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August 23, 2006

Junior pre-worlds in Rieti 2006

Filed under: Topics General — ritz @ 6:35 pm

By Bert Schmelzer

Italian lifestyle, Italian food, Italian sun, Italian thermals : those were the 4 main factors that made a success to the 2006’s Junior-pre-world in Rieti.

Like every big competition this one encountered its organisational starting-problems. But with some Italian management-style those were getting solved during competition and, more to the end, most issues were at normal standard. This, of course, was mainly important to the benefits of the ground crew, which had to sustain in Sahara-like temperatures.

For the pilots the choice between flying overhead in some places very inhospitable terrain in blue thermals during the training week and relaxing at the swimming pool was not always easy. Perfectly timed, at the beginning of the competition, weather changed and thermals were marked by beautiful clouds. Long runs underneath cloudstreets made life easy on the last training day. Racing around a 300 km task has never been so easy. Average speed: 150 km/h!

During competition itself, most of the days where soarable for a couple of ‘booming’ hours, after which heavy thunderstorms developed. My brother and I had been flying all week in an information team, which worked very well, to the benefit of both of us. Starting in to the last day in 1st and 3rd position, closely followed by Swiss and Austrian mountain pilots.

Not willing to play to get trapped into their tactical start games, we crossed the line pretty early, in the hope to still get a sunny path in the very quickly overdeveloping-low-cloudbase-sky. One of the Swiss’ spies was not fooled by my brother’s distraction manoeuvres and stayed on our tail for the first part of the flight. By flying too aggressive in these weak conditions, we had to take a slow climb and saw some of the Swiss getting closer by. Somehow we managed to escape out of their sight and by following the info’s my brother gave me, I could get away from them. The heavily-ballasted Discus 2 made progress by following a line of convergence deep in to the first sector.

The key point of the flight was, as always in Rieti, the moments where you have to change gear. At this exciting final day of the competition the big decision was on the second leg near l’Aquila where a last good climb was followed by a long slow glide into the next hills. Most pilots were dashing off full speed. Arriving there just high enough to make it on top of those hills, meant climbing away without any problems. In the meanwhile I saw a lot of gliders low down who could not cross the hills, and even worse, which had to make an outlanding, including a couple of the Swiss, who were flying all day the total-risk-strategy. The rest of the flight was pretty uneventful. Although as well my brother as I were not sure if we had shaken off the Austrian pilot Falkensammer.

Getting out of the cockpit after a long final glide and realising that no direct opponents had already finished, gave a reassuring feeling. As finally scores dropped in, and Leonardo Brigliadori asked for not one, but two Belgian flags, plus the national anthem, it was time to celebrate deep into the wonderful Italian night.

August 21, 2006

World gliding championships (1). Are we making progress?

Filed under: Topics by Mike — ritz @ 11:09 pm

By MikeMike

Part 1: Equal opportunities

The first world gliding champion was Heini Ditmar in 1937. From the Wasserkuppe he flew a DFS Sao Paolo glider to victory beating 30 competitors. There was only one class to compete in: Open class! In those days there were about half a million active glider pilots in the world and Heini Ditmar was the best of them all. Six years later (1943!) he was to fly a Me163 rocket fighter in level flight to a speed of over 1120 km per hour (!) during a highly secret test flight, but that’s another story. No doubt he was an extraordinary talented (and courageous) pilot.

Things have changed a bit since then. The number of active glider pilots worldwide has steadily dropped to somewhere in the neighborhood of one hundred thousand. Interestingly the number of world champions is on the rise (!), rapidly approaching fifteen! So, from a statistical perspective, your chances of becoming a world champion are now about eighty times better than 70 years ago.

To become one (a world champion) you need to participate in a world championship (you can’t win if you’re not in..). To be able to do that you must be selected by your national aero club and this is where the misery starts. The system of selection hasn’t changed much in the past seventy years. The whole selection circus revolves around “representing” your country. This means that pilots being “sent” to represent their countries have been “selected” by their national aero clubs, and these in turn derive their power to select from the fact that the FAI has accredited them.

Every country has the right to “send” an equal number of pilots to the World Championships. So Germany, France or the USA, with busloads of very good pilots, can each send the same number of pilots as for instance Jamaica. This is great for the Jamaican pilots (they might all go) but bad for the glider pilots of the big gliding nations. The system discriminates against them and the overall quality of competition may be lowered as a result of this. The current system doesn’t give equal access opportunities to glider pilots around the world.

