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July 10, 2019

EGC in Prievidza ! Open and 20 m. Nationals in Stendal ! Issoudun !

Filed under: Uncategorized — ritz @ 6:18 pm

To avoid too long blogs  AND old news, I try to publish, in this busy time ,on Sunday and Wednesday. If you missed last Sunday’s blog,….. you find under this one. Enjoy!!!



AS shared by the organizers.

Tricky weather it was on day 1; The organizers mentioned :
  The first day is always exciting, but today’s weather decided to add some extra excitement. The weather is going to be a bit tricky, but it will still allow us a short 2 hour AAT task for all classes. 
We can expect showers in the late afternoon, but we will do everything to manage before that.”
I guess best initiative,…early start!!

Standard class;
TASK 1; 2 hour AAT
Luca Urbani from Italy was one of the first, indeed , to start at 12.38 and with 225 km. in time 2.04 he won the day in his Discus 2A. Speed 108.28 km./h.
German pilot Robert Schroeder started as one of the last BUT, he was runner up,so in the end , it did n’t really matter.
He started at 13.15 , flew in his LS 8 NEO, 225 km. in time 2.05 [speed 107.58 km./h]
25 From 28 finished one entered forbidden airspace and that meant “over and out”= zero points for the day.
TASK 2; 401 km. That kept them busy, the organizers mentioned:
The second day is a bit chilly compared to the sauna days we had before, isn’t it? We have the task lengths about 400km today. From what I heard, it is a beautiful day ahead of us. No showers and no thunderstorms but it will be a little bit windier. We have 1000 point tasks for all classes.”
The Czech pilots had a top day!! 1-2-3 for the day with former hang-  glider pilot Tomas Suchanek as the best in his Discus 2A with a speed of 123.70 km./h. JUST a tiny little tad faster than Miloslav Cink in LS 8b; 123.64.
Pavel Louzecky was the 3d with 123.20 km./h. Photo finishes!!! Robert Schroeder had another top day as number 4.
TASK 3;330 km.
First the organizers morning news.
The third day at EGC is here, and it seems like the weather is not going to play it easy on us once again. Our trusted meteorologist looked pretty serious when I met him, which is unusual. He confirmed it’s going to be a complicated day but flyable! The middle clouds from North-West Slovakia are the trouble makers. That’s why the pilots from all classes can look forward to a nearly Hungarian experience and lowlands in the South today! Because of the strong conditions at the lowlands, the task setter prepared two options for you, just in case, task A(racing) and B(AAT) task
Robert Schroeder from Germany was the best flying with a speed of 128 km./h over the set task. Good on him.His LS 8 NEO was followed by 8 Discus types . A nice mixed group with 2 Hungarian pilots, another German pilot Sebastian Naegel, and 1 from Finland, 1 from Romania , 1 from Denmark, France and Slovakia.
All 28 who started …finished!! So a good day!! 81 Finishers in total!!!!!!
TASK 4 today; 385 km. more on Sunday.

Club class:
TASK 1; 2 hour AAT
Jaroslav Toman from the Czech Rep. flew in his Pegase 101WL, 222 km. in time 2.03. His Czech mate Ivan Novak in Ls 4 was a tad faster but had a worse handicap so he missed out on ONE point!!!
28 From 31 finished so a good day.
TASK 2;341 km.
Lithuanian pilot  Darius Liaugaudas was already GOOD on the practice -day’s now he was good again. Speed of 100.83 km./h. in his Pegase. Not much slower,….his country mate Arturas Pilvinis in SZD 55-1.
French pilot Adrien Henry was 3d ,AS the day before.
TASK 3; 302 km. Tom and Ge from the UK had a top-day ;116 km./h. French pilot Julien Henry is a very consistent pilot for France.He was 3d. Number 3 on each of the 3 days!!!! All pilots finished.
UK team ‘s news for the day :”A grand trip out to the Danube today for all three classes. The club class started midfield but had a storming run, with strong climbs up to the 8000 ft airspace limit. Tom and G finished the day with an excellent 1-2 result, a clear 10kph quicker than the next placed glider. The standard class made a late start and so nearly caught the gaggle ahead of them, but had to settle for a solid collection of points for the day. Tim also made a very late start with the German team and made good progress down the first leg before falling back slightly. The overall scores are still very close in all classes with many days still to come. After today’s flight, Tom is narrowly leading the club class with G not far behind.
TASK 4 today; 347 km.

