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August 17, 2017

Post 996 !! EGC in Lasham starts with booming weather and 625 km. for open!Who still doubts the UK weather????

Filed under: Uncategorized — ritz @ 3:08 am

Unbelievable weather in the UK last Sunday on the day of the first tasks!!!! Sooooo pleased with finally a real good day again in this part of Europe for soaring !!!The open, 18 m. and 15 m. will have fun!!!
I had to laugh about Erazem’s remark that Sunday:
EGC2017, Lasham all competition gliders launched. Now only 93 local gliders left on grid.”

And look what happened when the JWGC was over,….they got the “normal”-Lithuanian- summer -weather. Such a pity!!!


Benjamin from France on his way home and Tony from The USA as well. Both are more or less nostalgic about leaving.
That’s a great sign that the weather has not spoiled anything.
Tony;”See you next time Lithuania, it was great.”
Benjamin:”as usual good weather is now here. Thank all Lithuanian people I met there. It was a real experience . See you on the grid and go fly !”
As shared by them.

BUT the next big event has already started so quickly to the UK.


19 th EGC in LASHAM !

MANY gliders ready to go, 61 ,  from the comps [18 in 15 m., 25 in 18 m. and 18 in open]   and the rest from the club.
As shared by the organizers.

AUGUST 13 !!

August 13…day 1…task 1 ;fabulous weather till later in the day, when spread out and cirrus “killed”  some ambitions.
15 m; 503.44 km.!!!!!Great day for the German team; 2 pilots with 1000 points, Freddy Hein and Uli Schwenk; 109 km./h. Good day as well for Belgium pilot Daan Spruyt who , together with Czech pilot Ondrej Bordovsky gained 991 points.And good old Russian pilot Dmitriy Timoshenko had 990 points.
Adam Woolley from Australia who flies HC, keeps his blog and I copy and paste it for those who can’t find it.He also shares his opinion about the start.
Adam Woolley’s Gliding Adventures

Today was a really nice start to the comp, weather wise. 503km! I had my game plan to make the 2nd gate start (using thr GP 10min intervals here), which turns out to be the optimum I think for the day.
I flew with the crowd for the first 30km while the airspace was a little tricky. Once out in the open I did my own thing, even got out in front.
I made my mistake on the 3rd leg when I went South of track. I knew it & radioed into my team mate to take the north leg – he caught up so it was the faster option. I think this is where I lost the day. Still 850 points to start off the comp, not too bad, not the end of the world, but not so good either..

Not sure how the comp will go with the GP starts though, maybe really hard to catch up points, especially with the Germans winning the first day. Many will just follow from here, also I believe in starting at the optimum time, so if they do too, so will I – equalling their points for the day.
Time will tell how it all goes, was certainly good fun regardless. Looking forward to tomorrow, as always!”

18 m.; 4 hour AAT with a speed 0f 118 km./h. Mike Young [Ventus 3T] received the first 1000 points and daily prize for 485 km. in time 4.06.
Also in this class good flying German pilots as Sebastian Huhmann and Michael Streit, both in ASG 29 E. They were the runner’s up with Wolfgang Janowitch from Austria in VENTUS 3 T on number 4.”Our” Peter Millenaar [ASG 29 E] was on spot 5 all these pilots flew around 116 km./h.

open; 625 km. !!!!! Their start line opened at 12 for a long , for sure 5 hour flight in the “fancy machines”.  I hope they all knew how to deal with the new start rules.Then the “hammerweather” get’s a hick-up” later in the day ; Cirrus. Dutch pilot Ronald [JS 1C] started relatively  early at 12.20 and was back early. He won the day; 1000 points for him…..Speed 115.45 km./h.
3 Km./h. faster than Michael [Sommer] in the EB 29 R.who was the runner up.[964]
Till TP 3 some flew with an average speed of 140 km./h. with a base of 1800 m. and up to 4 m. lift.
5 Pilots did not finish but still flew between 583 and 511 km.
The Swiss pilots in an ASH 25 flew 7 hours and 25 minutes!!! But they made it home.
The French pilots Sylvain Gerbaud and Eric Bernard, both toppers, had to use the engine to get home. The way the French say that is so much more friendly;vache moteur!!!



August 14…day 2…task 2;

the weather first had to sort it self out was the early-morning- remark on the official site. So a later start and 15 m. upfront with 18 m. and open. A and B tasks and first launch not before 12.45 and a drop of rain at the grid. In the end the first launch was at 14.15. So long waiting for some. NO finishers and virtual and real outlandings along the road.
In the end the windows to fly in were not big enough.
15 m.; 150.96 km….changed in 104.27 km.
Nobody finished. Best distance 103 km. for Uli. Only one over 100 km. so not a valid day.  Uli was nearly “in”.He still flies so well!!!!
Adam; ”
Funny day, hindsight is a wonderful thing, but ultimately I’m not sure what would’ve come of the other option too – ie, launch 2hrs earlier on task A. Who knows, but it was very weak pre-start.
I started with the Germans, easing down the first leg with Owen too. Our first climb was 0.8kts, Owen & I called ready to move to the next cloud – the Germans read our mind & rolled out 180* later. 2km down the road, 3kts on the 15kt tailwind leg. This gave me confidence & from here I lead out to do my own thing, only to meet up, above & high after a low point we shared. It was possible to find our final glide from this area with some searching, so 77 & I used up our 1000′ advantage to join with Uli & Freddy again. Safety in numbers right?
From here we all flew home together in empty gliders, only to land at Popham airfield – in great company, we missed you not being there though Uli!!

My second top 5 at a major, only to get zero points. Great fun regardless.

