July 17, 2013

EGC in Ostrow! Early start today …..grid time 10.30!!!

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 Ostrow 5 vl

Arrivals on one of the 5 first good days with Jeroen Verkuijl.
As shared on FB .

With Issoudun over and most pilots from Europe  back home, we can look again at the EGC where they did not fly over the last couple of days. Yesterday was “practise rigging and de-rigging” ,as I heard but to day might be the day again and then it should improve. Everybody is MORE than eager to GO!!!!!

Ostrow ready to go


So after 5 days of flying in a row , then 5 days of enforced rest, pilots started for a BIG task on a sunny blue day ;
Club class had a 3 hour AAT. and some of the pilots “normally ” in the top , were a bit out of “their groove” after the days off.
It was a Russian daily winner [280 km. in 3.16 in a St Jantar] , a Finnish runner up  and a Polish number 3 whilst the German pilots still were in the top 5 , just before Dutch “topper” Tim.

In standard class a 3.30 AAT and what happens? Sebastian is on spot 2 but Peter  got 106 points more for his 390 km. in 3.36. Sebastian and his team mates had 361 km. in 3.33. No too bad from Peter to beat the 3 Polish boys on their home ground and,…with marge.
That’s when you are as good as Sebastian and in the past as Ingo Renner; you want to beat them over their “home-soil”.
The Belgium brothers Tijl and Bert did well with spot 6 and 7.

Peter Millenaar 2 Peter Ostrow

Peter is still young but was already Dutch National champion and flew JWGC.
Very talented young pilot. AND,.. Peter ready to go in Ostrow with mum as crew!

In the 2 seater class with a 4 hour AAT, the THE Broquevilles showed what they can do by being runner up behind the Polish DUO DISCUS XLT. 399 km. for the winners in time 4.09 and the Belgium friends flew 400 km. in 4.08 in the ARCUS T.
The toppers in this class overall where on spot 3 and 4 Janusz and Wolfgang with their “mate”.

Exciting finishes as most of the pilots arrived in a mass finish.

TODAY a very EARLY briefing at 9.30 with grid time at 10.30!!! BIG task I would say!!!! But no, just 3x 3 hour AAT’s. Maybe the expectation of thunderstorms in the evening. Keep an eye on it.

Good weather on MORE places in Europe, here as well but more for sunbaking, but in Spain {Ocana and Fuentemilanos} and in Germany { Bayreuth and Dahlemer Binz} 1000 km. flights were topping the OLC.
One 1.089 in an ASH 26E with a finish just before sunset and the last thermal at 9PM with still 2 m/s. and a 750 FAI triangle in it.

To finish this blog some pictures I received from the Dutch TC [WWGC] a bit closer to the club class ladies and one from the TC’s who got a ”  thank you” as well.

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Pretty unique ,…4 ladies on the podium!

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TC’s ; a lot of familiar faces from my TC time and some new ones.
Great job done by all, as usual, experienced or not they all want the best for the team.

And one from Sarah who is enjoying Paris with her crew Joy. They are having a well deserved break.
Joy and I are still in Paris taking in the sights, and for me catching up on all the blogs. I had a really good time, made friends, and learned lots of lessons.”

Sarah in Paris

Sarah and Joy at the Eiffel Tower.

CU next Sunday,  off to the beach with the grand children
cheers Ritz

on Wednesday July 17 2013

July 14, 2013

WOW what a final of the WWGC !!!!!And 4 medals in club class!

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Mark Pal issoudun

ISSOUDUN from above and a last THANK you to MARK PAL for sharing his great pictures with us.

Unbelievable those 2 last days of the WWGC.
Women “fighting” against the wind and each other. Were the first 8 days in retrospect just easy -going for most, the last 2 days mostly in the blue and with a tough head wind, were nearly “hell.” But for us at home it really gave some exciting soaring to follow!

Congratulations to the new WORLD CHAMPIONS, to the silver medal-winners even 4 this year as in club class there are 2 silver winners and to the bronze girls and also for the girls on that “nasty” 4th place, but what did they fly well too.

And what about the difference in points!?
In club class Chrissie wins, she has never been on spot 1 overall during these comps , but slowly climbed to the top and on the last  day with very small differences in scores , she was NOT even one of the 3 finishers  but the first from the toppers being “out”with still 193.6 km. AND….. she climbed from 3 to ONE.
After 10 years she is back as WWGC Champion. [ 8419]
10 Years younger not having a child,  she was 1 in Romorantin in 2003, now with Uli and Fin, both for sure sharing in the festivities , she can just be HAPPY.
Great performance from Ayala and Doerte sharing the silver spot [8405] each with a medal. And absolutely great flying from Sarah, [8364] in the first ever year the USA participated. She gave  her country and her many fans, immense pleasure. She  got the bronze medal!!!!!
So 4 medals in this class quite unique, I never saw this before.
Great flying from Elena [ 8072]as well.
Unlucky this year in this class, was Swaantje with her rolling-out-incident , loosing her spot 1 -place and Kerrie with a hard landing on the one but last day.

 Sarah and podium  Sarah with bronze

The TOP 4 and Sarah, congratulations!

This is what TC Francois said about the bronze medal and I can only agree and back this up:
—-” After several meetings and discussions among officials and powers to be, a decision was reached that 1, 2, 2, empty, on the podium was neither elegant nor appropriate for the Women World Gliding Championship, and that Sarah would be awarded the bronze medal and third place in a 1, 2, 2, 3 on the podium. So, we had the pleasure to see Sarah step on the podium, the pride to see our flag fly at the ceremony for the Club Class, and the joy to witness Sarah getting her bronze medal. We are all very proud to bring one of those special FAI World Championship medals home for all of you who have been so supportive of Sarah.—“

In standard class it was pretty sure that Sue was going to continue her title. She did ….with a marge of a bit less than 200 points.[ 8618]  A good silver for Connie [8439] and the bronze medal was for Meike, a total- German -top.
Well done by the Czech girls, Jana ,Jana and Dana , mostly consistent around   spot 4-5 and 6.
Unlucky girls in this class Nina from Russia landing in a tree and Natasja from Holland getting sick.

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3 VERY happy German ladies!!!
Picture as shared by the team site.

WWGC standard class
The top girls in standard class.

In 15 m. it was the French team taking the highest spot ,GOLD and the silver and it was a bit of a disillusion for Jutta finishing on spot 5,  but how fantastic did she fly.
Most probably a bit of a disillusion as well for Susanne on her way to prolong  her title but is was not meant to be. On day 8 and 9 she still topped the overall list but the last day her 2 team mates finished and she had to land out, loosing more than 200 points on her team mate Stefanie who won.
Anne wins the gold [9098] , Marilyne the silver [8925] and Katrin [8921] takes for Germany the bronze medal home.

WWGC 15 m winners

And the toppers all of them in 15 m. class!

WWGC French winners  WWGC French winners 2

The French number 1 and 2 Anne and Maryline and the successful team with TC Eric to the right.
Pictures as shared on FB.

 Differences in points were SOOOO small! It could have gone either way in 2 classes, but it ended like it did.
Great comps. Absolutely!!!
Thanks to EVERYBODY, pilots, crews, organisers, photographers and bloggers on home sites and FB, for sharing a wonderful time via the social media.
And thanks to Mark, for the great pictures!

And here 2 pictures from the so SUCCESFUL German team. They won the TEAM CUP! Well deserved with 6 medals from 10.

German team  German team 2
The German top girls , as shared by the German site!

That’s it about the WWGC.

Back to the EGC in Ostrow where they did not fly yesterday , maybe today , they had a grid order.Looking at the weather map ….Tuesday looks really good. Let’s hope wait and see.

Some great flights, several 1000 km. from Germany last Friday and yesterday, from Bayreuth, Burg Feuerstein, Hahnweide and Klippeneck to give you the most wellknown airfields.

Cu on Wednesday. Have the grandchildren this week, so busy enough!

Cheers Ritz

July 13, 2013

Extra edition; WWGC is over and out after 10 pretty good days!

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ISSOUDUN last day!!!!

