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March 20, 2019

Seniors active at their annual championship in Florida!Christchurch and Utrecht.

Filed under: Uncategorized — ritz @ 6:59 pm

—With the terrorist attack on innocent people in their mosque, New Zealand sadly found out ,that their till now relative safe country , [Christchurch had of course terrible earth quakes], lost it’s innocence as well, due to a fanatic weirdo.
50 People dead and a lot injured. TOO tragic for words. The HAKA-tribute  brought tears to many eyes.
In Utrecht , the travel hub from Holland , we had an attack as well; 3 people dead ,3 very badly injured and 2 more injured.
In a tram on their way to school, work or just having a coffee with mum. Our innocence is gone too.
Holland is part of Europe and several European countries had to deal with this  violence already earlier, whilst we “escaped”.
A Turkish weirdo born in Turkey ,but living in Holland, with a past of violence, took our Dutch innocence.
If it was a terrorist attack or a relational attack , maybe a psychopath, or a “crack-related” one, maybe even a reaction on Christchurch, [ I hope they find out in the end] , that does n’t matter for the families , their husband [49] son [29]and daughter [19] will be gone forever;  this guy ruined their lives.
Now sadly enough, it was our turn , but compliments for the police and other instances, they did a great job.

New Zealand and The Netherlands share their grief. The world shares with them.

—We were not the only ones, 2 weeks ago, with the very bad spring storm. Also Germany and Belgium SUFFERED!!!!
With this weird heavy weather, it must be , that insurances are going to raise their prices.
Only Holland had a damage bill from several millions. 2 Injured people luckily, no fatal accidents here in Holland.
It’s sometimes unbelievable to see how people crawl out of their by a tree,totally smashed car, with only a blue eye!! Great guardian angels.

—Last week I could not remember the name of the president of the jury later at the WWGC in Lake Keepit. Lilian, who flies WWGC’s for Holland straight away updated me. Thanks.
Gisela Weinreich. Of course I know her name and her input in female soaring, even met her, but a long time ago.
Lilian shared some info about her;
“She has been more often steward at WWGC’s. She is one of those champions and heroes in female gliding.
Here is a link to a documentary about the history of “women in gliding”, from the WWGC in Klix in 2005.Lot’s of history and the foundation of the WWGC. Deep respect for the ladies from the “past“.
 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pjq9xx09fMk

 

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29 th Senior championship from Seminole Lake Gliderport.

courtesy Bozena Michalowski

The oldies, with respect, are still going strong,  at their senior championship as always at Seminole Lake Gliderport.
The contest management decided to “only” have 55 entrees for safety reasons.
Those 55 started on March 9 and continued till Friday the 15th.
What happened?
On contest day 1 Karl Striedeck showed his great soaring experience in a Duo Discus X, winning the first 1000 points,after an early start . Jim Lee in a 15m version JS 3 was runner up. Ron Ridenour in an ASW 27 was 3d.
A day with nice temperatures and a few clouds as well, but conditions seem to have been not as good as expected/hoped for.

Karl Striedeck with to the r. his brother.
Courtesy Bozena Michalowski.

Contest day 2 was for Jim, starting with a bunch of his mates, using [convergence-] cloud streets as much as possible. He straight away took over the first overall spot. Karl was 15th so moved to an overall spot 3. Not bad either!!Ron was 6th and stayed on 2.
Today’s task is a 2 hr. area task. Weather forecasted similar to yesterday, but more moisture and encroaching clouds from a system along the gulf. Grid time was delayed and a slight change of task with the gate opening 14:20ish. Cu began to form in the airport area near launch time and bases rose to 4000+. All appear to be on course at this time.” by Kathy Lee.

1 of the pilots Pete Alexander with his “co”. I met Pete in Uvalde, [2012] where he mostly did the sniffer flight’s.
Courtesy Bozena Michalowski

“One special part of the Seniors Contest is the support that the competitors, crews, & friends give to help the next generation of pilots, particularly the junior team. Pete Alexander, chair of us team committee shared progress in preparing our Juniors for the upcoming contest in Hungary. The seniors stepped up with generous donations, back seat rides, etc. to help our 2019. it’s encouraging to see so much support for Juniors. Great job Seniors.”
US Soaring Teams

Contest day 3 , was the 2d daily win for Jim, so he was strongly on top with a relative late start at 3 PM. Karl was 3d and moved to spot 2 overall. Ron had a less good day, finished as 17th and dropped overall to spot 6.

Gary Carter and his lovely wife Christine, who I met in Uvalde as well. They were crewing for Bill Elliott that year and as I wrote for their Soaring Cafe, I met them a lot.
Courtesy Bozena Michalowksi

THEN …..NO flying,….but a CREW day!!!! Rick writes;
At the Seniors, it is traditional to call the Rest Day the “Crew Day.”  This is because, at this event, the day is chosen by the crews, in consultation with the Competition Manager.  The CD doesn’t get a say in it.
The Crew Day is chosen well in advance, to allow the pilots and crews a full day to enjoy the Florida attractions.
This year it was a good call; we’ve had a solid overcast all day.”

Contest day 4 on March 13. After the overcast ,some cirrus stayed and made it not an easy day for some.  Lee is still on spot 1 overall, but was 8th for the day and Karl only 20thiest, but he stayed on his spot 3 as well. In between ,  Ron in his ASW 27, who is back in the top, with a relative early start at 2.04 PM and daily winner, so he returned to spot 2 overall.  Jim started 15 minutes later.

The tuggies, “you guys are the greatest. Such an incredible & efficient routine launching so many planes in such a short time!”
Courtesy Bozena Michalowski

Contest day 5; Leigh writes about the weather;
Roughly 4000 ft. cloud bases, cu, light winds from SE.  Possible horizontal spread out, no cirrus.”
So a 2.5 hour area task was set.
The day even turned out better than expected but some kind of seabreeze interrupted some good flights.
Leigh writes about it;
About halfway thru the course- 5-6 knot thermals.  Unfortunately for some competitors, a lake wind shadow set up approx. 15 miles west of last turn and as a result those returned home for a finish short of minimum time.”
Daily winner;Billy Kerns in an LS 8 /15 m. Ron was 2d and Lee 3d. Karl 5th, so no changes to the overall top;Jim, Ron and Karl.

with Doug Jacobs and his crew.
Courtesy Bozena Michalowski.

Contest day 6 last day!with good weather up to 5000 ft and 9 knot climbs!!!
Not a great day for Jim , finishing as number 21 for the day, but he was so far ahead he could fly defensibly.
Al Simmons in the ARCUS M won the day , the best day of the contest and with that he took over spot 3 overall from Karl.
FINAL RESULTS;
1. Jim Lee with 5.703 points.
2. Ron Ridenour with 5600 p.
3. Al Simmons with 5548 p.
4. Karl Striedeck with 5528 p.
5. Rich Owen with 5505 p. [in LS 8 /15 m.]
6. Doug Jacobs with 5477 p. [in Duo Discus X]

The older ones under my readers know of course names as Karl Striedeck and Doug Jacobs. I met them at several comps in the past. Karl was honored and here is what ,I guess looking at the style, Rick wrote about him;
“The awards ceremony opened with a special presentation. Karl Striedieck received the FAA Wright Brothers Master Pilot Diploma, in honor of his 50+ years of accident-free flying in everything from F-86s to the Duo Discus he now flies. In his remarks after the presentation, Karl, who has flown gliders all over the world, reminded us how lucky we are to have the freedom to fly in this country without the restrictions most other glider pilots endure.”

This was the 29th version of the Seniors Contest so we are looking ahead of a great 30thiest contest next year.

Booming Weather.
All pictures Bo Michalowski

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SKYSIGHT.

News;
Today we are announcing the launch of the first revision of our User Manual.
We have a comprehensive manual in English, and a Quickstart guide available in German and English.

Manual (EN): http://static.skysight.io/Manual-v1.pdf
Quickstart (EN): http://static.skysight.io/Quickstart-v1.en.pdf
Quickstart (DE): http://static.skysight.io/Quickstart-v1.de.pdf

Interested supporters are welcome to contribute improvements via Github – https://github.com/skysightsoaringweather/skysight-manual

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UPPSALA MASTERS
UPDATE:

An important update about some changes;
the Official Comp starts 8th of June and ends 16th of June. 9th of June is a non-flying day.”
Why?? “our second competition day must be cancelled due to a verdict in our court of appeal some years ago, that prevents us from performing glider towing at Withsunday.”

 

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Some nice long flights last week;
March 14; In an ASH 25 Baptiste Innocent flew 1.065 km. from Fayance.
March 15; Kilometer eater Klaus Ohlman took his Stemme out the hangar from Serres for a long “ride” 1.612 km. with 166,95 km./h!!!!
730 in a Ventus 1 by Gerard Lherm from St Martin, is good too.
March 16 ;1.121 km. mostly ridge soaring by Dan Reagan in an ASH31/18m. from Grant County.
“Good day. A little of everything, wave, ridge, thermals, show showers, etc., etc. Lots of fun.”
March 19; 722 [600 FAI triangle] by 2 pilots flying an ARCUS from Alzate in Italy. And,…756 km. by 2 German pilots  flying from Bad Neustadt in an ASG 32 MI.

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And to finish;
Enough “troubles” again with the BREXIT. Love this cartoon shared by Peter Tutuarima. To be honest I do not understand some of the British people.

By Peter Tutuarima.

 

AND…..to finish once more this great sunset in South Africa.

after the roll out, from the 50thiest JS 3, owned by Katrin Senne, she made a few pictures.
So courtesy Katrin Senne
What a happy day. Being able to join the roll out party of the 50 JS3 of Jonker Sailplanes in Potchefstroom SA today. And having the possibility to take the first pictures of my new BK glider was even better,”

March 13, 2019

IGC meeting in Istanbul with interesting conclusions, awards and new WGC-venues!!

Filed under: Uncategorized — ritz @ 7:04 pm

Had a week in Amsterdam with my grand children. Very rewarding!!!
Worst ever storm here in this part of Holland,  with lot’s of damage, several millions!!!!
I live very much in-land, in the SE of Holland, so such a storm is very weird . People had to walk their bikes and had to be careful to not go with the wind, even with the bike in their hands. Unbelievable.
SNOW in the east of Holland and hail and thunder and lightning here, PLUS those up to 124 km. wind gusts.
March brings gales!!!!

2 Horror crashes with planes in Colombia and Ethiopia last weekend, killing nearly 200 passengers . Not good!!!! VERY SAD!!! On top of that heavy turbulence in a 777 from Turkish airlines during landing in New York with several injured passengers.

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IGC meeting in Istanbul.

As always in the first week of March the IGC plenary meeting was on;  this time in Istanbul on March 8 and 9.
A lot of reactions on one of the statements, both pro and contra.
—-they announced “We have voted to disallow tactical tracking… by making it technically difficult, and by declaring that workarounds (i.e. codebreaking etc.) are unsporting. We further voted to preserve delayed tracking for spectators.”
And;
Afternoon session begins with a very interesting presentation about the Open Glider Network. For our competitions, we are committed to disallowing tactical glider tracking while preserving collision avoidance technology.”
A few reactions;
Hearing from the IGC Plenary meeting in Turkey that the that tactical use of OGN is going to be banned by agreement that looking at the OGN data would be unsporting. I hope this is not true. This is not a solution.”

Interesting to see HOW they are going to do this.Glad and important they look into this matter, as there seem to be 2 “camps” ,but how they are going to implement this ……….??????? The sport should be safe , innovation is important but it should be fair and attainable for all.

Here are a few tweets.
—“From a late proposal: we have approved a modification to the Designated Start rule, adding a 5 minute option.”
—“The Lilienthal Medal is awarded to Dick Bradley.”CONGRATULATIONS DICK!!!!
— “The Pirat Gehriger Diploma is awarded to Dr. Angel Casado.” CONGRATULATIONS ANGEL!!!!
— “We have voted to experiment with a place scoring in our WGCs. Details to be developed for next year’s meeting.”
— “We have voted to experiment with a bonus for early starters. Details to be developed for next year’s meeting.”
— “We have voted to experiment with handicapping by adjustment to turn point radius, with distance credit to the center of the circle. Details to be developed for next year’s meeting.”
— “The 37th World Gliding Championships in the Club, Standard, and 15 Metre classes will be held in Australia at the end of 2022 (or early 2023).” It seems this will be Narromine. Great spot.
— “We have introduced two new trophies this year. The first “IGC Champion Pilot of the Year” trophy was awarded to Michael Sommer. The new “Göran Ax Memorial” trophy will be given for the greatest cumulative distance in the Open Class WGC, beginning in 2020.”