18 m.; 179 km….later changed to 134 km.No finishers but 19 over 100 km. so a valid day. Christophe Cousseau flew 121.85 km. and for that he received 359 points. Dutch pilots Jeroen and Peter were runners up.
FB works in case of “help” too. Tijl out landed on a military base . “If someone knows the 4 digit gate code of Brimpton Airforcebase, or knows someone who knows the digits, it would be of much help. Quite quiet here today.
The problem was solved quickly.


A few Belgium team members;  Bert sr. crew, Bert jr [Ventus 3] and Tijl [ASG 29 e] as pilots and the THE Broquevilles Arnaud with uncle Pierre, both in the EB 29DR.
As shared by the Belgium team.

open ;2 hour AAT….later changed in 1.30 AAT. No finishers but a valid day. UK pilots Russell and Pete [Harvey] flew 168 km. good for 493 and 494 points. The 2 Polish pilots Lucasz and Adam “got” 489 and 490 points.

Day 2 wrap up;”Rainfall has inundated the tasks areas, so a mass landback/landout has occurred. Gliders turbo’d back to the field ” Though several had to drive with car and trailer.More typical UK weather!


AUGUST 15 !!

August 3…task 2/3; After the rain in the morning,…no, no drizzle but real UK-rain, the organizers set long and good tasks again as the weather was just good again. Still a bit “lost”  after the total-out-land from the day before, the pilots left for their tasks.
15 m; 4 hour AAT….A UK-day today!!! Gary [Stingmore] and Tim [ Scott] flew  after a “late”  start at 13.15, 420 and 417 km,.in time 4.17 and 4.18 ,so another long ” day in the office”. Lucasz [Grabowski] in the Diana 2 was 3d he flew 398 km. in time 4.07. Most started around 13.02.

A happy smiling Lucasz in the Diana 2.
As shared by the organizers.

9 VENTUS variations in this class, 5 ASG 29-variations and 2 ASW 27, a DIANA 2 and a LAK 17. 3 From 18 out-landed.

18 m.; 501 km,…..5 toppers in this class; Roman [Mracek] on a daily spot 1 with a speed of 107.94 km./h. On number 2 and 3 Dutchies Jeroen and Peter with 107.24 and 107.14 km./h. and Bert jr from Belgium and Andy Lutz from Austria with 106.90 and 106.70 km./h.
3 Outlandings one by entering a forbidden zone.
25 gliders in this class; 4x a JS 1 variation, 14x an ASG 29 variation and  7x a VENTUS variation .

Arrival of the Dutchies. With Jeroen, Ronald and Peter.
Both pictures shared by the organizers.


open ;522 km….7 different nationalities in the top 7. Lucasz [Wojcik] from Poland got the 1000 points for a speed of 116.58 km./h .Sylvain Gerbaud from France was runner up, Pete Harvey [UK] on spot 3 , Pierre and Arnaud de Broqueville from Belgium on spot 4.
On 5 Petr Krejcirik from Czech Rep and on 6 Holger Karow from Germany with Ronald Termaat from Holland on spot 7. A nice international mix!!! In this class 3 out-landers so another good and long day.Longest flight in this class ;5 hours and 50 minutes.

This day the sea-breeze spoiled for some the end of the flying-day.



the weather.

August 16…Day 4…task 3/4. Shorter tasks. But again a flying day. Who still doubts the UK weather??? I never did!!!
Nice news from team Belgium about the evening before:
Competition day 4: after the very nicely organized beer and music fest of yesterday, this morning the FAI flag is missing and has been replaced by a bottle of wine overnight. 😁 
Today, the day starts cloudy, but tasks have been prepared for all classes. 

The weather improved during the day into a very nice window. First they thought the day would be scrubbed due to the cirrus but the sun burnt them out. Not too many cu’s were expected and there was quite some wind. BUT,…..They were ALL launched and start games were played, as some waited long to pass the start line.

15 m.: 203 km…. B task….146 km,….difference in start times; 13.54 and 14. 34. Uli and Freddy had another good day. They started at 13.54 ;number 1 and 2 for the day, with 95 km.h.

18 m.; 2 hour AAT…. changed in 1.30 AAT…start times between 14.12 and 14.32. The Czech pilots Roman and Petr [Tichy] flew 166 km. in time 1.37. That was the best result for the day. They started at 14.26.
Not a lot of points , but Roman tops the 18 m. list overall now, just 7 points on Jeroen, who leads on his mate Peter with 14 points!!!!

open ; 245.39 km….later changed in a B task from 195 km. The difference in start time in open class was HUGE; between 13.28 and 14.39. So ONE hour and 11 minutes. Well which choice was the  best!!!
UK’s Russell and Pete ,were the last to leave for this short task.Pretty clear, the late starters had the better day. Michael, Russell and Pete started late and won the day; Michael flew with a speed of 110.39km./h., Russell, 104.06 and Pete 102 km.p/h!!!

All results preliminary. I published a bit later today, to write about day 3/4 as well.

As shared by Baldrick and the UK team.


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Latest news from Schempp-Hirth.

On Thursday last week, we proudly delivered the 250th Arcus. New owner is Mr. Michael Boik from Great Britain, who is looking forward to hopefully many memorable flights.

Michael’s glider is an Arcus-T and equipped with the proven, simple to use Schempp-Hirth Turbo sustainer engine system.”


“Last Thursday, we had our traditional Schempp-Hirth Staff Summer Barbecue at our premises in Kirchheim/Teck. Unfortunately, the weather this year wasn’t quite what you’d expect in early August, but that didn’t keep us from having a nice evening with several guests – and with the bosses traditionally at the barbecue.

Apart from it being a tradition, we celebrated the deliveries of both the 700th Duo Discus, the 250 Arcus (see below) and, in a few weeks, the upcoming deliveries of the 200th Discus-2c and the very last produced Ventus-2.”

As shared by Schempp-Hirth.