Any glider pilot, regardless of nationality, needs to have equal opportunity to progress to the world championships without interference (or “help”) from selection panels, national aero clubs or other access regulating mechanism (other than capacity limits).

From past experience it has become clear that a sensible limit to the number of entries in any one (world) gliding competition is a bit over one hundred aircraft. Let us say one hundred for arguments sake. At the moment we have six competition classes: Open, 18-meter, racing, standard, club and the largely failed world class. Fortunately the classes are now being grouped two-by-two (instead of 3 or 4 in one venue), so there are currently three hundred world championship contest places available. Once the classes are separated again and every class has its own world championship, that number can rise to six hundred. That’s probably theory because it is hard to imagine more than fifty or sixty open class gliders turning up at any one time, but you never know. On the other side of the performance spectrum, it would probably be impossible to find a hundred world-class gliders and/or enough pilots willing to fly them, so that championship will probably remain heavily undersubscribed.

Having agreed to the conceptual necessity of providing equal opportunities to all glider pilots the question is how to go about it, and the answer is really quite simple:

Remove the national aero clubs (“countries”) from the selection loop and let the IGC develop a system of world ranking regulating access to the world championships.

This requires the IGC to classify competitions as “A” or “B” contests. “A” contests are World-, European-, and National Championships plus a handful of other contests that can be deemed to be of national level or better. “B” type contest could be any other multi-day contest like regional championships, state championships etc. It seems fair to expect pilots to compete in one Cat B contest before participating in Cat A events. Any (qualified) pilot from anywhere in the world should be eligible to enter any Cat A contest of his choosing (subject to limitations in numbers of participants and the venue not being a World or Supra-National championship).

This freedom to enter is very important because it will lead to aspiring world championships competitors “finding” Cat A competitions so they can climb on the world ranking. This will be good for all, as the championships that are unpopular now will suddenly attract foreign pilots and thus the quality of that contest will be enriched, good for the locals and good for the visitors. The world ranking based on Cat A contest results will now (automatically) generate the eligibility for world championships based on merit and not based on nationality. Sure, there will be lots of entries of pilots from the big gliding nations, but nationals of countries that are unknown to FAI or countries that have no national championships can now qualify for the world championships by participating in Cat A events anywhere in the world.

So what will change now if we decide to go this way? Not a lot really for most glider pilots. The national aero clubs will go about their (very useful) business as they are doing today. Competitions and championships will still be organized. The only difference will be that access to world gliding championships is regulated by a world-ranking list administered by the IGC and based on the results of accredited level A contests. The national selection committees can be abandoned, its members possibly being redirected to other activities. Competitions will be open for participants regardless of nationality and that should make it more interesting for everyone.

Now that’s progress!

In part 2 we will talk a bit about classes, tasks, contest locations, age groups and gender. Stay tuned…..!

August 19, 2006

A REAL Belgium gliding family!!!

Filed under: Uncategorized — ritz @ 10:19 pm

August 19 2006.

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Today as promised the story from young Belgium pilot Bert Schmelzer jr., who won Spagetti glide [Pre World Junior Gliding Championships ] in Rieti in Italy, then Klippeneck as team with his younger brother Tijl and now Bert flies on invitation [ by Tilo Holighaus] in the qualifying German Grand Prix in Hahnweide. What do you want more!!??? In between he studies architecture and will leave mum and dad for a while from September onwards, to do this in Madrid for half a year.So Spain here he comes!!!!

Both Bert jr and Tijl , have been brought up in a gliding world. Dad Bert and mum Hilde both fly and even the grand parents were wellknown glider pilots. It is very SPECIAL to hear that Bert ‘s crew in Hahnweide will exist out of his girlfriend Lies and….his GRANDMA , who flew in the early 50thies SG 38 and Grunau Baby at Venlo Airport in the Netherlands.
Their club now is at Keiheuvel Airport and they are members of the German -side; Vierssen.
Bert will fly with his standards class glider Discus 2 AX in the Racing Class as they had no time to organize another glider, but I am sure he will do well with a less good performing glider. He is such a talent, so is his brother Tijl .
Bert and Hilde were frequent flyers in Tocumwal with us in the past , so I know them pretty well and can say that with the Huybreckx family [also Keiheuvel in Belgium] , they belong to the nicest gliding families I know in the world.

Enjoy the story. It will be put on today under topics. Soon we will have Topic’s by MikeMike 1.2.3 etc and General topics,1-2-3 etc but for now I am sure you can find it.

