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October 17, 2018

Dutch celebrations for Ostrow-world -champion- Sjaak!!!

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That’s what it was ALL about!!!!!

On the hottest EVER 13th of October with 28 dgr. C.!!!!!!! Max and Frida picked me up to travel to Venlo for celebrations around and with Sjaak [Selen] who became WGC champion this year in Ostrow in standard class!!
Also the day, that a rare weather phenomena happened ; a hurricane reaching Europe and damaging parts of Portugal and France suffered from terrible flooding.
We got hot air from the devastating Michael ruining parts of Florida.The depression now is nice to us with a week with temperatures between 20 and 28 in October…autumn.

But back to Sjaak and his well deserved special day.
It’s always nice to come back at Venlo where , as you know, my soaring- interest started and my first flight was a fact in 1967.
I straight away walked to the hangar, where “we” had our 3 gliders the Grunau Baby, KA 7 and Rhoenlerche. It looked as if time stood still but,…I heard the old hangar had collapsed under a load of snow damaging trailers caravans AND gliders!! That’s why it looked so fresh and “new”.
So they build a new one and as Venlo and Eindhoven are ONE club now, with a really pleasant atmosphere, they are building another new one at this stage at the opposite side of the old ones.


Not all gliders were in, as the weather was so nice that gliders went up, but back in time for the ceremony and party.



I know the Selen family from long long ago, but did not know that over -grand-dad was a glider pilot as well. I knew Baer and Sjaaks father was involved, as we spoke about it when we met in the past . Interesting as well ALL of them represented Holland at WGC’s.
So pretty normal that both brothers got involved. Not so normal ,….that they both won a world title and Baer even 2 , one in Chateauroux in 1978 in Standard Class and one in Uvalde in 1991 in the same class.That’s a TOP RESULT.
From the 4 WGC titles ever won for Holland, 3 are in the hands of the Selen family. What about that!!!
And when I tell you that Kees Musters when he became WGC champion in Hobbs in New Mexico in 1983 , was a member of the ZES , FLYING AT VENLO, you see that Venlo has some special ingredients to create champions.
And I noticed ,a lot of young ones there, so the future might bring more champions and looks BRIGHT!!!

The Selen family arrived at the airport in a bus with Sjaak and Baer coming out first and of course that huge CUP.

Sjaak repeated a few times; “I  was just lucky”

Club members and club president Yoeri welcoming their guests.

President of the club Yoeri welcomed everybody and the mayor arrived and it was great to hear that he had put some “work”  in his speech ,as it was a good one; well prepared.


Both Baer and Sjaak were happy with all what happened and posed for my camera as well.

2 brothers , 3 WGC titles in St. class in 1978, 1991 and 2018!!!!!
With their permission.

One of the presents was a CHAMPIONS-trophy “in blue”. Frauke [IGC member for Holland and working at the KNVvL  office] and Baer started years ago a coaching trajectory for cross country pilots. Baer thought it would be good , to grand winning pilots with a special CHAMPIONSHIP TROPHY, a challenge cup.
It exists now for 13 years and in that time 8 Dutch names were added; 4 European titles, 3 JWGC titles and now 1 WGC title. They never expected that. Not bad for a small country like Holland.
This time it was Baer handing over the challenge trophy to his brother.

The blue trophy and the cup, the WGC medal and a silver award from the Dutch Gliding Association to honor Sjaak.

He got as well a canopy cover in silver with his call sign 2S. And lot’s of flowers specially for partner Liliane ,who shared in all celebrations as his crew, who inspired and helped him. Liliane is in our female team, so  she knows what it is all about.

We also had a very nice 2-course-meal sponsored by Max Verstappen’s JUMBO supermarket. And as one of the speakers mentioned, Max , also from the province Limburg,is not even yet the best of the world, Sjaak is in his discipline and what huge difference in “wages”; too much for the one ,” nothing” for the other……??!!
By the way JUMBO sponsors cycling and speed-skating as well.

Conclusion; a great evening thanks to the combined Venlo- Eindhoven pilots now in ONE name; VEZC [Venlo Eindhoven Zweefvlieg Club] Compliments for all of them!!!!!
Great to see some faces I had not seen for 50 years, awfully nice to catch up with 4 pilots who flew with us in Tocumwal and I had not seen anymore after and sorry I cannot share pictures from all the visitors due to that stupid privacy law.



—–News from Team Uk.
The British Junior Gliding Team competing next year at the 11th Junior World Gliding Championships (Szeged, Hungary) has been announced!

Congratulations to Simon Brown, Peter Carter, Finn Sleigh and Jake Brattle and to reserve pilots Clement Allen and Henry Inigo-Jones.

We wish them the best of luck with their preparations and busy competition schedule for next year!

I wish them good luck as well.
Picture shared by British Gliding Team


———News from overseas destinations;
Bitterwasser shares, as the season has not yet started, a press presentation from the new Audi E tron. Proud that it happens at their Bitterwasser Resort.

As shared by Bitterwasser Lodge & Flying Centre


Tocumwal Sportavia shows most of their  fleet as they, Lumpy, started a new commercial  gliding center.

With their message;”Most of the fleet out today, when are you coming to TSC? 
We will be operating 7 days a week from November onwards.”
It’s a rent -out-fleet and the Nimbus 2 is “missing”.
As shared by Tocumwal Soaring Centre


AND,…yesterday dark clouds over Tocumwal as you can see on this picture by Donna Boaden.

Courtesy Donna.

This picture shared by Eddie from SportAviation Tocumwal shows why there were dark clouds.


—–News from Matthew and SKYSIGHT;
“We’d like to announce the imminent launch of a substantial refresh of SkySight (try it now at – we have been working hard over the year to improve the presentation of our forecast maps.

We are now rendering our plots with vector forecasts rather than raster forecasts, allowing us to show place names, labels and borders on top of the forecasts, helping to orient you better. The interface should be much faster and clearer, especially on mobile and tablet devices.

The efficiency of our new processing pipeline to generate the vectors is such that we hope to be able to increase the detail in our forecasts in some regions, and bring out our forecasts earlier in the morning in others.

Most importantly though, the new system is a better base to build new advanced functionality on top of, and we hope to bring adjustable scales, colours (colour-blind mode!), 3D interactivity and much more in the coming months.

We still have some optimizations to finish and a few bugs to fix before launch, but it will be launching on the main SkySight domain in the coming weeks.

We invite you to try it at and to please write us feedback at, or via the inbuilt Help functionality.

As shared by Matthew ‘s SkySight


Not so much soaring-news this week…By the way a great foehn -day last Sunday with strong wave and 994 km in an ASH 26 E starting from Unterwoessen [Germany] , straight S. to the mountains and  991 k. in a Duo Discus XLT from Wiener Neustadt in Austria  is “pretty good ” too!!!!
SO,…CU next week then

cheers Ritz


October 10, 2018

Kingaroy Formula 1.0 Gliding GP ! South African Nationals !And more….

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As shared by Kingaroy Soaring Club
Picture courtesy Peak Pictures


—–Kingaroy Formula 1.0 Gliding GP.
The Kingaroy GP, started task 5 when I left you and all day’s before in 15 m. were Adam’s.
So I was interested to see how he went, but it turned out to be the last flying-day, cause the weather turned poor and as far as they could see the fore cast there said; no soaring possible anymore .
Not unusual in this early spring time in the East of Australia.
15 m;
Task 5; 247 km…. and YES with 129 km./h Adam raced to another daily win. Lisa [Trotter] and her husband Peter, were runners up.
After 4 tasks Adam leaded with the max amount of 40 points, Peter was 2d with 26 and Lisa 3d with 21 points.
A happy and excited Adam;”Cracking day, 130kph and first across the line! Self, Trotter and Dalton got ourselves into a very good position for the start, which we were able to capitalise on. I took a go at the bonus point today, but was beaten to the post by Justin in his SZD55 – well done! Thanks to the task setters, it was super!”

“Adam and Lumpy do it again. Perhaps we need to increase their handicaps. Well done boys.”
As shared by Kingaroy Soaring Club

 the 15 m. champion winning EVERY day and winners.

Having fun at the QLD State Gliding Championships presentation dinner, we ended the comp today at briefing, as the weather is poor now until the end. I was fortunate to win all four days & be declared this year’s champion ahead of two of my idols, Peter & Lisa Trotter.” Adam.
As shared by the Kingaroy club.

Task 5 ;291 km….After 1 “off-day,”  Lumpy was back to his “good-day-style ” and won the last race with a speed of 122 km./h. Greg [Kolb]  in Ventus 2 CX was runner up and Brian Du Rieu in his LS 10 3d.
In the end a total of 36 points for Lumpy,Greg was runner up with 27 and Andrew 3d with 26. Brad [Edwards] had 25.

Lumpy won again!!!
As shared by Kingaroy Soaring Club

Lumpy as number 1 and Greg and Andrew as number 2 and 3. AND, the CD of the comps.
As shared by the Kingaroy Club.

After the final dinner there was of course the presentation……..AND time for Music.
Good “old” Brad [Edwards] still singing as at the WGC in  Uvalde 1991 !!!! Love it!!!

As shared by the Kingaroy Gliding Club.