WWGC Mark 5
Courtesy Mark Pal

It turned out more hectic yesterday than earlier expected and hoped for. Several girls could not  come back AT the field due to the 20 kts wind. Some landed within the 4 km. finish ring,  but one of the Russian girls “landed “in a tree and was hanging there,  till she could be saved, but it seems she was lucky and had no injuries. The glider stayed in the tree over night as I heard.
Aussie pilot Kerrie made a hard landing [they say from 3 m. high] also she seems to be all right, after a check in hospital. Being 5th for the day must have made her happy.
Everybody complained about the wind, a tough head wind on the last leg, forcing some to react different than they normally would. Also the gaggles were a bit scary as Jutta said in her [French written] story; “The UK girls called it “a fight in a phone cell” with about 50 pilots from 3 classes more or less on the same route.

WWGC Mark 4
Jutta in her glider C.
Courtesy Mark Pal

Jutta thought at one moment she was ” OUT” , but a miracle happened . After a late start , as they heard from the club class girls that it was difficult en route in the beginning, they easily got away but after 30 km. the lift stopped and they tried to get as high as possible. They moved a bit more to the East finding a meter. Then she had quite a pleasant flight. Heard lot’s of girls complain, but Jutta did not know why,  it all went well, even up to 2 m. and 3m.  lift. Later, that moment she flew alone , she did not find any lift, good looking cu’s but they did NOT work, she went down from 900 to 400 to 300, hoping for a miracle, and,…the miracle was there; lift up to 900 m. again and 3 other pilots , so not alone anymore in the blue and the wind.
Then the girls  slowly make it home against the tough wind. Jutta WON the day!!!AND,…..WHATADAY!!!!!?????

WWGC Mark 6  WWGC Mark7
THANKS to Mark for allowing me to use his great pictures and for sharing them with ALL of us on his FB site!!!!

Ayala took advantage of the 4km finish ring to land safely in a good field.  As written in Melissa’s blog:”  She ended up about 3.7km from the airfield so we got to watch her turn and land.  There is no way she could have made it home into the steep headwind. She won the day and is 1 overall on this last day.”

 WWGC Ayala

Ayala yesterday within the 4 km. finish ring. AND,… in a nice fresh cut crop.
Courtesy UK blog site!

Here is the report from USA TC Francois Pin about yesterday the rest you can read on their blog.
It says it all about yesterday:
—“All eyes then turned toward the Southwest from where the finishers would come. The last 3-4 Km before the runway threshold are fields, about 30% of which are now harvested, and before that about 10 Km of forest along the arrival course line. It was a blue day, so the entire fleet was flying in gaggles, 5 or 6 “packets” as they call them here. We heard a lot of “10 Km out” calls and saw waves after waves of gliders reaching over the edge of the forest and landing in the fields between it and the runway, some low enough over the edge of the forest that they must have been very relieved to see something else than trees under their wings and be able to put it down in a field. You can imagine that the sight generated some anxiety among the waiting crew.

WWGC Sarah ready to go

Sarah with her crew Joy McKee.


Time to reflex today and a later briefing at 11.30. Good that the TOUR and WWGC can continue each in their own way. They are expected to pass by around 4 PM.
For that reason it was in the morning decided that they would start at 2 , not later to avoid problems with the helicopters. Safety FIRST!!!!
Hopefully the film-crew makes some pictures from Issoudun airport as well.
Let’s see what happens today.
Tasks for the last day: 197 km racing task,….Standard  3.00 AAT [155-290 km.]   …..15 m. 2.30 AAT.[157-305 km]
First take off 13.30.

With in the back of their head the knowledge, that the weather was similar to yesterday, the girls were launched for their last day. Wonder if the tuggies do a nice fly pass to say farewell to the crews. Always loved that moment.
Still a lot of wind as I noticed looking at the TOUR, but according to what I hear less than yesterday.
By the way I looked at the TOUR de FRANCE on TV, saw them cycling through Issoudun at 4.10 PM , but no view on the airport or mentioning the WWGC. “WE “/gliding is  still  not important for the press.
A great pity.

So the ladies all went up eager to consolidate,  or to gain more points,  or to just fly relaxed for those for whom  scores were not important anymore.
They mentioned less wind, the bicyclists really struggled with the tough wind.

Not a lot of news during the day, everybody is busy.
In club class it seems to have looked like a regatta start as all ladies moved forward at 15.30.  This time was set as last possible departure/ closure of the gate, to not get into conflict with the helicopters from the TOUR.
Around 6 we should know a bit more.
It’s 10.30 PM now and still we do not know the scores of Club class as this last day was another crimi-day with unexpected and  many out landings. Really a lot!!!! Only 3 finished as I see in the preliminary scores! Edita from Lithuania won the last difficult day , starting late at 15.21 with Helen from the UK as runner up and she started one hour earlier and Magalie from France on spot 3.
BUT WHO will be the champion now??? Chrissie ????? It looks like it at this stage.
Not everybody is back from the retrieve so it’s still waiting!!!!
Was the whole competition more or less predictable the last 2 days it was tension all over!!!!
Heard that Sarah was out about 30 k. Ayala was out as well.

In standard class it looks pretty sure that the 3 first places are for the German girls!!! It looks like Sue has defended her title with verve. Cornelia goes home with the silver and Meike with the bronze. Great effort from Germany.
The 2 Jana’s were the best today and climbed up to spot 4 and 5 with Dana on 6 . Not bad either from the Czech girls!!!

In 15 m. only 6 girls finished. Jutta was “out” so was Susanne. Would it still be enough for her to defend her title. It does n’t look so. It’s Anne from France than Mailyne from France and  with Katrin on spot 3 and Susanne on 4. Jutta finishes on spot 5. Her dream was “ruined.”
Great effort from the French in this class.

All preliminary, so when you want to know for sure keep following soaringblog.
I am off to bed CU on Sunday.


OSTROW  no flying today!

Ostrow slecht weer

Courtesy Matthew!

July 12, 2013

Extra edition on July 11 2013; WWGC jitters and nerves, bit still cool looking “chicks”

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Extra edition on July 11 2013 at 10 PM.


WWGC Mark 3WWGC hele veld

Pictures courtesy Mark Pal.

Of course I checked the preliminary scores from the toppers first thing in the morning. It all looked alright. In 15 m. Susanne will feel the breath of the 2 French girls,  Anne and Jutta, “together we are strong” in the tail of her Ventus 2ax. TC  Eric will give them instructions over the last 2 days to be better than Susanne, BUT Uli will do the same. Both teams have lot’s of “helpers” including meteo men, so tactics will be important . Big advantage for the French girls is, that they fly “at home”, for Susanne that she knows what it is/how it feels, as she defends her title. May the best win , in each of the 3 classes.

Today , day 9, had a later briefing than normal; 11 sharp. 233 km. for the club ladies 3 hour AAT for the standard ladies [179,0km/292,0km (233,1km)] 267.4 km for the 15 m. ladies

In club 4 Libelles in the top 4 and on 5 an LS1f. 12 Points between Doerte and Chrissie who was a bit out of competition soaring due to having little gorgeous Fin, but before already a topper as in 2003 she won in the Czech Rep. the WWGC in club class. Between Chrissie and Sarah only 14 points difference.

It turned out that the weather was less good than expected, blue skies and wind with 15 to 20 kts. . Tasks were changed from A to B to C;  AAT’s from 2.30 for 15 m. and 2.15 for the other ladies! They also had a little break after the 15m. was in the air. Club started at 3 PM.
Altitude between 1200 and 1300 m. This makes it even ALL more exciting.

Just saw that the Tour De France finished today in Tours. And heard that they pass by tomorrow at Issoudun, also with their helicopters!!!! The whole circus!
Would that give the same problems as on the last day in Hobbs 2 weeks ago,…no flying????? Hope not! Though the TOUR has a status of HOLY.
By the way, when I would have been there , I would have taken time off to see the TOUR passing by. Always loved it!

In standard class Natasja bravely tried again but it did not work out well. Out after 13km. as the ears did not clear/co-operate. Fever was gone, pain in the throat less but ears are important too, better to not ruin them as she is still young and has a long life ahead  of her.