Cheers Ritz,…. till Sunday….I hope..VERY BUSY!!!!

August 13, 2017

Post 995 ! Extra blog on Sunday!! With the last day’s of the JWGC , 18m Nationals in Uvalde and CIM and the start of the EGC in Lasham.

Filed under: Uncategorized — ritz @ 6:39 pm


JWGC in POCUINAI finishes with hail and a thunderstorm AND….. a DUTCH and GERMAN CHAMPION!

Wednesday..August…9…task 6/7. Pretty good weather certainly looking back at the days till now. Only 4 days to go. Farewell party already on August 12 at 7 PM.
With a change to the local rules about the minimum height for crossing the finish ring , the boy’s and girls started for task 6 and 7. Expectations for another challenging blue day , this time with more wind, so less high speed!!!!
club; day 6 with 266.61 km.
It turned out not so good and as difficult as the other day’s. ONLY 3 finished in both classes, so a great job from those 3 in club after nearly 4 hours of fighting against the wind;a Polish [Wojciech Wojtaczka]  , Austrian [ Paul Altrichter ]and French pilot [Thibault Alasnier] . Chapeau!!!!! Paul got 993 points and though they flew the same distance the French and Polish pilot got penalty points for a too low finish;989 and 964 points.
day 7 with 305.19 km.
As said no finisher. Best distance 260 km. flown by 2 pilots, Lithuanian Joris and Czech David,  who both got 1000 points.
The 2 Top pilots overall ,from Sweden had a tough day, as they already out landed after 80 km.; 107 and 103 points for them. A pity they dropped from 1/2 to 7/8 overall!!!

Ready and waiting at the grid for a flight on August 10,…but it was not meant to be. The day is cancelled and they had to rush the gliders in the trailers for another thunderstorm. Poor “kid’s”!!!! CANCELLED.

As shared by the Dutch Team.

Friday…August 11…task ???? The weather is cloudy with 23 dgr. C. One but last day; foggy morning and hope for a window to fly in. 2 Hour AAT’s in both classes.
They moved the launches from 12 to 12.30 and so on till 3PM. Then the day was cancelled.
As Tony mentioned;”Rig, grid, cancel, de-rig. At least they gave us enough time to get them in the box and stay dry this time.”

LAST day from this by the weather troubled competition in an area where the circumstances are normally good to booming, this time of the year, but still 6/7 days , better than nothing;
Saturday…August 12…Task 6/7 out of 14;
2 hour AAT’s  on a day with strong wind , blue conditions and 34 dgr. C. with on the end of the day possible thunderstorms. Hopefully NOT a lottery-day!!!
Who are the first  in both classes and can they hold their positions!!??
1. Austrian Paul [ LS 4] with 5.294 points,
2. German Julian [ St .Libelle] with 5.143,
3. German Stefan  [St .Libelle] with 4.925
4. Dutch Nick [St. Cirrus]  with 4.911
5. UK Jake [ DG 101 G elan] with 4.884
5. UK Thomas  [ St. Cirrus ] with 4.729.Tom is the current JWGC champion.
On such a small -task- day not a lot of points are to gain so let’s wait and see.

1. Dutch Sjoerd [LS 8]  with 5.724  points
2. Lithuanian Ignas [Discus 2 A] with 5.637
3. Lithuanian Joris  [LS 8] with 5.635
4. German Enrique [Discus 2 A] with 5.445
5. German Kilian AND Polish Jakub both with 5.275 [ LS 8 NEO and LS 8]

First launch postponed to 12.30!! Then…13.00 !!Also 13.30 and a bit later they see some improvement in the skies….is it going to happen??
They tried HARD!!!! 1.30 AAT’s now!!! First launch at 14.00 !!!!!….14.30   the sniffer tries again…….The sniffer CLIMBS and even goes through the inversion ………TOUGH wind though up to 45 km./h.!!!!!!! AND….thunderstorms were forecasted for later in the day ……Whilst waiting some played cricket in the grid……… sniffer at 1200 m…….”good ” 1.7 climbs…..What will the organizers do???
They decide to fly!!! 2.30 first start!!!!! Hopefully the “window”  is BIG enough, so they don’t have to finish in a thunderstorm!!!!!

Ready to go for the last day.
As shared by Team USA.

Club; 1.30 AAT
For some it was NO fun!!!! They outlanded straight away as French pilot Thibault after 34 km. and a young Danish pilot after 17 km.. But there were finishers as well Julian Klemm from Germany the overall number 2 . He had to fly through hail, but made it home.Will this mean he wins the title??? He even wins the day!! Congratulations!!!
Number 1 Paul from Austria  outlanded, just  in front of the finish ring. He will not be happy with loosing at least 200 points AND his first spot. Luckily points are not expensive but still too many points lost.
The 3 USA -boy’s finished!!!! So did the 2 NZ boy’s Nick and Alex. Well done!
Dutch pilot Jelmer had a 4 m. thermal, I read and is runner up for the day !!!!!30 From 37 finished. In the end it turned out that the  soaring conditions were good .
SO the JWGC champion from 2017 is AGAIN from Germany; Julian Klemm in the St.Libelle.5.545 points.
2. Paul Altrichter from Austria with 5.448 points.
3. Stefan Langer from Germany with 5.256 points.
CONGRATULATIONS. Also to Dutch pilot Nick who is 4th.

Standard; 1.30 AAT…Sjoerd van Empelen from Holland nearly gave me a heart attack!!! He was “only” on spot 21 with 263 points but the 2 Lithunian pilots were on spot 14 and 15 and lost some points as well. Daily winner from Poland JAKUB.
29 from 30 finished so a good decision to fly in a small window on the last day. Quite a responsability!


Sjoerd relaxed and HAPPY with his fabulous achievement……….. And …..this is how extreme happiness looks like.AND… no winner without a good crew!!!
As shared by the Dutch team.