15 m.class:
TASK 1;2 hour AAT

Current EGC champion Freddie Hein from Germany in his VENTUS 3T was the daily best.230 km. in time 1.58 so a speed of 115 km./h. His German mate Sebastian Bauder in Ventus 2A was runner up; speed 114 km./h.
21 from 22 finished. Good on them!!!
Most started around 13.23.
TASK 2; 435 km.
Good speed in this class and a winner from Czech Rep. young Radek Krejcirik in his JS 3 with 131 km./h on the “clock” . Sebastian in his Diana 2 was runner up with 128 km./h. whilst Joris Vainius from Lithuania,…a great day for them….had 123 km.h.
Except for 1 all finished.
TASK 3;352 km. A great day for the French team and  Sebastian Kawa. Louis Bouderlique and Sebastian were the winners and Max Seis was runner up .All with the same speed of 129 km./h.There were 7 pilots in total with a speed over 125 km./h. All pilots finished!!
The organizers last words on the day 3 :”Everyone we asked was still running on endorphins throwing superlatives around like confetti. Amazing weather, perfect task, strong thermals, endless cloud streets…
With the cloud bases almost at max allowed altitude most didn’t even mind narrower lifts and made it through 400km fast and furious.
TASK 4 today; 390 km.

Great picture from day 2 by Roman-Lepris as shared by the organizers in their photo gallery.


German Nationals in open and 2 seater class and International Stendal Glide for 18 m.

Ready to go for it
Shared by Segelflug-DM Stendal

They had a good official practice day on Sunday the 7th and the opening at 8 that day, was live to follow.
Also the briefings are to follow via live stream.
After 8 training’s day’s the pilots were ready to go for it. BUT,…the weather thought different and 2 classes 20 m. and open had to be cancelled so
“Task 1 was only for 18 m. class. 210 km. was set, but nobody flew the task.
Some did well as Dutch pilot Hadriaan van Nes with 207 km. [ JS 1Btj] Followed by Boerje Eriksson from Sweden with 203 km.[VENTUS 3]  Zdzislaw Bednarczuk from Poland was 3d in JS 3.
The opinion from the organizers after day 1:”The 18m class has completed its first day of evaluation!Some pilots had to “throw” the engine, some have not flown off or flown back to the starting line. Four outlandings. The first feedback: “A good decision, it was really fun”

Task 2; All tasks changed in to TASK B with a first expected launch at 2.30 PM.;
18 m ; Racing task from 206 km. changed in B task from 147 km . CANCELLED.
open; 2.00 AAT from 226 to 448 km. [A task] changed in B task 2 hour AAT 186/317 km.
EB 29 weather,as Felipe Levin and Michael Sommer won the day;  94 km./h. over 201  in time 2.08 .
This speed for such a glider says all about the weather but they flew.
The NIMETA from Bruno Gantenbrink was 3d with 193 km in 2.26. A long-wing-day!!!
9 From 30 flew the task.
Max points 462, and min. points 123.
They started launching at 2.45 PM. and Michael and Felipe started at 4.33.!!!
My Aussie mate David Jansen was a bit upset with the day
“Today we flew the first competition task in the Open Class. We did very well until we had to start the engine however we were not alone in this. What has taken us completely by surprise is that the organisation has changed to the “B” task whilst we were airborne and they did not perform a roll call to confirm with all the pilots. As a result we have been disadvantaged severely by flying the “A” task and making a technical outlanding. I believe we could have made it home if we had known to fly 2 hours and not 2.5 hours. We have also lost distance points in the current’s not sour grapes however I do not like missing critical information like this without some sort of cross check…”

Short morning update, from the organizers; on the subject.
“We are flying the German National Competition and as such team captains are not in attendance for this event so no written notice is required under the German rules as the B task was also issued at briefing.”
And somebody added :”actually it was changed by Radio Call whilst all Classes standing in the Grid prior to launching. “

20 m; 2.00 AAT from 215 to 389 km. [A task] changed in B task 2 hour AAT 143/270  km. CANCELLED
Stendal looked back at the day :
“A short drizzle opened the second day of the German Gliding Championships and the International Stendal Glide.
No reason for doing nothing: starting as usual 8:00 – 9:50. Briefing 10:00. The thermals still took a while to come and brought three times a delay for launching time.
The doubleseaters were allowed to dare first and started towing or starting at 2:30 local time.
However, with a cloud base at about 1000m and low thermals, the class was neutralized along with the 18m class that had lined up at the back of the airfield.
For the open class, however, there was no escape. Starting 2:45 clock local time, after the landed DoSi’s rolled off track.”

More on Sunday!!!