AND it is official!!!!All 3 2018 world records from the Perlan Project are approved by the FAI.

GPS altitudes Aug 26 Jim Payne and Morgan Sandercock 18,503 m 60,705 ft
Aug 28 Jim Payne and Miguel Iturmendi 19,449 m 63,809 ft
Sept 2 Jim Payne and Tim Gardner 22,657 m 74,334 ft

All the tweets on https://twitter.com/FAI_IGC

 

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LAKE KEEPIT…….10th WWGC info

The weather is still good in Lake Keepit. Last Sunday Attila Bertok flew in his St. Cirrus 529 km. You might remember that he did his conversion from hang-gliding to gliding with us in the past. Great to see he still flies gliders.

The CD , Chief steward and president of the jury for the 2020 WWGC, have been announced at the IGC meeting in Istanbul. Here they are.

 Steward, Contest Director and Jury Chair. Frauke, Mandy and Gisela [Weinreich].

More news; As far as I know ,Luxembourg will attend a WWGC for the very first time. Diana Schuit , a Dutch citizen but living in Luxembourg already for a few years, will represent them. She practiced already a lot down under , where she lived in the past and is ready to go for it in open class in her brand-new JS 3.
Diana flew with us in the Sportavia period as tuggie and is a well respected co pilot at Cargolux nowadays.
She is married to George , who will be her crew and TC. Both live partly in Tocumwal as well.

And talking about tuggies this is the tug master in Lake Keepit in 2020.

 They have a very significant group of highly qualified staff completely ready for the Competition and its Lead-Up. This  is Val Phillips, Val will look after Tugs and Tug Operations.
10th FAI Women’s World Gliding Championships

After the early January 2020 WWGC there will be the European 11th WWGC in summer [August]  of 2021 in Husbos in the UK. Their PR started already as well.

British Gliding Association

And the next one is known now too since the IGC meeting;
“The date of the 12th Women’s World Gliding Championships in Fuentemilanos, Spain will be August 2022.”

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—-Tocumwal; 8th of March, Bi Annual Hot Rods, Market and Gliding.

  

as shared by Sportavia Tocumwal

As seen and shared by Mary Anne.

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Those who are interested in flying the Uppsala Masters in Sweden; here is the latest.

Dear Uppsala Masters competitors and Teams!
We will within days publish Local Procedures and some other relevant documents such as price list and good to know info. Final day to register your self is 31st of March. This is also final day of payment. Payment and registration after this date is possible however will cost you 750 sek extra. At this moment we have some 40 gliding ships on the list. Amongst Swedish pilots we are happy to see that our Finnish gliding friends will visit us with a big team. This year we also have visitors from Norway and Germany, and not to forget our new world champion in 18m class from Austria mr. Wolfgang Janowitsch, this time flying with his mate Andreas Lutz in an Arcus. Last but not least we are glad to see that a competitor all the way from Canada has found his way to Uppsala, very welcome Jean Yves Germain.
So, stay tuned and we will return soon with updates!
www.uppsalamasters.se

as shared by Uppsala Masters

AND,…..some additional travel news
“Dear Friends,
For those of you that will travel over water to reach the beautiful country of Sweden I would suggest to have a look at the great offer our sponsor partner Finnlines have given us.

Route: KAPELLSKÄR – NÅDENDAL and return 
Travel period: 5th June to 18th of June
Latest booking date: 30th April
Promo code: MASTERS
Discount: -50% discount on morning departures and -35% discount on evening departures (deduction from std price list)

If you are traveling from Germany on the route Travemunde to Malmö, please send us a note and we will do what we can to support you.

Book at: 
https://www.finnlines.com/ferry-trips

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And to finish another GREAT soaring family, this time from France; the de Péchy family. Very successful in 2018!!!! Well done and congratulations.

From left to right;Anton de Péchy, winner of the Coupe Jacque Gomy 2018, then the very well known French TC, Eric Napoleon, then dad Philippe de Péchy , holder of a French record and National champion, and last but not least Clément de Péchy, runner up in the race for the Coupe Jacques Gomy 2018.

 

Enough news, so CU next week. By the Way the Namibia containers have arrived already ‘Home’ in good condition.

Cheers Ritz

March 5, 2019

Spring !!! Autumn ..down under,with 1 over 1000 km. 2 over 800 km. and 13 over 600 km. flights last weekend!!!

Filed under: Uncategorized — ritz @ 5:53 am

Just a short and early blog due to circumstances. Next week more.

On March 1 the meteorological spring started with autumn temperatures , lot’s of rain and tough wind, spoiling a lot of carnival pleasure. After the 3 glorious days with up to 21 dgr.C.,[ a drop from 21 to 8!!!!] it felt as a “cold shower”, but for sure the spring temperatures will come back.

Time enough to read the on.line-version of Gliding International with ,as always lot’s of news.

On the cover of the March/ April issue from Gliding International is a great picture from the JS 3 with the words ;” the choice of champions!!! A success story!!!
Jonker Sailplanes started with the JS 1 in 2006. Since the maiden flight they produced 126 gliders from this type. The JS 3 was later but already this month the 50 thiest JS3 will be handed over to a happy customer.
It took them 8 years to sell 50 JS1’s and now just over 2 years to sell this JS3. That say’s enough about the interest and trust in this glider, as mind you,those gliding-toy’s are not cheap.You have to think about it first.
“Part of JS vision and mission is to release a new product or variant every three years. The JS2 SL, SelfLauncher version of the JS1 with an improved fuselage design, is now in its final stages of development and completion and first flight is scheduled for mid-2019.
From 2020 the JS2 SL will be made available to the market which will be an exciting new entry for JS into the recreational gliding market.”
For their newsletters you can go to ; https://mailchi.mp/287…/jonker-sailplanes-newsletter-1585601

And much more news as
—the dittolog…a wireless automatic flight-sheet …more in the magazine and at a www.dittolog.com
DittoLog is an invention from Ernst Ditges who flew in the past with us in Tocumwal. He moved from Germany to Australia and still happily lives there. The Business was sold to Bob Flood recently and Bob is the one who writes about it in G.I.

—-ASG 32 got the problem under control; they released an A.D.(Airworthiness Directive) for its two-seater ASG 32.

—all you need to know about flying in the 4 soaring mecca’s in Namibia.

—Gariep Dam, never really gone but more prominent back on the map again…due to many German pilots.

—LS 4, LS 3,LS 10, …all gliders from Lempke Schneider… and now the “L” is not more. Wolf Lemke died on December 1.

—Germany and Australia join forces to increase research on global warming.

62 Pages of great , informing and interesting reading.

I also looked at the pilot ranking on February 28 2019 and the first 6 pilots are between 990 and 1000 points;
6. with 990.2 Sjaak Selen from Holland
5. with 990.7 Mac Ichikawa from Japan
4. with 990.8 Felipe Levin from Germany.
3. with 996.0 Wolfgang Janowitsch from Austria.
2. with 999.6 Michael Sommer from Germany.
1. with 1000 points Sebastian Kawa from Poland.

https://www.facebook.com/glidinginternational/

 

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LAKE KEEPIT…WWGC news

9 pilots will participate for Australia.
Club Class: Jenny Ganderton, Jo Davis, Kerrie Claffey.
Standard Class: Cathy Conway,Clair Scutter, Lisa Trotter.
18M Class: Ailsa McMillan, Jenny Thompson,Lisa Turner.

As I heard lately there will be, at this stage,  no participating pilots from Holland, which would be very sad. Hope this will chance.

At this late time in the season, the weather is still glorious in Lake Keepit. The Regatta is on and they enjoy the good weather to the fullest.

The gliders go soaring one by one, hurrah! Hurrah! – Keepit Regatta ‘19

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Tocumwal still has great ,now- already-autumn-weather- conditions and guests.
March 2; Chris Davison, flew 848 km. [832 triangle] in his 21 m. JS 1.
Grant who I see more and more back in soaring,[he is /was? a great hang-glider pilot ] flew 677 [558 triangle] in his St. Jantar and Kari is  back in Toc from Finland and flew in the ASW 27 456 k.This was his last flight for the season and with 12 flights in the pocket [ since January 24] he travels back home.
Conditions were superb; 10.000 ft and cu’s here there and everywhere.
Bruce Kerl flew a declared 500 !!! Mind you it’s AUTUMN!!!

Bernard Eckey flew in his ASH 30 819 km. from Balaklava.
A total of 8 flights over 600 km. also from Temora, Benalla and Lake Keepit.
What about Lake Keepit?? Doing something else/different in autumn??
Allan Barnes and Harry Medlicott flew a goal flight from Lake Keepit to Horsham;1.004 km!!!

March 3; the good weathercontinued.
What about a 750 FAI triangle in a PIK 20 by Bernie Sizer with 102 km./h.!?  A total of 769 km. this late in the season…chapeau!!!!Tough to come back but he made it and said “well worth it”!!! TOP!!!!
Lumpy with 822 [766 triangle] in the JS 3 also from Toc.
Bob from Benalla in Ventus 2CT/18m  with 635 km [600 triangle]
770 in the ARCUS M with Allan and Harry from Horsham this time; a long goal flight back from Horsham to Narromine. Only less than 250 to go now!!!
“We originally planned on stopping overnight in Tocumwal, then Temora, then finally Narromine as conditions continued to improve from the hot, sweaty, weak, windy, overcast conditions at Horsham. “. BUT,….they passed by all those places to nearly do it all in one day!! Good on them.
16 over 500 km. flights down under. And,….2 over 800 that weekend from Toc. Not bad.

Of course I lived for quite a few years in Tocumwal, hence a “bit” more news than about other fields.
Last Saturday the SRGC said farewell to their life Member, Dieter “Dundee” Albrecht. He is 82 now , has some problems with a knee, but I guess that after an operation he might be back next season.
However, when  Ingo spoke at the lunch for Dundee at the Golf Club, he mentioned;
When the club first formed, Dieter made his single seat glider , the ASW15, VH-GES, available t o the club free of charge.  For a long time this was the only single seater the club could offer to our members.
Dieter donated this glider to the club last year and would also like to donate his other assets to the club before he leaves
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That does n’t sound like coming back. Don’t know which assets, but I hope not “his/my” house, as I have the first option on it. But for sure that’s taken care of. He will be home in Germany today, time to see/hear what’s up.

    

Dundee in his car which brought him EVERYWHERE and with his best mate Ingo; “bier um vier.”

Cu next week.
Cheers Ritz

 

February 27, 2019

Issoudun ! SOLO,…a real happening, a huge experience , an achievement to never forget!!!!!!!

Filed under: Uncategorized — ritz @ 7:05 pm

It’ has been 18 dgr. C here, insane on February 25, the hottest 25th ever. We have had in the past speed- ice-skating- races and the 11 steden tocht [ ice skating in the N of Holland …Friesland,…over frozen canals between 11 towns] in February, but NEVER these high temperatures. Even the UK, often wet and chilly in this time, had record breaking temperatures of 20 dgr. and even 21 dgr.C!!!!
Yesterday we had 20 dgr. WOW!!!! Another new record….Today there should be a new record again…..
So far for global warming……??!!!
The weekend however will be wet [90% chance of rain] and “cold” [still 11 dgr.C. but 5 bft. wind, which is not good for the huge moving carnival cars]  like autumn, just when the CARNIVAL parade is on and my town FULL of party-guests.

 

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——-Well done to Billy AND Daniel AND James AND Tom AND Paul and last but not least Lisa .Good on you!!! All flights last week. It seems the future does n’t look that bad!!!

Congratulations to Billy Thomas who flew Solo for the first time yesterday. The photo shows Mark Rushton congratulating Billy after one of the 3 flights. ”
shared by Welland Gliding Club

AND

Congratulations Daniel on your first solo flight! He enjoyed every minute of his 1.5 hour flight and Manager Ops, Steve, was happy to do the honours with the obligatory solo christening!! Welcome to the ranks….now the journey starts!!😁 shared by Gliding Club of Victoria

AND
same club ,….same procedure

And congratulations to James [from Sydney] who soloed today! Woo hoo!! And …..he knew there was no escaping; just bring it on Steve!!😁

AND

“Tom Foale being congratulated by Carol Pike after his first solo.
Great day at Shalbourne GC today.[February 24!!!!!] 53 flights, first solo by Tom Foale, Bronze theory test and Bronze flying test passed by Matt Beckett, Annual checks and P1 mutual checks completed by Nick Jelev, P1 mutual checks completed by Jeremy Knight and annual BI checks completed by Chris Bessent.
With the warm weather there were plenty of T shirts on show,
lets hope 2019 is a great year for gliding……. British Gliding Association UK Junior Gliding”
Shared by  Shalbourne Gliding

AND

Congratulations to Paul who completed his first solo today! Paul took out our fixed price to solo deal and has been working to progress through the BGA syllabus – seen here with proud instructor Rob!”