A difficult day , but ONE GOOD THING, even when the comps are nearly over,…..the harvest is in full swing and IF necessary there are now fields to land in.
What happened?
The message on the official site was not TOO hopeful.
“Some more outlandings now, about 20km south-west of the finish line. Seems that the conditions are now less and less good and gaggles are growing and growing, with all classes mixed.”

Luckily most crop was gone! But,…would this day cost “heads ” in the top rankings?????
With the late start and for that reason later arrivals , the waiting was long and nailbiting, even for me sitting at home. Can tell you it’s better to write at location , then reading all you can read , to share the best info about this competition.
Read already that Sue and Conny are in a paddock, but who makes it home? The tough head wind to come home was for some too much.

Preliminary scores from 15 m. are first published , so here we are. They all started within 8 minutes from each other.
Not a TOO good day for Susanne, nearly loosing 100 points on Jutta who had a top day.
Orsolya did well as runner up and Anne was on a day-spot -4 ,  just behind Joanna Biedermann from Poland.
With [HOPEFULLY] ONE day to go the scores are very tight!!!!
Look at this; Susanne….8288, Anne 8279,….and Jutta 8213.
Katrin Senne who was WWGC champion in this class in Romorantin [France] in 2007, still has a chance too with 8077 and only ONE point less, another French lady Marilyne surely wants to be in the top with  3 French ladies. DEMAIN…….. tomorrow evening we know.
Will be difficult but everything is still possible., Maybe NOT everything,…a lot!

In standard class Gill had a top day, flying together with Meike from Germany. As I read, Meike was very happy with the fantastic flight with Gill, who was also WWGC champion in Romorantin in 2007;  she called it a DREAM flight and they flew 155 km.
Sue and Cornelia did not make it home but still flew 153 km. but lost about 250 points. Now did they have some “room” to loose,  Sue more than Cornelia, who dropped to 3 with Meike above her now with 33 points. Gill went from 8 to 6.Good on her! Most outlandings just a few k out.

I read already that Sarah made it home. Francois who keeps the blog, wrote that earlier, so all her fans at home could breath again. Also knew that Chrissie and Doerte finished,..
In club class  the UK girls, used to wind,  living on an island, did the same as Gill, topping the list and now with 2 ; Ayala and Claudia…. 157.8 tough kilometres! They started late at 4PM. Most of the rest about 10 minutes earlier.
Also in this class most of the outlandings just before arrival. One of them Elena , but she keeps her 5th place.
Changes in the top, as Ayala is number 1 again!!!!!![7827] Then Doerte and Chrissie [7775 and 7768] and Sarah on 4 with 7760!!
And Kerrie seems to get used to her glider and “the new French world”  now and finished on a good 5th place!!!
I don’t say anything anymore I’ll see what tomorrow will bring, this is like a crimi!
I only hope the TOUR and the WWGC can get through ONE door together!


The organisers news at 23.38 yesterday night, which I missed as I was sound a sleep was; NO grid, NO briefing NO task on July 11 2013. So hopefully they have a good restday after the International evening. Some might need one!

Here a picture from the party;

Ostrow partytime

Party time!!! Sharing friendship, booze and lot’s of talking!


Ostrow happy chappy

Belgium  crew member….. thumbs up! And Sebastian in ORANGE ,..good on him
As shared by my Belgium friends.

CU tomorrow for the last extra edition , then back to normal on Sunday.

A demain,…Cheers Ritz

July 11, 2013

Extra edition on July 10: Decisions,decisions!!!

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WWGC veld en vliegtuig

One  of the 70 pictures from the air by  Mark Pal.

Yesterday evening she was still going , not as strong as normal maybe, but still. This morning she went to the doctor and she found out she had a throat infection with fever. She got medicines and still was able to start,  but when her ears gave problems too, she had to abort the flight and she flew back to Issoudun.
Poor Natasja from Holland had to give up . I know how much she LOVED to be part of the WWGC. It was not totally what she hoped for with flying, as she said I can do much better and I know she can, ….she was not planning to get sick either,….. but it all happens and you have to deal with it.
It was however all she hoped for qua friendship and being together , an unforgettable experience and great practice for next time!!
Good decision to fly back, you need to be fully fit to fly a task.
Also a next time for Natasja! No worries!!!

WWGC heksen 1  WWGC heksen 2

Natasja is now a new WITCH.

wwgc Heksen 3

Jutta is already longer part of the WITCH -TEAM. A great ceremony for the flying-ladies!

In briefing Jill van den Broeck was remembered and will NEVER be forgotten. She “was the mother ” from  women-soaring,  she did such a lot!

Natasja en Jill

Gill here with Natasja , last year during the Pre Worlds in Issoudun.

In between the other ladies were flying.
In club class some took a risk to start later, but it turned out to be a good decision. The German girls and Elena started at 14.25, Sarah even one minute later as the last in the class, whilst Ayala started already early at 13.47.
The daily winner was Sarah, “rolling them all up” and winning the 878 preliminary points. Kerrie did not have a good day and was “aux vaches ” after 59 km.

WWGC kerrie buiten

You come all the way from DOWN UNDER to see the cows!!??
as shared on FB.

The toppers swapped places, it is now Doerte on 1, Chrissie on 2 Sarah on 3 and Ayala on 4 [ finishing 9th today] with Elena on spot 5. Will one of these 5 be the WORLD CHAMPION in 2 days????? It remains all very tight and exciting!!!!
Last day on Friday including the party and prize giving at Saturday.

WWGC Sarah and Kerrie  WWGC Sarah as witch

Sarah on her first WWGC , winning day 1 and 8!! Good on her!!! And her induction into the “flying witches” at the official Babayaga ceremony.

In standard class, also late starters , this time the Czech team Dana and Jana, winning the day. Sue keeps the lead overall, as Cornelia lost nearly 500 points today. Dana and one of the 2 Jana’s are climbing on the overall-ladder!

In 15 m.  class 4 outlandings , ….Teresa flying again which is  good and ….also a Czech winner before Susanne, Eva! On 3 Alena [Czech Rep] who flew in Uvalde.
Susanne has past Anne now [41 points ahead] , who  lost 62 points by being 5th. All scores preliminary.
Tomorrow is the last but one day.
Who keeps the head cool who get’s the jitters?  Let’s wait and see.
The weather seems to look OK, so we can expect day 9 for sure!!!


Ostrow field view

What an original view on the grid!
As found  on FB

It turned out to be a 3 hour AAT for Club class. Was not mentioned in the morning , but looking at the distance I expected this.
A day with a front coming in, so would you wait and take the risk “it” comes in later or go as quick as possible???
On top of that the International Evening is tonight!!!
Early launches at 11.30.
Decisions, decisions today for the pilots. They shared a nice weather picture on FB , so I show you as well what’s going on, here it is!

Ostrow weer plaatje

Indeed the clouds are hanging over “my” part of Holland too.
Lot’s of teams have their own “meteo-man” , he/she can advised on days like this.

In club class we see more good Polish pilots. Poland is very blessed with such a large bunch of flying toppers including a TOP TC. A great soaring culture over there!
Well done as well by the 2 Dutch pilots being on spot 4 and 5. The bad weather did not come . Some pilots started early at 12.09, others at 13.41.

About the weather Matthew  clearly described in his blog what happened. He flies in standard class and here is his news from de day, couldn’t do it better:
—” Feeling pretty cheated today – short task set because thunderstorms were forecast for 3pm with the front coming through and unsoarable after that. I started at about 12.40 with a few other gliders in the weak/developing conditions and was quite happy with having navigated my way along the first leg and a half at 85kph in 4000ft blue/haze dome conditions with 30km/h crosswind. I was keen to get moving and head south as the cold front was visible on the horizon maybe 50-100km away. After a bit of a tumble down the bottom leg I got things going a bit quicker in the rapidly strengthening conditions with a few 5kt climbs and 5000ft cloudbase – and then was ecstatic to find quite a few big names in a gaggle on the way home, seemingly having turned much shorter than I in the bottom sector. Or at least, so I thought… until they left the climb… heading in the opposite direction…. seems they all started over an hour after me having known the cold front had stopped moving! I would have restarted, but the start gate had already closed.
So, quite disappointing – I thought I’d done well to hold together a somewhat respectable speed in fairly poor conditions, ended up thrashed over flying in drastically different weather. 7pm now and the cold front is still visible at least 50k away.—“

Indeed Matthew started at 12.4o,  2 minutes after Howard Jones from the UK who finished on a 25th spot with Matthew. Sara Kelman from the USA who I know from the CIM in Rieti, started at 12.48 , but finished on a 10 th place for the day. The late starters or re-starters departed at 13.26 my Belgium friends Bert and Tijl even at 13.38. In the end it was the Czech team, Radek and Miloslav who finished first and 3d, with Sebastian in the middle.

