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January 22, 2017

“It’s all over again!” Part 1.

Filed under: Uncategorized — ritz @ 3:44 am


The official results AND the results of the team cup, as I got them. Thanks!!!

Some last reflections;

—-A few were unhappy/disappointed with the meal at the closing dinner:
 But this….! $30 dollars later and this cold meal is apparently all the land of out door meals can offer at the culmination of 12 days of competition. What a disappointment. Skipping this affront and going to a restaurant with my team.”

NOT GOOD!!!I remember fabulous dinners in fancy restaurants in Italy in the past.


I guess the French team was TOO HAPPY to see what was on their plate, though one face says enough….

As shared by the French.


The British Gliding Association was HAPPY, so they should:
We have a new World Champion for GB and the British Gliding Team with an awesome performance in the Open class by Russell Cheetham. Andy Davis has taken Bronze in the Open class and Mike Young has taken Bronze in the 18m class! And a fantastic team achievement by all in a difficult competition resulting in the team Gold medal!”


—-Anita reflected on Bruce and Bruce on the comps:
Anita; “A picture says a thousand words!!! Brucey may come back to you later tonight…. “a few days ago I flew really well, fell in a hole and came just about last…. today I never made a decision and came third!” Not quite true, but a ridiculous reflection of how the comp has gone.

Bruce relaxed with a nice cool beer. DESERVED!!!
As shared by Taylor’s Gliding Page.


The comment on the last day from John Good, TC from team USA
—–“The final day of WGC2017 was also the weakest, lowest, bluest and slowest – and the one with the fewest total finishers.  It was a serious test and thus perhaps a fitting way to end what has been a very challenging contest.

15-Meter pilots were first to launch, and thought to be in need of a true challenge, to compensate for having achieved only 5 scored days. And they got one, in the form of a long area task with a first leg into the eastern hills.  As has been the pattern, nearly all pilots waited until very late to start. (When you start a 3.5-hour task well after 3pm on a day when lift is predicted to be weak by 5:30 and dead by 6:30, your return home may be in jeopardy.)

In all, 13 pilots failed to complete their task.  Those who did turned in notably low – bordering on pitiful – speeds.  If this morning you had told Sebastian Kawa he’d manage just 81.5 kph, he’d have been sure his quest for yet another 15-Meter World Championship had failed.  Yet this speed was good for first place, 1000 points, and a comfortable win.

In view of the 15-Meter class struggles (which were apparent well before the full class had been launched) the “long winger” classes had their tasks scaled back to semi-reasonable distances.  Yet we still saw 8 outlandings in 18-Meter class, and 7 in Open.  Speeds in these classes were a notch or two above pitiful, but still quite low (easily the worst of the contest).

In 18-Meter class, Killian Walbrou of France had little trouble holding his first-place position: he won the day (at 98 kph) and with it the championship.  In Open class, results were not so straightforward: all pilots standing in the top three overall  had uncharacteristically poor results.  Michael Sommer managed to beat Russel Cheetham of Great Britain – but by only 12 points, which was not enough to overtake him, so Russel is the new Open Class champion.  (Here again, had you suggested before the flight that 91 kph would keep Russel in first place, you’d have earned some strange looks.)

This contest has to be seen as a triumph for Jonker Sailplanes.  Thirty-two of their models were competing here; they took first place in both Open and 18-Meter classes, and their brand new JS-3 achieved notable results on several days in 15-Meter class.  Another new model here was the 18-Meter Ventus 3; by taking 3 of the top 5 places, it has begun to establish the sort of reputation that the Schempp-Hirth factory was hoping it might.


The hard working jury without the president Rick. They look”old and wise”!

As shared by Rick.

“A family affair”

And a few from the past, just nice pictures to share the 1987 feeling from our family, we had a great time, I still have a good feeling.

Very fancy: Our Dennis flew to Tullamarine with his instructor John Williams to pick me up.

Our daughter Inge went solo ,[ just turned 14 in November when it was too cold to go solo,]  in Tocumwal in the weeks before the WGC.
Mum is a bit  “scared/worried” , as brother Dennis was the tuggie ,so 2 kid’s in the air, dad and Kees only can smile. Dad with flowers.


 our Inge, gorgeous from the inside as well as the outside. And still….
Asked her permission to publish this picture. No worries!

The last couple of pictures tomorrow,…. I scanned 75 already!!!
More news in part 2 and the 2017 prize giving.
Cheers Ritz

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