AND

Huge congratulations to Lisa for her first solo flight today! Lisa Baker was sent solo by Brian Gough today after several rigorous training flights ensuring she could safely deal with anything. Lisa’s flying was supported by a bursary from RAFA YOUTH which has enabled her to learn to fly a glider here at Kestrel!”

Shared by RAF GSA Kestrel

Congratulations to ALL.
AND,…a first 300 k is worth mentioning too. From Tocumwal flown by Bruce.

“First 300 km flight for Bruce today
Late start with blue thermals to 8500ft‘”
As shared by  SportAviation Tocumwal

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—-Shared by  Graham Garnett;
Brian Spreckley reports that there will be an Overseas Championship at Issoudun in France held in conjunction with the Issoudun International contest. The task setter and local organiser will be Brian Spreckley and tasks will be DHT, AAT and AST. Gliders at any level are welcome.

Issoudun is a large grass airfield in the centre of France with a possibility of some great flatlands flying in the excellent conditions usually experienced in this region.

The entry fee and tows are reduced for pilots under 25 offering a great opportunity to gain experience continental conditions.

04 July 2019 – 13 July 2019
Entry fees +25 yrs 200 € and aerotows at 37 € , – 25 yrs 160 € and aerotows 30 €
Entries can be made here

More information, please contact aci@berryglide.net
Regards
BGA

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——-SOME INTERESTING FLIGHTS;

February 20 ;Allan [Barnes]tried a 1000 km. out and return from Lake Keepit in his LS 8. It looked like a chance, but,…unfortunately “it was not there”. Still some great conditions and convergences to fly this late in their season; 886 km.!!!!
February 21;Orient had a good day with 844 in a Ventus 2CM/18m. And 518 in an ASW 20/ 16.6.
Narromine was still good with 753 in an ASH 31/21 m.
February 22; USA pilot Kelvyn Flavall, flew just over 1000 k in blue conditions during a not always easy flight from Omarama, dropping from 4993 MSL [4447 AGL]  to 1641[ 467 AGL] in his ASG 29E/18m.!!!!He called it “a complete mystery“.
That same day Keith [Essex] flew 1.802 km. with a speed of 153 km./h in his ASG 29, on what somebody called a weak and slow day!!???
Keith mentioned in his OLC comment;”It wasn’t the usual wave flight where you could sleep through most of the flight. Tricky, blue at times and unstable with discontinuous lines. Wave system fell apart in the north and the south stayed relatively good. It was cold, was worried about frozen water ballast so tried to stay relatively low. That caused some excitement and a few slow downs.”
Romanian pilot Norbert -Alin Scarlat was in the Duo Discus learning MORE every day;1.605 km. AND Max [Stevens] also flew over 1000 wave kilometers.
February 24; Sven Olivier flies in the JS 1 B a distance of 866 km. He topped the OLC list that day and his comment was :”Late season flight – rain on the first leg 🙂 but dried out on the return leg – blue in the north – convergence at the airfield – Worcester Magic.
February 25; Good to see Michael Godoj flying from Worcester in South Africa, In the past he flew with us. Now he had a great flight in a DG 500 M/22 m. of 561 km. and topped the OLC list.
February 26…today;still over 600 km. flights in “good”  gliders as ASG 29 /18m. and ASG 32 MI from Benalla and Corowa and over 300 in LS 4 from Tocumwal.

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——Some interesting news;
from the BGA about Aussie former JWGC Champion Mathew Scutter ; “Matthew is founder of SkySight, which enables glider pilots of all disciplines to get accurate, long range weather forecasts, and will be sharing ‘Advances in soaring meteorology’ as a guest speaker.”
Matthew will be joining  this year’s BGA Sporting Conference!
Lake Keepit Regatta;  a fun, friendly and informal regatta, with entries restricted to 30 gliders,…started on February 23 and continues till March 2. First day’s were cancelled, day 2 and 3 had Allan Barnes in Duo Discus and Leo Davis in LS 8 as winners. Both day’s 3 hour AAT and 316 and 349 km. as best for 1000 points.
Scores on www.soaringspot.com.
WAGA STATE COMPS; start today [till March 7] with 21 pilots in one class .Flown from Cunderdin with a few toppers as Norm Bloch, Don Woodward and Greg Beecroft .

 

And to finish the EB over the Kalahari, shared by many over the last week, so I do too, as it is a great picture.

Fabulous picture.
Courtesy John Sullivan.

Cheers Ritz CU next week looks like blog 1100!!!!

February 20, 2019

2019 2-Seater NATIONALS in Narromine! And,…more news!

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NARROMINE 2-SEATER NATIONALS….continued.

Picture from above shared by Narromine Gliding Club Official

“Narromine today from above courtesy of the sniffer. Thank you Jack. (Vojta Hájek)”

They continued in Narromine with the 2 seater comps on Thursday with
Day 5..with a 3.30 AAT in which Adam and Keith had a good run again; 1000 points for 412.86 km. in time 3.39. Of course we want to know again how they did it and with Adam’s blog we are always up to date.
A late task change on the grid [ task A and B were direction N] saw us flying to the South, then West, North & home again on a 3.5hr AAT. As it turned out, we should’ve trusted SkySight [From Matthew Scutter] as the North looked much better – but certainly didn’t prior to launch!

Keith & I started straight away & quickly learnt that the CU’s weren’t giving great climbs nor glides, so an average run South really. We then deviated a long way North to follow the CU’s, which turned out to be the right thing.

A long glide into the blue, low & Georgo & Steve show us an area of lift to get away. From there (2hr mark) I let Georgo do all the work for the next 45min, I needed a rest & the risk wasn’t worth going for it!

We tactically flew the 2nd TP well & the 3rd leg, a final glide climb of 6kts after trusting the clouds ahead saw us just win the day, up until then it was Georgos. Good fun, thanks for the flight mate.”

Keith is sharing his happy opinions as well;
Day 5. The waiting game. Waiting for task C due to incoming upper level clouds slowing the heating on task A and B. Task C locked and loaded. 3h30m AAT task under the clouds. Fun day ahead. Sweet Narromine.”

394 km.  for runner up Andrew and Steven for 989 points. and…3d with 399 km. Harry and Allan for 947 points.

They also got “HIGH” visitors on Valentines day. Lumpy flew his plane from Toc to Narromine with in it Ingo, Joergen and Birgitte. Lumpy and Joergen were, as you know, supposed to fly the 2-seater Nationals but a damaging” cell” ruined this possibility.This way they said hello to their mates!!

…… 2 former WGC champions!!!Ingo in Rayskala in 1976, in Hobbs in 1993 , in Benalla in 1987 and in Rieti in 1985 and Brad [Edwards] in Uvalde 1991
Picture shared by Tocumwal Soaring Centre

 

Day 6..with a 3.30 AAT;
Another task C, but also another nice long flight,  a challenging one looking at the speed from 107 km./h over 373 km. by winners Andrew, Georgo called by Adam and Steven.That ARCUS M is a bloody good glider.
The Edwards were runners up and as Brad did in Uvalde in 1991, SINGING, he and his brother Bill did now too in the evening.
Miles out landed ” went too far into top sector ran out of daylight and out landed 10km short. Tim had lots of scratching practice at the end of the flight and his first field landing.”
One more day to go.

Day 7.. with on the very last day a 2.30 AAT;
Rock & Jacobsohn from the Hunter Valley in the Duo Discus GIE won the day and that makes me think it’s the old Sportavia Duo, which was sold during the auction to members of the club from  the Hunter Valley . They were very pleased with the purchase of this Duo GIE, still the same call sign. NICE!!!!I am pleased to see they are happy with it.
They flew 278 km. in time 2.35. Adam and Keith were runners up and Akemi with her team mate Smith were 3d.
So pretty clear who are the 2019 2 seater champions;
1. Adam and Keith in the ARCUS M with 6.394 points.
2. Andrew and Steven in ARCUS M with 6.252 points.
3. Harry and Allan in ARCUS M with 6.023 points.
Then 3  Duo’s on spot 4,5 and 6 with team David Jansen/Styewart, team Akemi Ichikawa /Smith and team Edwards brothers Brad and Bill.
I do agree with Adam’s next words as I have seen at many comps that being your usually you is the best.
20m final day run down.. My father told me as a young boy, don’t change anything just because you’re at a comp. Pretend it’s just any other day at the local club. That’s exactly what I did, slept the same, ate the same, prepared the same, chilled on the grid the same, it really felt like just another day to me.”
National Champion 😎👍🍻

and the champions and other winners in a cosy setting, with Beryll in full charge .

With from left to right  Keith , just behind him Andrew then Adam, Steven , Alland and Harry.
Narromine Gliding Club Official

 

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—— Who is trying to find something very special for the cockpit of the glider for the upcoming season,should have gone to Styrian Gliders Day  in Austria where Gagula Darko showed his DELUX fine product. It was last Saturday and a bit far for most of us but here is a picture and a link to see more.

http://www.deluxbygagula.com

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—-Sebastian Kawa travels a lot. After he left the comps in N.Z. he moved to South Africa to fly a JS 1 for a film-shoot.
Here is the news shared by Sven;” Sebastian pre-flighting the JS1 before a film-shoot – I was privileged to fly the chase plane – what a demonstration of flying skill.

   

As shared by Sven Olivier.

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It’s mid February end of summer in Australia  and nearly autumn , BUT they still have glorious flying weather.
The Benalla-Corowa-Tocumwal triangle had flights up to and just over 800 km. and 11.000 ft.  cloud base.
Lumpy Paterson flew in his JS 3 /18m. from Toc. 824 km [738 triangle] with a speed of 137.59 km./h.  , Bernie O’Donnell in his ASH 26 from Corowa 803 [598 triangle] and from Benalla Bob Nicholls in the Ventus 2CT/18m. 666 km.
Other great flights on this Sunday February 17, when we here in Holland had a record breaking 18 dgr. C. were from Grant in his Jantar 563 km. from Toc and Joerg in the LS 4 ;606 km. till he out-landed NW from Leeton.
Also the ARCUS M. from the Grampians Soaring Club flying from Toc. was worth mentioning, topping the OLC list with 815 [714 triangle] km.!!!!
Not to forget the very first flight in an ASG 29 [being used to ASW 15 and Pik 20] by Bernie Sizer;778 km. [608 triangle. His OLC comment;“First flight in an ASG29. Unbelievable.”
Temora; they had the  same great weather ,maybe even better as they are a bit more to the N. E. ; Brian DuRieu flew in his LS 10 a distance of 829 km. [738 triangle] and Lesly Kinsley in a St. Libelle 504 km.
I guess this must have been the driest , hottest and toughest summer ever . I have seen a few when I lived there, felt the pain from the farmers, saw the big ‘hoping’ eyes from the animals , but this summer was even more TRAGIC.
It’s a dream however for gliding. How cruel the weather can be!!??

By the way, Keith Essex is back in wave -wonder-land Omarama and flew 1.404 km. with 177 km./h. yesterday in his ASG 29!!!!Also a Romanian pilot learned a lot in a Duo Discus flying over 1.460 km. in wave up to 7291 m. MSL.

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—-Holland, Germany, France and Belgium slowly get their gliders out or their winter-sleep and either do the last job’s or flew already locally.Here is one of my favorite glider fields in Belgium; Keiheuvel.

From above and shared by Kon. Aeroclub Keiheuvel

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——And,…for those who like to fly in Sweden, here is an update on the Masters.
Dear Uppsala Masters competitors and Teams! 
We will within days publish Local Procedures and some other relevant documents such as price list and good to know info. Final day to register your self is 31st of March. This is also final day of payment. Payment and registration after this date is possible however will cost you 750 sek extra. At this moment we have some 40 gliding ships on the list. Amongst Swedish pilots we are happy to see that our Finnish gliding friends will visit us with a big team. This year we also have visitors from Norway and Germany, and not to forget our new world champion in 18m class from Austria mr. Wolfgang Janowitsch, this time flying with his mate Andreas Lutz in an Arcus. Last but not least we are glad to see that a competitor all the way from Canada has found his way to Uppsala, very welcome Jean Yves Germain. 
So, stay tuned and we will return soon with updates!