What’s happening more in Europe!?
Germany; Hahnweide
As said the Qualifying Grand Prix will be flown in Hahnweide with 20 competitors on invitation.They start on the 19th-27th of August.
Most of you will know what the Grand Prix tries to do. They want to promote gliding in a different [better] way , more visible on big screens , at home via vPos on your computer and at the place itself. 2 Pilots can win per qualification and the World Grand Prix will be in New Zealand. After Hahnweide there will be one in Bloemfontein in S.A.
Different to other comps is the Regatta start. All pilots start together and the winner is the one who is back first.Points are different too, as the number 1 gets 10 points and so down to 8, 7 etc.A bit like Formula 1 racing.
I remember a lecture I think in 91 in Uvalde in a huge sports hall, where this system was promoted and not all of us believed that this could work, we smiled and thought; we will see!!! Here you are it is ALL happening!!!

France; Issoudun.
This weekend the Pre European Championships finish in Issoudun. They flew from August 8-19 with 105 competitors. These comps were also the French Nationals . The practise week had some good days with up to 850 km.flights; the competition week had also rain and lot’s of wind.In the end they “only”flew for 3 days!!!
One accident with an outlanding, had as result that the French very experienced pilot died next day.Another very tragic loss of life in gliding and lot’s of very sad people around the pilot. Why, still all those accidents???!?I do not know…but we remain, “just” human beings!
On August 16 you can see an “hommage”to the pilot,Anthony Roe.
For results you can look at- aciss.free.fr -and click on championship.Today is the last flying day , but it is cancelled too and…the prizegiving for 3 days is tonight at 8.

That’s it for now, the sun is shining and a bit of a walk would do me fine. Have a nice weekend, Ritz

August 15, 2006

Dundee

Filed under: Uncategorized — ritz @ 9:41 pm

August 15 2006
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The Netherlands;
Last weekend John Nugent from Melbourne and Dieter “Dundee” Albrecht, from Germany visited me here in Holland. Their names are very familiar for the readers of my daily Latest News in Tocumwal. Though we had the heaviest rain in the coast areas with lots of flooding, we enjoyed only sun during our visit to Keiheuvel in Belgium on Sunday, where the “Royal” Areoclub of Keiheuvel celebrated her 50thiest anniversary with 3 OPEN DAYS. In co-operation with the Dutch and Belgium airforce the many thousands of visitors had 3 great days.We looked at the Mitchell B 21 and a great flight of a DC 3 Dakota. The noise made us all think of the good old Albatros, flying in Australia from Tocumwal Airport.
By the way, John was one of the passengers,enjoying the ferry flight from Santa Rosa in Californa over Honolulu and Noumea to OZ, a couple of years ago. A flight he will never EVER forget!!!
Also a Fokker S 11 and 2 Chipmunks presented theirselves. 5 Army Helicopters flew a nice demonstration and a Police Helicopter flew around with guests, who had won a flight with their raffle tickets.Lots of gliders too, as the ASK 21, a salto and LS 4, all launched by the Scout.

Sadly enough the Fokker S 11, crashed on Saturday evening in front of all spectators at the restaurant, after, as they think in first instance , an engine failure during landing. The 41 year old KLM pilot was severely injured and died on Sunday.

We missed out on the Balloon Race with 50 Balloons as it became too late.

England:
The last 2 days of the 18 m. class comps have been scrubbed, as the English call it so nicely. Leaves us after 6 days out of 9 , with Russell Cheetham as the well deserved winner! On the last flying day, interesting things happened as Steve, one of the Jones brothers had to outland. In the end Phill was 3d and Steve 5th .

Germany;
The preworld qualification for the Grand Prix will be flown in Hahnweide from August 19 -27 2006. Only 20 participants will “fight” for a qualification place to fly in New Zealand.Christoph Nacke, current junior world champion [ winner in Hus Bos] and Steven Raimoned current European champion [winner in Rayskala] are 2 of the pilots involved. You can keep track on their performances on www.gliding-grandprix.de.Hope the weather will improve to give them some great days of flying!

Still busy with my removal. Insurances, prizes for the removal, it is all going through my fingers.In between I get news from Tocumwal that the club is up and running. Secretary of the Murray Border Gliding Club is Donald Ashton and CFI Ingo Renner.They have a big meeting tonight with the Shire and I hope to have the LATEST on this item soon. Tocumwal WITHOUT GLIDING; IMPOSSIBLE!!!!
They need a hangar, a tug and a few gliders and all private gliders , still in the Sportavia hangar can be moved and fly then too.Fingers crossed!!!!