So the final scores are pretty close:
1 . JWGC CHAMPION;  Sjoerd from Holland, with 5.976 points. AGAIN a Dutch JWGC winner after Tim [2011] and Peter [2013] and a runner-up -spot for Robin in Narromine in 2015. AND we had a European champion this “summer”as well , yes the same Tim who won the JWGC in 2011.
2. Ignas from Lithuania with 5.938 points.
3. Joris from Lithuania with 5.933 points. Only 5 points difference. That happens when you start, fly and finish together and you are good in it.

After “the window” ,….it rained and hailed and in a short time 2 cm water in the tent-camp from the young ones….no electricity either!!!! They might not bother after a few drinks.
As one of the UK bloggers mentioned;”We’ve just had the most monumental storm which has taken power/wifi down

No words needed.
As shared by Juha.

Well that was the 10th JWGC !!!!Chapeau for all those kid’s ….flying with 40 to 45 kts is not really fun and hail on a glider is not good either and waiting rigging and de-rigging on many day’s neither, but time enough to see the surrounding and socialize though that’s NOT the MAIN goal of the JWGC!!!
You may say this competition with this weather is character building , but I still feel sorry for all the young ones from the world that they had to fly under these difficult circumstances with many out-landings, driving over unknown roads with a trailer and long days.
I know they still had fun , made new friends , suffered together,  but laughed together too.A lot is new and for that reason exciting.
That’s what it is all about, as the weather is in nobodies hands…it is as it is.
Unfortunately it was one of the worst summer-months of July and August [till now] in parts of Europe, whilst June was like summer has to be.
USA soaring teams said:

“Labas Rytas! Today is the final day of the competition. Forecast is hot and humid, with an approaching front that will kick off convergence and then storms. The task…looks familiar. 2 hr AAT.

One objective of the World Championships is to Foster friendship, cooperation, and exchange of information among soaring countries.

We have had an incredible amount of help from the other teams here in Pociunai and really need to thank them. Vladas Motuza helped arrange our cars and gliders and has provided invaluable on site support with spare parts, tools, and local soaring advice.

The Australian team are our house neighbors and tie downs. They’ve been great when we needed a tool or two, help rigging, advice, or a valve stem extension.

Even the Danish have been helpful when I needed a particular sized wrench to make some adjustments on a trailer, and of course we’ve had a great time with our new friends from Denmark.

So on to the final day. Hopefully we can get some soaring and let the pilots decide the champion in the air!

1. Germany
2. Poland
3. UK

The next JWGC is in 2 years in Hungary. New place, new chances for them who are not over 25. Looking forward to it!!!!Last but not least the HAPPY DUTCH TEAM.

Around the specially for this JWGC carved totem -pole,  commemorating the championships. A great Lithuanian tradition!
To the left the Standard boys , Lars [18] , Sjors [1] and Sjoerd [9] , with TC Annemiek called “Annie” during these comps, to the right the club boys, Nick [4] , Robin [26] and Jelmer [36].
As shared by the Dutch team.


EGC in LASHAM for flapped gliders.

As seen and shared by Jeroen Verkuijl Dutch pilot in 18 m. class.

65 Competitors in 3 classes [ 15 m…18m….open]are ready for the first flying day on Sunday August 13[till Friday August 25]  after some practice days, who unfortunately were all non flying days due to steady rain. Yes also in Lasham poor weather like in many parts of Europe.

No words needed…as shared by my Dutch friends the  Termaat family.

The Schmelzer family, friends from Belgium, are in Lasham too. Both Bert jr and Tijl will fly.
Tijl in the ASG 29 from Bert jr., whilst Bert jr. will fly the VENTUS 3 .
This brand new glider, the first in the BENELUX, is delivered to them just a few day’s before the Kippeneck comps. Due to bad weather Tijl, who flew it there,could not show the excellence of this glider.
They love to fly on this high -situated airfield [ the highest in Germany] and call it one of the most beautiful airfields they know and I can tell you they have seen MANY.
I heard that Schempp-Hirth has a waiting time now from 3 years for their beautiful bird!!! So business is GOOD for them!!!
Below 2 pictures as shared by Bert sr.

the delivery from 2 X , the first BENELUX Ventus 3, from Schempp-Hirth to the Schmelzer family with in the back “Madre familias ” Hilde and Bert jr. ,Tilo and Tijl.
As shared by Bert sr.

The Ventus 3 with Tijl on the slopes of of Klippeneck.
Picture courtesy Elke Zumbrink.

For the 10th of August hope was HIGH to fly and that was the first official practice day .
And the weather was pretty good, certainly for the UK.
15 m. got 308 km. and quite a few flew with as winner Lucasz Grabowski from Poland. 20 Pilots in this class.
18 m. got 336 km. and Roman Mracek was the winner from this official practice day, with 26 participants.
open 346 km. and 19 pilots in this class. Russel Cheetham had a good day. 6x JS 1C in the top 6.

August 11; 2 hour AAT’S for ALL pilots.

Not too bad looking for a small task
picture shared by Caroline Termaat.

The 2 hour AAT’s were flown by half of the competitors  and in 15 m. French pilot Didier [Hauss] flew 173 km. in time 2.08 and with a speed of 81 km./h he was the best on practice day 2.
In 18 m. Danish pilot Morten Hugo Benninck [nice name] flew 175 km and was the best for the day. In this class 4 x a VENTUS 3T flown by Bert Schmelzer jr. from Belgium Andy Lutz and Wolfgang Janowitsch from Austria and Mike Young from the UK.
Open class  pilot Holger Karow managed to fly 196 km. in time 2.03 in the EB 29 DE.