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—–Received the latest WSPA [ Women Soaring Pilots Association] magazine “Hangar Soaring” from editor Frauke Elber with news about Gliding, specially from and for women. This time also with some sad news as her husband for 50 years Wolf died on January 12 2019.Some might know him as well.
This is how he was remembered in her magazine.

IN MEMORIAM ;
Wolf Elber 1941-2019
Wolf and his family came to the US in February 1970 and joined the Tidewater Soaring Society in May that same year.
Wolf had a distinguished career first with NASA and later with the US Army. His professional accolades are immortalized on the Internet and in technical publications.
Few know about his contributions to soaring. He, in conjunction with Steve Sliva, wrote the first display scoring program for the 1982 Nationals in Elmira, NY. For the first time, this program made it possible to see schematically the location of pilot’s land-out places. It was a great hit with crews and the pilots who had already returned to Harris Hill.
A year later, he wrote the program for the ground start-clock that was used during the 1983 World Championships in Hobbs, NM. He also was one of the three scorers at these World Championships. He tinkered with home-calibrating variome-ters using the car manifold and home fridge. In the early eighties, he developed a thermal sniffing sensor that Helmut Reichmann in his plane and Frauke in their Ka8 test-flew. It worked, but too slowly for practical use then. It was about 20 years ahead of its time.
He was an avid supporter of Women Soaring (no wonder, it was a woman, who got him into soaring) and attended about 20 WSPA seminars together with his wife Frauke. At the seminars he was known as mister-fix-it all, especially non-functional toilets. For his efforts in this field, he was awarded the “Golden Plunger Award” (not mentioned on Google).
Over the years he owned a Ka 8, a Libelle, and an ASW 20 and was always willing to share the planes with others. For 10 years he flew in the Senior Championships at Seminole Lake Gliderport.
On January 12, 2019, three weeks before his and Frauke’s 50th wedding anniversary, he took off for his last flight.
Good Finish, Whisky Echo” 

AND,…to finish this fabulous picture shared by the WWGC team. They are very good in their PR and know how important it is to start early with news and pictures. Let them come!!!
Every time in the future when I write about the WWGC I will start with this picture.[ with permission] .

 courtesy  johnlund.com

You are up to date, it’s getting ” slow” with news now as most comps are over , but in Mai the 20 thiest FAI EGC starts already in Poland [Turbia] in open, 18 m. and 2 seater class and even earlier there will be comps as the Pribina Cup 2019 in Slovakia between April 19 and 27.
In between I “scan” the news with my eyes and scan some vintage pictures from “old” comps.

CU Ritz

February 13, 2019

Final day’s of Club class Nationals in N.Z. and Horsham. Start of 2-Seater class in Narromine.

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New Zealand Club Class National Gliding Championship 2019.

 

    

“As you can see Dave the weather man was completely sure which way to go yesterday at launch.”
Yesterday was last Wednesday. Courtesy Matamata Soaring Centre

After the rest- day everybody was eager to go for the last couple of day’s. The weather was not flash but good enough to fly again on Thursday February 7;
Day 11 ..task 10;
Club..2.30 AAT
; AND,….only 1 pilot from 9 finished!!! Tim [Bromhead] in his DG 300.He flew 182 km. with a speed of 55 km./h, so a hard working and character building-day , but well deserved 545 points for him.
Tom still leads with 6.116 points, then Mike with 5.673 and Steve with 5.505 points.
Less excitement here as in the other class, but you never know. INDEED!!!!!
Combi..2.30 AAT; and huge differences in start times. Some left at 1.35 PM others like Keith at 2.39 so an hour difference in looking at the weather in different way’s.
4 Finished, but not Sebastian ,he was the first to be “out” after 226 km. Daily winner Patrick [Driessen] in his JS 1; 308 km. in time 3.51.
Also in , Keith and the Taupo ARCUS and,…an LS  6 C with 206 km in time 3.19. Good on David Moody !!!
Sebastian still leads with 6.309 points with Keith on 2 with 6.257 and Patrick on 3 with 5.344.
Interesting to see what will happen, as it is between these 3 pilots, who will be on spot 1 in the end.

 

Courtesy Sebastian who had time to make this great picture as well. Not far from Roturua where I was as well and looked in amazing at the boiling mud.

Day 12 ..task 11;
Club..3 hour AAT; Tim seems to be in a winning flow,…he won again already his 4th win; 289 km./in time 3.08. Steve and Mike “hang in ” on spot 2 and 3 .
6 Finishers and 4 out. Nothing changed in the top 3.
Combi..3 hour AAT; The toppers all started at the same time, but not finished at the same time. Difference in speed between number 1 and 5 was 114.05 for 91.50 km./h..
The first speed was from Sebastian, the last one from Patrick, which meant in points a loss of 250 p. on Sebastian who won the day with 346 km. Patrick had 314 km. In between Keith as runner up with 344 km.
Keith mentioned in his OLC comment :”A variety of conditions today. Areas of overcast to the north and east with good Cu in the west. Very scenic in the west looking out over the pacific. To be safe I did a detour into the sun to get on final glide.”
Nothing changed in the top 3.

Day 13..task 12; In fact they had  9 out of 13 valid day’s. So PERFECT.
What was more perfect was the influence Sebastian seems to have had on the spirit of pilots during the week.
It has been such an inspiration to so many of us gliding kiwis to have the world champion here flying with us and giving his time so generously and graciously to help those of us still struggling to learn the mysteries of the skies and how to use them. So thank you, Sebastian, you have made a huge difference to our little part of the gliding world.  Combine that with a flying visit from world record holder Terry Delore, and we have certainly been given plenty to aspire to over the last two weeks!” as said /written by Hugh de Lautour .
What happened on their last day :”tough going in places, but again showed how the experienced pilot can fly the energy lines and make the most of what is there.”

Club..3.30 AAT; So a nice long task to even more separate the boy’s from the men.
2 Pilots flew just over 100 km./h. GOOD!!! Daily winner Mike and Mark in the Libelle. Mike flew 353 km in time 3.29 and Mark even 399 km.in 3.58 but with a “little” punishment for airspace.
Tim who had 389 km. had a red sign behind his name as well. AND nearly lost 600 points on this last day, 4 too much!!!
Tim who was 600 points ahead on the last but one day, just lost his first spot overall.
It’s only over after the last finish.
Overall scores after 9 valid [day 1 had great distances but all for zero points] and good day’s !!!
1. Michael “Mike” Strathern in ASW 20 with 7.535 points.
2. Tim Bromhead in DG 300 with 7.531 p.
3. Steve Wallace in Mosquito with 7.440 p.
Mark Wilson in the Libelle stayed on spot 4 with 6.920 p.

Combined class..3.30 AAT; And also in this class the “airspace-disaster” struck.
Patrick won the day with 439 km. in time 3.31 so a nice speed of 124 km./h. for 984 points. Sebastian was runner up with a few kilometers AND minutes more.But Keith only got 500 points for the airspace infringement, whilst he flew 439 km. with a speed of 125 km./h. He will scratch himself behind the ear, though he stayed on spot  2.
Overall scores;
1. Sebastian Kawa in Duo Discus with 8. 254 points.
2. Keith Essex in ASG 29 with 7.720 p.
3. Patrick Driessen in JS 1 with 7.251 p. Just to let you know; Patrick did not fly task 8.

    

As shared by Sebastian.

 

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53th HORSHAM WEEK.

Continued with better weather again and for that reason longer tasks on February 7.
TASK 6:
15 m./standard..3.45 AAT
; Another win for Rolf [Buelter] who flew in his LS 8 305 km. in time 3.42. Tim [Shirley] was a good runner up, though “he found it a tough day in the office” .
open..4 hour AAT and John [Orton] in his ASG 29 won the day with 369 km.in time 4.04. Only 4 from 8 finished.
club..3.30 AAT; Only 4 from 12 finished and the daily winner was Craig [Collings]  in his ASW 20 from the Mount Beauty Gliding club;341 km. in time 3.51.

TASK 7;
15 m./standard..204 km; Tim won the day and Rolf was 4th. Gary 7th. A bit of a difficult day for some but not too many points to be lost or gained. With 1 day to go the overall scores look like this;
Gary [Stevenson in Discus 2 ] still on 1, with Bruce [Cowan in  Ventus 1] now on 2 and Rolf on 3.
Open… 239 km; With 129 km./h Craig Vinall raced over the circuit in his ASG 29E. John and Mike on his “tail.” So nothing changed in the top 3 with 1 day to go. On 1. John, 2 . Mike and 3. Craig .Diana is on 4 good on her.
Club…204 km;Steve [Jinks] From the Beaufort Gliding Club in the St Cirrus won the day. Craig was runner up and Ailsa’s dad Alf McMillan was 3d in the LS 4.
Excitement enough in this class for the last day as the overall scores are close between Craig and Jaroslaw, just over 50 points.

TASK 8 last day!!! NO task!!!
A pity so the scores stay as they were.
15 m./st.class;
1. Gary Stevenson in Discus 2 3.520 p.
2. Bruce Cowan in Ventus 1 with 3.364 p,.
3. Rolf Buelter in LS 8T  with 3. 335. p.

open;
1. John Orton in ASG 29/18 m. with 4.181 p.
2. Michael “Mike” Durant in Jantar 1 with 3.906 p.
3. Craig Vinall in ASG 29E/18 m. with 3.866.

Club;
1. Craig Collings in ASW 20 with 3.772 p.
2. Jaroslaw Mosiejewski in PIK 20 B with 3.717 p.
3. Steve Jinks in St Cirrus with 3.317 p.

 

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2019 AUSTRALIAN 20m. TWO-SEAT NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP.

The grid.
As shared by Narromine Gliding Club Official

They started on Sunday and go till February 16.
13 Teams in gliders as ARCUS M, Duo Discus and DG 1001-club. Among them long time friends as father Brad Edwards and his son  , Miles Gore Brown and a mate, Harry Meddlicott and Allan Barnes, Andrew Georgeson and Steven McMahon and I noticed Czech topper Tomas Rendla on the list and young Adam Woolley with Keith Gateley. Keith arrived last Thursday in Narromine with the glider.

Short flight to Narromine. Arrived.” by Keith flying from Bathurst  normally a 900 km.drive.
Picture courtesy Keith.

It was good to see that good old Harry with Allan ,[ strong team !] won the day;1000 points for them for a speed of 93 km./h over 308 km.
Their reaction ;”Day 1 of the 20m Nationals. Tried to start late, about 14:40, on a 300km low blue day. Managed to catch up with everybody and get home first. A few low points, including the last glide before final glide. Very happy with a first place.
Runners up….Andrew and Steven and Adam and Keith.
7 From 13 finished!!
Not there but they hoped to be there; Jeorgen and Lumpy from Tocumwal. A super-cell ,not fore-casted ,ruined the canopy of the glider on February 3 at the airfield of Tocumwal.

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SO SAD!!!
Pictures by Birgitte AND her story

Now Jørgen is ready for a road trip to a work shop in Waikerie, South Australia

3th February the forecast was “sunny and light wind” but – early in the evening a supercell passed by the airfield and all the security straps under the front fuselage cover were ripped. The extreme wind tore the canopy off the glider at it landed 100 m away

The gust was so strong that an old bus was moved 30 meters and turned 90 degrees. This bus has been parked on the hard stand for 20 years

Luckily Julie and the trailer were secured and they didn’t move. A group of trailers on the hard stand broke loose the wire at the anchor point

This week Jørgen and Lumpy should fly the Australian 2-seat championship in Narromine, so it’s bad luck.”

They call their ARCUS Julie, just to let you know. AND,…that bus ,[everybody who has been at Sportavia in the past has sit at this bus]is nearly unmovable… very heavy.So that was indeed a SUPER CELL!!!

Day 2; with 407 km.

With Tomas and ,so to see, his daughter, with Adam and Keith, Steven and Andrew and more.
As shared by Narromine Gliding Club Official

I guess it was just waiting to see Adam and Keith winning a day. They did straight away on day 2 and got the 1000 points for a speed of 128 km./h. Here is Adam;
“This two seat flying is a lot of fun, Keith & I are getting along great. So much quality info coming from the back, it’s making my life a lot easier.