44th International at ISSOUDUN  and the BGA championships.

As shared by Benedict Smith

Combi class;
Task 3 on July 7; 3 hour AAT.
He was 11th on task 1, 1 on task 2 and now he was number 1 again. Gabriel Rossier from Switzerland with that great glider ASH 31 MI, with a pretty tough handicap but he still wins ;122. He flew 385 km. in time 2.59,so a speed of 128 km./h.
Nick Hanenburg from Holland was runner up again in his Discus 2A.His speed was 113 km./h.
Task 4 on July 8; 323 km.
It is nearly the Gabriel Rossier -show. In his fancy ASH 31MI he wins EVERY day.Another 1000 points for him. His speed ;105 km./h ,He was the only one over 100 km./h.
The other pilots really do their best too; 7 French pilots were on his heels but 98 km./h was their best.
Our Nick had a a bit of an off day being 16th. From 21 who started 19 finished.
Task 5 on July 9; 2.30 AAT; AND,…a Duo Discus XLT was the winner for the day. Ludovic Hirtz in it. He flew 238 km in time 2.32.
21 Started 19 finished. AND,…..Gabriel who won every day till now was 9th. A pity I am not there otherwise I knew what happened. But no worries he is still 245 points ahead overall.
Task 6; today…307 km.

task 3 on July 7; 262 km.
Jelmer Vis from Holland was 10th on day 1 and 1 on day 2 and 1 again on day 3. Well done in his St Cirrus ;speed of 116 km./h. Mark van den Ham another Dutch junior was 3d. In between a French DG 300 with Yacine Vigourel.
Task 4 on July 8; 3.30 AAT;
A UK day with Brian as one of the oldest and for sure mentoring the young ones. Brian was 1, Jake 2 and Finn 3 and our Mark 4th.Then 4 UK pilots and 5 French followed by Dutchie Jelmer and Belgium pilot Manuel Severin.
23 Started and 19 finished. One of the Dutch juniors , Nick Faber who was 15th overall, did not start.
Task 5 on July 9; 251 km. The first 8 pilots for the day were a mix from “pommies” and “cloggies”.
The UK pilots were on 1-2-3-4-6 and 7 , Dutch pilots on 5 and 8. Best speed 86 km./h.
Task 6 day…3 hour AAT.



With Brian and Finn and Jake and glider 540 from Olly [UK] in St class.


Jelmer Vis from Holland in St Cirrus and Roger Partinton in Pegase.
Courtesy Benedict Smith


French Nationals in Issoudun for open and 18 m. class.

All Issoudun pilots from both comps, in one big hangar.
Aeroclub Issoudun

They started on Sunday with a 303 km. task for open class and Christophe Delort d’Exéa was the daily best in his ASH 25/26 m. Speed 132 km./h.

18 m. started with a 309 km. task, with a win by 2 Italian pilots who fly this competition HC. Margot Acquaderni flew the 309 km with a speed of 121.60 km./h. so did Ricky Brigliadori 121.40 km./h.

Day 2 in open class showed a set task of 404 km. won by another HC pilot this time Serge Leclercq from Spain who flew his NIMBUS 4 D around with 107 km./h.
In 18 m. new Italian HC success by Margot and Ricky in the Ventus 3FES and the JS 1 C. They flew in 4.00 hour AAT a distance of 396 km. in time 4.02.
They started and finished nearly together so a great comparison of gliders is possible.
Best French pilot was Eric Garnier in ASG 29ES. speed 90 km./h over 362 km.

Day 3 ,the first HC pilot was on spot 11 in open class so the French went for it with Eric Bernard as daily winner.
Their task was small 1.45 AAT but they flew and All but one finished.Eric flew 201 km. in time 1.54 and started after 4 PM.
Runners up  Philippe de Péchy AND  Yann Forestier both on 2. All 3 flew JS 1C/21 m.
In 18 m. who started first ,Marilyne Abadie-Bérard was the best. Girl power!!! 241 km. in time 2.25 so a speed of 96 km./h. More girl power as Anne Ducarouge was 4th and Margot from Italy 5th.
18 From 20 were “in”.

Marilyne on the highest spot, as shared by
Aeroclub Issoudun

Day 4, today; 390 km. for open and 391 for 18 m. More on Sunday.


all pictures courtesy Aeroclub Issoudun



Day 1 was difficult for some , 3 from 9 in club class did not finish. Winner was Thies Bruins in the ASW 20 ,who flew already very well at the last Dutch Nationals winning several day’s.
Task was 136 km and speed from Thies was 99 km./h.
In the combi/open class Niels van Nieuwland won in the Discus 2CT/18 m.
The task a set 262 km was flown with 83 km./h.
Diana was 3d.