In the 2 seater class my Dutch friends Peter and Ard got a bit disillusioned with their outlandings or slow flights, with only one 6th day – spot. But today they put the “fire” on and ended on a good 2d place behind the German pilots, Florian Theisinger/Thomas Starck, who got their 2d daily prize!
It is rather interesting to see the “jumping -up- and- down ” from several pilots, wellknown too, on the scoring list in this class.

All scores of course preliminary as I just grabbed them from soaringspot.

Another interesting day both in Issoudun and in Ostrow. Looking forward to see what happens tomorrow. Will be back tomorrow evening or when the scores are late the next morning.
Cu Ritz
on Wednesday evening 10 PM. July 10 2013.

July 10, 2013

WWGC; Number 1 in club is OUT of the race!!! “Masterclasses” by Sebastian in Ostrow!

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 Monday at noon;
Line is now open for all classes. Good conditions 1200m and cumulus above Issoudun and on the flying area for today.”

WWGC start2

WWGC start1 WWGC start3

Nice pictures shared on the French site, taken before start.
Courtesy Mark Pal, who has downloaded about 70 air-to-air-shots yesterday evening to be shared by all. Good on him!!! Thanks!

 Monday afternoon at 5 PM,  I read on the official French site:

Pilots will be back in few minutes, sky is great, it will be fast and furious today
That sounded MORE than good!!!
While waiting I noticed that SEI from Natasja had a problem over the last couple of days with the LX , and this was caused by failure of an GPS-antenna.
Then you see what friendship means in soaring; The German team had a look and borrowed her one of their team. That’s what soaring is all about.

How good was it?
In club class 9 girls flew in the 900 till 1000 points range, with as best team,…Germany; Chrissie and Doerte and Elena who started 2 minutes later on a good 3d spot. Speed of  83.8 km.h. for Chrissie! 3 Girls did not finish one of them only 5k out!! Ouch!
Between number 1 and 5 overall, the difference in points is only 49 points !!!!! That keeps us all eagerly waiting for MORE!!!!! Swaantje is still on spot 1 but there are Doeerte and Chrissie “nibbling on her wings” ,as well as Elena [It] and Magalie [Fr] and don’t forget Sarah who is cheered on by ALL Americans. “Nearly” the same “burden” as Scottish Andy Murray in tennis.
You can read all Sarah’s news on their site:

Frauke Elber from the USA Hangar Soaring Magazine wrote an addition to what I blogged about her,  in May;
when she came to Chilhowee, she had no glider experience whatsoever. But within
a few years she had progressed from a novice to a Diamond pilot and instructor
and now to a world class competition pilot. I have followed her progress over
all these years and I am absolutely smitten by what she has done. On the way she
has gotten almost every WSPA scholarship she has been qualified for. And as you
mentioned the Sarah Fund drive was absolutely amazing. In one year we got $11 600
for her. I can’t thank the soaring community enough for its generosity.”
I guess a lot of people who have sponsored Sarah to participate both in Chaves and Issoudun are true fans as well as all her students and pilots visiting Chilhowee.

In standard class French Celine Gantie, flew the 3 hour AAT in 2.59 min. over 278.6 km.
German- defender- of -her -title Sue, was on spot 2 with more km and more time; 319 km. in 3.19.
The Czech girls flew just over and just under 340 km. in 3.45 and were on spot 4 and 5.
The number 1 Cornelia from Germany was 7th loosing 70 points but still leads with 13 points!!!!

In 15 m. the French team members, Marilyne and Anne,  flew with 102 km./h. over the 327.8 km. The overall toppers lost a few points , so Anne is after 6 days on top of the overall list. Current world champion Susanne is on her way to the top, being number 2 now. Still not over yet.
Sorry to see Teresa was not flying on day 6.

As the USA TC Francois Pin said yesterday ; “ needless to say with just 5 days to go including today, the competition is getting “serious,” if not intense already, among the top contenders. The last 4 days, all forecasted to be flyable, are going to be interesting, for sure…”
I can only totally agree!!!

Yesterday  day  7, started VERY difficult for Swaantje , as she had the day before a collision with a Polish Jantar , while rolling out. VERY SAD , and even worse…..Swaantje could NOT continue the race.
What a tragic moment for her being on spot 1 . I really feel for her!!!!!I have never heard such a story in my life; being on spot 1 and out by a “stupid” ground incident.
BUT,…as said so many times the last day is the day and the champion the one for whom EVERYTHING felt in place.
Luckily  the Polish Jantar pilot  could continue in another glider.
Even more lucky nobody was hurt.
And for Swaantje; there is ALWAYS next time!


  Swaantje in LS 1f

Swaantje in happier times!
Pictures as shared on FB.

Briefing was at 11.30. Tasks;
Club 276.5 km., standard class 291.9 km., and the 15 m. class went for a 3 hour AAT [Dist.: 267.7km/383.1km.

FINALLY a real good day for the UK club-girls , I thought already “where are they” , as I expected them to be pretty good, certainly Ayala! But they were yesterday on spot 1-2-and 3!! Good on them. Only day 3 till now showed a good UK-team- flight.
Ayala “jumped ” from spot 8 overall to spot ONE. [6548] You can call that a good jump! Still EVERYTHING is possible certainly when they fly today , a day with maybe thunderstorms.
Between 6 [Sarah 6431] and 1 is only a difference of  a bit more than 100 points.

In standard class UK pilot Gill did well too with a 3d place, but  the German girls Sue and Cornelia are slowly increasing their lead by winning day 7, both with 1000 points.
They are now 500 points ahead so Sue who defends her title , has to deal with her mate Cornelia over the last days who is going to be the CHAMPION, or,…am I ahead of myself now??? Let’s wait and see!

In 15 m. the WWGC champion Susanne , who was so fair to abort her flight in Uvalde when she saw the mid air and stayed over the spot to keep the radio contact going, to have help as quick as possible , won day 7. She flew 287 km in time 3.14!
Susanne is only 19 points behind Anne from France now and I am sure both will do their utmost best to win this WWGC.
I am still impressed by Orsolya. She was runner up yesterday and is on a 9th spot overall as loosing 200 points on day 6, was a bit of  bad luck!

Yesterday evening there was a mutual BBQ and the very SPECIAL only in female soaring to be seen/felt ;BABAYAGA!!!!! Witches at the airport????

WWGC heksen feest.
the beginning of the evening,……spooky!!
As shared on FB .

One also in the morning?????????
Elena from Italy had her glider on the scales and canopy closed with the cover over it, “against the sun”.
Standing on the scales the glider was MUCH heavier than before. Astonishment on the officials faces!!!! Unbelief!!! Then,….the reason,…..a young man was hidden in the glider. So no witch hunt necessary.

Today’s tasks; Club has a 3 hour AAT,….. Standard a racing task from 239.2 km and the 15 m. girls go for 265 km. Noticed a the European weather forecast this morning, possible thunderstorms in the evening for the SE of France.
And 4 more great pictures from Mark Pal;[double click to enlarge]


Glider YS [Celine Montorio Fr. ] and 3S [Cornelia Schach-Germ.] in the air.

 WWGC mark 2  WWGC MARK1

Thanks Mark!!!


A lot of people share or tag the pictures from Ostrow, I do too as I see such a lot of really nice soaring pictures. These 2 ones are  from Moje Zdjecia.

Ostrow finish day 3  Ostrow finish day 3 2

As shared on FB.