Last practice day; Practice is necessary, as they work here with a new start line system with 10 minute window’s; DIS …meaning designate interval start.
Pilots have to align their time when they cross the startline with the start of the 10 minute windows or interval’s.
Very interested to see how this works in real.
Message from the organizers with as CD Andy Davis;
“Today all gliders must land before 17:30 local time please
Air display starts at 18:20
Opening ceremony 19:00
Tasks; 2 hour AAT’s...very popular task with this challenging weird weather.
Not a lot of pilots flew. In club only one finisher from Spain Francisco Ortega Casariego.
In 18 m. 6 finishers and in open 8 with the first flight in Lasham from Michael Sommer and he straight away topped the last daily practice.

opening of the 19th EGC in Lasham.
Picture courtesy Adam.

Today day 1 and the weather looks GOOD!!!!Grid order; open..15 m..18 m. that looks promising for big tasks.
15 m; 508 km.
18 m; 4 hour AAT
open; 625 km.
WOW………and this in the UK!!!!!! So glad for them!!!! Sick of all this “s..t “weather this summer!!!


This year’s CIM is over again…..with 8 good days out of 10??????

After the mandatory rest day on August 8 after 7 days of flying,Clara’s news on Wednesday August 9 with task 8 was;
12 am. Today we have wind from South/West. Only in South East of the task’s area there will be good thermal activity with cumulus above 4.000 m. Good SW winds North of the task’s area; weak winds from SW with Adriatic sea breezes in the SE area. Probably wave of SW wind. Thermal activity will probably decrease at 5 pm LT in the center area, at 6 pm LT over the North area. Forecast Error Factor: today fire smoke could decrease solar radiation on some areas: meteo model can not forecast this scenario. QNH is 1014 with 35 degrees and 30% of humidity.”
Due to tough tailwind gliders had to be in the back of the field and close to each other.
Then they could fly;Task 8 had a task of 413 km in 18 m. class. The UK boy’s did well and Jon and Leigh flew the task with a speed of 159 km./h. One out-lander and Dane and Giorgio were on spot 3 and 4 for the day.
Open had 424 km. and again an easy-winning- flight for Peter; speed 146 km./h. All 9 finished. Slowest speed; 125 km./h.
Mixed ; the 3 hour AAT was for the DUO DISCUS XLT and it’s pilots; 130 km./h. Austrian team Pirker and Wolff unfortunately out landed so they dropped in the overall scores from 1 to 2 with Vitorio Pinni now on spot 1 overall.

NO flying on August 10 due to heavy crosswind. They only use one runway in Rieti.
Clara mentioned:”At 2,20 pm, after launching 4 gliders, the contest director, the line manager and the chief tow pilot jointly decided to stop the take offs and to cancel today’s task due to excessive and gusty cross wind: 10/18 Kts from west. “

August 11,last day!!!
The meteo for the last day,….so another great Rieti-weather-day!!!
18 m; 460 km. And on the last day Dane was the winner which brought him not enough points to be the number 1 overall. Leigh was 3d for the day and only lost 91 points. Not enough for Dane.
SO… 1. Leigh Wells; he is the deserved winner in 18 m. class!!! [8.406 points]
2. Dane is a great runner up with 8.311 and
3. Giorgio is his own Italy flew to a total of 7.937 points.
Open;460 km.And frequent -local- flyer from Austria Peter Hartmann won the day and the comps.147 km./h. [8.654] Alberto was runner up and stays on 2 overall [8.098] and Alvaro was 5th for the day and stayed on spot 3.[7.826]
Mixed;  385 km. Pirker/Wolff from Austria won the day with a speed of 149 km./h in the ARCUS M and after one off-day during the comps they finished on spot 2. [7.521] 1. Vitorio Pinni and his mate[Duo Discus XLT]  were 4th for the day but no worries they were the best .[7.921] On spot 3.  team Team Ferrero/Sarti in the Arcus T .[7.064]

GREAT comps fabulous edition of this CIM with as CD Aldo Cernezzi.

Last words from Clara, THANKS Clara: “This evening the prize-giving ceremony will take place during the closing dinner. We are expecting about 100 people.”
It will be early in the morning for some.


The 18 m. winners with Leigh proudly in the Middle surrounded by Dane and Giorgio. And the open class winners on spot 1 Peter surrounded by Alberto and Alvaro.
Picture shared by Marina and the organizers.


UVALDE TEXAS ;18 m. NATIONALS with an AUSSIE as HC champion.

August 9…task 7. First of course Bruce as he is there:
Morning news…..”During the launch the sky already looks a little wet. We have a 4 hour MAT, which is very like the old POST task. After the first two points we basically chose our own direction. By tonight we will all know what the weather has in store for us this afternoon.”

As shared by Bruce.

BRUCE WON THE DAY ,whilst  Jerzy was 7th for the day and Dave Mockler runner up. Of course Bruce still on top with Jerzy as runner up and Gary Ittner on 3.
One day to go, also weird weather in Uvalde!!
Evening news from Bruce;
“”I felt lucky a few times today. Everything I tried just seemed to work out OK for me. Early on in the flight there were some rain showers around, and having decided to go south after the first mandatory turn, I felt like I was constantly flying myself into a corner. The sky was changing rapidly and required a number of plan alterations to stay ahead of it. I was concerned that I might quickly use up too many turnpoints, as the MAT task only allows a maximum of eleven. While I was considering my options my whole instrument panel blacked out, and it took a moment to get some power back in the system. Once I had gone as far south as I dared, I turned north determined to fly as far as I could without changing direction. This was mostly to avoid using too many turns, but also to help get into some sort of rhythm. My track took me pretty much along the Mexican border. I had to run through a heavy line of rain showers, but could see plenty of sun on the other side, then further north I had a fantastic line of lift around the west side of the last rain area. Faced with a large area of dead air, I judged that I had enough height to safely make some fat, healthy-looking clouds up in the hills. I arrived there to find a huge climb from quite low down, and this whole area was really pumping along nicely. After a quick lap up north, the sky over Uvalde had opened up again (I did say I felt a bit lucky today)and offered an easy ride back south to pick up the last mandatory turn and home for 85mph.”