And to finish my blog’s ” 2d FORMULA 1.0 edition”, another GREAT picture from Peak Pictures



——-South African Nationals;
they continued first with a cancelled day and then…they  flew 3 more tasks , so 6 out of 7 good day’s.
15 m;
task 5 ;308 km…and the difference in speed between the winner AGAIN Mark [Holliday] and the last finisher was 121 km./h for 84 km./h. His ASW 27 has a handicap from 104.
Task 6 ; 3.30  AAT….. 487 km. in 3.31 for Wayne [Schmidt] Chapeau !!Speed 138 km./h. So 1000 points for him.
70 Less for Mark who was runner up but still leads the pact.[4.291] Wayne as runner up has after 5 tasks 4.022.
task 7 ; 434 km…Another great win for Wayne with a speed of 126 km./h .
With 6 out of 7 days, Mark is  the 2018 S.A Champion in his ASW 27 with 5.239 points. Wayne was runner up with 5.022 points and Hanno Du Toit was 3d [4.404]

task 5 ;250 km.…same daily winner as every day before ; Jonathan [Cross] in his St. Cirrus. Speed just over 100 km./h. and all 7 finished.
task 6; 3.30 AAT…Jonathan performs and performs AND performs….402 km in time 3.33 so a nice speed of 113 km./h in his St Cirrus!!!Runner up Konrad Stark in a Cirrus flew 389 km in time 3.37 [speed 107 km./h.]
task 7 ;394 km.….NO,…it was not Jonathan who won EVERY day!!!  A pity, as he was runner up on the last day behind Jason Adriaan,but loosing 16 points did n’t hurt him. Jonathan is NATIONAL CHAMPION in club class ;5.430 points, quite a big marge. Jason was runner up 4.912 and 3d was French pilot Xavier-André Michalon with 4.521 points.

task 5;345 km….Klaus  [Kalmbach] flew around with 138 km./h. John Coutts in a JS 1 was runner up with 136 km./h. and Oscar was 3d with 132 km./h.
Task 6 ; 3 hour AAT….GREAT result for Natalie in her ASH 32 MI,; 480 km. in time 3.12 so 149.84 km./h !!!!!!When she starts and finishes with the “toppers”, she wins on handicap.
A pity she was “only” 15th on task 5.
Klaus was runner up with 153 km./h. and Oscar 3d for the day.
AND , after being sick, Laurens was back again at the field and in the air; 7th for the day.
After 6 tasks Oscar leads with 4.273 points, ahead of Klaus with 4.197 and John Coutts from N Z but living in S A. 4.117.
task 7 ; 509 km…...With the fastest speed for the day,149 km./h., Oscar won the day and with that the NATIONALS; 5.273 points. Runner up was Klaus with 5.072 and 3d was Couttsie with exactly 5.000 points!!
Natalie was 6th with 4.886 points.

A 2017 Nationals picture from Oscar in his JS 3, shared by Jonker Sailplanes.



—-News from HpH Sailplanes about the  Maiden flight 304MS SHARK S/N 100


304MS SHARK s/n 100 bij LKKO. …….at the airport of Kolin AND….. Instrument panel 304MS SHARK s/n 100 in retro style 

 Test Pilot Martin and Production director Jaroslav.
As shared by HpH Sailplanes



—–Great weather already in Tocumwal with high temperatures as well. Swiss Chris is back in Toc and shared this picture.

First short flight of the season. The winglets did not make it out of the paint shop yet  it was fun and the 27 flies also without them. Best climb 9kt. Lots of bugs. Need bug wipers tomorrow.”
As shared by Chris.

More  Australian early spring weather;  on the way from Narromine to Broken Hill as you can see, IN A CAR; 725 km.

Courtesy William Stalenburg.

By the way,…the LAKE KEEPIT WWGC [Australia; January  3, till  January 17 in 2020] will be flown in 3 classes; 18 m.,standard and club class!!!!! Just approved by the IGC.


And to finish a fabulous picture from N.Z top photographer Geoff Soper…Enjoy!

As shared by Geoff.     Geoff Soper Photography

Cu Next week,
Cheers Ritz

October 3, 2018

Brazilian Nationals ! Bahia-season started TOP !Potchefstroom…S.A. Nationals ! Strong wave in Europe yesterday!

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As shared by Aeroclube de Bebedouro.


—Brasil Nationals from Bebedouro;
Day 4 with task 4 was challenging. AND,…in the end it turned out to be the last flying day!!After all the great weather it was an AAT -day.
2 hour AAT….. Not Henrique, who won every day till now, but 2 other pilots were the best on this AAT day;604 points both [on handicap] for a Nimbus 4 [266 km]with Alberto Kunath  and an Arcus M. [258]  with Claudio Schmidt. Henrique was 3d.
Day 5 was cancelled and there was no task on the last day.
So we have winners and a champion; Henrique Navarro in N1 a Nimbus 4T; 3.536 points. AND his 7th time!!
Runner up ;Alberto Kunath with 3.268 points…. 5 times Brazilian National Champion.
And Henrique shared a “story”  about these 2 Nimbus 4 -gliders.
“Nimbus 4 reunion! The last time these two N4 flew together was in the WGC in Makfing, South Africa, in 2002 maybe. They were flown by Alberto Kunath (TM) and Pete Harvey (N1).
Now we are at the Brazilian Nationals, and they seem to be having a good time together.

As shared by Henrique.

Racing; 1.45 AAT….196 km. in time 1.47, in a St Jantar by Guilherme Ribeiro was not bad;518 points for him.
Day 5 was cancelled.Day 6 had no task;
Champion; Itamar Lessa in ASW 20 B with  3.254 points. Runner up  Luis Affonso in St Jantar with 3.181 points.

Club;1.30 AAT and only 3 finishers. Valeria did not fly.
Day 5 was cancelled.Day 6…no task
Sérgio Bassi was the clear winner and CHAMPION. In his ELFE S4 he “got” 2.893 points. Runner up Luis Improta in St. Libelle with 2.678 points.

Open class AT the “podium”.Other classes around.
As shared by Henrique.


—-More news from Brasil as 3 pilots flew over 900 km. on September 26.
On the 25th of September the 2019 OLC started with lot’s of points for Brazilian pilots or pilots flying there.
On the 26th from Bahia 926 km in a Ventus CT/ 17.5 m, trying a 1000 FAI triangle!!!Pilot Pablo “got” 1.040,16 OLC points.
973 km. by Branco in the Nimbus 3T 25.5 m.His comment;
Tried a declared FAI 1000 with Tato. The first couple of hours was low and slow, but after that we got going. The second turn point was in a blue hole and we were behind the schedule, so we cut it short and moved the last TP to Barreiras. Going downwind to Barreiras was easy: all the Cu’s worked and we were able to utilize a number of long lift lines. At the end, I ran out of daylight, otherwise another 30 km was possible.

Branco and his mates;

12th straight day of great flying at Bahia Gliding!!! ”
as shared by Branco.



—On the 29th the South African Nationals started at Potchefstroom.
A lot of pilots in 18m./open; 22 to be correct and a few less in 15 m., club and 2 seaters a total of 38!!
They started last Sunday .For the 2 seater scores , only 4 gliders, please look at
15 m;
task 1; 325 km...with a speed of 125 km./h Mark Holliday [ASW 27] raced of the circuit and all others [ 6 ] finished as well.[844 points for Mark]
task 2; Maybe task 1 was too short so  the 7 had to fly 412 km!!!AND, except for one all flew the distance!!!Nice speed as well 113 km./h. so another win and now a 1000 points day for Mark .
Task 3; 315 km….Believe it or not but Mark won again, he seems to be a one-of-a-kind- 15 m. pilot! Good on him. AND,..look at the speed …140 km./h.
Wayne Schmidt also ASW 27, is mostly runner up for the day, BUT,  is about 300 points behind him overall.
Hanno Du Toit was runner up this day with 137 km./h on the clock. He is 3d overall.

task 1; 271 km….6 pilots in this class Dave Maver flew in his ASW 20 with a speed of 102 km.h but on handicap he was runner up as the St Cirrus from Jonathan Cross flew 97 km./h.
task 2; 359 km…..and Jonathan Cross was the daily best with 104 km./ his St Cirrus Well deserved 1000 points.
task 3;258 km….same story ,….Jonathan is the soaring-ace in club class winning every day till now. With 109 km./h he was the best.

task 1; 387 km….23 pilots in this class and an exciting class with real S A toppers participating. BUT, was a German pilot winning the day in a S A glider the JS 3. ;Klaus Kalmbach. He started together with Laurens and finished together both had the daily prize!!AND,..908 points.
Oscar was a tad slower, also in JS 3 ; 907 points!! Exciting finish.
task 2; 424 km……Good on he,r a powerful lady on top; Nathalie Lueben !!!In the ASH 32 MI, [handicap 116] she flew around with a speed of 131,42 km./h. good for 1000 points.
Not the fastest speed as 132.73 [Klaus] and 132. 85 km./h [Dawid Pretorius] was a tad better but their handicap from 120 and 121 gave them a few points less .[957 for 944]
Task 3;352 km.….Oscar was the “man-on-a-mission” this day. He flew faster than all others and by a big marge; 151 km./h. Runner up Martin Lessle in a JS 3 /15 m. flew around with 140 km./h and Danish Anders Andersen in his 18 m. JS 3 with 144 km./h.
One way or another Laurens did not fly!?
Oscar leads now with 3 day’s to go. German pilots Natalie and Klaus are 2 and 3 at this stage.