Jabiru flying is still possible. Don and Eddie have their 2d Jabiru now, so power flying in an ultra light is available in Tocumwal!

Expected soon; Story from the Schmelzer brothers Tijl and Bert jr. about the competition, “Spagettie Glide” in Rieti where Bert was the winner, of these Pre World Junior Comps.As you have read here too, they both won in Klippeneck too.

Ritz

August 12, 2006

Rain…heavy rain…heavier rain!

Filed under: Uncategorized — ritz @ 1:20 am

August 11 2006
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The Netherlands;
Lots of rain in Europe except for the more Southern parts were Spain struggles with huge bush fires! Not a lot of flying with this rain, though yesterday some pilots in France still managed to fly a task of 720 km. The rest of the countries “show” more or less “under-500 km-flights” , so after a terrible good time, it is a bit quiet now!

Germany; Klippeneck.
I should perhaps never have written , that I remembered a competition in Klippeneck with NO flying days at all, ONLY RAIN. It is a bit better now as pilots had 2 flying days, but of course they all hoped for more; pilots but also the organization. It is good to see that the marges between the scores are pretty small. Today , Friday the 11th, they have already the final party, to give a task tomorrow if the weather co-operates. So a lot can still happen, BUT they HAVE to fly first!! LET IT BE!!!!
You can find the scores on www.klippeneck.de. It is nice to see that my Belgium friends , travelling from Rieti [ were the brothers Tijl and Bert jr. participated in the junior pre worlds Spagettiglide with great results 1 and 3] to Belgium, share the first place in Standard class.
Dutch pilot Jaap Horsten is doing well too with a 1st place in 15 m class and toppilot Reinhard Schramme is 3d in 18 m. class at the moment.

United Kingdom;
At Lasham, they are flying the 18 meter class Nationals with lots of “famous/ wellknown ” glider pilots. There are 49 pilots competiting!Also the Jones brothers, both flying in the last world comps , as well as Russell Cheetham, who flew in Sweden in open class.
The weather there is much better then here and they have flown already 5 out of 9 days with 3 to go including today [they have a 302 km task] and one scrubbed. [ Period; August 5 till August 13 2006].
After 5 days the general score is;
1. Russell Cheetham in ASG 29/18 m. with 4322 points.
2. Steve Jones in Ventus 2CX/18 m. with 4150 points.
3. Phil Jones in Ventus 2 CX/18 m. with 4136 points.

In the UK they will fly at Lasham also the Regionals , from August 19- 27.Just to let you know. Look for results from the 18 m. Nationals , when you are interested at www.lasham.org.uk Enjoy!

Not much more to say. I am still busy with the organization of moving from good old OZ to Holland and it has cost me a lot of time! There is SOOOOO much to do. But…..I found a house, which is great!It looked like an impossible job, with one disappointment after another, but it is OK now.Still trying to find a job too here in Holland ,one to combine with my ART job.Preferrable one writing on the computer.

Enjoy your [wet] weekend and safe travelling for the many competitors travelling from Klippeneck to home, where-ever that is.Ritz

August 9, 2006

Moving house!

Filed under: Uncategorized — ritz @ 7:33 am

August 8;
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The Netherlands;
Due to the fact I am moving house the stories will be a “bit” irregular. Sorry about that! Reason to ask for some “help of my friends”, so the article written by Marina Vigoreto Galetto is already on. Thanks Marina , great intervieuw and now we know a bit more about this fantastic NUMBER 1 pilot Sebastian Kawa,and there is still a huge future for him!!!So more to come!!!!

We are still trying to get the topics on a different page, but that does n’t work, at the moment. So you can click on topics 1 with Mike Mike articles and topics number 2 with the general articles. So for the time being,it remains like this, with the same article ALSO in the blog,hope you do not mind .

Belgium;
The competition is Belgium is over and they really were hit by bad weather. They managed to get 3 days out of 8 and Hans Biesters was the winner in 15/18 m. class.
In Standard class Emilel de Wachter kept his first place , but in open Pierre de Broqueville just lost with 50 points from Joost Wolff and Herman Muller.
Though the weather did not co-operate they look ahead at next year!

Germany;
The 38th Klippeneck competition has started with bad weather too. They did some flying on Monday and to see how they did, you can look at www.klippeneck.de.Enjoy!

