men from the bully to bring the cables for the winch.AND Frank the winner and one from the 4 finishers.
AND

FANS!!!!!

 

——–What about….Belgium; They  had the same great weather and Jeroen Jennen declared 850 km and flew 905 km. in an LS 8 .Good on you Jeroen!!!!
In the air before 10 AM and back home on the ground at 8 PM and 10 hours of PURE pleasure “Jeroen mentioned in his comment.
Same day same place, KEIHEUVEL, [one of my favorites] a 1000 km, flown by Tijl Schmelzer. The Schmelzer-boy’s both had an exciting week. Tijl , “First 1000k with our V3. What a day.” He motored from and too Keiheuvel and flew in the brand new VENTUS 3, over Holland and Germany to have another 1000 km. in the pocket. Last week his brother, Bert jr. flew 1500 km. from Hausen am Albis in Switzerland.
Great pictures, 37 ,  from the 1.500 km.flight from  Bert jr. at; PHOTOS.GOOGLE.COM [29-04-2018/1.531 km]

Or https://photos.app.goo.gl/0PTlpkxkN2IvqDbB2

 

—-The Polish Sailplane Grand Prix;
finished last Sunday with”6 flyable” day’s . When you look at the scores the first thing you see is DNF , DNC and DNS.
The first day was pretty normal, day 2 had a lot of out-landers and race 3 was pretty normal again, though on each of the day’s thunderstorms bothered the pilots. The rest of the day’s were a struggle or cancelled[ 2 races].
Adam Czeladzki in the JS 1 was the only one flying 5 races !!!!!
The overall winner Gintas won 3 day’s/races and that’s all he flew 24 points. Lucasz Wójcik flew 4 races and had in the end 22 points. As said Adam had 5 day’s and gathered 18 points.

Enough,….you are up to date.
CU next week.
Ritz

May 2, 2018

Gauteng…Klix….Varese, Italian 18m./open Nationals…Polish SGP…The ALPS booming last Sunday !!!

Filed under: Uncategorized — ritz @ 5:29 pm

——Gauteng;
The comps finished and they squeezed out 4 day’s in 15 m and 5 in open class. Best distance on the last flying day; 281 km in open and 253 in 15 m.
Wayne Schmidt [ASW 27] won 3 from 4 day’s, so a deserved winner with 2.051 points.
In open the JS 3 gliders flown by Oscar and Anders, won 2 day’s.The JS 1 , 3 day’s. In the end the experience from Oscar [2.631]  made him win the title of this regional competition. Anders was runner up.[2.272]
Good flying from Dolf Pretorius, [JS 1/21 m.] who won 2 day’s [task 3 and 5] but on task 4 he was OUT and Oscar was IN. Dolf finished on spot 4.

 

—–KLIX 2018;
The 26th edition of this popular competition started on April 27 and they fly till Mai 5 in 4 classes; standard, 18 m.,  2 seaters and club.
In 18 m. 3 Dutch pilots in the top 5 after 2 day’s; Jeroen [Verkuijl 1]  Hans [ Biesters 2]and Bas [ Seijffert4] A total of 28 in this class.
In standard; Stephan Grunder ,yes from Holland on spot 1 after 2 day’s. 29 In this class.
2 seaters;after 2 day’s a Duo Discus on top followed by 3 ARCUS M gliders.[20 teams]
Club; 19 pilots in this class and after 2 day’s Jan [Rothard] in the LS 1-0,c,d on spot 1 and Sabrina Vogt in the St Libelle, as runner up.
Task 3 was cancelled for all classes. Even the meteo-sniffer had to use his engine to stay up.
Task 4 cancelled for 3 classes and Standard got a 3 hour AAT as task.The wind from 60 km./h was too strong for the tuggies so in the end ,all classes were cancelled.

For task 5 it turned out ,a rather good day. B tasks for all and in the end some reached 1600 m .
A 2.30 AAT was set yesterday  for Standard and Mogens Hoelgaard from Denmark won the daily prize in his Discus 2; 227 km. in time 2.41.
Steven Raimond from Holland won in 18 m. class in his ASG 29. A 2.15 AAT with for him 255 km in time 2.21.
In club the 1.30 AAT was flown best AGAIN by Jan and Sabrina starting, flying and finishing together in time 1.42/3 over 136 km .
The “DoSi’s” doppelsitzer=2 seater, with a 2 hour AAT saw 2 ARCUS M gliders on top with 188 and 184 km. in time 1.58 and 1.56.Good to see Sigi Baumgartl still active, flying an ARCUS T LL and gaining a 5th place this day.

As shared by the organizers.

More next week.

 

—-Varese; COPPA CITY DE VARESE and Nationals open and 18 m.

As shared by Aero Club Adele Orsi Acao

It’s cold and rainy in Europe at the moment …. NOT funny and comps suffer as much as people. So also in Varese where from Calcinate Del Pesce,[ Italy ] the Italian Nationals for 18 and open class will be flown between  April 28 and Mai 6.
On top of that they “fight” for in a combined class for the COPPA. Host is the Aero Club Adele Orsi Acao .