Day 2 was cancelled so day 3 was on with good weather. …really nice weather!!
Club;336 km. Thies was the best pilot again; 1000 points. I guess his wife is with him as he flies better when she is there as we saw at Terlet during the Nationals. Thies flew around with a speed of 93 km./h.
Local youngster “with a future” Wout Sliedrecht in LS 4 flew in as runner up with 87 km./h.
7 From 8 finished!!

combi/open ;390 km. With 99 km./h Niels won again in his Discus. The DUO DISCUS XLT from Soesterberg was runner up with 94 km./h!!


Looking at the finishes from the balcony from the 2 storey hangar. Great place to see them. And the skies at 5.30 PM.
As shared by Zomerwedstrijden

Today; 138 km. for Club and 144 for open/combi.
Showers are expected for today I heard on the news.

More news about these interesting comps next Sunday!!!
Cheers Ritz

July 7, 2019

20 thiest EGC from Prievidza ! Issoudun !Great flights from Keiheuvel!

Filed under: Uncategorized — ritz @ 7:33 pm

With so much news I try to publish temporary,  every Sunday and Wednesday, to make blogs not too long and to remain actual. I heard some readers have problems with downloading the blog.Maybe because I publish many BIG pictures. Will try to find out.
When you see an old blog, use the refresh button and the new blog appears. Good luck and enjoy!!!
I reduced the pictures to medium for better downloading. When you just double click on them they enlarge.


20thiest EGC for small ships!
July 6-July 20 2019.


As shared by Czech Republic Gliding Team

On July 3 the first official practice day was organised for 87 pilots;
34 in Club class, 29 in standard and 24 in 15 m. class.
Club got 262 km., standard 307 and 15m. a task of 312 km. Looking GOOD!!!

15 m. class ready to go for first official practice day.
as shared by Czech Republic Gliding Team

2 more good practice day’s with set tasks from around 300 km and a day with 3 hour AAT’s.
“The organizers decided we’d had enough of practicing in the hills so sent us south in to the flatlands towards Hungary on a 3 hour Assigned Area Task. Wave and shifting bands of high cover made low level conditions tricky at times. At other times there were 6 knot climbs up to the 8000ft. ” as shared by Team UK…..Tom.
The 3 hour AAT in St class was won by Keiheuvel pilot Jeff Kell,…there must be something in the drinking water there,…302 km. in 2.59.
In club class Ukraine pilot Darius Liaugaudas in the Pegase 101A was the best with 289 km. in time 3.10 and in
15 m it turned out a real German Ventus 2 and  3 day; Sebastian Bauder [Ventus 2a]had 307 km. in 3 hour at the dot, Freddie Hein , who is the current European champion, 303 km at the dot and Jan Omsels 303 km. in time 3.03.
Then there was on Friday evening  a mandatory TC Briefing at 6 pm, and a mandatory safety and operation /  Airspace briefing !!!
Yesterday the opening at 5 PM.

The always very strong and successful team from Poland.
With Sebastian and his dad around the girl in black and one of the 2 Lucaszes to the right.[ Grabowski]
As shared by Sebastian.

The “POMMIES”, with some very experienced pilots young and old[er]. Great team.
as shared by British Gliding Team

Team Belgium with Jeff as the only pilot and Gitte  his wife, Leon and Anna his children and 2 times 1000 km.-pilot and mate Jeroen as crew.
as shared by Gitte.

Team France always STRONG, shared by Pôle France Planeur

Team Germany , never underestimate them, as shared by the German team.

And THEN,…it all starts!!
Today Sunday ALL 3  classes have a 2 hour AAT.
More on Wednesday.


German Gliding Nationals in Stendal.
Pre WGC for the 2020 WGC 18 m. class….July 8-19 2019.

Starts tomorrow with 89 participants!!!
German Nationals in 2-seater and open class and International Stendal Glide 2019 in 18 m. class [competition training].
More on Wednesday!!!


Zomerwedstrijd from Malden in the Netherlands!
July 2019 – 13 July 2019

As shared by Zomerwedstrijden

Being involved in the Summer comps means that when you are good and have enough points, you can go next season to the Nationals. It’s a fun, but serious competition with also pilots who have been in WGC’s /EGC’s already, as George Schuit and Ferdi Kuijpers and pilots who flew Nationals already a great mix of pilots.

First day is today with 177 km. in club class and 183 km. in a mixed open class.