That’s it for now . A lot of pleasure reading the Sebastian Kawa story.

The not so good news this week , was the accident from a very well known pilot and flying club member in Rieti. I wish all pilots, friends and family from the pilot strenghts, as they need that. I know all about it!They cancelled flying on Monday out of respect.

August 8, 2006

Sebastian Kawa

Filed under: Topics General — ritz @ 11:03 pm

article kindly made available by
Marina Vigorito Galetto

With 5 gold medals in four years, Sebastian Kawa can already be considered a legend of the International Gliding Community.

He was born in 1972 in Bielso-Biala, in the south of Poland; Sebastian begins to fly in 1988, after an excellent career in the sailing boats, winning several National Polish championships in the 420 class and a silver medal in the World Cup.

The end of the communism gives new opportunities to the Polish economy and it improves in few years the life style; this is the occasion for a very young Sebastian to show his extraordinary talent in Gliding.

His behaviour during the contests is always characterized by a great regularity, he makes very few mistakes and he has a natural attitude to the tactical aspects of the
competition. Moreover he is much careful also to the physical shape and succeeds to face stress very well; his job in hospital has by sure helped him in such sense.

In 1995 he could already be European Juniors Champion in Poland, but the theft of the photographic equipment caused the lost of a contest day. The photos, found after the official closing of the championship, demonstrate that he would have won with wide margin and the IGC conferred to Sebastian a special diploma, not being possible anymore, the amending of the official results.

He gains the first title in 2003 in Nitra, Slovakia, winning the World Class World Championship. In 2004 he becomes World Champion of Club Class in Elverun, Norway. In 2005 Sebstian wins the European Championship of Club Class, again in Nitra and also the first World Sailplane Grand Prix in Saint Auban, France, when he can demonstrate to be perfectly at ease also in mountain, in spite
of the indubitable supremacy of the two worldwide best pilots of the mountain flight: Eric Napoleon and Giorgio Galetto.

I meet Sebastian right after the official announcement of the cancellation of the last competition day: he is again the World Champion of the Club Class.

“The Brits call you Sebastian “lucky” Kawa. How much counts for you the luck factor in a contest?”

“In this contest I have been fortunate. Above all at the beginning of the competition, I had to take many risks and I have always been lucky, while my partner has lost many points and I was so sorry for him.”

“What do you mean saying that you take many risks? Are you the kind of pilot that risks a lot during the competitions?”

He turns very
serious. “You must always make the calculation and understand how much does it cost the risk that you are taking and to decide if it makes sense. “Risk” for me is to make an outlanding and lose many points, not to fly in an aggressive or dangerous way.”

“Do you like the Team Flight?”

“I would like to have a partner, even if I find pretty hard to share the choices with an other one. Perhaps I have not still found the right partner. By sure the team flight offers many advantages, more opportunities. Above all in the difficult days, with not exceptional weather conditions, to be able “to touch” more air helps very much. Anyway, the level of the two pilots must be homogenous, otherwise it is only a problem for the more expert pilot”

“You have the reputation of being a cold type…”

He interrupts to me laughing. “But who, I? You say seriously? All my friends call me “the Italian “, because I am very expansive, I gesture when I speak, and I never hide my feelings!”

“You are the “Number 1”, but you, how you look at yourself?”

“In the life every day I look like a very ordinary one. I am a doctor, I work in hospital for many, many hours, and the children seem to have the wish to born in the middle of the night! A new born doesn’t really care in you are the “number 1”, and it helps to keep your head together.”

“Nevertheless everybody consider you as an admirable adversary”

“During the contests I am very different. If I must defended myself, I know how to be very much determined. In this competition I have nearly left
very early, with the thunderstorms one could not wait too much and make strategically departs, but I knew I had the French behind all the time and this has truly tired me, also because they could count on weather information during the contest that I did not have. But I was able to not let me go down an to maintain the concentration, that has been one of the more difficult things.”

“Mountain or plain?”

“Mountain, by sure. In the flat lands you cannot invent anything, it is only tactical. In mountain instead, you flight! Then you have many more opportunities, you take your own decisions. Moreover, the mountain is more selective, you can truly appreciate the differences among the pilots.”

“You win nearly all the contests to which you participate”

He interrupts
me a little bit upset: “In New Zeeland I didn’t win”

This s the time for me to laugh. “In fact, I have said nearly! How do you find the motivation in order to go ahead and to continue to win?”