August 10…task 8 last day!!! So 8 out of 10 day’s.
Canadian pilot Dave Springford won the last day. Bruce was “only ” 7th and Jerzy 9th.
He had to land in a paddock;”The pooh has hit the fan just a little! Our souther turnpoints were swamped by the sea breeze, and a very big percentage of the field are spread all over the countryside  I wonder if Mark will survive this. Not much idea how I went today. Nice ranch, big airstrip and Hangar, fancy house, long wait” 


as shared by Bruce.

BUT,…no worries,..Bruce won the 18 m. Nationals [6.842] with Jerzy [ 6.608] and Dave [Springford] as runner up and number 3[6607] ONLY ONE point difference between the 2 Canadian mates.
Here is Bruce!!
‘We are done! I was slightly worried that the craziness of today would throw up the wrong result, but the fact that a very high percentage of the field did not complete the task devalued the day enough to keep me in front. Today’s task was very difficult to complete, and I take my hat off to those who made it around. Our southern turns were swamped by a huge and fast-travelling sea-breeze front. We all knew it was a possibility, but still could not get down there fast enough to beat it. I ended up getting into both southern turns, but too low to continue towards home with safety. I landed on a huge private airfield, and super crew Jim got on the road quickly to come and get me. We arrived in the presentation ceremony at about 9:30pm, to much applause and many whistles.

A huge thank you to all the readers for your support and interest. It has been a really challenging and interesting competition, and I am leaving with an extremely satisfying result. The organisers have done a super job, especially given the uncharacteristically difficult weather. Many thanks to Mark Huffstutler as CD, and Kerry Huffstutler-King for running the show. And I’d like to thank my super crew Jim. It has been a pleasure having you around to help.
See you all next time!

as shared by Bruce …..THANK YOU and congratulations!!!!


Looking back at BAILLEAU.

In between busy comps,  68 participants flew in France ,from the well known field at Bailleau in 3 classes. Lot’s of guests as every year from Holland and Belgium. 7 out of 11 day’s which is good for this weird European summer.
In the “speed race” with mixed gliders and 37 participants, Dutch pilot Steven Huiskens  [ASG 29/18 m.] won with 4.798 points followed by good old Sigi Baumgartl [ 4.565] in ARCUS T [750 kilo] and on 3 Stevens dad Harry [ 4.457] in a Ventus 2cxt/18 m.

In the “long flights” also mixed gliders with 24 pilots and another Dutch winner Mark Leeuwenburgh in an ASG 29/18 m.[5.185] on spot 2 Belgium pilot Yves Jeanmotte [ 4.872] and his mate in an ASG 32 [850 kilo] and on 3 French pilot Eric Garnier [ 4.848] in ASG 29/18m.
A total of 11 Dutch pilots in this class.

In the “amical” 5 pilots in KA 6e, LS 8 /15 m. Janus  and Discus. They only flew for 4 days and winner was French pilot Francois-Louis Henry with 3.252 points . He flew the KA 6E.


CU next Wednesday
Cheers Ritz

August 9, 2017

Post 994!Difficult weather in Pocuinai! Excellent weather in Rieti !

Filed under: Uncategorized — ritz @ 5:28 pm


On Sunday  day 8 … task 4,  small tasks; 1.30 AAT for club and for standard as well. Not such easy weather and again many out-landings. Start lines opened at 15.14 and 15.36, pretty late, but it was only a short task.
A lot of club-pilots got stuck at the first sector.
In the end it was not a valid day in Club class.
Standard ; 8 pilots finished,…great job…. and a total of 14 pilots flew over 100 km. so a valid day with only 276 points for winner Joris Vainius in the LS 8 for 147 km. in time 2.17

On Monday  day 9 … task 4/5, better weather ,so bigger tasks.
Club got 257 km. and 3 Polish young ones flew “nicely”  together and finished on spot 1-2-and 3.From 38 a total of 37 finished!!
Standard; got 284 km. and 2 Swedish pilots had a ball and won the day with a speed of 106 km./h. Closely followed by the German team. ALL pilots finished!!!
The Dutch team started early, flew all way “up front” read …made their own decisions ….and finished on spot 12 and 14.

Happy Dutch team.
As shared by them.

On Tuesday day 10 ..task 5/6 even better weather and they deserve that!!! BUT,…blue and not all pilots like blue conditions and better….nearly no wind..
In Club a set task of 305 km. and Kiwi Alex Mc Caw was the daily winner flying an Hornet. This time his mate Nick was the unlucky one. He was “out” at 264 km. Also out and after 183 km.Robin, who now  falls out of the top 3 . A pity.
26 from 37 finished!!
At this stage after 5 days; 1. German junior Julian Klemm in the St. Libelle [4.445] 2. Dutch junior Nick Hanenburg in the St Cirrus.[4.313] 3. Austrian junior in an LS 4 Paul Altrichter[4.296]
In standard 355 km. and the Lithuanian pilot Ignas Bitinaitis is doing a great job. 2 Day’s ago he was number 2 now number 1 for the day. Only one out-lander in this class.
At this stage , after 6 day’s the overall scores look like this; 1. Swedish pilot David [4.853] 2. Swedish pilot Erik [4.873[] 3. Lithuanian pilot Ignas. On 4 Dutch pilot Sjoerd !!

The INTERNATIONAL NIGHT was yesterday. For sure great fun !!
Tony shared this news and pictures:
Fun International night. We had hot dogs and Jack Daniels. Dutch brought beer pong. Trivia was great fun. A bit of overnight shenanigans though. The Dutch flag is gone (again). Australia is upside down. My hat was stolen and the FAI flag pole is GONE.”
By the way the flag pole is BACK!!!!