First briefing in the beautiful briefing room from the most beautiful 2 storey- hangar in the world at Malden. With George and Diana and Chris [Zippel] who flew in the past with us in Tocumwal and now is “ground-slave” . He came all the way from Berlin.
Shared by Martijn Alders.

25 Pilots in total…more next Wednesday.


44th Concours International, the BGA overseas championship and the French Nationals in 18 m. and open class.

From July 4 till 13 they fly with 50 participants the 44th Concours International and the BGA Overseas Championships so many UK participants . 2 Classes combi and club.
Parallel on this competition they fly from July 7 till 13 the French Nationals in 18 m. and open class, so around 90 pilots at the field. A big happening!!!
18 in open class and 24 in 18 m. 42 in total the the FRENCH NATIONALS.

As shared by Aeroclub Issoudun

On the 4th of July, was the first flying day for the multi class and club class.
Multi class;
Task 1….251 km. From the 20 starting pilots 15 finished. Best was UK pilot Iain Evans in JS C/18m. 1 EVO. He started relatively late  324 PM. Speed 90 km./h. which was 7km./h faster than the runner up .
“Our” ex- junior Nick Hanenberg , but still very young, did well as number 3 for the day.[Discus 2A]
Task 2….279 km. A Swiss win today by Gabriel Rossier in the ASH 31MI with 111 km./h, which was was 8km./h faster than young Nick in the Discus 2A,  who was in the top 3 again!!
16 From 20 finished.
On the 6th NO FLYING but
Task 3 was on again today on Sunday. 3 Hour AAT.
More on Wednesday.

Great picture! Shared by Dutch Junior Gliding Team

Club class;
Task 1….212 km.  17 From 24 finished and good old Brian Spreckley showed how to do it. He won in his Libelle with a speed of 76 km./h. Bit slower than French Adrien Dubreuil who flew 79 km./h in his LS 4. [handicap 104 whilst the Libelle has 97]
Finn Sleigh and Jake Brattle both in ASW 20 started 15 minutes later than Brian, good for a 3d and 4th place. They belong to the UK junior squad and prepare in Issoudun on their JWGC in Hungary later this month.
Great to see Shaun Lapworth again in a glider and a competition. After his nasty accident he is BACK!! Good on him and on spot 6 for the day.
Task 2….233 km. and yes,…one of our juniors won the day!! Jelmer [Vis] in the St Cirrus was a tad faster than Brian. Nick Faber another Dutch junior started and flew together with Jelmer and was 3d in his St Cirrus.3 Dutch juniors practicing as well in Issoudun.
Only 2 outlandings, so a good day!
Task 3 also here no flying yesterday but today 262 km.


FRENCH NATIONALS for 18m. and open class from Issoudun.

They start at July 7, TODAY with 305 km. for 18 open class pilots and 309 km. for 18 m. with 24 pilots.
More next Wednesday.



2 consecutive 1000 km flights! HURRAY!!!
One flight took 10 hours and 50 minutes , the other one 11 hours and 26 minutes!!!!
Courtesy Bert Schmelzer sr.

Flying 2 times a 1000 on consecutive day’s is superb AND Jeroen Jennen from Belgium did it, on July 2 and 3 in an LS 8 …just a standard class jet, no turbo, only Jeroen!!!.
Here is his story:
“Day two, thousand two. Started with the feeling that a second 1000k would be possible, the start went better than yesterday. Once reaching the Rhine I was ahead of schedule, to bad the weather didn’t improve like it did Tuesday. Had to fly more conservative towards the turn point and afterwards to the south. Once reaching Paderborn after a long glide and the clearance to cross overhead I hit the first good thermal of a few. The south east leg was incredible, also with the wind behind but things went smooth. Once turning back and leaving the Thuringer Wald things became difficult. The wind was getting stronger and for some reason I couldn’t catch the thermals in one time, had to search a lot and the speed went down slowly. Up on the Sauerland the weather improved again, got low there but with the sun, hill and the ski resort below a great thermal was a must. From there on the clouds became bigger and a street helped me to improve the speed again. From Senden to Keiheuvel was a fight, had some good thermals but had to search them for a while. Once reaching the home field I had to go back for 25km, with the wind I wanted to climb before my TP but the thermals didn’t co-operate though. A long and hard struggle for me at fg, but with no fields in our final glide I tried to climb some more around Lommel, I’ve reached it quite low and very late, but got myself a 0,2 to reach fg with the wind blowing me towards the field! There my supporters were cheering which made the flight even more beautiful.
Great achievements Jeroen congratulations!!