The first flying day had a small task from 1.30  and only Peter Hartmann in the Antares 23 T managed to finish. Unfortunately for ZERO points as nobody passed the 100 km. line.
Peter flew 150 km. in time 1.37!!! BUT,…an invalid day.
On Monday they set a bit longer task [2] ; 2.30.And,..no worries for Peter he won again;with a speed of 129 km./h. he flew 332 km. Only one out-landing.16 Pilots in this combined-handicapped-class for the CUP.
Looking at the Nationals;
In 18 m. Sandro Montemaggi flew in 2.29 a distance of  295.65 km in his ASG 29 and was the daily winner. One out-landing and 10 pilots in this class.
Open; Alberto [Sironi] flew 312,63 km. in time 2.36 in his Quintus M and had a speed of 120 km./h. One from 14 did not finish.
Yesterday ;
228 km. was set for ALL pilots and flying day 2 was a fact.
The Coppa -pilots noticed that Peter had his 2d valid win.
In open the daily prize was for team Luciano Avanzini in the ASG 32MI. Alberto was runner up.
In 18 m. the daily prize was for Corrado Costa. Margherita Acquaderni in the 18 m. VENTUS 3 was runner up.

    

As shared by Aero Club Adele Orsi Acao

The next 2 day’s do not look well so in the next blog hopefully the last 3 day’s.

 

—–The Alps;
THEY  were GOOD. Wave enough to please pilots and we are happy with their great flights. We could swim in streets as in one day/night we had as much rain as normal in the whole month of April!!!!
But look at this ;1.531 km. from Haussen am Albis in Switzerland by top pilot Bert Schmelzer jr. in the Discus 2T/18m.
He declared 1.250 flew it !!! and added some more kilometers!!! Brilliant!!! “What a day ” he wrote.
Great wave so to see and a speed of 112 km./h. A total of 17 over 1000 km-flights .A Sunday, so a lot of pilots had fun and over 800 added their flight to the OLC. The first 50 flights were ALL over 500 km.!!! Indeed WHAT A DAY.
Werner Amann flew in his ASG 29 from Hohenems Dornbir in Austria 1.372,6 km. with a speed of 131,6 km/h!!!!

2 Of those 1000 km. were 2 ridge-soaring-flights in the USA; one in a LAK 17B/21 m. and one in an ASG 29.

Talking about Ridge Soaring. Last Monday was the day to do so as 6 pilots cruised over the mountains all with flights over 1000 km.
From Mifflin County, they had the joy of good wave as well. Ridge Soaring from Ridge Soaring was SUPER!!!!They do so in ASW 27, ASW 20, DG 800/18 m. and more have a look at the OLC [ https://www.onlinecontest.org]

 

—–Down under;
It’s Mai and the conditions in several parts of Australia are still good ; Mart ,one of the hang-glider pilots who converted with us in the past to gliding, had a great day flying from Mc Caffery airfield in the East of Australia. In his LS 6 he flew 410 km [365 FAI triangle] with good conditions.
Here is his OLC comment.
The day started of very weak with slow climbs to 5200ft. First turn point was Bunyan Towers. Looked impossible, slowly it got better and I was able to round the turn point. I slowly dribbled towards the second turn point when I ran into 3m thermal to 6500ft. After that I just got better and better with numerous 5m thermals and the highest I got was 8000ft. This at the end of April! super day. The only downside is that the days just don’t last long enough in autumn and at 17:30 it is dark.”

 

——The Polish Sailplane Grand Prix at Kielce.
is in full swing and started on April 27 with a practice day going to Mai 5.
10 Polish pilots and one from Lithuania .
Race 1,2 and 3 have been flown and on each of those day’s Gintas Zube [Lithuania  ASG 29] was the best, so 24 points for him.
Race 2 was “marked by thunderstorms. This resulted in hosting a very short task, spanning only 108 km. The day started as a typical stormy day with poor conditions at first – hot and clear. As soon as the cumulus clouds appeared, the conditions significantly improved for an hour. The contestants reached the finishing line minutes before the storm. Gintas Zube won again. Today his direct comptetitors on the finish line were Adam and Lukasz.”
See full results at http://www.sgp.aero/poland2018/results-sgp/results
Race 4 , yesterday, was not for Gintas as he got some penalty seconds  for starting above max speed 222 km/h. [ Penalty 260 sec] and starting above maximum start altitude 1811 m -[ Penalty 12 sec] BUT,…he still leads with 24 points followed by Lukasz Wojcik with 18 and Adam Czeladzki with 14 points.

More next week.


3 Daily win’s, congratulations.
As shared by the organizers.

That’s it for today. Next week also more news from FatraGlide from Martin in Slovakia, they had already 4 flyable day’s!!!
Cheers Ritz

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