Team USA and team Denmark as shared by Tony.

And fun they have , also during the day’s….here is Aussie girl Ailsa with Titas Jovaisa.

As shared by Tony Condon from Team USA.

Today; Club; 266 km.
Standard;305 km.


CIM in Rieti!!!

Clara at 10 AM on Sunday;
“10am. Forecast for today: West and South West weak wind. Cloudbase  from 3,500m to 4,500m on the South, East  side.
The best area will be:Gran Sasso, Gorzano, Fabriano, Avezzano, Rivisondoli, Orvieto, Arezzo.
Sea breeze and convergences area. Adriatic sea breeze.
Good, strong and regular thermal, but in the Rieti area, worm air at 2.000 m will initially block thermal activity. The thermals begin to deteriorate from 5pm in the center task’s area and at 18 local time in the North and South area. In Serano mountain rain at 18- 19 local time.”
AND at
3.PM….”Difficult task setting today. Initial task vetoed by civil aviation authority due to multiple airborne firefighting operations inside the competition area. Contest director somehow found ways to fly around the affected zones. Launches delayed until got the tasks approved.”

August 6….Task 6
in 18 m; 2.45 AAT…Kiwi Dane ,who flew already as far as I remember the JWGC in Rieti in 2007 was the best and flew 412 km. in time 2.45 AT THE DOT!!!! Leigh flew more kilometers [414 km.] in time 2.50 so great speed by Dane 149.87 km./h. and Leigh 146.27 km./h. Only one pilot did not finish and “poor”  Jon flew in a forbidden zone and got 191 km.
in open; 3.15 AAT and good old Bruno in the ETA won the day 1000 points for 458 km. with a speed of 138.78 km./h. Slowest speed was 126.28 km./h.
in the mixed class; 352 km racing task and racing they did. The Italian ARCUS T pilots won with a speed of 128 km/ h.

Clara on Monday;11.30 am. Weather situation has changed: wind is from NE. Good day, but we expect rain showers in Rivisondoli, Pescasseroli, south and south east area, East Gorzano. Weak winds from northeast with breezes of the Tyrrhenian Sea. Cloudbase from 3000 to 2.200 meters on South and NW side. Very low cloudbase on the Adriatic side. The best area wiil be Avezzano, Valle di Trasacco (?) Orvieto, Chiusi. Convergences area for Adriatic sea breeze. Today cloudy and cumulus coverage will locally prevent solar radiation and thermal activity. “

And at 3 PM; “Finally, today’s beautiful cumulus also in the Rieti valley and great visibility! Temperatures are lower: around 36 degrees. All the gliders are in flight and will be back from around 6 pm. There are new fires: one is west Monte Nuria and another on the south of Monte Giano.”
August 7…Task 7
18 m.; 3.30 AAT and again Leigh was the best. He flew 526 km. with a speed of 148.60 km./h.1000 points. Dane was runner up with 999 points!!!
No miracle that overall after 7 days Leigh [6.666] and Dane[6. 506] top that list with Giorgio [Galetto]  following in “his Rieti with 6.337.
open; a 3.30 AAT was set and frequent-Rieti-flyer Peter from Austria won the daily 1000 points. He flew 533 km. with 151 km./h.!!!
The overall scores in this class after 7 days; 1.Peter [6.694]. 2.Alberto [6.413] 3.Alvaro [ 6.207]
Mixed; 387 km. and another ARCUS this time an M won the day with a speed of 138.81 km.h.
After 7 days the overall scores with 3 days to go are ; 1.H. Pirker + M. Wolff from Austria in Arcus  M [6.338] 2. V. Pinni + P. Lanzieri in Duo Discus XLT [Italy 6.282] and 3.A. Ferrero + E. Sarti in ARCUS T[Italy 5.699]

Fabulous weather there and awesome speed!!!! Looking forward to the rest of this CIM.



No flying on August 6 and 7 in Uvalde,…very weird I thought the weather was ALWAYS good there.
Last message from Bruce;
“The day has been cancelled. Steady rain falling. Bit of a shame. It feels like the area would dry off quickly, so if it clears then tomorrow would be flyable, but there might still be some weather around for a couple of days. We are mooching around with sad looks on our faces. Sitting on the ground at a gliding competition is not our first choice 🙁”

AND,….the VERY LAST news from this morning;
This is what it looked like towards Uvalde on our final leg today. Most of the flight was pretty straightforward, except that good climbs were hard to find, there were blue areas to avoid, and most of the thermals were short-lived. There has been a lot of rain over the past couple of days, and there is still plenty of moisture in the air. As expected there was substantial overdevellopment moving down from the north through the afternoon, and our fearless competition director got the task just about right. Three-quarters of the way through our Assigned Area Task we came back to Uvalde, which gave us a chance to judge how the rain was moving. Then we had a fun ride along the edge of the storm out to the next turn before returning home. I think about ten pilots outlanded, so getting back was still not easy.
I think the final two days should be better, as the airmass dries out a bit. The competition is very close at the top, so the last days should be fun!!”
August 8-Scores as well very preliminary;1.Dave Mockler in in ASG 29 2. John Cochrane in the same glider and 3. Bruce in ASG 29 as well. Overall Bruce is on top with Jerzy as runner up.


Looking back at the last days of Klippeneck.

Not the best weather , so not much to say. The last day’s were cancelled. Only 3 out of 8 day’s and 4 in standard class.A pity it shows a bit the “face of this summer”.
15 m.; Karl Eugen Bauder      1.861
18 m.; Fredy Zulliger               1.866
20 m.; Protzer&Roehm           1.583
Open; Max Kollmar                 1.738
Standard; Felix Ruof               2.186




CU next Sunday for that and more news
Cheers Ritz

August 6, 2017

Post 993 ! Lot’s of continuing stories! Tiiiiimmmmmiiiieeeee!!!!!SUPERB weather in Rieti and rain in Pocuinai !