Straight off tow we high tailed it towards TP1, a good decision as we had clear air, stayed high, relaxed & watched the fleet start. We started at 14:25, which was just inside our late start planned time.

Two bits of luck for us today, taking an extra 1000′ after just passing the line, the other was 5kts from 1200′. The rest, we managed our flight & risk well.

Otherwise, we just cruised at 100kts & took 5kt climbs all day, chasing dust devils & for the last 150km, the main pack!”

Andrew Du, in the China -ARCUS, had on both day’s “problems” with the height after the engine shutdown. On day 1 he got a warning on 2 the sign was red behind his name.Only 164 points for Andrew and his mate, a pity.

 

Team China with Andrew and Team KDX with Miles Gore Brown and Tim Hood.
 Narromine Gliding Club Official

Day 3... with 557 km;
A good day with GREAT speed from Adam and Keith .Their co-operation is working magic. Speed of 147.58 km./h .
That was quite a bit faster than the runner’s up in the Duo Discus from Stewart and Jansen with 133.70 km./h.Father and son Edwards with 130.81 km./h did very well too.
A clear explanation from Adam in his Adam Woolley’s Gliding Adventures
Dusty day, but good fun, naturally. 558km racing task under 13,000′ CU. Keith & I held our nerve at the start, we noticed that the CU was getting closer, so we focused on a slow climb to maximize our start height at the latest possible time.
1st climb was 10kts & so was our final glide climb. Stayed out of trouble all day, despite the 30kt winds, thankfully the climbs were 6kts plus all day & smooth!
The visibility was about 20km at the Southern turn, this caused some concern, so we topped up in some slower climbs to stay high. Worked a treat I think. Day win, happy day’s.”

        

Adam and Keith …happy chappies!
As shared by Adam.

 

Keith who enjoyed an other first place as well, added his comment and is learning a lot!
The dust was being blown off the paddocks and taken to 12,000 feet by the thermals. Great learning day for me, keep on moving when the thermal strength drops . Make a good plan and stick to it.”

The dust raised high as you can see on this picture from Keith.

Day 4 with a smaller task;2.30 AAT.
Andrew /Steven-day with a speed of 109 km./h. so to see a tough day …blue with a forecast to 5000 ft.with a max of 817 points. Good day for the Rendla’s as well as runner’s up.Adam and Keith were 3d.
Reactions on flying day 4;
Allan and Harry…”set off quite late, about 15:10, with Georgo, not quite as high as we had been earlier. I think we were the last to leave. Had a fair run south, but turned early in the first area at the top of a good climb. Georgo continued so we were on our own. We had planned to use the NW as far as possible, but a few good climbs meant we had to max it out completely. A weaker run on the 3rd leg meant we no longer had any chance of coming in under time, and the final glide was a touch on the fast side but OK.”
Keith shared this picture after an other good day.

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—Good to see the UK sends 4 ladies to the 2020 WWGC in Lake Keepit.

Liz in 18m; Ayala in Standard; Claudia and Mel in Club Class and Team Captain Justin. Good luck to all.
As shared by British Gliding Team

——–AND,…the first meeting from the Dutch Junior Team preparing for JWGC in Hungary

As they mention themselves” this is a pretty good team!!!”
And,..believing in your self is VERY important as we heard from Adam earlier.
Picture shared by Alexander Venema.

 

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………. in Corowa they finished packing the containers and had a last check today and the estimated time of arrival in Rotterdam will be on the 6th of April to be sent then on trucks to Venlo, where they arrive on the 9th. They unpack on the 10th and then the European soaring season can start .
On their last flying-day , last Monday, they still flew over 600 km.
Best flight that day , on the world OLC, was from Tocumwal in an LS 4 with 593 km by German guest Joerg Nothmann .Today Joerg flew in the same LS 4 639 km. Good on him!!!
Not the best distance today on the Australian OLC as local Corowa pilot Bernie O’Donnell flew 783 km. … a declared 750!!…in his ASH 26 E.Well done, as it is pretty late in the season already.
By the way, good old Kari Lappalainen is back in Toc as well.

CU next week, this Sunday it will be 15 dgr. C. I sniff spring!!!
Cheers Ritz

HAPPY VALENTINE TOMORROW.

 

February 6, 2019

Club Class Nationals in N.Z….Horsham week …

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New Zealand Club Class Nationals 2019 from Taupo.

As shared by the organizers.

 

January 31; 2 day’s out of 3 till now! Good days as well,… even the invalid first day!!!
Big news today is that Terry Delore is planning to attempt a flight tomorrow from Omarama to Taupo! Apparently conditions are looking good for a crossing of Cook Strait, so there’s lots of eager anticipation here as well as lots of crossed fingers. Go Terry!”Written by: Taupo Gliding Club TGC .
So what’s happening??
Club…3 hour AAT; Very challenging for some. Among them the winner from the 2 earlier days Mike [Strathern] He was “out” in his ASW 20. A pity. He was nearly used to 1000 points, now got only 511.
Good day for Tim [Bromhead] in his DG 300, who flew 243 km in time 2.59!!!
Steve [Wallace] in the Mosquito was runner up with 187 km. so quite a few less in time 2.50.
Combi..3 hour AAT; Maybe it was just waiting for Sebastian [Kawa] to win a day, as that day would come. It was there already on flying-day 3. Sebastian flies with other interested pilots in the rear seat and no secret, these spots sold out straight away.
294 km. in time 3.08 in the DUO DISCUS.
Patrick [Driessen] flew around 50 km. less and was runner up. 3 Outlandings 1 of them the ARCUS.
Keith who was 3d in, mentioned in his OLC comment;“Tough, funky, weak day. Got stuck for a half hour right before I turned for home. Good to be back.”

February 1; Cancelled.
Early morning news by TGC ;” Visibility about 5km in misty drizzle. ”

1210. Update on the good news and the bad news; Terry Delore has made it across Cook Strait. Yay – good news!  Bad news is it’s still overcast and barely flyable in Taupo. Contest director says “Hurry up and Wait”. Will do.

1310. We hurried – we waited – the day is cancelled. Terry is abeam Masterton at 14000ft, so if the weather clears we may see him here yet.

1448. The (ASH 25) Eagle has landed! Terry and his co-pilot John Ahearn have landed at Centennial Park to a well-deserved round of applause. What an inspiration.”
End good all good, nobody worried about the cancellation.AND,…Terry and his mate specially flew to Taupo, to listen what Sebastian had to say.

Terry Delore and Ian Finlayson arrive to hear Sebastian Kawa talk in Taupo. Terry flew from Christchurch in his ASH 25 climbing at 19 kts! Into the wave to straight line it to Taupo.”
Courtesy TGC.

February 2; Cancelled.”It is 8/8ths overcast and not forecast to improve sufficiently for a task.

February 3; The Taupo Gliding Club mentions for the day :”The day holds more promise than yesterday, so a task has been set and a launch has been programmed for 1300.  It was hoped to get a racing task in today, but after reviewing the weather models the task-setters have decided today is not the day for that, so another AAT task it is. ”
So,….
Club..3 hour AAT; Mike won another day a 1000 points-day[ 291 km. in time 3.23] ! Mark Wilson in the Libelle did well as runner up with 275 km. in time 3.13.988 points for him and the ‘Little” Libelle. Tim was 3d, still 1 overall at this stage.
Combi 3 hour AAT; Patrick won the day with 360 km. in time 3.16 and Sebastian was runner up and HE, is already a few days on spot 1  overall !!! BUT,..it ‘s only over on February 9.

February 4;TPG news;”The task setters again looked at a racing task, but there is a possibility of overdeveloping so again it’s an AAT, but Hey! – we’re having fun and enjoying a few days of good weather in a row.
Club..3.30 AAT; so time enough to fly a few kilometers and they did; Tim flew 331 km. in time in 3.33 in his DG 300, enough 3’s. Steve was runner up and Mike on 3.Mark 4 .
So it looks it’s all going to happen for 1 of these 4 pilots. BUT,…still a week to go and a lot can happen. Overall scores after week 1;Tim..4.635. 2. Mike..4.295 and 3. Steve..with 4.257. Mark is also in the 400 range with 4.051!!
Combi..3.30 AAT; Sebastian feels more and more at home in N.Z. and managed to fly 455.71 km. in a DUO DISCUS  with a speed of 122 km./h. TOP!!!!
Keith had 416 km. with 111 km./h. The other DUO DISCUS just started 1 minute later to spot 3 for the day;98.64 km./h. Patrick was 3d as well both had 733 points.
Overall scores after 1 week;1. Sebastian..4.841. 2. Patrick ..4.511 3. Keith ..4.474.

February 5; 2.30 AAT’s for both classes.
Club; 237 km. was flown by Mike in time 2.40 and that meant another 1000 points!!!Tim lost a few points as runner up but is steady going on 1 in the overall scores.
Combi; 259 km. in 2.30 at the dot for Keith ,winning the 1000 points, after a rather late start. [14.03]
Sebastian started at 13.40, raced around over 325 km. in a bit more time [3.08] but was still runner up with 991 points. Speed 103.27 for 103.80!!!

February 6; Well deserved resting day with BBQ in the evening.
Last day’s in next blog.

 

HORSHAM WEEK.

With 33 participants, the always relaxed-with-a-serious-touch- Horsham -week, started last Saturday in 3 classes. Not the toppers who are always winning, so possibilities for all.
15 m/standard;
Task 1..2.45 AAT; And “mr . SCORES”, Tim Shirley won the day in his ,with 272 km in time 2.46 in his ASW 28. 8 pilots in this class. One “out” by use of engine.
Task 2..2.30 AAT; Not “out” by engine this time; Rolf Buelter won the day in his LS 8T with 374 km in time 2.26,…so I quickly looked at the speed, as this was fast. Indeed it was 149.94 km./h!!!
All flew over 100 km./h. and Tim did not start, guess he was busy with scores again.
Task 4..254 km; after a rest-day due to the weather, they could fly again. Rolf, a member of the Geelong Gliding club, spending their Christmas often flying in Tocumwal at Eddy’s, won the day in his LS 8T. Not a fast day as speed from finishers was between 87 and 62 km./h. Last one in LS 6 , but… Gordon was IN!!!!
Tim mentioned;”50km mostly between 3000 and 4500ft. Not easy. Happy just to have completed the task.”

open;
Task 1…3 hour AAT; 9 in this class and Pete Buskens in a JS 1 won the day, 343 km in time 2.58; so 114 km./h. Best distance was 405 km. but in time 3.55 by local pilot Arnold Niewand..
Task  2..2.45 AAT; 464 km. in time 2.43 !!! VERY fast!!! 168.84 km./h. WOW. They must have had fun. John Orton won the day in an ASG 29 /18 m. Runner up in ASG 29E/18 m. was Craig Vinall with a speed of 159 km./h, Quite a difference.
Diana has a real good practice period for the 2020 WWGC, with 3 comps this season. She flew around with 139 km./h in her Discus CT/18m and was 5th.
Task 4..234 km; He started as last of the 10 pilots and won the day again ;John  in his ASG 29/18m.  Though the expectations for the day were not so high, it turned out a pretty good day. Rolf mentioned that it was a difficult, low, slow,  blue day.
Runner up was Michael Durant in his Jantar 1 and Diana was 3d.

club;
Task 1.. 2.30 AAT for the 13 pilots and Jaroslaw Mosiejewski won the day in his PIK 20B; 255 km. in time 2.32. Jaroslaw flew with the Geelong Club in Tocumwal this season and had some great flights. One flight even 959 on Dec. 27!!!
Task 2.. 3 hour AAT; 375 km. for Craig Collings in his ASW 20 in time 2.53 with a nice speed of 125 km./h.
Task 4..172 km; Daily win again for Jaroslaw with Craig as runner up. 4 Out-landings.

No flying today …..and what happens the rest of the week , you can read next week.

 

—– Women in aviation;
In Holland women started on January 25 2019 a Foundation for Dutch women in aviation. It’s for all kind’s of aviation of course including gliding,  as support for what they are doing.
The International link is with the Federation of European women pilots.There are already 13 European countries part of this Federation.[FEWP]

—-And to finish,…it’s COLD!!!! Not only here but at a lot of places.I guess the MIDWEST in the USA has the worst circumstances with up to minus 40 , …with the windchill factor up to minus 60!!!…the coldest EVER and already 21 people died,from cold and by accidents on the road!!! I read somewhere that the difference in temperature between Australia where it was extremely hot , up to 49 in the Adelaide area, and the USA was over 80 dgr. C.
People in Australia really suffer either from the many heat-waves creating one of the worst drought’s or flooding in the NE, where Townsville is under water!!
Even N.Z. was hot, with up to 32 dgr. C.!!!That’s not normal either.
Lasham in the UK, shared these wonderful winter-season-pictures !!