A happy chappie;
Tijl Schmelzer after his 1000 PLUS new Belgian record. The family VENTUS 3 E ” 2X’ was the record winning glider.
A “sit” of 11 hours and 42 minutes!!!!
courtesy Bert Schmelzer sr.

That day, July 3, Tijl Schmelzer took a few records from Namibia back to Belgium. He flew 1.121 OLC km.s and a
Belgian record Out-and-Return Declared + O/R Free Distance 1044km+
Not very often that you can reclaim 2 Belgian records from Namibia to Belgium! 
Awesome weather this week…” He flew the VENTUS 3E.
Some really good young pilots there at the Keiheuvel flying 4 x a 1000 in 2 day’s. What about that!!!.
Bert sr. ,proud dad, wrote;”
“On July 3 Jeroen wanted to fly/chase another 1000 km and Tijl was focused on a new Belgian record.Uncle Eddie [from Jeroen] was up early to be their tuggie. And off they went; Tijl far into Czechia and Jeroen in an LS 8 to the neighborhood of Coburg with TP’s in between.”
And they did it!! Great achievements by both. Both declared their flights and the 2 records from Tijl not from Namibia now anymore, but from the good old “Keiheuvel” ;
declared out and return from 1.044 km. and and a free out and return from 1049 km , ….1.122 OLC km’s.
“We experienced Namibia on the Nordsea.”
Even more impressive due to due to challenges of very tight airspace.
I nearly could hear  here the cheers at their return.

Last weeks Belgian / KEIHEUVEL 1000 km-heroes . Tijl ,Jeroen en Wim.
courtesy Bert Schmerzer sr.

Quite a FEW “NEARLY” 1000 KM. FLIGHTS!!!That’s a bit sad, certainly when they are as close as 997 in Holland from Lars in ASW 28E from Terlet and 967 km. by Tim from Malden in ASW 20 and 992 in a St Jantar by Markus in Germany [Auerbach]. BUT,…it remains an unforgettable experience!!!
A total of 8x a 1000 in Europe. One from Bas Seijffert from Terlet in JS 1C/21m.
And the 812 in an LS 6 from Ronald Deerenberg is worth mentioning as well.


News from DG:

The FES system is getting more in more popular in nowadays single-seaters. Lots of clubs and private pilots enjoy the benefits of this easy to use propulsion system. It’s a system useable for everyone which elevates the glider back to safe altitude and which is unbeatable when it comes to comfort and easy operation.

DG Flugzeugbau decided to install this system in its DG-1001 family. The well known FES unit by LZ Design will be modified so it delivers approx. 30kW. In combination with a new battery generation we expect a similar performance as shown by FES single-seaters such as the LS8-e neo.

Prototype manufacture will begin late this summer. The first flight is expected to take place in spring 2020.”


AND…to finish a great picture from a special event in Holland.

“On Thursday June 27 you could see this exceptional formation above Teuge. 36  Parachutists from the  European Canopy Formation formed the biggest ever formation over Holland.”
Courtesy KNVvL


Cheers Ritz, by the way after we had 24 dgr.C in the night ,we had a couple of day’s ago MINUS 1.6 in the east of the country during the night… JULY!!!!Of course another record,…ha ha!!!

July 3, 2019

Last 2 days of 18 m. and open class in Hobbs New Mexico. Italy’s 18 m. and open class comps ! Top flights from BE and NL !

Filed under: Uncategorized — ritz @ 6:19 pm


Very blue and you can “see” the heat.
As shared by Soaring Society of America

In both classes new, but familiar faces on the daily spot 1 on contest day 7.
Not a super-doper-flash-day as you can read in Steven’s news, but a very blue day.;
“Day 7 US Open Nationals. Not my day. Was not willing to push on into shadow over the desert scrub, so I turned around and went home. Two in my class used their engines to get home, the rest made it around. I probably could have, but just didn’t feel like pressing that much.”

Open; Ron Tabery in his ASW 22 BLE was the best during the Assigned Aere Task from 193 miles; 200 km. in 3.05 “gave”  him 1000 points. DB was 5th .
The top 3 Jim [Lee] ,David  [Mockler] and David [Coggins] were 3, 2 and 7 for the day in their JS 3 C’s /21m.
18 m; Gary Ittner won the day in his ASG 29/18 m.
1000 points for 198 miles in 3.10.
Not the best day for the overall top 3 with one day to go: John [Seaborn] on 3 , Jerzy on 15 and Keith [Essex] on 10.