“This is a true problem. I suffer from “depression post contest!” He says to me with a smile. “I feel as a deflated balloon now, it always succeeds after a victory. Then I come back to he life every day and I find again the motivation and the will in order to go on”

“Are you instructor in your club?”

“If only! I would like, but I do not have time. Anyway, I follow the pilots already licensed, most of all the youngest. I fly with them cross-country flies, and I try to transmit to the others my experience. I think I would be a good instructor, I like it so much”.

Sebastian wants to chat, and therefore I let him speak about himself.

“Well, it is the very first time that I truly feel the heaviness of the contest. I felt responsible in the comparisons of the Team and of my partners. Perhaps I am growing as pilot. In effects, I feel myself more mature and aware.

I have never considered myself as the best one, during all the contests to which I have participated. I did not believe of having the same opportunities of the others, above all of pilots with many years of experience more than me. Perhaps I flew in a different way, more instinctive. Here instead I felt myself very responsible, not because I had to demonstrate something to someone, this not. Rather, I knew that many persons had many expectations and that I could not disappoint them. There were almost 10 pilots at highest level; I could not sure underrate them.

When I fly at home, I experiment a lot and it helps me to find my limit. Often to the Nationals in Poland, many young pilots strike me because I try to find new ways, new roads, but it doesn’t’ matter. I am aware I am a kind of model, and I try to be a positive model, as much as I can.

Here in France I had to be the coach of the young pilots, but unfortunately they were interested more to the French girls and to the party at the swimming pool, than to the results!! In Rieti it will be much different! To bed at the 10p.m. and no party, it’s a promise.

Very few people at the hospital know that I fly. I try to keep separate the two things; they are two different aspects of my life. Sometimes, when I exit from the hospital, I take the Pirat of the club and make some acrobatics, it relax me so much. I fly to find my dimension, my relax and to escape to the problems of the everyday life.

This is Sebastian “magic” Kawa

Vinon, July 28th 2006

August 2, 2006

August starts with rain!

Filed under: Uncategorized — ritz @ 1:23 am

August 1 2006
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Europe;
The weather in Europe in July, has been fantastic and in Holland it was the hottest ever in history, which means since they started counting. But…after 16 days the heatwave here is over , we just missed out on one more day as the temperature reached 24.3 and we needed 25 yesterday .
We are back to more or less normal, rainy and windy Dutch weather with temperatures around 20 dgr. Londen,Berlin, Oslo, Helsinki and Stockholm have about the same.Spain however is still hot with 36 dgr. in the S. part
On the 19th of July, 4.5 milliard liters of water have been “used” on ONE day by Dutch consuments.That is 1 1/2 times more then normal.

Belgium;
BeNeLux competition;
August 1 is the fourth day of the BeNeLux competitiion in Belgium, just over the Dutch border.I guess looking out side that today is cancelled; Quite heavy showers with in between small windows of sunshine. And… Day 2 was also cancelled due to bad weather.
But…Day 3 was a good looking day with a rather late start between 3.30 and 4 o’clock. A day with blue skies and huge white clouds in the afternoon , but still with possibilities or showers later in the day; a task was set in each of the 3 classes;
St class;
145 km with 5 points. Winner was, as on day 1, good old friend Emiel De Wachter [B] who, as in the early 70thies has his wife Godelieve as his crew.In the 70thies when we all met, he flew Libelle. He still has that glider , he told me, though he flies his LS 8 now.I urged him to never get rid of the Lbelle as , in my opinion, it was one of the best ever made!
Only 4 from the 11 pilots in this class arrived back home. Last to make it home was Eric Colbrant at 18.34.

15/18 m. class;
A task from 166 km over 5 points and winner in this class was Rob Looisen, former Dutch champion, now flying comps for fun, but don’t underestimate him as he is still a very, no an extremely good pilot. He shares flying the ASW 27 with friend Max Bloch, who organizes nowadays the Dutch Nationals.From 13 pilots, 4 did not make it home!
After 2 days, Chiel Wijnheimer { The Neth] is 1 overall, flying his DG800/18m..

Open class;
A task from 167 km with 5 points for 4 open class teams, who all made it home. Winner Hugo Mertens in Jantar 2 from Belgium.Overall after 2 days;Pierre de Broqueville with a Nimbus 4 DM.
You can find tasks and scores now at www.aeroclub-keiheuvel-be Enjoy!
Cheers Ritz

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