   

Photos by Matt and Jordan.
As shared by Lasham Gliding Society

CU next week it’s nearly March again and spring starts. Last Sunday we really had a nice but very cold day [around 0-2 here] with 6/8 of cu’s. When I looked at the news in the evening the weatherman shared great radar pictures from cloud streets. A few pilots even dared to fly local and loved the visibility.
CU Ritz

P/S. Sorry I am a bit late. Just heard I lost a wonderful Aussie friend Lynn , proud mother of Isabeau and James. Too young to leave us all. R.I.P. my dear Lynn. [Piskorz]

R.I.P Lynn.
As shared by Isabeau.

January 30, 2019

NSW State Comps finished! NZ club class Nationals started!Newsy news and interesting flights!

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NSW STATE COMPS from NARROMINE.

Sunrise, a new morning a new day, in Narromine,
as seen by Don Woodward,GREAT PICTURE, who won already 2 day’s. Good on him.
Courtesy Don Woodward.
SO IS THIS ONE.

Courtesy both great pictures Don Woodward.

When I left you last Wednesday the scores were not yet in. In the evening a sandstorm turned all gliders in the open air, red!!! Some had to add more ropes to avoid low flying gliders. The results for the day were:
Day  4…task 3;
Club; Paul [Dickson] in an LS 3 flew 192 km. during the 2 hour AAT in time 2.04. Runner up for the day was Bernie [Sizer] in his PIK 20.
open; Don [Woodward]flew to his 2d daily win in his ASG 29; 336 km. in time 2.36 [2.30 was set]
15m; a 2.15 AAT for them and Ben [Coleman] in Discus 2B won the day with 287 km. in time 3.03. Just a tad faster than Tom [Claffey] who flew 226 km. in time 2.25 [speed difference 93.86 for 93.34]

Day 5… ; After the skies cleared, tasks were set but the weather after the sandstorm, was not yet good enough so “tomorrow is another day.”Some just went for a flight and even flew the club-AAT- task!!!
Lumpy flew the set 327 km. task for zero points, but for fun; 111 km./h..

Day 6 task 4; Another good day!!
Club; Jenny [Ganderton ] won the 3 hour AAT with 364 km. in time 3.24 in her Mosquito. Exciting last day in this class as Bernie is ONLY 6 points ahead of Jenny!!!
Here is Jenny with her OLC comment;
A better day than yesterday – it got hot enough for the thermals to get to 7000 at the start, and there were wispy bits of cu and haze domes on the first leg. The second leg was good too – managed to follow some sort of energy line, and got my speed up to 108. I thought I would be able to get back with about 110, but fell into a big hole on the way home and got down to aerotow height. wasted a lot of time getting out of that, but managed to get the speed back to 100 by the finish. Half hour over time – this seems to work out OK with the start bonus.”
open…425,84 km; Casey [Lewis in the JS 1 was the new face at the daily podium followed by Lumpy, Don and Diana, good on her! 3 Different gliders JS 1, JS 3 ASG 29 and Discus 2CT.
After 4 day’s of flying and winning 3 of them , Don is looking to the last day pretty good ahead of Lumpy; 3.932 for 3.518.
15 m; Captain-Tom -day again. He flew the set 355.92 km. with a speed of 115 km./h to 1.075 points.5 gliders in this class 1; ASW 28/18m [Tom] and the rest Discus B or 2B.
With one day to go Tom leads with about 250 points.

Day 7 …task 5; LAST DAY!!!!
Club..315 km. for the “little” pure  gliders. And with 3 pilots pretty close in the top, everything was possible. It turned out that this was the case. A real “shuffle”!!!
On the last but one day Bernie[Sizer] was on top with Jenny and Paul following.
This last day was not so good for Bernie Sizer , but very good for Bernie Baer; including the bonus points he got 1.092 points for a speed of 104 km./ ph. Bernie B. was on spot 5 ,but moved up to spot 3 in his LS1f. Good on him and a pity for Bernie S.who lost on this last day more than 250 points which brought him from 1 to 4.
Paul in his LS 3 was 3d for the day and with the bonus included, he got 1.055 points, which brought him to spot 1 overall from 3. WOW, it was all happening in this class.
1. Paul Dickson in LS 3 with 4.592 points.
2. Jenny Ganderton in Mosquito with 4.554 points. Great practice for WWGC 2020.
3. Bernie Baer in LS 1f with 4.351
4. Bernie Sizer in PIK 20 b with 4.333.

open..365 km. Also some excitement in this class. Not for spot 1 as Don was far ahead and winning the last day with 148 km./h .helped also. Lumpy was runner up [140 km./h] and stayed at 2. No the “problem” was for spot 3. Good old David Pietsch moved from 4 to 3 gaining a 3d place for the day. So the final scores;
1. Don Woodward in ASG 29 with 4.794 p.
2. Lumpy Paterson in JS 3with 4.255 p.
3.David Pietsch in JS1 with 4.113 p.
4.Steven Adams in ASG 29 with 4.057 p.
Diana [Discus 2CT] was on spot 6 so another great practice competition for the WWGC in 2020.

15 m..339 km. A new daily winner;David Nash in a Discus B. Speed 110 km./h and 1.035 points
Overall;
1. Tom Claffey in ASW 28 /18m. with 5.088 p.
2. Ben Coleman in Discus 2B with 4.806 p.
3. Gary Stevenson in Discus 2B with 4.568 p.

Aussie comps have nearly finished now only a few to go.Next weekend Horsham , then between February 9 and 16 the 2-seatercomps [20 m]  in Narromine and somewhere in April the Lake Keepit Regatta.

 

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Western Cape Regionals…..continued!

I added a bit more info on the subject sport-soldiers in my last blog. They are still going strong in Worcester, BUT Laurens [ASG 32] was the one who won day 4 task 4 ,the 603 km. task.; speed 172.19 km./h.
Lukas was runner up in the ARCUS T with only ONE point less;999!!![172.09 km./h.]  Philip in his Discus 2T /18 m.  who was 5th on the 758 km. day was 3d now with a speed of 172 km./h which is pretty good in the Discus. Karin and Markus [ARCUS M] were 5th with 161 km./h.
Day 5..task 5..458 km; Another day with a bunch of pilots starting [13.32] and flying and more or less finishing together [ 16.31, 16.39 and 16.53] , at least that’s what it looks like between the 3 German teams.
Lukas with his  mate won the day with a speed of 154 km./h. Philip in the Discus with 147.46 km./h and Markus and Karin with 137 km./h. In between Sven , who with an earlier start at 13.23 finished at spot 3 with 146.80 km./h.
Laurens was 5th.
Day 6..task 6 ..510 km changed to 438 km..; A bad day for Laurens as he was “out” after 391 km.
A great day for the Discus 2T pilot Philip winning the day with a speed of 183.59 km./h.
Lucas and his mate flew in the ARCUS T around with a speed of 179.47 km./h. And Markus and Karin with 176.92 km./h. Great speed for all. FAST day.

As day 7 was cancelled the final scores after 6 great long and fast tasks were as follows;
1. Lukas Blattmann and friend  Reiff in ARCUS T with 4.779 p.
2. Philip Goralski in Discus 2T/18 m with 4.477 p.
3. Karin [Wiesenthal] and Markus [ Geisen]  in ARCUS M with 4 294  p.
4. Sven Olivier in JS 1.

 

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Club class NATIONALS in NZ started !.

Last Sunday the CLUB class Nationals started in New Zealand [January 28-February 9] from beautiful CENTENNIAL TAUPO, with 26 competitors in 2 classes.; Club with 11 and sports class with 15 competitors.
I expected Keith [Essex] there , but not Sebastian Kawa flying a Duo Discus.
They started last Monday with not too good weather,the meteo David Hirst had mixed feelings so had the pilots.
” decreasing winds and increasing temperatures on the positive side, but only weak thermals and convergences in the vicinity not sounding quite so good. However the task setters decided to make the most of the prevailing conditions and use the westerly winds on the Kaimais before they disappear later in the week (the winds, not the Kaimais!), so a task was set to the North and a launch began at about 1230.” by John Etches.
January 28;A tricky day.
Club …284 km
; but the “best “pilot flew 22 km. SO NO DAY.
Combi class 348 km; and Sebastian straight away showed he is one of the best pilots in the world and flew in a Duo Discus 320 km. Mark Tingey in the JS 1 299 and Taupo pilots Wardell & Terry in the ARCUS 279.
The rest, 13 pilots choose not to fly or flew under 80 km. or returned to the field.
Not a valid day!!!

January 29; A GOOD day.
Club…3 hour AAT and 9 pilots started among them CD Tim [Bromhead] in the DG 300. The ASW 20 from Michael Strathern flew 280 km. in time 2.48 and that meant 1000 points.[93 km./h.]
Combi class…3 hour AAT; 322 km. for ,…yes ….Keith [Essex] in his ASG 29 in time 2.54 for 1000 points. Patrick [Driessen] in the JS 1 was runner up and Sebastian in the Duo Discus 3d.
13 Started , 3 outlanded and 2 of them had problems with the airspace.

January 30; Today.
John Etches writes about today :”Today has dawned fine and beaut, although a bit too blue to be ideal, and forecast to be the hottest day of the year; some pilots were lucky enough to have a “brolly dolly” while waiting for the launch, the rest had to sweat it out! Already some pilots are reporting great lift in blue thermals so it’s looking good for another great day.”
Club…3 hour AAT; so the club pilots had another 3 hours to find the most kilometers to fly in that time. Michael who won already, was again the best with 257 km. in time 3.05. The blue conditions indeed had an effect on the distance and speed [83 km./h] but 1000 points again for Mike.
5 From 8 finished.
Combi class…300 AAT; All other pilots in “miscellaneous ” gliders tried to deal with the blue conditions as well. Patrick [JS1] was the best with 304 km. in time 3.06 and “got”  the 1000 points. Sebastian who started in the Duo 1 minute earlier  was runner up and Keith was on spot 4, starting as the last pilot at 14.32.
8 From 13 finished.

So some struggling for some pilots. All scores preliminary at this stage.

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—Some interesting flights;
January 22, by Damian le Roux from the UK,  flying from Bloemfontein. He flew a declared 1000 km. in a pure glider, a JS 1B.
January 23, one of the last Bitterwasser flights for the season by Werner Meuser ;1.181 km. in the ARCUS. Reinhard Schramme finished his season the EB 28 with 1.244 km.
January 25, a Stemme S10 flight from Perpignan by Gil Souviron;1.057 km.
January 27, “Failed 1500 km Diploma attempt. Wave in the north very patchy and not going over about 10,000 ft. Wind too much towards the south. Very tricky getting out of the Rangitata basin on the way back from the northern turn point” OLC comment from Max Stevens who tried a log task from Omarama in his 18m Ventus 2C ; 902 km.

 

—Some interesting news;
On January 21 the Canberra Gliding Club shared the next news ;
Our new DG1001S had its first day in operation at Bunyan on Sunday 20/1/19.”
Wishing it many happy and safe flights.

Bitterwasser said farewell to the gliders till next season.

The Bitterwasser season 2018/19 finally finished. At 8 in the morning last Saturday the trucks arrived to pick up the 7 containers. Arrival will be in the harbor of Rotterdam, here in Holland on February 25 for a new European season.
As shared by Bitterwasser Lodge & Flying Centre

News from the GFA:
The GFA Executive Officer Terry Cubley has been named a Member the Order of Australia (AM) in the Australia Day Honours 2019.
The GFA and I am sure all members congratulate Terry for his outstanding achievements and dedication to Gliding and our sport in Australia.
For significant service to sports aviation, particularly to gliding as a competitor and administrator.”

I can only add my congratulations. Know Terry and Vicky since the pre worlds in Rieti in 1984, when Vicky was pregnant from her daughter. No jenever for her then!!!!Easy to remember.
And for those who do not know,….AUSTRALIA DAY was on JANUARY 26.
https://glidingaustralia.org

As shared by the GFA.