—-The Queensland GRAND PRIX is on at Kingaroy!! With other words the annual Queensland State Comps,with 18 participants in standard/15 m and 10 in open /18 m. and GP scores .
Adam won 2 day’s [310 km. and 160 km.] so 20 points for him in the St class/15 m and Lumpy did the same;  20 points for task 2 and 3 , no secret both lead!!![370 km. and 281]
Task 4 was for Adam again[297 km.]   but Lumpy “lost” from former WGC champion Brad Edwards , both in JS 3.-[348 km.]
After 3 tasks Adam leads in 15 m. with 30 points followed by Peter Trotter with 23.
In 18 m. Lumpy still leads with 25 points and runner up  Andrew Georgeson has 21. Brad is now 3d.[20 points]
How is this way of competition- flying different ???
They declare that as follows;”Conventional gliding competitions can require a huge financial commitment. Formula 1.0 is centred around the club class handicap of 1.0, which means that pilots can buy a competitive sailplane for less than $10,000. In the first running of the contest in the 2017 / 2018 season, the contest was won by Nathan Johnson in a borrowed 1976 Glasflugel Hornet



—–An end of a spectacular era!!! Frank Versteegh , former Red Bull Air Racer is selling his plane , EXTRA 300 L, ….a certified Aerobatic Aircraft…. to somebody who will fly it more than he does now , but treats “her” with the same respect. There MUST be somebody in this world who can do so.
Frank ‘loved’ his plane and did unforgettable “things” with it. Thanks Frank!!!!!
With the aerobatic coaching weekend run by Grant Piper in Tocumwal last weekend ,maybe Australia is an option??


Good luck to this little beauty!!!!
Pictures and message shared by Frank.


—-On the last day of September ,French pilot Philippe de Pechy , brought an ode / ballade sur le Golfe du Morbihan.
From Rennes Saint-Sulpice he flew West to the coast in his 21 m. JS 1,…..and what great pictures of fabulous isles,  he took. I share 3 of them.More on his FB site.



Commune de l’Ile aux Moines   and       Île-d’Arz.

Golfe du Morbihan.
All pictures shared by Philippe.


—–AND,… the British Gliding Association shared this news this morning:
“Another John Williams epic from Portmoak – an OLC 1.225 km at 128 kph… inc a trip to N Ireland!.
Wow look at his flight on the OLC. Lot’s of water!!!! And the Scottish wave was not always THAT high!! He took off  in his ANTARES from  Kinross.
John’s dry comment; ” Always wanted to try Ireland from Scotland (and back).”
Also Edward Downham flew over 1000 km.on this wave day from Kinross.[ASH 25EB 28] AND,…in a Discus with Santiago Cervantes,  970 k. is not bad either!!!!

And another LONG flight yesterday from Europe,..the Stemme with Klaus flew from La Cerdanya in Spain 1.300 km. with a speed of 116 km./h.!!!!Their wave went much higher .

And another one from France, I heard about the mistral and Robert Prat flew 1.203 km. at 127 km./h. from St Gaudens in the ASG 29 /18m.
Super flights.

Cu Next week.
Cheers Ritz

September 26, 2018

Summer is over. Memories…..back to the last day of the year 1989 and the first day’s of 1990 !!

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We thought this 2018 -summer was never ending here in Holland, but on Friday , the day the astronomical autumn started, it turned into REAL autumn with wind BFT 9 , heavy rain and… a drop of temperature from 27 on Thursday to 15 on Friday.
Sunday was RAIN and more RAIN over 20 mm.
By the way it was the coldest EVER 23 d of September in history with a temperature of 10.9 dgr C. measured at the official meteo- station of De Bilt.
My friend Art in Canada suffered from the first snow in autumn and wind breaking trees. Ottawa was hit by a tornado and lot’s of houses an trees were ruined!!
My Aussie mates “splash” in early spring weather and fly up to over 600 km.!!!

Several “lucky ones” are looking ahead with great joy to their overseas trips. Most had a great European summer, but  also in the soaring-scene the grass is ” greener ”  on the other site.
It’s a bit like competition soaring ; a feast of recognition from friends with the same interest.
Sportaviation welcomed his first overseas guest already.

So I looked , as there is not a lot happening , in my holiday books and found a few interesting ,old pictures for you.

We are going back to the last day of 1989 in Tocumwal and the first scary day’s from 1990 with the huge fires around the Tocumwal airfield.
Most of you know and remember the day our Dennis crashed with the Scout between Tocumwal and Jerilderie close to Finley. That was on January 3 1988. So this was our first holiday , back to the place we loved,after this tragic event and our family was with 3 now; George and Inge and I.


mother and daughter.                     Stan Witek [RIP] with some Polish friends. Stan was then instructor at Sportavia.

After Dennis died the founder of Sportavia, Bill Riley,  did not want to continue. The story is that he said so at a bar in town. 3 Farmers Don Escott, [RIP]  Jeff Close [RIP] and Stewart Crawford heard this and after thinking about it they bought Sportavia.
Here at the picture Don and his wife Joan and Stewart, who was there only for a short while. Not at the picture but working very hard, Jeff and Margie. It was Don and Jeff  and Margie with CFI Eddie who ran the business.Not to forget David Riley, Peter Menhennitt and Corkey working on the gliders and planes.
Don sold his shares to us in 1995.

And then it was day 1 of 1990 and the party went on till the early morning.
Then disaster struck again !!!!AND,…again on January 3.
A huge fire , one of the biggest in Australia , hit Tocumwal too and the airfield was surrounded by huge fires and smoke. The worst inferno since 1983, ASH Wednesday, when 72 people died in Victoria.
At Tocumwal 6 houses burnt down including the Tocumwal Hotel and 1500 residents and campers at the Murray River were threatened. The fire even “jumped over” the river.
This all happened on January 3 and I wanted to be at the cemetery at 5PM, but was n’t allowed to go. Only the next day I saw why no…..t the fire just moved along the street there.

Scary moments we wanted to leave but that was impossible as the fire surrounded the hangar area.
We were lucky ,…the wind turned and the airfield was saved, not the forest on the East side and many animals died. SAD, very sad!!!!

My friends Gerrit [Kurstjens] and Geoff [Moar] looked at how close the fire reached to Geoff’s house. He kept the area wet by standing on the roof with a hose. The fire brigade was nor really happy with that.
Gerrit took Geoff’s wife and 3 children in the car to safety and went back later.

Shortly after the fires , happier times again, we moved to the NATIONALS in Benalla and caught up with Bertje [Kuypers ] from Holland and Wolfgang [Janowitsch] from Austria. YES with beautiful hair!!!

Bruce [Brockhoff] and George [Schuit] participated as well.

Another weird year full of stress but also fun. A memorable 1989 /1990. Hope you enjoyed the memories.

By the way Benalla was in the news this morning!!! GOOD news. In September 2015 the gliding club of Victoria  started negotiations with the Rural City Council:
“Three 25-year leases have been finalized for the Gliding Club and its hangars, the Aeropark for the accommodation area and the State Gliding Club for the clubhouse.”
Absolutely fabulous news!!!!!!!


—- Competition  in progress this week in Brasil from Bebedouro,September 22-September 29 in open ,[7] racing [10] and club [7] class!! They had great weather with good tasks till now.

60º Campeonato Brasileiro de Voo a Vela


Ready to go .
Courtesy Henrique Navarro.

Open; day 1 started with a 3 hour AAT and Henrique Navarro in the Nimbus 4T won the day with 392 km in time 3.05.1000 points!!! Only 4 from 7 finished!!!
Day 2; 440 km. was a prey for Henrique again ;speed 142 km./h.
Day 3; 485 km. Herique-time  again; 137 km./h.
With 3000 points he leads at this stage overall.

Racing;3 hour AAT and 10 participants . Luis Affonso flew in St Jantar 340 km. in time 3.05 and “got”  the 1000 points. All finished.
Day 2; 357 km. and Itamar Lessa was the next daily winner; speed 129 km./h in ASW 20 B.
Day 3; 405 km and the win from the day earlier tasted after more….Itamar won again now with 116 km./h on the ” clock”. 2836 points after 3 days for Itamar and 2.735 for Affonso. Everything is possible.

Club; 3 hour AAT and 7 pilots started AND finished. Winner was  Sérgio Bassi in and Elfe S4; 261 km. in 3 hours at the dot!!!!
Day 2; 288 km. and,…it’s getting boring but also here the same winner as the day before;Sergio flew around with 98.91 km./h.
Day 3; 2.30 AAT …also for Sergio with 237 km. in time 2.42.
One of the pilots in the club class is Valéria Caselato. She shared this picture and text to the groupe Female Glider Pilots. She flies a St . Libelle and was 6th. on day 1, unfortunately out on day 2 and 3 , but that’s practice as well .

My first experience as a competing pilot in the Brazilian National Gliding Championship: I and my Libelle! My goal is going to Australia 2020… maybe 🙋🏼😃😊”

Not only one lady but 2 and they shared more news from Bebedouro.
This is the first Brazilian championship that counts on the female participation of two competitors, Valéria Caselato and Carolina Foganholo. For 10 years there were no women participating in the national stage of the competition. Another important fact is the participation of the Air Force Academy, with a tugboat, 3 gliders and all its staff. For 17 years the Air Force Academy Sailing Club did not participate in competitions.”