Day 3 was a prey AGAIN for Sebastian; a total of 3000 points , you can only say, ……for the best pilot ever!!! His mates started ,flew and finished with him and was it on day 2 the runner up position, for Pawel and than Lucasz ,on day 3 it was the other way around.
Who is going to break this pact?
Matthew found “the European groove” and would have been 4th if he was not an Aussie but he was pleased with 993 points and in Leszno later he will be properly scored.
Here is part of what he said in his blog:
—“Decent day today! Started with the Poles, lost them, found them, lost them, found them, found the poms, lost everyone, found the slovakian, found the poles etc etc. Key lesson of the day was; if Kawa wants to jump off a cliff, don’t follow him! A small gaggle of us chased him down to 1500ft, having passed up several good 3-4kts climbs only to grovel away in 1-2kts (while Kawa just disappeared?…). Was then very surprised to bump into the Poles again before the last turn at the same height for final glide. They say there are no old, bold pilots, but the trio of Poles pushed down hard on glide and I eased up just a bit for the sake of my trousers and they pulled away in the last 20k.–“

And later he added ; “it came down to a game of who would leave the last thermal the furthest below glide. Kawa left 1200ft below glide, I stayed just one extra turn thinking it wouldn’t be quite enough, but it turned out an excellent run home (should have left at 1600ft below!). So, first lesson of the day is don’t always trust Kawa. Second lesson is always trust Kawa! I don’t think it would have been very ‘honourable’ to have a crack at overtaking him on the glide home after having him lead all day anyway… very valuable experience though – I’m trying to adapt my flying already. He really is a magician!”
Is n’t it great to see these  “MASTERCLASSES ” from Sebastian, for all young ones who are eager to learn from him!!!!???
No outlandings and a few pilots are flying not so good yet , but they might find the correct groove soon as well.
Talking about Sebastian. Loved this picture from Piotr Góżdź, shared on FB.
These are the 3 men who are making all other competitors “groan “. Not the doggy he is cute!

Ostrow Sebastian and friends

SO relaxed, that’s the way to win it seems.
Love the doggy!!

In club class the German pilots , Lars Hagemann and Gerrit Feige are ” the masters in their class , till now , that is! > BUT….the Czech team is as good! Roman  won already 2 days and Peter was 4th today, so Gerrit , Lars  and Roman are the leaders after 3 days and don’t underestimate Danish Rasmus Orskov, who I remember as a good pilot on JWGC’s. Here in Finland in 2009.

JWGC2009 004

The 2 seaters; ALL pilots finished that ‘s good or maybe the task could have been longer , but that is easy said in the evening.
Wolfgang and Andreas got 1000 points again . Harri and Visa-Matti [ who changed his FAI- IT- Manager-chair in Lausanne temporarily for a seat in the ARCUS ] , from Finland climbed overall from 7 to 5 and Janusz Centka was 3d today and is on that spot overall.

Day 4 started with great pictures again. GO ON like this dear Ostrow team!

Ostrow day 4start Ostrow day 4 start2

Tasks for day 4;
CLUB, 355.4 km., STANDARD class 438.1 km. and  the 2-seaters went for 423.5 km.

Did the UK club-girls fly well in Issoudun Liz Sparrow did the same yesterday at the EGC in Poland being 5th with 958 points in their club class.
Winner of the day was Hungaryan pilot Zoltan Hamar, till now on 10 on day 1 ,24 on day 2 and 17 on day 3 . He flies an LS 1f. So a good day for him.
Roman was the runner up and Finnish Antti Koskiniemi had a good 3d spot.
The 2 till now, very good flying German pilots were on spot 11 both with 916 points!!!!

In standard class Sebastian LOST!!! ONE point only, he still got 999 points, would have loved to see him with the full scores in the end, “when they were planning  on winning every day. “That would be an effort in his own.
Lucasz was the winner Pawel on 3, nothing changed , still 3 Polish pilots in the top.
Would Bert jr be able to have any influence on this top 3??? He is on a great 4th place.

In the 2 seater class it moves a bit up and down with some pilots having good days and bad days. Pretty consistent is Wolfgang [ARCUS M] as well as  Tomas [DUO DISCUS] who won today and Janusz [ARCUS M] . They are also topping the overall list after 4 days.
Good 4th place for Wim and Dennis and also the THE Broquevilles are climbing! Hup Belgium!

Tasks for today;
Club; AAT  Dist.: 178.4km/396.6km…… time????
Standard; AAT Task, 02:30:00 Dist.: 176.4km/375.1km…..
2-seater class; AAT Task, 02:30:00  Dist.: 184.3km/392.2km

Early starts due to incoming front. Estimated at 11.

Enough now.
Cheers Ritz back maybe every day now for the last days of the WWGC.
Wednesday July 10 2013

July 8, 2013

Extra edition! Top-women “aux vaches”! Kawa managed “to scrape us off” Matthew!

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WWGC day 6  WWGC Natasja tiploper

Natasja in the air and on the ground.

Weird!!! After looking at the finish of the Formula 1 yesterday ,{ pleased to see Vettel win again}I read
It’s really a good day, more than 1800m and climb rates up to 3,5m/s.”
An hour later….outlandings ???? and not from the lower placed women, no women as Helen Hingley in club class who was already 2d and first on days and Amelie Audier in standard class.
Soaring can be cruel!!!!
Then there was TENNIS, Wimbledon,… and after 77 years the UK friends have a new Fred Perry  now named Andy Murray! And the Tour de France with 2 Dutch cyclists on spot 3 and 4 , long time ago that this happened.
Then back to soaring, strong wind on the last leg,…who is going to finish who not????
Long days for the girls!!!
Then finally the results:
The German club-girls were just GOOD. Chrissie on top this day , with Uli, who is not only her   TC,  but her husband as well and father of their gorgeous little son Fin, surely waiting for her.
Swaantje on a second spot analysing the day by saying
I was rather surprised when I looked at the scores today. It did not feel THAT good, probably because I had to take a rather weak climb to get final glide. I am happy but no celebrations yet. Many more days to come!”
And French- Leatitia and USA -Sarah both sharing a 3d place!
Very pleased how consistent Sarah flies , so far from home and impressed by the support from her Chilhowee mates! Good on them. Sarah started as the last pilot in this class at 14.07!
All girls between 750 and 1000 points except for the unlucky Helen who got 145 points. That hurts!!!As Melissa writes in her blog:”Helen unfortunately got lured to a nice field by a series of climbs that were totally absent. ”
The rest you can read on;
The first 14 pilots in this class are within 4130 and 4474 points in the overall scores. So a lot can still happen and Swaantje sees that well, being on the first spot at the moment.
Can’t say anything else than GOOD ON HER!!!!

In standard class as said an early message about the out-landing from Amelie, who got “only” 140 points. Also in this class Germany in the top , not 2 but 4 girls, Cornelia, Sue, Meike and Kirsten!!!
A bad day for Gill loosing more than 300 points on the German ladies, dropping from 3 to 9 overall. A pity!
It looks good for the German ladies,  but it is only a fact how good, when the last day has been flown.

In 15 m. it was France , Germany and the UK yesterday. Jutta is in great spirit and has her 2d daily win!!! Katrin Senne is on her heels and Anne [Fr] and Susanne the current WWGC champion were on a 3d spot.
Overall after 5 days it is Katrin with 29 points more than Jutta and than Anne and Susanne not 100 points behind her team mate Katrin. It’s not over yet!!!!
6 Girls in this class did not finish!

Today the girls have the next task direction S. where there should be more cu’s than over the “blue” field;
Racing Task Club
Dist.: 288.6km.

Speed Task, 03:00:00 Standard class
Dist.: 214.6km/368.7km

Racing Task 15 m.
Dist.: 327.8km




Ostrow mooi 3  Ostrow mooi2

What great photographers in Ostrow!