Congratulations as well to Dick Gower who got the same honor ” awarded an AM for services to the recreational and historical aviation sectors .
Dick and his wife Liz, live at the Tocumwal Residential Airpark AT the Tocumwal Aerodrome. Very nice people who I met last year.
Congratulations!!!

Dick and Liz and their plane.
Courtesy  Owen Peake

That’s it for now , CU next week.
Cheers Ritz.

January 23, 2019

Achievements!!! JoeyGlide ! Final from Argentinian Nationals ! Western Cape Regionals and start of NSW State comps.

Filed under: Uncategorized — ritz @ 7:01 pm

—Mostly you hear about big achievements first, but for ” first time ” achievements the happiness is big or even bigger.
Cheryl from SportAviation shared this news from their Japanese pilots. Great to see that the Japanese pilots still find Tocumwal. In the past there were a lot!!

Congratulations Ayumu!
🤩 100 km flight
👍11.400 ft
🤚🏻5 hour
👏Silver c completed

AND
Ayumu Celebrates👍🇯🇵
300 km out and return to Belfraden.
14.000ft
Diamond Goal
Gold C completed.

Congratulations Ayumu, flowers and the bell for you!!!

Also the more “achieved” pilots had a happy day using the heat for good flights and the cooler air high up to just breath. That’s difficult with 46 dgr.C. I know. So more news from Tocumwal.
Lumpy was a happy chappie ;
Started off as a 1250 attempt, but the day didn’t deliver as forecast…then some high level thick Cirrus moved in from the west, great fun though. Longest Kms ever flown, longest flight time and the highest I’ve even been in a thermal…… all in all great day.” [JS 3/ 18m]
Ingo flew in his DISCUS a 1000 as well, his so maniest but I know he will be still pleased. He had thermals up to 4778 m MSL. [4715 AGL.]
Grant,  a hang glider pilot, living in Toc. flew in a St Astir 655 [500 FAI triangle]

Awesome soaring weather in the SSE of Australia. The news even mentioned that ” the world’s 15 hottest places were all in Australia.”
Narromine had a 1000 flown by Tomas [Suchanek,] who flies Adam’s glider, which of course must be still in “winning mood”. Tomas is/was also a hang glider pilot.
So is/was Attila [Bertok]who flew 781 km. in a St Cirrus.
By the way Adam’s G1 is for sale ;
#GliderONE – 18m performance with 15m span It’s won every comp it’s entered since Mac & I imported it to Australia, plus a 2nd at the AUS WGC. Insane performer, super reliability, zero frustrations, buy & glide!
Great fun to fly & super easy to own, whether you’re looking for weekend pleasure with your mates, 1000km+ flights or you want to win comps, this glider will do it for you.

All its options are negotiable, as they can all be used on the upgrade (V3).”
AU$115,000 – New PU refinish, A+ maintenance, basic instruments (ASI, ALT, ClearNav Vario, Radio, Oudie 2), tow out gear, box trailer; For more details, photos or other options, let me know.

Narromine Gliding Club Official shared a picture from a new soaring-mate, 16 year old Oliver going SOLO!!! Well done and congratulations!!


Narromine student Oliver.
and
last but not least about achievements, this awesome picture from December with text;

A fantastic photo from 14-year-old Oscar Mannering-Smith on his #gliding #solo flight in December against a setting winter sun.
Incredible that as a UK Junior Gliding pilot you can learn to fly before you can drive. Find out how you can get involved. Visit gliding.co.uk

As shared by British Gliding Association

AND….they start even younger. This great picture from Damian[ Goldenzweig] from Argentina shows love for soaring on an even younger age.In a few years he is a topper!!!

   

Picture 1; Tomas, one of the twins .As shared by Damian and published with permission.
2. More new pilots for the future in his family as they grow up at airfield’s when daddy is flying. As did my kids.
With the twins Tomas and Pedro and already in the back seat the oldest [6] Agustin.
Thank you Damian.

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NAMIBIA.

As shared by Kiripotib Soaring

—–Kiripotib has packed …..end of the season.They had a great one .
On January 22 their stats were as follows:
flown km’s….384.308,84 by 86 pilots during 534 flights. Impressive!
We are looking forward to the season 19/20, last 3 flying days and a lot of packing every morning! Thanks for flying with us!!
The team of Kiripotib soaring

—–Veronica ‘s  82 pilots flew 385.920,36 km. during 508 flights  [stats on Jan 17.] They are relatively seen, a new airfield, so chapeau!

—-Bitterwasser had on January 22 a total of 776 flights by 133 pilots and an amazing 599.104,56 km/s!!! They hoped for 200 ,yes TWO HUNDRED x a 1000 this season. Bizarre!!! On Saturday January 19 they announced;  200 x 1000 km were flown!!!!!!
A few even on January 21 they still had HAMMERWETTER;
Five takeoffs, five flights over 1.000 km and three over 1.200 km. The weather is at its best at the end of January. With a maximal cloud base of 5.500 m and climb values with more than 5 m, the gliders yesterday flew from the morning until sunset. During dinner in a small round all pilots had a huge smile on their faces. Two more flight days are left.”
http://www.bitterwasser.com/

The beautiful sight of the pan, with which the pilots are rewarded after their flights in the evening.”
As shared by http://www.bitterwasser.com/

 

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JoeyGlide from Waikirie.

  

Logo design created by Bernard Le Riche                    Gridding for task 2.
As shared by JoeyGlide

On Thursday they could fly again.
Day 5 task 2;
Club…3 hour AAT, so pilots could straight away get rid of their “lazy” feelings and FLY!!! That’s what David[Collins] did ;305 km. in time  ;3.14 in his LS 4. Rueben [Lane] a local pilot was runner up in the LS 1f.
David was the winner from the last edition and Rueben was that season on spot 3. Both good young pilots.
Sport….3 hour AAT and Joshua [Geerlings] 355 km. in the JS 1. By far the best glider in this class, where Ailsa flies now with the young ones too in another top glider; Ventus 2CXT/18 m..
David and Ruben from Club Class were 2 and 3.
“A very tough final leg in yesterday’s task claimed a few victims for both speed and the ability to get around the task. A number of great flights were had in soft conditions with honorable mentions to Josh Geerlings and David Collins for winning Sports and Club class respectively.”

David explaining HOW HE DID IT!!!  This picture is shared with the text by Tocumwal Soaring Centre

Congratulations to David on his daily win at Joey Glide yesterday, keep up the great work mate !! Dave is flying our beautiful LS4a for this competition, hopefully the weather will get better very soon for some fun racing.”
Next season I will try to “find” David in Tocumwal.

 

Day 6; “The cold front has arrived on schedule, bringing with it moderate winds and light rain. Tasking late in the day in the post-frontal air mass still appears impossible due to associated high cloud and poor heating. Everything crossed for tomorrow
skysight.io predicting an enormous max club class distance of 1km.”

After a lengthy (and hopeful!) hold to assess conditions, the day has unfortunately been canceled. We haven’t had much luck! See you all later for trivia night”

What can you do??? Nothing, oh yes play TRIVIA!!!

   

The young ones last Thursday.
As shared by JoeyGlide

Day 7 task 3; YES!!!! they had a tough last day with a good task,  to define the winners.
Club; Michael Keller in the St Cirrus had a super last day with 275 km. in time 3.30 for 833 points.
David was runner up with 245 km. in time 3.01 for 831 points.
So,…David won the JoeyGlide 2019 as well. ; 2.381 points.
6 Pilots finished on this last day.
Total scores;
Runner up 2; Michael with 2.295...3. Rueben with 2.242 points...James was on 4 and still in the 2000 points range;2.122.
With only 3 day’s the scores were pretty close.
Looking at sport class with the same pilots and some with a “better” glider , the club boy’s were ahead of Ailsa in her Ventus 2CX /18 m.who arrived for a few day’s after her great performance at the Pre WWGC [3d] and Joshua with 252 km. in time 3.03.[JS1]
Joshua was , like last season the best with 2.412 points.
David and Michael in their club class gliders were runners up.

Talking about Ailsa and the WWGC team for Australia in Lake Keepit in 2020 here are the names from the ladies selected by the GFA;
Club Class: Jenny Ganderton, Jo Davis, Kerrie Claffey
Standard Class: Cathy Conway, Clair Scutter, Lisa Trotter
18M Class: Ailsa McMillan, Jenny Thompson, Lisa Turner

 

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5th Club class Nationals from Chaves.

   
Action at the Chaves Airport as seen and shared by Alicia Busk de Reynoso

In the far past Mario Reynoso flew one of our Discus B at the Benalla World comps in 1987 and finished  on spot 32 from 44 over 12 day’s of flying. A real nice guy and he looks well at this picture shared when he visited the field.

  

Mario to the left as shared by Alicia Busk de Reynoso

And some pictures from 1987 in Benalla with a crew member and team manager Mr Dettone to the r. It’s written like that in my book , could it be may be Mr. Dentone??? Anyhow a very nice guy.
And below Mario, my then young daughter [now 46] Inge and Mario’s crew.

 

They continued the comps with a small task; 2 hour AAT.
Day 10 task 7; Raul Garda was the ONLY finisher!!! His ASW 20 brought him back with a speed of 59 km./h. over 167 km. in time 2.48. Some were close, after between 140 and 162 km. ,others gave up earlier between 5 and 40 km.
Not too much points gained or lost. Raul got 332 the runner up after 165 km. 325.
Day 11 task 8 LAST DAY!! with a 2.30 AAT the competition was finished and Javier [Gaude] flew 252 km in time 2.34 winning the day gaining one spot on the overall list!
Champion; Matias Lanzietti , who was 4th on the last day and just passed Maximiliano Luengo, who dropped from 1 to 2 as he was 14th. loosing nearly 200 points.
Matias won 2 day’s and and finished with 5.303 points.[LS 4]
5.286 for Maximiliano[ASW 20] and Jose [Dentone] on 3 with 5.253. So pretty close!!Lucas was 4th with 5.190 and Javier 6th.[ 5.080] In between Santiago Demodena as number 5 [5.163]
These pilots flew LS 4, Javier ASW 20.

8 out of 11 day’s and not one day with 1000 points .

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NSW STATE COMPS from Narromine;

As shared by

They started last Sunday with 24 competitors in 3 classes. The practice day on Saturday, showed 2 hour AAT’s.
And day 1 was straight away tough and long.
Club …2.45 AAT; Bernie Sizer was the best in his PIK 20B. He had some practice already during the Nationals where he flew well.;318 km. this day in time 2.50 . Bernie Baer was runner 294 km. in time 3.02 with an LS 1.
6 In this class.
18 m… 3.15 AAT;Don Woodward in his ASG 29 managed to fly 455 km. in time 3.23. for 1000 points. Jenny Tompson was runner up also in ASG 29.
10 in  this class.
15 m …3 hour AAT;Ross Whittle flew 329 km. in time 3.29 in his Discus B and runner up was Tom Claffey in ASW 28/18m.
6 In this class.
In the early evening, just after all gliders were in and tied up, a severe thunderstorm with thunder and lightning hung over Narromine.

Day 2 had to be cancelled. They set to even up to 3 hour AAT tasks, but the expected lift up to 1000 m. is good for practice and when you wish local flying, but not for a competition. Also the tough wind was a spoiler for the day.

Day 3..task 2:
club…245 AAT , 7 flew and 7 finished. Best was Jenny [Ganderton] in the Mosquito;349 km. in time 3.26 but still a speed of 101 km./h. Runner up Bernie with 284 km. Quite a difference.
18 m…230 AAT and late starts at 3 15 PM. but ,….no worries for Lumpy; he flew 348 km. was back in time 2.31 so time enough for dinner as his speed was 138 km./h. Don [Woodward] was runner up. there were 2 out-landings.

15 m…3 hour AAT and also a tough day in this class nearly nobody managed to fly within the time frame. Tom [Claffey] won in his ASW 27 with 382 km. in time 3.53 ,so 53 minutes longer than the set time, that means problems “en-route”.Still 1.100 points for the day????Well,….

Day 4 ..task 3; with 2, 2.30 and 2.15 AAT’s….. not all are in so more next week.

They try a new start or points reward system. When you look at the scores p.e. from day 1, you see rewards as Start Bonus Points, from 1.100 for the winner, interesting to hear the feedback.
As Adam explained:
“Effectively a 100pt bonus if you go through the line within 10mins of gate opening, then reducing by 2% fewer point a until 60min after the start gate opens – encouraging leaders, not followers.”
Here is the explanation as shared by the organizers.