Carolina flies in the KW 1 Class and is 5th from 7 participants. Good on her.



—-Whilst most gliders are on their way to overseas destinations, the S.A gliders just arrived back in time for the Nationals. They start on the 29th and “go” till October 6 with 37 participants in 4 classes from Potchefstroom.

As shared by Oscar.



——-And,…last Monday it was a long “sit ” again for Klaus Ohlmann and co pilot  Marcel Zemauli from France;1.268,43 km from Serres in his Stemme . A goal flight from one site of the Alps Serres in France  to the other Lesce Bled [Slovenia];
We are very happy!!! Weather exactly like in the forecast. We followed the windfield, used some thermals in the Pustervalley and then Karawanken Surf like planned.
Marcel first time from Serres to the end of the Alps, first time 1000 km, first time Austria. Total happiness…….” was the OLC comment.
Starting from Noetsch , to the West of Lesce , but in Austria, a 1000- up -and -down, was flown by Johannes Hausmann from Austria in an 18m. Ventus 2C.
And a bit later a flight from Noetsch was added in a KA 6; 693 km. good on you Dietmar Poll.

CU next week.
Cheers Ritz

September 19, 2018

Perlan doing a fabulous job!!! SKYSIGHT !!!!

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Shared by Matthew;”Low drag low lift configuration.”

——What about 1.749,93 km. with a speed of 206,99 km./h.?????? The Perlan Arcus J raced with this speed from Inyokern with Dennis Tito and Bill Hill.
They are doing an amazing job, those Perlan people!!!!!!!!
One way or another I heard or read that Matthew Scutter…[ JWGC champion in Narromine]  seems to be involved in the Perlan Project, so I checked with him:
My company, skysight, supplies perlan’s weather forecasts. So I came to visit to help out and see how it’s going“.
Not bad, not bad at all.
I get already for a long time, all Perlan-updates and part of the last one was about the flight from Jim and Morgan:
For Flight #53 the objective was envelope expansion and a functional check flight of some recent upgrades performed by the Perlan Team. The goal was to fly faster, not higher, to clear more flutter excitation modeling to the right. (More details below.) Our weather man Walt Rogers was joined by Matthew Scutter, founder of SkySight, to analyze the potential clouds and any possible stratospheric wave.  Lots of clouds and very little chance of lift was the verdict. Perfect for our purposes.”
Yes even written in part of an update by Jacky, Jim’s wife in the Perlan Blog after his flight with Morgan.[]

On September 2 Matthew shared this picture [ SkySight ]  :

Perlan has recentred into the best lift on the SkySight forecasts and has continued climbing through 73,000ft!
You can see the glider position on the “Perlan” region on SkySight, and the height at ”

All his data are from cloud computers via Amazon and Google!!!!!!
Great job!!!!
Of course I googled his business as well and found news on his own site[]  and  on one from the USA;
SkySight is the next generation soaring weather forecast service for Australia & NZ, South Africa, Europe and America. [ Japan as well] It was created by Matthew Scutter of Australia. It works great with SeeYou for PC to help you optimize your cross-country soaring and wave flying.”

  • 5+ days forecast range
  • Half-hourly time steps
  • High resolution forecasts
  • One price for access to all covered regions
  • Route forecasts
  • SkewT forecasts
  • Modern user interface
  • Phone & Tablet friendly


— September 13 was ,especially in the UK ,a top day. Roy [18 m. ASG 29 E] added his 570 k-flight to the BGA ladder and finished with the comment;”Probably the best September day that I have flown! Second leg of task at 146 kph so underset, an easy 500k day starting at noon.”
Also Gary and Andy flew a 563 k in an ARCUS T. Both flights from Lasham.



——Containers for Corowa were packed last weekend and the truck picked them up on Monday. As always it was a smooth and easy going “happening” under supervision of Francesco.
The containers ETA , is on November 11 with the 15th as the first possible flying day.
On February 15 2019 is the last flying day for the season.


Pictures courtesy George Schuit.



—-Of course I support ALL flying with and for women. I noticed a message from Aldo ;
The international women pilots’ meeting FlyDonna2018, hosted by ACAO Varese, has reached “top national TV news“. GREAT PR.
So I had a look at the short video and noticed ENOUGH female pilots and parachutists in Italy. As president of the ACAO Varese, Margo Aquaderni was making good PR as well. She is good for Italian soaring!!!
So is Aldo by the way. And not to forget Marina and Giorgio.


—–Tocumwal is a bit more in the news nowadays.The latest;
“The Tocumwal season has officially started today with Lumpy completing a flight just over 357kms in the LS4.
The day had a max temp of 16 deg with Cu’s around, going to 5000 feet.”
He took a few pictures as well.


The area around Tocumwal with the canola in full yellow bloom and the mighty Murray river with so to see enough water.The bridge is part of the Newell Highway.
Courtesy Lumpy Patterson.

Also Kingaroy had top soaring conditions early in the season and Adam’s dad Chris Woolleyflew 665 [500 FAI triangle] yesterday and from Mareeba not bad either, 455 in a PIK 20 by Geoff Pratt.


———-Bahia Gliding [Brasil] shows a great month of September-soaring with flights up to  819 km.!!!
They proudly shared a picture from the OLC from 2 day’s ago topping the list with 4 flights.
Branco[Stoikovitch] mentioned in his comment;
A complicated day with high clouds and OD. Still a lot of fun flying the Big Bird for the first time this season.”
The big bird is of course the Nimbus 3T/25.5 m.





——-Another extremely good day here in Holland , as well as yesterday! 30 dgr. C in mid September AWESOME!!!!
Cu next week, Off early in the morning, so an early publish of the blog.
cheers Ritz

September 12, 2018

Tuggies and more!

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The weather in Holland on September 7 as seen  and shared by top photographer Arjan Vrieze.


By Arjan.

Still great autumn-soaring conditions in Holland as you can see. That day a flight from 578 km. from Axel in an ASH 26E.
Down under they flew at the same day, from Kingaroy in some nice spring conditions just under and above 300 km. flights.Today even a 500 FAI triangle and a total of 556 in an 18 m.  Ventus 2 CM. by Adam’s dad Chris Woolley.
And from the N of Queensland in Australia a flight from 482 in a PIK 20 on September 10!!
On the 9th Matamata pilots in N.Z. enjoyed flights from 406 km. in DG 300 and 481 k. in JS 1 B.
It’s slowly finishing here and slowly starting there.
By the way Dundee, frequent flyer at Tocumwal is already back home there.

Sportavia Tocumwal, where the SRGC from top pilot and ” true gentleman”, Ingo “lives” ,added several gliders to their fleet, mostly club class gliders. The latest edition, an LS 4 , CQL, only has 1800 hrs since new and flies beautifully, as they say. It will be on line this upcoming season.
This club is on the N side of the airfield.
AND,…Sportaviation Tocumwal from Eddie, on the S side of the field; he is ready for a new season as well.


The new LS 4 from Sportavia and the great looking entrance from Sportaviation.
as shared by Sportavia Tocumwal  and by SportAviation Tocumwal

South Africa and Namibia are ready for a huge new season as well. Sven shared this picture from the Breede Valley [S.A.], where you can still see the last snow , but disappearing soon now it is spring there.

By Sven.

Also Bahia’s Gliding in Brasil is ready with 2 over 800 km. flights yesterday


—–Looking back at the 2018 OLC season, busiest day’s, “we”  started with the first real busy day on Saturday April 14 with 1355 pilots . A day with a 750 k. in a Nimbus 4T  in Germany.
One week later[ April 21] it was 2195, the season was “ON” with 5 over 900 km. flights.
Busy day on Mai 12 with 2590 flights some over 800 k. Topped by Mai 26 with 2816  flights, several over 900 km.
Mai had 7 days, with over 1000 km. flights.
June; busiest day was the last one,…June 30 with 2233 flights with 4 over 1000, even 1.202 km.
July; busiest July 7 with 2019 flights. Many busy days in that month; 14 over 1000.
August; 1884 flights on August 26 and not that many busy day’s; 7 over 1000.
September ; the first day had straight away 1012 flights.

Mind you as most pilots have the weekends off, most of these busy  day’s are Saturday or /and Sunday. Of course the busiest are not automatically the best day’s.


——Most of the tuggies from our Sportavia -past are doing extremely well.
Here is Ashok, with us known as Bones because when he was young and started with us , he was slim, very slim.
In the past I showed you several pictures from his flights and career on flying boats, with Paspaly Pearls, flying from Darwin.
Now he flies , the big machines, in the USA.
Here is his news:
Few of the returning Aussie Fire Fighting Heroes via LA after risking it all saving lives n homes in California wild fires.. 6 weeks of 19 hr days ! …. NSW and QLD Rural and Aviation Fire Dept…. Bless”

With some fellow Aussie mates.
As shared by Bones.


——Some containers are packed at the moment here in Holland ;these  go to Namibia, this upcoming weekend they pack the containers for Corowa. Hopefully for another exciting overseas season.


These ones travel to Namibia. “Container pleasure; packing the first gliders for Namibia; New adventure!”
Shared by Luc Stalman.