Day 2 yesterday for the pilots flying the EGC in Poland. Pretty long tasks , pretty good weather and pretty good results , certainly for Poland where in standard class Sebastian had his 2d day-win , so 2000 points!!! He started together with his mates Pawel and Lucasz and occupied the first 3 places! No out-landings in this class.
My Belgium friends Bert jr. and Tijl did well by being 4th and 6th. And also Young Aussie Matthew had a good day by finishing as number 6/7 but HC, so no score but 905 points for him.
He “saw” Sebastian en route , but lost him as quick as he saw him.
This is part of what he wrote in his blog;
Ran down the Poms on the first leg, and hung off them until we were joined by Kawa near the first turn (he’d started again, 5 minutes later than us). The Poms and I tried to hang off Kawa but he lost us less than 50k down the next leg. Kawa managed to scrape us off – we followed him down to 1500ft, and from the same height in the same thermal, he effortlessly climbed away in perhaps 4kts while the Poms got 3kts and I found 1-2kts.”

Club class had like standard  an AAT of 3.45!!! Lot’s of Standard Cirrus’ in this class! Roman Mracek took the 1000 points by flying 390 km. in time 3.51.
A good day for Dutch JWGC champion Tim Kuijpers, after an outlanding on day 1 he reached spot 7 yesterday. Good on him.
The German pilots had a good day , not as good as day 1 but still on spot 5 both.

Interesting to follow is the 20 m. class. Most of the early starters had a good day and here it was Germany on top, followed by Wolfgang.
Also in this class Holland did well, with Jelmer and Robbie [once both juniors in my team in Husbos]  in the DG 1001 on spot 4 and Peter and Ard on spot 6. Peter flew till now always open class . After a not-so-good-day-1 , they are back!!

They share some fantastic pictures on the site ,I share 4 with you for the rest you can look at day 2 on their FB site.

Ostrow mooi4  Ostrow mooi1

Tasks for today;
—Racing Task Club
Dist.: 329.1km
—Racing Task Standard
Dist.: 394.2km
—AAT Task, 03:45:00 2-seaterclass
Dist.: 293.4km/568.0km

Weather for today on the picture below, as shared on FB 2 minutes before launching.

Ostrow 2 min before start

The 15 m and open class pilots from Hobbs , can’t get enough of soaring. Gary Ittner flew yesterday from Inyokern, 925 km. [682.6 FAI triangle] in the discus 2A and gained 1.046 OLC points.
Ken Sorenson flew from Houston  842 in the Ventus 2cxa [643 Fai triangle] .
And as said the weather in Europe is good , so Patrick Puskeiler flew from Hahnweide a 1000 in the Nimbus 4.
Talking about 1000 km. John Williams flew one from Kinnross [UK , Scotland ] in the Antares on Friday.

That’s it for today.
Cu on Wednesday
Ritz on Monday July 8 2013

July 7, 2013

WWGC ;”tasks ….dividing the girls from the ladies” and EGC opening and first day!

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 WWGC German launch

Launch on day 4 as seen on the German site!

Yesterday the 3d day of the WWGC was flown, with pretty long tasks after rainy days. In the past organisers  said; “after rain the area is still wet,  so we don’t set too long tasks”. But La Douce France is HOT and it dries quickly over there!
That was correct as the girls had a fun-day, certainly the UK pilots  Ayala and Helen. Ayala won the 3.15 speed task  in club class with 263.3 km. in 3.39,07 in the St. Libelle. With the 1000 points added to the scores from the first 2 days she is overall in the lead now. Helen was runner up and cumulative she is on spot 11. [in LS4]
The German girls had a pretty good day too , no first places yet, but that might come . Christine and Doerte  flew 300 km.  in the ST Libelles with winglets but needed 4 hours 33/34.
I was very pleased to see Elena from Italy on a nice 4th spot yesterday and 5th overall.
In standard class French Amelie won the day followed by the German girls and Gill on 5.
That’s about the order overall as well. The 2 German girls Cornelia and Sue on top with Amelie and Gill on spot 3 and 4. Enough days to go however!!!
In 15 m. it was France, Germany and Poland with the best 9 daily places. Overall 3x LA FRANCE and 2 times Germany.

Day 4 was A DAY!!!! The tasks said it all; 15 m. goes for an AAT with a min. of 4.30 and the standard and club girls have to fly a racing task from 434.5 km. and 413 km.
The weather was OK, with a cloud base of 1250 m. lift about 2 m. average and 3/8 of cu’s.
What happened?
In Club class the girls flew between 5 and 6 hours and 3 of them outlanded.
Best was the runner up from the day before,  UK pilot Helen Hingley , starting FIRST in this class.
Swaantje went 7 minutes later and she finished on a 2d spot.
Sarah ended on spot 3 for the day.
In standard class also a UK lady on spot 1 for the day; Kay Draper, with 85.4 km./h. The German girls Cornelia and Sue have an overall lead of more than 200 points on Gill who is at this stage on spot 3 overall. EVERYTHING can still happen!
In 15 m. the ladies had an AAT and 4.30 was the min. time. The German girls started at 13.41 so did Orsolya from Hungary. Katrin and Stefanie flew 426 km. in 4.40. 4 Outlandings in this class.

Tasks for today;
Speed Task Club, 04:30:00
Dist.: 301.2km/502.8km

Standard class
Racing Task
Dist.: 408.0km

15 m. class
Racing Task
Dist.: 440.8km

Standard class starts,  followed by 15 m.  and last on the grid are the CLUB-  ladies! Every day one class at least , will have an AAT. So to hear everybody still has a lot of fun , even after outlandings. Every day is a new one with new possibilities!!!



 The EGC in Ostrow was opened last Friday in town. What I see till now is that they are very well organised over there.

Ostrow opening

4 Busses brought all pilots ,crews and TC’s to the town where they , after a short walk through the streets , arrived at the main square.
Good to see Matthew Scutter from Australia has arrived as well. Matthew is going to fly the JWGC in Leszno, but sees this EGC where hew flies HC, as great practise.

Matthew keeps a blog and you can read what happens to a young Aussie boy in Europe at all the different soaring fields , his happy moments and less happy ones.

Ostrow opening 2  Ostrow Pools team

The town square and the Polish team. Sebastian had to read the official oath and as I read the excellent TC from Poland got the Tanski medal , the most significant award  in Polish gliding. I can only say. WELLDESERVED!!!!!
Pictures shared on FB .

Ostrow Belgie  Ostrow Dutch team

The Belgium and Dutch team, as shared on FB.

Yesterday they started flying and ,…there was a bit of a complaint from the pilots and crews,…the long waiting for the scales as one pilot said ; “Every glider is weighed every day (even club class). About 50 gliders ahead of me in the queue…”
Some  teams hoped to be finished with weighing before briefing. The organisers postponed the briefing from 10 till 10.30 and “got the point”.

EGC wachten 1 Belgen  Ostrow wacvhten 2

As shared by the Belgium team and Matthew; WAITING!

The first day in Ostrow had the next tasks;
330.1 in club class with 32 pilots ,
standard 383.2 with 33 participants and
the 2 seaters went for 396,5 km., they fly with 23 gliders , so  x 2  pilots.
Finally good weather in most parts of Europe , even here with 25 dgr. and very sunny conditions.
SO,…. gliders ready , pilots ready, weather ready,  crew standby and TUGGIES ready.

Ostrow tugs  Ostrow cu's

Tow planes ready, weather ready , gliders ready.
As shared on FB.

It turned out to be a tough  and for some a disappointing day 1 as there were quite a few outlandings.
Not for Sebastian as he straight away won the day in standard class where he defends his title. It seems he and Christophe Cousseau are having the same ” friendly rivalry” as in Vinon. It was not long ago that Sebastian won and Christophe was the runner up in the 18 m. EGC.

In club class young Aussie Matthew , who flies HC, had not a good day as he comments, but he is very fair about it:
–“Not such a great start :( Outlanded 340/380k around.
Started a bit late thinking conditions would improve and 100kph would be achievable, but I think the new airmass moved in sooner than expected and everything turned to worms at the last turn. The loose gaggle I was running with (HAL, YA, YB, 12F) seem to be scattered across the country side on the last leg too.