Trying to close the canopy of the JS 3 on a HOT day.
Soaring Society of America

Contest day 8 very last day; 3 hour TAT. [Turn Area Task]
Stevens personal view on the last day ;
“Day 8 and the final day of the US Open Class Nationals for 2019. Forecast was for weaker weather, lower cloud bases (at least, there were clouds today!), but generally soarable conditions. We had a 3 hour Turn area Task, with turns at Lamesa (20 mile radius), Plains (20 mile radius) and Andrews (20 mile radius). The area around Hobbs was a little sparse on cu at the start, but things got better as we went east to Lamesa. It was obvious you just wanted to touch Plains, then we had to deal with blow offs coming in from the west for the trip into and back out of Andrews. I had a 45 mile final glide under the overcast. Thank goodness for long wings! Got 6th place for the day! But, sitting out a day cost me dearly in the final scores. Oh, well. It was a fun contest. Looking forward to coming back to Hobbs!”
open; Dave Mockler won the day 1000 points for a speed 75 m./h. No extreme differences so the final scores were pretty fast ready;
1. Jim Lee in JS 1C/21m. with 7.538 points.
2. David Mockler in JS 1C/21m. with 7.405 p.
3. David Coggins in JS 1 C/21 m with 7.205.

With good flying Ron Tabery reached spot 4 with 7.188 points and DB who lost 40 points on the last day on Ron was 5th ;7.183, so a difference of just 5. I guess they had to laugh about it together!

18m. Special day for Robin Clark in ASG 29; he won the last day and moved to spot 3 overall passing Keith, who was 6th for the day.
Final results:
1. John Seaborn in JS 3/18m. with 7.587 points.
2. Jerzy Szemplinski in ASG 29 with 7.420 p.
3. Robin Clark in ASG 29 with 7.319 p.



Bit heavy certainly Jim’s open class one, Congratulations to all!!!
Soaring Society of America posted by Leigh


open;2nd Place, Dave Mockler, winner, Jim Lee ,3rd place, Dave Coggins

18 M: 3rd place Robin Clark, winner John Seaborn 2nd place, Jerzy Szemplinski

Nice comps to follow!!! Also thanks to Steven Leonard and Leigh Zimmerman.


Coppa Citta di Varese in Italy.
Calcinate Del Pesce  June 23-30.

This is also the Italian NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP in 18m and open class.
On day 1 NOBODY finished both in open and 18 m. class. The task was 274 for all and the best flew over 250 km but it turned out NOT a valid day.
Task 2 showed a 2.15 AAT and in 18 m. Ugo Pavesi managed to fly 193 km for 441 points. On the not valid day he flew 244 k.  for zero points whilst the runner up had 116 k.and the rest under 100 km.
In open it was Alberto Sironi in his Quintus who flew already 259 on the non-valid-day , this day he flew 202 km. for 472 points.
Task 3 with a 245 AAT in 18 m. had a new face; Alessandro Villa in the Ventus 2CT/18m. Ugo was runner up.
In open also a new face Antonio Soffici in Nimbus 4T; 249 k. in time 2.51.
Task 4 was in open a prey for Alberto again. A short 2 hour AAT with 191 km. in time 2.04.
18 m. had the same task and Sandro Montemaggi flew as daily winner 177 km in time 2.02.
The next day was scrubbed and on Friday no task 5.
Task 6 with 2.40 AAT’s in both classes. Ugo seems to be in the right mood and won another day.
236 km. in time 2.46. Overall he is just under 100 points above Sandro.
In open the Nimbus 4T from Antonio was the daily best [231 km. in time 2.42] and Ugo as runner up with only 3 points less and Alberto on spot 6. A pity that Alberto was the only one landing out on task 3, as I know he is an excellent pilot.
Task 7 with another 2.45 AAT. Alberto won and showed his class. With Antonio as runner up it was clear who won the open class in Italy.
In 18 m. Luca Castelli in JS 1EVO won the last day but nothing changed he was 3 and is 3 overall.

The total scores from open and 18 m.
1. Antonio Soffici in Nimbus 4T with 2.543 points. He was 3d for the COPPA.
2. Ugo Pavesi in ASG 29 with 2.463 p. Ugo was also winner of the 18 m. class and runner up for the COPPA.
3. Sandro Montemaggi in ASG 29 with 2.377 and runner up in 18m.
4. Alberto Sironi in Quintus with 2.338 p.