—–On September 10, Israel topped the OLC list. Israel???? Yes !!!!! Gaby Tabak, flew in a Twin Astir a distance of 520 km. The speed from 75 km./h was unimportant!!!
Also Rafi Luske and Yehuda Yavets chen flew a nice distance 524 k. ,  from the same airport Beer Sheba Teyma in a 20 m. DG 505 .Good on them.
Also from Megiddo good flights;450 in a PIK 20 B, 447 and 421 km,. in an ASW 24.
Special day !!!!!


——Fly Girls, shared this message AND picture  in “zwevers” ;
Colonel Regina Sabric, call sign “Torch”, of Tobyhanna, Pennsylvania has become the first female Lockheed Martin F-35A Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter pilot in the U.S. Air Force Reserve. Col. Sabric is also commander of the 419th Fighter Wing at Hill AFB in Utah, a unit she assumed command of in April of 2018.  [ theavionist .com] 

Congratulations, Colonel Sabric!!!

Wow what an exciting life!!!

Ready to go. Great job!

The season slows down , so do I ,till it is full active again.
CU next week. Hope hurricane FLORENCE does n’t create TOO much damage on the East Coast of the USA.
Cheers Ritz

September 5, 2018

Autumn is here! All kind of news!

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The meteorological autumn started and here in Holland we got some stats on the 2018 summer.
AND …a real summer it was!!!! But in the night from last Thursday into Friday we had our first night frost -0.3 and that was early for the season.
All summer months this 2018 were hot. 2 Times we had a heat wave!! Average temperature was 19 dgr. C , which is 2 dgr. more than normal.
We had only 100 mm. of rain and normally it should have been 220 mm. So a very dry year. I could see that on my garden ; brown grass instead of green.
Though Holland is just a small country, there was a remarkable difference in rain looking at the N part and the S.;120/160 against 40/70, so that declares my dry yellow garden.
So the hottest summer EVER. Interesting!!!!! BUT,…at least GREAT for some fantastic gliding as well.
Still great weather with up to 27 yesterday!!!!
AND,also good for gliding,…….September 1…….465 km in the N. of Holland by Frank Hiemstra in the St Cirrus and same glider but with Robin Smit more in the S. of Holland 548 km [400 FAI triangle over Holland, Belgium and Germany]!!!!AND,….691 k by Mark Leeuwenburgh in the 18m. ASG 29 !!!



With a lot of pleasure I read the renewed digital version of GLIDING INTERNATIONAL.
I have n’t been a real fan from digital reading ,but now it was easy and pleasant and I read it all!!!
We have spent considerable time updating the format of the Digital version  of Gliding International.
Well,….they did!!!!
What’s to be read in the new 2018 September/October issue volume 11 number 5? Lot’s!!!
The B-version of the ASK 21,…..this well proven 2-seater trainer receives a major upgrading!!! The trainer has been purchased already by the Royal Air Forces from Australia, Portugal and the UK.

–The AS 33; the new 15/18 m. sailplane by Schleicher , the successor of the mighty successful ASG 29!!

–Soaring,..a sport in need of identity….by Australian correspondent John Styles.

–Piper Cub; history about this tug I know from when I just was involved in gliding. I remember Kees[Musters] flying one, a nice green military “toy”.Story written down by Joseph King.

–World Aviation news for glider pilots about 12 pages and one page full of “things with wings”.
A total of 62 pages of interesting reading.
Janice is the one who takes care of the subscriptions.





“Bid deadlines for 10th series FAI Sailplane Grand Prix

10th FAI Sailplane Grand Prix final to be held in Turkey as a participating event in the FAI World Air Games.

The 10th series national events will be held between June 1st 2019 and June 30th 2020. Bids should be sent before the 31st October 2018.

Bids are invited for national events and bid documents are available at.

Bids will be accepted for up to 7 national events in the 10th series, the winning pilots to compete in the final in Turkey September 2020 and participate in the FAI World Air Games




Something different than gliding…riding my bike over the old railway station to Eindhoven. [25 km up and down] One lane in the middle of the most beautiful nature.
We stopped for lunch at the “silicon Valley” from Europe;The HIGH TECH CAMPUS in Eindhoven…all kind of languages and all kind of food. Never knew it was there.
Loved the words from Albert Einstein;” Logic will get you from A to B .Imagination will take you everywhere”.


Pretty busy and beautiful place. Guess all overseas mostly very bright guests will feel happy here.

The lab from Philips is there as well, and then we have a link to soaring as Mr. Frits Philips was the beneficiary from our gliding club the ZES . One of the glider ‘s the KA 7, even had his name on the fuselage.

March 29 1967 …. unfortunately the name of F. Philips is not very visible anymore on this old picture.
with Theo in the glider, Henk and Martin at the canopy and Liesbeth and I looking with freezing cold conditions.AND,….on high heels???!!!Ha Ha,……




After the remarkable epic flight from the Perlan-glider “AIRBUS” the Perlan Project shared this picture. I looked at the video too, AMAZING!!!!
Fasten your seat belts and see what it’s like to soar above 76,000 feet pressure altitude. Check out this raw footage from today’s extraordinary, record-setting flight in the engineless Perlan 2 glider on #AirbusPerlanMission II.”

Heroes,….that’s what they are!!!!


The next news was shared after last Sunday’s flight

RESPECT!!!! Higher and HIGHER !!!
Shared by Soaring Society of America




And,…to finish 2 great pictures shared by Arnaud de Broqueville, flying at the Binder week on day 3, from

Aérodrome de Saint-Gaudens – Montréjeau.


Having fun with Michael in the majestic EB’s!!!


Cu next week, by the way Keith Essex flew yesterday, his 17th over 1000 km. flight this season; 1.106,93 km from Minden, with a speed of 145.70 km./h.
His best speed was on April 11; 174.89 km./h over 1.197 km. also from Minden.
Starting on April 10 and,…it’s back to work now,…season is over for him and a great one it was.

Cheers Ritz

August 29, 2018

French ladies fly 7 out of 7 day’s!!!!Juniors at Lasham Nationals 4 out of 9! Cotswald 2018 !

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We just finished our warm days. After 60 over 20 -dgr. C -days, including 2 heat waves, we had 2 dgr. C less than 20 ,so it was over with the fun, but we just had the best summer here in Holland. No complaints, not at all!!!!
In Germany still a 1.022 km, in an LS 8 T/18m. and  1.018 km. flight in a Nimbus 4 DM, last weekend and many over 900 km. flights.
Still 79 Flights from Holland last Sunday, best by Paul Wijsman in Ventus CT /17.5 m. ;605 km.[ 400 FAI triangle]and several over 500 k’s. Some flying with great pleasure under cloud streets.
Sikko Vermeer even flew a 300 FAI triangle from Soesterberg in the St Libelle.[415 in total!!]
In parts of Austria and the N of Italy the first snow has fallen , so slowly we move via autumn to winter. My friends in Africa and Down Under do it the other way around.
In about 3 weeks,some gliders move again from their home fields to Namibia , South Africa and Australia.Time flies!!!


French Female Nationals at Pont Sur Yonne;

As shared by the organizers.

7 Out of 7 day’s for the ladies!!! TOP !!!!
Aude Untersee , who flew in Hosin in the 2 seater with one of the Aboulin’s , won task 4, 289 km. with a speed of 92 km./u .The” good old ” Hornet is still doing well and I read she LOVES flying it!!!!
Task 5 was small as it was a difficult day with late starts [ Aude  at 4.35 PM, Melanie  at 5. 07 ] as it took the weather a long time to improve. A 1.45 hour AAT was set and she won again;154 km in time 1,51.
She was about 20 km.further and 10 km./h. faster  than the runner up Melanie Gadoulet in the Pegase.
3 Outlandings

Waiting on day 5.
As shared by the organizers.

Task 6 showed another AAT this time 2 hour.  Anaïs Gaubert won the day in the LS 4; 254 km in time 202.59. Nice speed of 100 km./h.. She was one of the 3 unlucky out-landers the day before.
Task 7 , so the last day , with the message ” the rain stopped at 9am, followed by a beautiful skyline and ceilings at 1800m.” all ladies got theirselves in gear again.
Due to a nice speed and great flying , the ladies de-valuated the scores for a task of 203 km.
Magali Russier-Corcy,won with 108 km./ the SZD 55.

ONLY 4 out landings during the entire competition!!!

And the winners “en Francais”;
🥇 Championne de France : Aude Untersee  in Hornet ;4.937 points.
🥈 Médaille d’argent : Magali Russier Corcy  in SZD 55 ;4.889 points
🥉 Médaille de bronze : Mélanie Gadoulet in Pegase    ;4.537 points.

Aude has this title already since 2014. She is only 23 years old and studies meteorology at the National School of Meteorology.

Top ladies!!!!
as shared by
Centre de Planeurs du Sénonais


Junior Nationals at Lasham;

Lasham Junior Nationals and Regionals….
as shared by Alix Pentecost

After some “miserable” weather with small tasks and 1 pretty good task from 255 km. [with 1000 points for Finn Sleigh] finally on Saturday a “normal” task with 313 km. Simon Brown in the ASW 15 won the 1000 points. This brought him from 9 to 5 overall.
Also on the last [Sun-] day, there was no task. In the end the juniors flew 4 out of 9 day’s.
Junior Champion; Jake Brattle [ who was 3d on the last day] with 3.592 points in the DG 101.
Silver and Runner up; Clement Allen with 3.406 points in St Cirrus.
Bronze; Jordan Richards with 3.353 points in St Libelle.