Kawa’s book talks about gliding being quite unique in that you can’t just do a time trial and a few laps to see if you’re in form or not, and while flight analysis is useful, without something to compare it to it’s rather meaningless. The best way to improve your form is to fly (high level) competitions, and that’s what I’m trying to do here. Today it felt like I was picking the right routes, taking the right climbs, but whenever things got a bit low and the thermals narrow and choppy, I couldn’t get the D2 full of water to climb like some of the other pilots seem to get theirs to. Climbing away from 1000ft with the Hungarian, from going around tip to tip he somehow pulled 4kts and I was working 1.5kts. More practice needed!

7 Outlandings in this class. For all results you can go of course to

In the 2 seater class  4 outlandings and 4 toppers on the first 4 places ; Former world champion Wolfgand Janowitsch and Andreas Lutz in the ARCUS M deserved/got the 1000 points. Multiple WGC contestant Tomas Rendla was on spot 2 with Ludek Kluger in the Duo Discus . Dutch pilot Wim Akkermans with his future brother-in-law Dennis Huybreckx from Belgium both flying for Belgium, on spot 3 in the ARCUS M  and former world champion Janusz Centka was on spot 4 with Lucasz Grabowski.

Fantastic  pictures on FB from Narcyz Przybylski , I share 3 with you . Tuggies at their best!!

Ostrow tuggies1

Ostrow tuggies 2  Ostrow tuggies 3

Courtesy and thanks to Narcyz.

Tasks for today:
Club class;   AAT  04:00:00   Dist.: 216.7km/495.5km
Standard class ;  AAT Task, 04:00:00   Dist.: 289.0km/546.4km
2-seater class; AAT Task, 04:00:00   Dist.: 293.4km/568.0km
Later they changed the tasks for standard and 20 m to 3.45.

Last but not least compliments [again] to Maria Szemplinska. The outstanding picture on the centre-spread of the latest Gliding International, from Heinz and Karin Weissenbühler-Schlösser is just so human , romantic and awesome beautiful , as well as the view on the Uvalde strip with the text; Our estimate 12.69 million US dollar, worth of glass, who said we are an inexpensive sport???? I did n’t!!! But it is SOOO much fun!!!!

Enough interesting news for everybody as well;
—the competitive 2 seater market
—The Twinshark
—New motorglider the CROSSOVER
—Latest in instruments by Paul Remde
—Greece,….Glidings hidden paradise
—AERO 2013 in Friedrichshafen
and the evaluation of the Schemmp Hirth ARCUS by Aldo Cernezzi, who flew 250 hours in 2 ARCUS types. As you know the number 100 has been sold already!! In the EGC in Ostrow 10 from 23 two-seaters are Arcus types.
63 Pages full of news.

In my  blog today for Soaring café, I [re] introduce you to Manfred Radius the best ever aerobatic glider pilot, still active but not rushing from one show to the other anymore.

See you soon again depending on how much news there is about the WWGC and EGC.
Cheers Ritz

July 5, 2013

EXTRA EDITION!! Castles, red wine, high grass, but no soaring for the ladies!

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 WWGC tug

Tow plane / remorquer / tug!!!! Vital for these classes.
Picture send by Hans.

A rest day on Wednesday , with a party in the evening…. BIG event, the INTERNATIONAL Party …and the expectation for better weather and more flying days.
Time for my friends to send me some more pictures so here you are .

WWGC buitenlanding auto WWGC buitenlanding staart
The crew arrives with the trailer, the farmer has “made room” to reach the glider,…where is the glider ,…oh yes there!
Pictures as received from Hans.

From what I read and heard the PARTY was a great success. Enough to drink and to eat and most important,…to socialize.

WWGC Italian table  WWGC Dutch table

WWGC Frauke Elber
On the above pictures all shared on FB, you see the Italian table, the Dutch table and the table from the USA with as special guest Frauke Elber .[with book]
Frauke is the editor of the W[omen] S[oaring] P[ilots] A[ssociation] Newsletter ” Hangar Soaring” in the USA, which is on line nowadays as well. It’s a quarterly publication.

As I read on the UK site , and I did not know that, “one of the traditions at the Women’s Worlds is that each team presents the other pilots with a little gift from their country.
This year the Team GB pilots’ three respective home clubs have all kindly donated some presents for the other teams.
We would therefore like to thank Oxford Gliding Club, London Gliding Club and Lasham Gliding Society for your support!”

WWGC presents bu the UK
As shared from Women Glide by Swaantje on FB.
By the way I liked the way they described their input at the International Event:
“We supplied Pimm’s and Marmite sandwiches. The former was eagerly expected, the latter politely nibbled on.”

Yesterday was cancelled, BUT the expectation is for good weather from now on. They had a task, moved the first launch further and further and then scrubbed the day. So ,..they tried hard, but you can’t do a lot with a cloud base at 450 m.

Today the girls will be busy again for day 3 of the WWGC, with a speed task in 3.30 for club, same but 3.15 for standard and a racing task over 350 km for the 15 m.

The Ostrow pilots had on their first official practise day tasks from 331.8 km. for the 20 m. 2-seaters, 308.3 for the standard class and 274 for Club. Not everybody used the day.
In St. class the Germans practised well occupying the first 2 places in the Discus a and ax.
In club class 2 Polish pilots were on top and in the 2 seater class Denmark with a lot of outlandings on that day as well and a lot of pilots busy with other things.

Yesterday on July 4 the weather was much better , as you can see on the picture below and tasks were set from 3 hours for the standard and 2 seater class and even 3.30 for the “clubbies”, later changed into 3 hours as well!

Ostrow weer

AAT; 3.30 for club, 3.00 for Standard and 20 m.

And,…… still not all pilots were practising! A good day with 3 hour AAT’s.
In the 20 m. class it was good old Janusz Centka , who won the day . Already in 1991 he won in an ASW 22b the WGC open class in Uvalde with 11.111 points.
In standard class my friends Bert and Tijl Schmelzer did well by being first and 4th. In between a young Czech and German topper Radek Krejcirik and Felipe Levin.
In Club class 2 Rumanian pilots were ahead of Roman Mracek, but with his competition experience , this might change during the comps.
It’s “only” practise, the reality will follow over the next 2 weeks, looking forward to that as it looks like a very interesting and competitive EGC.

In Hobbs, our friend Rick Walters had a good 6th day in the ARCUS , different than the others as he flew a longer distance , in fact the longest of the day,[ 168.30 miles/270 km. ] in a longer time [ 2.09] with 9 TP’s. But he was 3d for the day!, this time it helped to go far in a longer time.
Rick was our FANTASTIC help in Uvalde in 1991. He was not qualified to fly this WGC , and “gave” his glider , a DISCUS, to our Dutch pilot Bear Selen , who won the WGC in it. His glider was HOT, as we heard later the best in the USA!!!! And with Baer in it, already world champion in Chateauroux, the combination could only win. Great times, GREAT memories!!!!!

Day 7  yesterday was less good for him with a 9th place but Rick is still on spot 3 overall. The rest remained more or less the same with Ron winning the day and leading overall with a few more points now. And Dick on 2 for the day and overall.
In 15 m. Gary Ittner won the day and Dave is still in the lead. For both classes a 3.30 TAT was set, with big circles so nobody had to be “forced ” into thunderstorm areas.
Today is the last day in Hobbs, but it was cancelled so the CHAMPIONS  are known now.
In open class;
1.Ron Tabery                 6524 points  ASW 22BLE
2.Dick Butler                 6350              CONCORDIA
3.Rick Walters              5791               ARCUS

In 15 m. class;
1.Dave Mockler            6213                ASG 29.15m.
2.Mark Keene               6026               ASW 27
3.John Cochcrane        6011                ASW 27

Here is the reason of the cancellation and you can read the full story on blogs written by Karin Schlösser. Thanks Karin.

—-“This morning, July 4th, we rigged and gridded for the last time, wondering if it would get too windy to fly. But that decision was not to be made as shortly before the 10 am pilots meeting the word was spread that the day was cancelled because the town of Hobbs was planning on opening the airport ramp by 4 pm for anyone who wants to watch the July 4th fireworks that is being staged here, and the contest staff was concerned about not being able to provide a unobstructed landing area for the pilots upon return from the task. Guess nobody saw that coming….