The results to see who would win the COPPA were easy. Peter Hartman from Austria, but flying a lot in Italy, was clearly the winner in the ANTARES 23 T; he won every day!!!!
3.999 points!!! Runner up for the Coppa was Ugo with 3.317 points


My beloved 2d home, TOCUMWAL, was hit by frantic weather.A terrifying torrential storm, hurricane???tornado???, no clue but it was devastating.

Tocumwal in the heaviest part of the weather. Finley a bit to the N got it’s share as well. So did Koonoomoo a bit more to the S. where, just a few years ago the petrol station [opposite the BIG STRAWBERRY] was wiped of the map and it happened now again.
Courtesy Eddie.

TOCUMWAL: “Many trees down onto houses and several verandas, and roofs destroyed. 
One aircraft damaged .
Several hangers with doors dislocated and ….The Air Ambulance Helicopter just left YTOC taking somebody to the Royal Melbourne Hospital.” It looked like a war zone, I heard.
Not good.

The airport was hit , meaning several dislocated hangar doors and what I heard damage on one plane. Town was hit harder, as a narrow strip went straight through town!!!
But only damage how bad that is, no personal injuries or causalities. The people involved with the air-park were grateful for all help so were all town people;
” huge thank you to all the volunteers and workers who have worked through the night to clear roads, properties and powerlines of debris following yesterday’s storm. We appreciate all you do under such adverse conditions. It is not over yet for many, so please be understanding.

The SES was fabulous;
The NSW SES Tocumwal volunteers have been working throughout the evening along with NSW Police, NSW Rural Fire Service, Fire & Rescue NSW and other support agencies/organisations. The damage is extensive and more resources will be in Tocumwal from tomorrow. ”
They are still busy.
This all happened last Saturday.

Some pictures shared by SES.


 Murray NSW SES

Some of my friends were hit. One lost the back of her house as a huge tree fell through the house. Her son’s car was damaged by another tree close to the house. Another mate lost the roof of his house, just gone with the wind. Many others had minor damage.


The July -August issue from GLIDING INTERNATIONAL was in my mail box so here are a few of the again very interesting items.
—The first 6 pages are for Hanna Reitsch,”Germany’s ACE glider pilot.” This “tiny” but BIG  lady is well described in a story by John Roake himself, who met her as TC for N.Z. in Chateauroux where she addressed the pilots on a non flying day.
—the surprise announcement by Schleicher; AS 34 ME...Electric powered self-launching Standard Class Sailplane.
—Would the start of a membership recovery program help to stop the massive decline in club membership?” Join us to help recover our membership problems?
Gliding International in very worried and interested in this subject.
—The SHARK 304 S.
—Lots of International Aviation News and of course “things with Wings”.
60 pages of all kind of interesting news!!



Pilots and crew are slowly arriving. The first had hot and bothered conditions in Prievidza in Slovakia.
More next week.

TOP FLIGHTS YESTERDAY : Have a look and study them well on the OLC,….just great flights and loooooonnnnngggg in flat as a pancake Holland and Belgium!!!!
I had no idea yesterday that the weather was so good but it was. In Holland nearly 1000 km flights from Malden .Tim Kuijpers  flew in the ASW 20
A REAL 1000 in a Nimbus 4 as well by one of the Delft Students Jurjan Venema from Terlet.
From Keiheuvel in Belgium 2 young men , Jeroen Jennen [LS 8] and  Wim Akkermans [Discus 2T] declared a 1000 and flew it. GREAT!!! Congratulations!!!!Some kind of out and return[yoyo far into Germany and half the leg done again.
Fabulous flights also from our new young Dutch Champion , Roelof Corporaal, flying his Pegase over a declared 750 triangle , together with Sander Terpstra in an LS 4 WL from the club [Gelderse] doing the same. WOW.
The first time , I just read, that a 750 has been flown in a club class glider!!!!!
Sander mentioned after this 10.16 hour flight that it felt like working!!!
A total of 9x a 1000 in the USA , Belgium and Germany.

Roelof and Sander after their extraordinary flight in Pegase and LS 4. Of course with the Frysian flag!
Courtesy Zweefportaal


Jeroen and Wim after their 1000 k from Belgium. Looking very “fresh” after an 11.24 hour flight!!!!
courtesy Sofie Huybreckx [wife from Wim and niece from Jeroen]


Last but for sure NOT LEAST.

Today our son and brother from Inge, Dennis would have celebrated his 50-thiest birthday.
A day to remember him EXTRA with all of you who knew him.


One week before he died. A happy flight in a P 51.
Courtesy Bas Krebbers who was with Dennis in Tocumwal at the time.


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