Regionals Blue;
293 km. on the one but last flying-day and as there was no flying on the last day this turned out to be an important day. By the way the day before [task 7 with a  2 hour AAT] ,there was  ONLY ONE finisher [ 223 km. in time 2.56 ] and a runner up George Metcalfe, who  in the ASW 28 had a splendid day  . He flew 177 km . was the first on the list of “out-landers” whilst the next pilot flew ” only ” 72 km!!!
The  task-8-day was won by either Hughes or Davis sharing the St Cirrus with call sign E.George was runner up and with his good last run’s he moved from 5 to 2 overall.
Tom Arscott on the number 1 overall spot was 3d so he consolidated his first spot.

1. Tom Arscott in St Cirrus with 1.993 points.
2. George Metcalfe in ASW 28 with a few points less 2.830 points.
3 . Mark Holden in Duo Discus  T with 2.792.

Regionals Red;
405 km. on the last flying day and Phil Jones won, for the 2 d time. After an out landing in his Ventus 3 T, on task 5 with only 430 points from the 982 going to winner of the day Dale/Dale in the ASH 25 , he had with this weather no chance to climb up back to the overall-top again and stayed on spot 5.
In the end Dale and Dale won in the ASH 25.

1. Dale/Dale in ASH 25 with 2.901 points
2. Alistair Nunn in JS 1B with 2.783 points.
3. Dennis Heslop in ASG 29E with 2.720 points.


 Not far away,
… a few more UK TOPPERS were flying for the Cotswald Nationals 2018,

from Aston Down.



2/3 Out of 9 day’s were flyable.
In open class Andy Davis won in JS-MD1C  and gathered over 3 day’s 2.112 points. Russell Cheetham was runner up in JS 1C with 1.834 points and on 3. Tim Jenkinson same glider a few points less ;1.816.
In St. class Leigh Wells won in LS 8 with 1.522 points after 2 day’s. Just ahead of his dad who gathered 1.432 points also in LS 8. Good to see Martyn is still flying!!!
In 15 m.Tim Scott won also after only 2 day’s of flying in ASG 29E with 1.616 points. Chris Starkey was runner up and Matt Cook number 3.


One of the good day’s!!
As shared by Cotswold Nationals 2018


——After Ostrow there was a lot of “talking” about the interval starts. Some are in favor, some are strong against it and some think it might be a good idea BUT,…. with better and strict rules set by and backed up by the IGC.
Adam started in his blog a discussion about it .
I share Adam’s start of this discussion in the hope the future for gliding remains SAFE or even better ….get’s safer!!!!!

Adam’s opinion;

“Interval Starts, reminiscing over the day that 37 of us went through the start line together at the POL 15m WGC – unreal!

Incredible to watch and be apart of, thankfully it all ended up with no plastic being bent.. Overall I think I’m a fan of the concept, though I think the organizers should be provided with some guidelines on how to set them properly, when to use them etc, rather than the IGC saying we want you to trial them – good luck with it, not real fair on the CD and task setter…

What do I mean by that? This particular day as every competitor saw it, the task too long for the weather – therefor we all knew, be high and ready when the gun fires! That’s exactly what happened, of course the ‘Kawa effect’ was in full play this day, as it was most days, seen in these series of pictures.

So if the interval start is used, then I think it needs to be shorter than the traditional task that maybe set. This will give the competitors a chance to play a game, chase points, select the optimum, take a gamble, make a bad start and try again later?

As we saw from this GP start day, the best pilots still wins. Which is ultimately what we all want. In fact, with this many pilots perhaps it’s easier for the first 5-10 leading pilots to do better than the rest? What I noticed was that they had clear air and were able to best extract the energy. The trailing people are forced to behave, fit in and just miss each other for the first 20-30km – by then, the leading 5 have pulled ahead and are off for the day.

Perhaps this is why it worked better at the UK EGC, as their was always three choices of start gate times, not as many competitors, which meant smaller packs?

What don’t I like about the interval starts? Only one thing really and that’s the points. As I see it, there’s only one optimal start time each day, naturally every pilot wants to be on it. At the UK EGC what I noticed that if you were in this group, you’d fly around all together holding hands and finish within minutes of each other. The points, there would be nothing in it. So to me, if this start technique was used often, I’d see it as hard to catch up points if you were behind, and easy to maintain the top dog position if you were at the top.

A solution? I’d like to see lead points used, like our hang gliding brothers & sisters use. Go through the first gate, 100points to that group of starters, 2nd gate 70pts, 3rd… etc They’re numbers I’ve pulled from thin air, but you get the point I’m sure. There would be a day factor of course and linked to speed – black magic?

What do you think of the interval start idea? Thoughts on the above? Solutions? What have I missed?


As shared by Adam

Good on you Adam to start the discussion.I know there are a lot of strong opinions in favor and against.
Also OGN is a “source of worry” !!!!
Hope the IGC listens and takes action, rather sooner than later.


——-Perlan is getting higher and higher;
I read; ” 62 000 ft. New altitude record in Andean mountain wave“.
This is about 9000′ higher than the flight last year for which they were awarded a world record!!!!!
The highest recorded glider flight!!!History is written AGAIN. UNBELIEVABLE!!!!!!

More news from Daniel L Johnson:
New glider world record flight today – Jim Payne and Morgan Sandercock (without Morgan, this glider and this project would not exist).
The pilots had 63,100 msl on their altimeters, set to 29.93. The Armstrong Line is pressure altitude 63,000 ft. Their personal goal was to exceed that.
The record altitude will be determined by the FAI, after reviewing the records of both flight recorders. It will at least be greater than 60,000 ft. The exact GPS altitude isn’t known.
Jackie Payne says that 60,669 ft gps altitude will be claimed (she expects a slightly tighter altitude will be recognized after calibration).
The celebratory dinner lasted until almost midnight. I’ll embellish this properly tomorrow.
Two photos by Morgan from the back seat. One shows a high rate of climb; the other shows the near-top altitude.”

CU next week.
Cheers Ritz

August 22, 2018

Back to “normal” again….Rieti….Keiheuvel….USA 15 m and open NATIONALS….UK junior NATIONALS.

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RIETI…….Coppa Città di Rieti

Rieti skies as I remember them SO well.
Courtesy Clara

——The comps in Rieti for the Coppa Città di Rieti, continued BUT they had to wait till Friday;
Today we return to fly, after three days of bad weather! Take-offs are scheduled for 12.30pm. Three tasks were assigned: three areas each with an average length of 350 km and a time of 2h45 ‘. There are 25 degrees, the QNH is 1016 hPa, good climbimg conditions are expected, wind will be irrelevant and some rain is still forecasted.”[Clara]
So 3 AAT’s from 2 hour 55[A groupe] ,2.45 [B groupe] and for the “new ones” 1.50.


Great weather in Rieti and I remember every building.
Pictures courtesy Clara.

Only 5 finishers in the B group, with as winner Peter Hartmann;349 km. in time 3.04. Young Davide was one of them, I noticed on the pictures he is a FATHER now, with a lovely baby and wife. Time flies. I still see him with TC Leonardo in Husbos at the junior worlds.
Also Thomas was back and team Alberto Sironi in the ARCUS T.
The A group had Luca again as winner.[Discus 2A]

Scrubbed on Saturday after a small AAT was not possible. Take offs were supposed for 12 PM but at the briefing they said already to leave straight away because of thunderstorms after 4 PM. In the end the day had to be cancelled, as the rain started at noon just after launching the first pilots, who had to come back..

Building up TOO quickly. As shared by Clara.

They  only had a valid task in one class; group B and not all left as the weather was just miserable, some were launched , landed again, tried hard but in vain and gave up.Thomas won the 1.30 AAT with 171 km. in time 1.35. Only 11 from 27 finished in this class.
Unfortunately the weather did not co-operate in the normally always sunny Rieti area; 3 day’s out of 7 in group B.
1. Davide in ASG 29 E with 2.004 points, well done Davide!!!
2. Thomas in the Ventus 3 with 1. 933 and 3. Peter in the Antares.
Alex and Dane from NZ were 5th, guess they never saw this kind of weather during their Rieti trips.

On the last couple of days, Aldo, the Competition Director in Rieti,  had to assign a Finish Ring of 25km radius, so the sporting performance could be completed before considering the alternatives of a different airfield or trying the glide back home.Good on him.

Packing the glider in the trailer again.
Nice picture shared by Clara. THANKS Clara for the news and pictures!!!


With Luca on the highest spot  in group a…  Duo Discus XLT- team G. Marchisio + F. Cavicchio and Lisa Scheller from Germany in LS 8/18 m.!!!
and Davide WITH his  little daughter in group b with Thomas and Peter.
as shared by Clara.




 TEXAS  15 m and open class NATIONALS.

Found this picture in my file. FABULOUS picture of THE CONCORDIA with Dick Butler !!!!!! As seen by Jacek Lewinsky.
Don’t even remember where it was, but I wanted to share a picture from the CONCORDIA.