There were many unhappy faces and it is unfortunate that a contest that is so well run has to end like this. Many pilots packed up and left, but tonights Award Banquet is still on.—“

Nice competition to follow, a real pity about the last day and  congratulations to the Champions and winners of the 2d and 3d places.

More news tomorrow. With so many  comps going on and to make stories NOT TOO long, I publish a bit more . Cheers Ritz

On July 5 2013


July 3, 2013

Day 2 in Issoudun ! Day 5 + 6 in Hobbs!

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WWGC high grass 2  WWGC SEI in gras1

No worries ALL OK!!!! Soft grass!
Pictures shared by the Dutch team.

 When I came back from Amsterdam on Monday-evening,  I quickly looked at what had happened and I could not believe my eyes , both my friends Natasja [Holland] and Teresa[Sweden]  in a field. What a pity!!

—“3 outlandings today, Sophie Burgevin (FRA) landed at Romorantin airfield and will come back in few minutes “airborne”, Natasja Van Der Neut (NED) and Teresa Toivonen (SWE) also, but really in crop fields so it will be a little bit longer. 2 of the “yellow dogs”, the young boys running on the runway during the launches and finishes are going north of Vatan to help the swedish team to retrieve the pilot and its glider.—“
I told you already about the high crops. The pictures above show how high!!! Luckily the grass was soft [ grown as food for the animals] and the farmer fantastic , making a “road” to the glider and a circle around it with his tractor, so the crew could easily de-rig.
Quite an experience with no damage, only a little block under the wing to not damage the wing was lost , but looking at the pictures Walter Eisele was so kind to do the reparation. You might still remember that Walter was the CD during the Bayreuth WGC.
WWGC Walter
On day 1 Natasja mentioned; “Yesterday wasn’t a very representative flying day. Had troubles with navigation and when it was reset the back up navi failed. Aargh! Not a relaxed flight.”
Today a  busy evening for the Dutch team with a retrieve , a pity the Aussie “blunnies” , had not yet the good fibe!
WWGC Natasja in cockpit WWGC Natasja and crew
Natasja and her crew.
Courtesy Frouwke.
Kerrie [Australia]  mentioned about Monday ;
—“Another 269k fixed task to the north of Chateauroux airspace into the scrub – in mostly blue – should be right up my alley in theory. Altho now I’m adding pre-start gaggles to crop & airspace to be terrified of – yesterday I left the gaggle several times but you don’t get many turns in the blue before they find you – on track I found them a 5.5 knotter (a rare find yesterday!) but when the wall of fibreglass arrived I went to water & left! —”
She flew herself in the Pegase to an 18th place with 820 points.
WWGC Swaantje and Kerrie
Swaantje  , {NOT so happy with her flight } and Kerrie, { glad to be back} ,  relaxing after their flight.
Swaantje flies a lot in Australia , she can nearly be called an Aussie!

With CIRRUS coming in later from the North-West on this Monday , a temperature of 27 dgr. it did not look too bad and in the morning was said;” The metman is positive!” IMPORTANT!
Tasks ;  269.5 km. for the Club ladies and  Pavlina from Czech Rep. “raced” around with 74 km./h. winning the 1000 points. Sarah was 6th and the German girls finished in the middle.

The standard ladies had 320.5 km. on their plate and also here a Czech lady was the best; Dana Novakova with 84.2 km./h. Good to see Jill [UK] settled on a 2d place between all 3 Czech girls. The German ladies also here in this class finished in the middle, not loosing too many points.

The 15 m. girls had to fly 337.7 km and here it was a real French day with Jutta on top! Hungaryan Diofasi who I met at JWGC’s was a good runner up before the other French girls.3 Outlandings in this class.

WWGC Jutta and French team WWGC French team

The French team with Jutta to the left and the rest of the girls in the middle and TC Eric on the right.
As shared on FB by Daniel Audier.

 It seems in the end that it was quite a tough day as all bloggers mentioned that everybody was tired even some bloggers.

Day 3 had AAT’s in each class, with a min. time from 2.30 in club and standard and 3 hours for 15 m. The 15 m. was up in the air, but before opening the startline, they scrubbed the day for all 3 classes.

For today I noticed at the European weather forecast that the weather is not too good in most parts of France, but good in Poland for the first official practise day from the EGC.
Today is called a restday in Issoudun with in the evening the International Party.

Contest day 5 in Hobbs was a good again one after the [sand]-storm the day before, racing was possible and so they did! It turned out to be a good day full of cu’s.
In open class it’s nearly every day about Dick in the CONCORDIA and Ron in the ASW22BLE. Also on day 5, a 3 hour TAT was set and  Ron won the day just before Dick [271.89 mile/437 km. in 3.11] Ron leads now overall with 24 points.
In  15 m. class Mark Keene won the day [223.78 mile/360 km. in 2.59] and is on spot 2 overall now behind David Mockler.
In the evening a warning for a SEVERE thunderstorm was given and even the CONCORDIA and ETA BITER had to be de- rigged. NEVER saw that in Uvalde.

USA NationalsCU.  USA nationals hiding under wing

Day 4 heading to some shade under the SUPER CU as seen by Peter Alexander and some shade under the wing, as seen by Kathey Pope. Pictures courtesy SSA gallery.
Peter was by the way the “sniffer” during the WGC in Uvalde.

Day 6 in Hobbs was cancelled maybe due to that BIG storm atleast due to lot’s of rain. The comps continue till the 4th of July.
But there was a new day 6 yesterday, a triggy one , but the CD was right. On the official site [ ] you can read the story by Karin, here are some parts:
“We woke up to grey skies and got hosed on during rigging – it was so sad to see the first 20 or so gliders sitting on the grid in the rain.”
“CD pulled one out of the hat: a 1.5 hr MAT for both classes.'”
“Gates opened late; 15:10 for Open’s and 15:50 for 15M”
“Some pilots decided it was worth to go over time, and most shook their heads upon return; where did this come from! The CD wondered if he undercalled the day.”
Preliminary results for day 6 Ken Sorenson, the CD from Uvalde won [122.2 miles in 1.37.21]and Dave Mockler is still on spot 1 overall with 166 points on the runner up, John Cochrane.
In open class the ETA BITER won with Heinz flying 9 TP’s,155 miles [249 km.] in time 1.54,52.  Ron was 2d with 4 TP’s, 125.10 miles in 1.35,4.

On the OLC I noticed that the first of July had some great flights. Germany had the best for Europe  , 1000 for Alexander Späth in the Nimbus 4 starting at  Hahnweide and for all reasons he was n’t too happy as it could have been better [ he declared a 1000 FAI triangle , could have flown 975 FAI  but would have had to make an outlanding then, so he gave that away] and ELY for the USA, with Jim Payne topping the list with also nearly a 1000 FAI triangle[ 988.4] .
Good flight in the ASW 27 by Ramy Yanetz,also from ELY,  a total of 1.124 ,3 [853.7 FAI]
—“Fantastic day with some great runs as well as dodging OD and virga.—“ was his comment.
Also yesterday the weather went “on” with 2 more long flights.
In 2011 the OLC had 2 days with more than 1000 flights in JUNE and one over 2000 [ 2817 nearly 3000!!] 2012 had 5 days in JUNE, with over 1000 flights , this year 2 but also one over 2000 a day.[June 8]

It’s getting closer; The EGC in Ostrow. Look at the skies , but they talk about hail and thunderstorms for the night and wind . Anyhow they could still practise and the official practise  starts today. The first official TC meeting is tonight at 8. The comps start on the 6th with an opening ceremony on the 5th. Last day July 20 with also the closing ceremony and prize giving. So now you are totally up to date! Oh, not to forget the President of the jury is Bruno Ramseyer [IRL] and the chief steward is Jaroslav Vach.[Czech Rep]

 Ostrow by the Belg.

Ostrow skies yesterday as seen by my Belgium friends.
A lot of the Keiheuvel pilots are there!

That’s it , whenever possible and when interesting for all of you as well, I will be back more over the next couple of days.
The latest digital version of the newsletter from the Perlan Project you can find on

Cheers Ritz
on Wednesday July 3 2013 , birthday of Dennis who would have been 44 today but only celebrated 18 birthdays. NEVER forgotten!!!

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