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Western Cape Regionals in South Africa.

Also regional comps in S.A. this time from Worcester and with good- after-high- summer- weather.
They started with a practice day on the 19th [last Saturday in 2 classes open and club.
Open;
day 1..task 1..272 km
; The German flag could go up in the top as the first 3 places were for German pilots flying there already for a long time. Lukas [Blattmann] who flies already since half of November from Worcester with 11x a 1000 behind his name…the best 1.332  km….won day 1, with with a speed of 150 km./h. in the ARCUS T.
By the way he flew those 1000 km-flights on 24 flying day’s.
Runners up my friends Karin and Marcus in the Arcus M;139 km./h. And Philip Goralski was 3d with a speed of 139.06 km./h in an 18m. Discus 2T. Philip also flies from Worcester since half November and has 16 x a 1000 behind his name flying on 32 of the day’s of his holiday.
Day 2..task 2..608 km; BIG day and,…only the 4 German guests, flying there already for a while and having by now a lot of local knowledge finished the task; Lukas won again with a speed of 123 km./h and flying together with Philip means he had about t,he same time.
Marcus and Karin started 13 minutes earlier and made it home too, just a bit slower.
African pilots like Sven [Olivier] and Laurens [Goudriaan] , who know the area as well, gave up straight away and got on the score board 52 and 24 km.
Day 3…task 3,  with that SUPER weather in Worchester, was expected to be long. IT WAS LONG!! 758 km.
AND,…YES it was flown …of course with all those 1000 km-fl;ights behind their names,..but a competition is still different. Fast and furious. Lukas won ..again.. with 171 km./h.!!!!
Runners up Karin and Marcus with 166  km./h and on 3 Laurens [165 km./h] and 4 Sven.[161 km./h.
Philip did not fly.
Day 4…task 4 is today;
603 km is on the menu for today, another long one!
Somewhere I read that Lukas and Philip are German Sport soldiers , so they belong very simply said,  to the young German glider pilots, selected and sponsored to get even better. Lot’s of them in the past, have reached the top, no doubt these 2 pilots have a great future too.I remember in 1987 with the Benalla WGC that after the comps, Holger Back flew his 1000 in Tocumwal as sport-soldier, having felt the pressure and fun of such a competition as crew first .
Sports soldiers are young men and women who are salaried as members of the Bundeswehr and receive state support in the exercise of their sport. Thus, the Bundeswehr enables the young athletes a very intensive, professional training and thus a promising, usually lasting one to two years of sporting development. Gliders can also apply for the places for support. As a sports soldier, they are usually members of the sponsored team for one year.”

In Club class ,there are only 3 competitors you can see their scores on www.soaringspot.com

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—-The accident with the 2 seater from Ian Paterson and co pilot Shaun Lapworth flying from  Bloemfontein in South Africa gave me a shock to the system. The glider went through a fence, whilst landing near a farm in the beginning of January and both were hurt badly, Shaun worst. They brought him to IC.
The BGA shared a statement;
Shaun Lapworth update.
Shaun asks that we pass on that he has had lots very welcome direct and indirect messages of support from the BGA family and wider gliding community. He reports that he is ok, out of hospital and should be back in the UK next week. He won’t be able to chew solid food for 3 months and will probably need a couple of operations over the next 6 to 9 months. But the long term prognosis is very good. He may not make it to the BGA conference, but will do his best to be there.”
Very glad to hear he is getting better. All the best Shaun!!!
Bloemfontein is THE spot for SOARING SAFARIS ….Gliding with a difference….organized by Dick Bradley and his team and lot’s of UK pilots fly there.
http://soaring-safaris.com/

 

—-Some interesting flights;
Though the day’s slowly are getting shorter in the overseas mecca’s and most of the gliders in Namibia are packed for the return to Europe, there are still a few good flights.
Friday; From Potchefstroom a 1000 by Czech pilot Petr Hotovy in a JS 1 B.
Saturday; From Worcester a 1000 by 2 German pilots in the ARCUS T.
Sunday;  from OMARAMA the wave mecca. Keith Essex flew 1.103 in the ASG 29.And from Kuruman in S.A. 2 x a 1000.
Monday; great weather again in Tocumwal with Andrea and Anton ,longtime guests at Sportaviation, flying in what the Danish friends call, the wooden Arcus [ Janus CT RG] a great distance of 781 km [500FAI triangle] .
AND, another even more longtime guest Stefan Soll from Germany flew in the LS 4 a distance of 757 km!!!!
And as good Grant in the St. Jantar with 619 km.
All not top notch gliders,   but top notch pilots. The 2 Ventus’ from Corowa flew over 800 km.
Same day and another SUPERDAY in Bitterwasser with 4 over 1000 km. flights!!!!!!! And not just names; Werner Meuser in the ARCUS M with 1.202 km.speed 150 km./h. And Holger Back in the DG 1000/20 m. with 1.050 km. ;speed .
Also Hans Joachim Beule flew in the EB 28 a 1.211 km .And… the Joschko family flew a 1000 in an ARCUS M.
My Dutch mates Max Leenders, Rob Looisen and Max Dolfin flew a 1000 from Douglas.
Also Kuruman had 2 x a 1000 .One with Gerd Kalisch who in the past flew  with us as well. And his mate Klaus Wonneberger.
And best of all
; Argentina with a 1.466 km . wave flight [12.10 in the air!!!]  from Jose De San Mart by Jean -Marc Perrin in a DG 808/15 m.

Tuesday; Longest flight was from Omarama and Keith was the pilot in his ASG 29; 1.121 km.
Long flights again from Tocumwal; Good old Ingo with 932 km. in his Discus, and  Stefan with 812 in his LS 4.
All long distance flying is special, but flying them in such gliders means so much more !!!!!
From Corowa; 954 in Ventus 2 CM/18 m. by Hans-Jurgen [Lange] , 949 k. by Jos [Schrier in ASH 31/21m.]
But then it’s waiting for the evening to see the African flights and YES,….Douglas, Kuruman , Bloemfontein and Potchefstroom added a total of 8 x a 1000, Dutch pilot Max Leenders in his new JS 3 even 1.134 km. [speed 136 km./h]

That’s it for now. We had snow yesterday , not even lot’s of snow and we had delays in air traffic and train traffic, but MOST on the road; believe it or not 2300 km.of traffic jam!!!! WORST EVER IN HISTORY. I stayed home!!!
cheers Ritz

January 16, 2019

JoeyGlide ! Argentinian Club class Nationals ! And…more…

Filed under: Uncategorized — ritz @ 7:30 pm

JOEYGLIDE from Waikirie.

As shared by JoeyGlide
Design by Bernard Le Riche.

Nice to see such a big bunch of young pilots.

as shared by JoeyGlide

Day 1;was cancelled or to speak in junior terms “canned”, due to poor weather but the evening was set for talking during a pilot meeting.
I am and always was impressed with the Aussie juniors. Already years ago, they organized EVERYTHING their selves, CD, tasksetter [with help] scores,… it’s all juniors. I remember Adam and Nathan as names behind the “engine” of JoeyGlide then.
I noticed this message from Oktober 21-2018, so they are bringing, what they are doing, to an even higher level now.

 “BEHIND THE SCENES: Our Queensland boys got together today for a special general meeting to amend our constitution. This will allow for us to work with the GFA to build our club and reach new heights! 
Cheers to everyone who voted via proxy, and of course, thanks Dylan!” who is “in” orange at the picture.

Day 2; 
Club class;3 hour AAT  266 km. in time 2.34 was the best result for James Nugent in his LS 3. James is already a pretty experienced junior  and won the last edition 17/18, so I expect a lot from him. He then also won the George Lee Trophy [highest handicapped speed achieved during the comps 17/18; 118.3 km./h.]
8 From 13 finished.

Sport class; 2.30 AAT…. 9 finished from 15 starters.   Fastest and furthest in a JS 1 was Joshua Geerlings, with 288 km. in time 2.21, speed of 115.27 km./h. Joshua won last year the the JOEY CUP [highest placed pilot weighted by number of gliding hours].
James was runner up.
The scores from club class pilots are also shared in sports class. Just to let you know.

  

The” young ones”.
as shared by JoeyGlide

Day 3;
They set [small] tasks for 2 days including today, but a total of 3 day’s has been cancelled till now so just the one day till now.
The pilots are craving some competition now so we’re off to the lawn bowls club! ”

Day 3 briefing with 47 dgr. C.

As shared by JoeyGlide.
More next week. They continue till the 19th.

 

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5th CLUB CLASS NATIONALS in ARGENTINA.

As shared by CLUB DE PLANEADORES OTTO BALLOD

On January 7 the Argentinian club class Nationals started at Gonzales Chaves with 40 competitors.
Day 1 with a 3 hour AAT , had to be cancelled.
Day 2 had no task.
Day 3 had a 2 hour AAT and from the 39 pilots who started only 6 did not finish, one of them a “topper” Javier [Gaude] in his ASW 20. Best for the day was Felipe Girado in a SILENT, [ handicap 105] flying 173 km in time 2.05 for 635 points. One more than runner up Matias Lanzinetti in LS 4.[handicap 102.5]

Winner day 3 Felipe as shared by CLUB DE PLANEADORES OTTO BALLOD

Day 4 no task.
Day 5, with a 3.30 AAT so better weather!!! The first gliders on the daily list were ALL ASW 20. And the “unlucky” one from earlier ,Javier, won the day now. Good on him;281 km. in time 3.30 at the dot!!!797 points for the number 1.
Only 12 finished,…so maybe not such good weather… but some were very close [shower ??] among them Lucas [Goldenzweig] in LS 4 flying 257 km. but no finish still 698 points.
Felipe was “out” too.

Daily winner Javier as shared by CLUB DE PLANEADORES OTTO BALLOD

Day 6, task 5, with a 2.30 AAT had 3 LS 4 gliders in the top. Another daily winner Matias Lanzinetti. Javier was 4th and Lucas 7th. Jose Dentone had a few less good day’s but is getting there now with a 3d place.
ALL pilots finished!!!!
Day 7 task 6, with a 2 hour AAT and another new face on spot 1; Santiago Demodena in LS 4. Still no 1000 points day. Lucas was runner up, Jose 4th and Javier 7th.
Day 8 task 7 ; 3 hour AAT and still no 1000 points day but getting there;971 for Alejandro Petenazza in a St Jantar II with 279 km. in time 3.01 [92 km./h.]
Jose was 3d Lucas 4th and Javier 6th. These pilots I  know or heard of ,as they fly international comps.
Day 9 task 8 with a 2 hour AAT and 4 LS 4 gliders in the top also Jose and Lucas.
Matias [Lanzinetti] won the day  with 228 km. in 2.02 his 2d daily win.

After 6 day’s of soaring with 2 to go Javier moved from spot 35 to 9!!!Worth mentioning.
At this stage Maximiliano Luengo leads in ASW 20 [4.406 p.] , 2. Jose [4.264] 3. Mattias [4.254] 4. Lucas [4.205] so EVERYTHING is still possible!!!
Next week more.

 

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—-Some great flights this week,
January 13; 1.301 km.
from Serres [France] by Klaus Ohlmann in the Stemme. With brilliant wave forecast from skysight.io, meteofrance aeroweb, and flugwetter.de. Very good service from Milano and Marseille ATC.  A happy Klaus.
Good flights as well from Worcester [S.A.]by Lucas Blattmann in the Discus 2T[18m] 1.136 this time. Karin and Marcus flew also over 1000 km. so did Sven.” WORCESTER MAGIC” according to Karin.

January 14; with great flights from Tocumwal where it was 42 dgr. c. Lumpy flew an 8oo km FIA triangle in the JS 3 and Ingo in his DISCUS 863 topping the Australia/Oceania list.
Later topped by 6 Africa pilots as Wolfgang and his co Mathijs with just over 1000 km.

January 15; good, better, best, the very best!!!!1.569,48 with a speed of 169.94 km./h in a 15 m. DG 808 and then you know already that I write again about Jean Marc Perrin flying from Argentina [Jose De San Mart]
After his unique flight on the 6th of January 1.717 km. with a bit slower speed [still 132 km./h] with best height nearly in the end of his flight up to  6333 m. MSL.[5398 AGL]

 

Very hot in Australia and in the area I lived. Look at this :

That’s HOT. I would have loved it however.
Shared by Marion who flies from Corowa.

CU next week,
Cheers Ritz

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