—–The comps in 15 m and open in Uvalde got some good flying as well after the pretty unusual rainfall for 4 day’s in a row.

15 m;
Sean Fidler was THE man on day 2. In his ASG 29 he flew 344 miles with a speed of 81 m/ph.
Day 3 was for Rick Indrebo , [same glider]who flew 275 m. with a speed of 85 m./h.
Sarah is flying as well and pretty good in her Ventus 2ax , she was after 3 flying/contest day’s on spot 5.
David Leonard, who won day 1 flew very consistent and topped the overall list every day till now .

David was 7th on day 4 and that cost him 100 points so he moved from 1 to 3. Rick won the day and is leading now. But John Osbourne is on his heels ; difference in points 3827 for 3804.
Day 5 was for Ken Sorenson, flying the Ventus 3 in 15 m. configuration and John is the overall leader now 3d for the day, Rick 7th.
David was 14th and “dropped” to 5.
AND SARAH climbed up to 3 overall good on her.Runner up for the day!!!!

Day 6; Very last day and AGAIN a good one for Sarah!!! She was on a daily number 3 spot but with that she consolidated her runner up spot as vice USA 15 m. champion!!! Well done!!![5.624]
Rick won the day AND the comps so he can call himself the new USA champion in 15 m.[ 5.707]Congratulations!!!
Ken mentioned :”Uvalde 15M Nats last day. Definitively a nationals caliber task. Large blue hole with dead air had to be crossed at the beginning of the first leg. Once across the hole the soaring it was screaming good with cu and strong climbs to 8000+ ft. until the final leg home which was mostly blue and weaker. Speed on the task was determined by how you crossed the first hole how you set up to fly the last leg home. Challenging day but great fun. Another example of why Uvalde is a world class soaring site.”

With Peter Deane, Gary Itner, Rick Indrebo, Sara and David Leonard the top 5 from this class!!!
As shared by Soaring Society of America

Being number 2 on day 1 changed quickly on day 2 for Dick Butler [DB] in his Concordia, the majestic “ship”.He won and topped the overall list.
Here is what Steven Leonard, very kind, nice and wise man, who I met in Uvalde in 2012,  had to say on FB:Steven flies a NIMBUS 3/25.5 m.
About day 2;
“Big task today (362 mile assigned task). Cloud base was about 4000 AGL when we started. Got higher as the day went along. Had a tough time on the legs going south (Uno Mas, then to Laredo), great run to Eagle Pass, then a slow trip to Dilley (along with a pretty big detour trying to find a climb), and a bit of a nail biter getting home. Just over 5 hours on course today. Good fun (since I got around!).” [601 OLC km]
Day 3 ….. 316 mile assigned task. Really weak lift early, started too soon, struggled on the first leg. Got passed by the winners part way down the second leg, and that was my wake-up call. Or something. Got a couple of good climbs, some confidence in reading the clouds, and started running a LOT faster. Again 9th place for the day, 9th overall. Each day has been faster than the last one for me, so I hope I can keep that trend going” [534 OLC km]

On day 3 Dick was runner up with a speed of 91 m./h. over 314 m.
But day 4 was for Dick again;323 m with a speed of 83.22 m./h. With more than 100 points he leads the open class now. As was day 5!!!! Another 1000 points bringing him to 4.978 points in total with one day to go.

Day 5 as seen by Steven in his OLC comment:
“Day 5 US Open Class Nationals. Blue at the field, slow to cook, so first in line (me) gets to be the sniffer. Found acceptable climbs to barely acceptable height, and the launch was underway. 3.5 hour Modified Assigned Task.
Got a good start with a climb right at the edge of the cylinder, then out to a cloud for a 6 knot climb to 7K MSL. Off into the blue down the first leg! Some struggling and feeling sorry for myself and watching other gliders disappear into the distance on the FLARM. Push, and you can catch up. Or go down fast. I think I caught a few and had a pretty good run. Every time after the first leg when a good climb was needed, one appeared. Interesting that there were pretty good climbs even after the cu was gone. Looks like 6th for the day with just under 900 points. One more day, and it is shaping up to be a good one.”

Day 6 was a prey for Dave Mockler in the JS 1c/21 m. who is the new vice USA open champion.
But,…Dick was 3d , so no worries to get to the highest spot to receive his so maniest open USA title.[5.936]

Day 6 seen by Steven; Thanks Steven for sharing!!!!
Day 6 is complete, and so are the US 15 Meter and Open Class Nationals. I managed to fly 275 miles at just under 84 MPH average today, which was good enough for, are you ready for it…. 9th place (again)! I am nothing if not consistent! I set my anchor on the first day, and held to my position for the entire contest.
Uvalde is a very special place. If you have not yet flown there, you need to find a way to get there and fly. You will not regret it.”

471 km. with a speed of 127 km./h.

From r to left;  1st: Dick Butler, 2nd: David Mockler, 3rd: Jim Lee, 4th: Keith Essex, 5th: Ron Tabery

As shared by Soaring Society of America



—— In our Tocumwal past we converted MANY hang glider pilots to glider pilots. Here is a picture of 3 hang glider mates who grew out to WGC toppers!!!! No they did not convert with us, but I remember the easy way of flying and living from them. So relaxed!!!!

Tomas Suchanek [Czech Rep] Pete Harvey [UK] Alland Barnes [Australia] all “performing” in Hosin.
Courtesy Allan.



—–Visited KEIHEUVEL last Sunday; My annual trip to this very pleasant airfield, but unfortunately there was no competition-flying this weekend. The yellow dry field, burnt by the sun ,looked a bit sad and  to avoid damage they cancelled and postponed the 2 day’s Keiheuvel CUP, the 12th edition,  till next year.
But I caught up with several people , had a fabulous lunch prepared by Rudy and Chrisje, finally got to meet Rosa again, madre familias , from the HUYBRECKX family ,89 years old, but she still knew who I was…amazing….Had my annual LEFFE brown Trappist beer WITH grenadine, visited the Schmelzers at their chalet and congratulated Tijl with his inspiring-every-day- win in Klippeneck and Peter with his title in Bailleau.
Some pictures;

Field looking dry and yellow and sandy.But de KEI ,the restaurant “shines” in the sun and was VERY busy!!!


The Stearman , ” lives” at the Keiheuvel, but  left for a FLY IN to Zoersel , an old timer event and Pieter helps the pilot [back seat] and guest .


and a totem pole full of gliding-trips all over the world in the garden from the Schmelzers

Being so busy with Hosin I missed a”nearly 1000 km” from Tijl from Keiheuvel on August 9, in the Ventus 2CT/18m ;983!!!!!!
Tijl flew this year already 4x a 1000 km and in total already over 20 most from Belgium and with all airspace -restrictions  I can tell you,… that IS SPECIAL!!!!! He is a master in planning his flights!!!
On that day August 9 a few more great flights from Keiheuvel; 838 km. by Jeroen Jennen in LS 8 and and 696 by Tim Huybreckx in Discus 2.


a more recent picture from Tijl after his 1000 k in June . Plus all those winning-day’s in Klippeneck,…it has been a great year for him!!!
AND my youngest brother and his wife.



And parallel 2 classes flying for the regular regional titles. A total of 86 pilots in 3 classes.
They started on August 18 but pilots had to wait for 3 day’s before they could fly. A dip in the glorious weather from this 2018 season.
On day 4 [August 21] they started with task 1 ; 255 k.  for the juniors and 256 for Regionals blue and 324.96 for red.
I counted 45 juniors, but only 15 finished from 39 who started ,2 of them HC. Finn Sleigh in the St Libelle won with a speed of 80.99 km./h.
Red; Phil Jones in the Ventus 3 won with a speed of 80 km./h. TOUGH day!! 8 From 16 finished.
Blue; Mark Holden in the Duo Discus before Tom Arscott and Shaun Lapworth both in St Cirrus.7 Finished from 21.
All scores are preliminary.
Comps finish on August 26 so more next week.



——-French FEMALE Nationals flown from Pont Sur Yonne, in club class and till now 3 pretty good days.
Day 1; with 272 km. and a Pegase as winner from the 1000 points with in it Céline Rault.
Day 2; a 2 hour AAT with a new face on spot 1 ;Anaïs Gaubert in the LS 4….154 km in time 2.01
Day 3; 316 km and another Pegase won the day;Mélanie Gadoulet got the 1000 points for a speed of 90.44 km./h.


day 2 and day 1 winner; Anais and Celine.

More next week.

All 13 ladies ready for day 1.
all pictures  shared by Centre de Planeurs du Sénonais



—–And PERLAN news!!
Daniel L Johnson

Today the Perlan glider was towed to 40,539 ft. Takeoff was about 200 meters msl, so the tow was a hair short of 40k even.
This is probably the highest aerotow ever — not that anyone is keeping track.
But it does mean that every flight can be productive.

Today’s flight was Perlan’s highest since last season, and a lot of testing was completed.
Takeoff was delayed about 20 minutes because the retractable (Dyneema) tow rope could not be extracted. You guessed right — a loop had wrapped around the axle, and discovering that and fixing it involved removing a hatch and de-tangling it.
Mike Malis demonstrates efficient engineering pragmatism…
One more item to go onto the pre-flight checklist. (Every item on checklists is related to something that has gone wrong sometime.)
The sky has been full of wave clouds all afternoon.
They needed a strong tug so finished with an Egret, which brought the Perlan in 10 minutes to a height of  3 km.!!!!;
“Perlan Project needed a powerful plane that could fly slow and high to tow the pressurized Perlan 2 glider. The Egrett was a great candidate with 108 foot wingspan and 750 horsepower engine. The Perlan Team flew to Texas to test AV Experts’ G-520 with our fabricated and certified tow.”
CU next week.
Cheers Ritz

August 15, 2018

Looking back for just a minute, because it was such fun!

Filed under: Uncategorized — ritz @ 6:24 pm

HOSIN….FAREWELL….            CU in 2 years in ….STENDAL.


Preparing the container for return to S.A.    and…a nearly empty airfield in Hosin again.

I will remember Hosin for a long time. NO I was n’t there,… but the organizers made me feel I was there. Of Course there is a huge difference , mostly missing out on mates-for-years AND the pure excitement from comps. Sometimes I just feel sad I am getting older, but so be it. But it all felt easy to follow even from far.
Thanks to the HOSIN team. Great job from Tomas Rendla as CD even more by his very confident 17 year old son Matej, bringing the WHOLE closing ceremony to an excellent end.
A pity I could not hear the noise from clapping etc,[ there was no sound!!] but for sure I find it somewhere again.
They all left with memories for a lifetime!!!!
Thank you  to Carol from South Africa who allowed me to share her words and to Matthew and Adam for sharing parts of what they wrote in their blogs!!


Carol, Adam and Matthew last 2 pictures courtesy Benjamin Neglais.
On Adam Woolley’s Gliding Adventures and on Matthew Scutter’s Gliding you find their last words on HOSIN.

AND,…the last words are for Tomas Rendla CD of this competition;



The FAI flag was handed over by President of the Jury Rick,  from Hosin hands in to Stendal hands. Germany next!!!



As promised the pictures from  the winners and that was not even easy.
I got a tip to look at the tweets and yes they were there. Here you are thanks to  

18 m. class With Wolfgang in the middle, Mario to the l. and Jean Denis to the r.
Courtesy Benjamin Neglais.
The open class champions in the middle Michael, to the l Felipe and to the r. Petr. In front of them the pilots who got a certificate; From l to r. Ricardo, Pete, Philippe and Sylvain, Andy, Zdislaw and Henrik.
20 m. class with team Poland on the top, to the l, team UK and to the r. Team Finland
When I saw Michael Sommer , last time , he was maybe not yet married , but his partner was carrying their first child-to-be. Now he had 4 kids at the podium and absolutely beautiful kids. So pleased for him, as he had quite some “wild hair” in the past, if I may say so.
He now has his 5th WORLD TITLE .[2004..2008…2010…2014…2018!!!]
Great to see Wolfgang back as WGC CHAMPION. I visited his wedding long time ago. He has n’t changed and is still the jovial Wolfgang I knew.
I have met Sebastian at a lot of comps, but never really got to know him. Don’t know exactly why. Looking at the list of world champions I counted 11 titles for him. Unbelievable.
And one more picture from Wolfgang, just because I can. I don’t think I have seen him so happy his 2d WORLD TITLE!!!!!!
As shared by Benjamin.
With this picture , from TRUE HAPPINESS in mind , I asked Wolfgang,  whilst congratulating him with his 2d title, if this one felt different than the one in 2003, maybe more valuable.His answer;
Yes, it does feel more valuable than the first one. It was more difficult – pilots in 18m-class got much more competitive, and I’m much (15 years!!!) older. So I’m very grateful for this reward for the work I did here and there on myself.
AND to finish the last winners in the 20 m. class in their sponsored jackets.
More happy chappies; Allan and Matthew!!As shared by Gagula Darko
Delux by GagulaNovak WingcoversLZ designLXNAVNaviter SeeYouSoaringxx enSkySight.
And to finish the German team as CUPWINNERS!!
With a proud Wolly!!!
As shared by the German team.
The president of the jury Rick Sheppe from the USA happily traveled home,  but had a bit of delay!
 After 23 days of good weather in central Europe, a big storm caused me to miss my connecting flight. Stuck in London for a day. Could be worse.
The transition from Pilsner to Stout was uneventful.”
—– THE CIM; I shared with you the picture from Giorgio at the highest spot in 18 m at the CIM. Now Clara shared some pictures from the other classes.
OPEN class with Alexander Mueller on the highest spot. To the l, Giorgio and to the r. Jon [UK]
15 m; With Remy in the middle and Luca to the l and Aku to the r.
20 m; with on the highest spot French team D. Guerin + A. Donnay
on spot 2 [ l]  Yves Gerster with his mate and
3J. Wenzel + M. Wenzel, the Wenzel familyie

——After all the euphoria from writing about impressive comps, I was quickly back with 2 feet on the ground ,after I heard at the news on Sunday morning that a young 15 year old lad crashed his glider on a cemetery in the neighborhood of Braunschweig in Germany. He flew the glider himself as training for his license. He must have been an enthusiastic young man, as he started already so young.  SO SAD, so terribly sad!!!

——-As said before, Ge Dale will be back in Narromine this year. As just” decorated” new UK champion in Club class  he will start coaching again. There are only 3 courses left for 2018!!! So be quick if you wish to be part of it.

“It’s on again, G. Dale is returning to Narromine and will be in residence for all of November & December this year!!
Whether you are an early Cross Country Soaring Pilot or a highly experienced Competition Pilot you can benefit enormously from a week of performance coaching with G Dale.

G. Dale is a professional gliding coach and will be running his outstanding Cross Country Coaching Courses throughout each week at Narromine starting Monday October 29 right through to Friday December 21. 
The course offers both theory and practical training. You will be flying one on one with G in the Narromine Duo Discus or you can fly a lead and follow with G in your own glider.
Flying each day will commence with a full weather and task briefing followed by either a group or one-on-one cross country coaching session. The courses can be tailored to suit your experience level and requirements from first cross country to National Competition standard. G will be running his famous 5 day full time cross-country performance coaching course each week.
See the Narromine Gliding Club website for full details and to make a booking…

a picture after the prize giving in Dunstable.

Ge with the CUP, shared by my Narromine friends.Pic by Liz Pike.


——Back to comps; USA has the 15 m and open class Nationals. PRETTY WEIRD, I thought, after been there twice,  it was always fabulous weather in Uvalde in Texas, but they started with 3 NO CONTEST -day’s. I quickly found out why;” Uvalde today is sitting in the target area for flash floods, but should be moving away tomorrow. YAY! The chances for rain are diminishing.”
They had 2 practice day’s in open won by Dick Butler in the CONCORDIA and by Dave Mockler in the 21 m JS 1 C.
Nice to see that even Mark Huffstutler is flying. [ARCUS M] He was the CD in 1991 and I met him last in 2012 again. Lovely guy!!!!
So no contest-day’s on August 11-12-and 13.
BUT ,…they flew on the 14th, so contest day 1; Preliminary scores for 15 m.;David Leonard with 898 points..speed 79.77 miles /ph. over 214.86 km.
Preliminary scores for open; Jim Lee in JS 1C got the 1000 points for 272 km with a speed of 85.71 mile/ph.
Dick Butler in CONCORDIA DB was runner up and “lost” 18 points.
——-In Rieti the CIM has finished and they nearly straight away continued with the Coppa Citta di Rieti with 49 competitors in 3 classes Class A , Class B and a class for ” novices”, ” future champions” .
Class B has some international pilots ,so I focus on that. Of course all scores are on
Day 1 had 326 km. for them and Alex Mc Caw and Dane Dickinson from N.Z were the best. Dane flew already earlier at the JWGC in Rieti where I met him then. Now they fly together an ARCUS M.
27 In this class and Jon [UK] who moved from the one to the other competition was runner up on day 1. He had the best speed with 137 km./h. in his ASG 29 ES.[handicap 119]
Davide Schiavotto, also a former junior, was 3d. With Alvaro on 5, Thomas [Gostner] on 8, Peter Hartmann [Austria] on 10; he must have raced/flown from Hosin to Rieti ,  where he flies every year.
Werner Danz [Switzerland] finished on 21.
As shared by Clara.
and great to see ALVARO, STILL with the same crew .Good on them!!!
Day 2; message from Clara;”Day2 – No task.
Storm alert/allerta meteo della Protezione Civile.
Cloud cover + heavy rain forecasted from early afrernoon. Copertura e previsione di piogge molto intense dal primo pomeriggio.
Wind gusts and electric activity. Raffiche di vento e fulmini.
It is highly recommended to secure your trailers and gliders. È altamente raccomandato fissare saldamente al suolo i rimorchi e gli alianti.
Hail is always possible when there are CBs. Strong or light, nobody really knows.”
Day 3 today; no task yet.
More next week, last day in Uvalde will be on August 19 . And in France the 16 females are starting their NATIONAL_ladies-competition on the 19th.
In the UK the juniors and Regionals start this weekend at Lasham with 85 in total.
And the next big FAI events are the EGC in Turbia in Poland for open 18 and 20 m. from 11-25 Mai 2019.
For the “small” ships from July 6 -July 21 2019 in Prievidza in Slovakia.
CU next Wednesday
Cheers Ritz
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