Filed under: Uncategorized — ritz @ 9:24 pm

To make the blogs not TOO long, which happens when there are a few comps at the same time, I publish on Sunday now too.


TIIIIMMMIIIEE is one of those happy shouts of excitement and pride from his young mates, when Tim Kuijpers wins a competition. After he became JWGC champion, he now is European champion as well. You can read the story below. CONGRATULATIONS TIM!!!

The continuing story of the last days of the EGC in the Czech Republic.

As shared in the gallery of the organizers.

The last couple of days are always exciting ,sometimes stressful, but mostly great fun to follow. Tactic’s, reading the weather well and staying calm,…. all ingredients for those last days. Here we go with the last 3 days and hopefully after the bad first week the weather holds now for a few day’s more !!!

Wednesday…August 2….day 11…task 5; after morning-rain there were good looking skies , task A was on …so what happened!?
club; 241 km.
UK_DAY!!!!! Ge won in the St. Libelle. Not an easy flight, but he made the right decisions is what he said. It seems that the last leg had 2 possibilities a good fast one and a less good hard-working-one.
Boris Zors from Slovenia was 3d and overall he is on spot 2 now .
Tim is still on spot 1 ,[3.709]  lost a few points being 9th for the day.
Fabian Peitz has 3.510 points on spot 3 overall and on 4 with only 3 points less Russian pilot Sergey.
Most started around 14.51 Tomas Suchanek at 14.36, that turned out in the end too early, he was on spot 16 for the day.

As number 1 overall you are a prey for the press. Tim is used to it as JWGC champion.
As shared by the team.

standard; 257 km.
Czech -day as Pavel and Miloslav were on spot 1 and 2, after an early start and for them it worked. Starts between 14.56 and 15. 21. My Belgian mates were on 3 [Jeroen] and 5 [Dennis].
Overall with 2 days to go;
1. Pavel with 3.518 points, 2. Miloslav with 3.500 and 3. Dennis [3332] and 4 . Jeroen with 3326 points all pretty close.
20 m; 2.15 AAT.
Kilian and his mate were the daily best, but team Kawa had only 3 points less.
Overall results at this stage ;
1.Kawa/ Matkowski 3.564, 2.Jones/Coppin  3.517 , 3. Cronjaeger/Heidemeyer 3.383 and Kilian has ONE point less!! Wim Akkermans and his mate are still in the race as well with 3.325 points.

Nice finish picture. As shared by the German team.

Thursday…August 3…day 12…task 6; “We will fly soon and fast”  , but in tricky weather. The morning alarm clock was not necessary, as a loud thunderstorm passed by with as loud rain. Launching starts at 11.30!! That was delayed to 12 o’clock. But in between the front slowly arrived!!! Thunderstorms were forecasted for later in the day.Such a day could be a real LOTTERY, but it turned out not to be.
They left , had a few drops of rain during start, but messages for the crew were ” 2300 m.”. Not bad. The task just fitted the weather, though JUST!!! A real fitting-WINDOW!!!! Some finished however in heavy rain.
Differences in points in club and standard are MINIMAL.
Club; 2 hour AAT.
They ALL finished and Tomas Suchanek as the best;171 km. in time 2.01. Pretty good! The overall toppers did well Boris was 10th , Fabian 3d and Tim 5th. So nothing changed. About 100 points between 1 and 2 and 2 and 3. Russian pilot Sergey “smells” podium-victory and is only 17 points behind Fabian.
The other German pilot Dennis started after the bad weather had passed for the second time, about 45 minutes later than the rest. Quite a risk but it all went well he finished as number 12 in his Libelle. After it was WET REALLY WET.
Standard; 1.50 AAT
Miloslav was better during the day [6th…98.50 km./h.] than Pavel [11th..97.64 km./h.] but there is still some points between them; EIGHT to be correct!!!! So Miloslav is chasing his mate and for sure it’s less team work now for the last day’s, though they both started and finished together, but Miloslav flew 2 km. further.
My Belgian mates swapped overall places too. They flew together  as well,but Jeroen , still a junior, is on 3 overall now and Dennis on 4. Difference ; THREE points.
20 m.; 1.45 AAT.
Jones /Coppin lost a few points this day whilst Team Kawa  won . Still on spot 2 though behind Kawa,  but enough points difference;4.101 for 3.973. Only 3 outlanding during this very tight window, and in this class.

as shared by Sebastian Kawa who won his third title this year.One in 15 and one in 15.3 and now in 20 m. class.

After the very bad first week they flew in week 2 EVERY day EXCEPT THE LAST DAY; 6 days out of 13.
So the scores from August 3 stand and NO way to gain 3 or 8 points anymore, to be just a tad better,…it’s all in the game.
“NO WINDOW”  to fly in today, a pity on the last day, but you can only accept that and go to the party in the evening and CELEBRATE!!!!!

Club class;
1. Tim Kuijpers    4.248  [The Netherlands]
2. Boris Zors        4.158    [Slovenia]
3. Fabian Peits    4.048   [ Germany]

as shared by the Dutch team.

Standard class;
1. Pavel Louzecky  4.024    [Czech. Rep.]
2. Miloslav Cink    4.016     [Czech. Rep.]
3. Jeroen Jennen   3.846    [Belgium]

as shared by OSKARKILO

20 m. class;
1. Kawa & Matkowski                4,101   [Poland]
2. Jones & Coppin                     3.973    [UK]
3. Cronjager &Heidemeyer     3.895 [Switzerland.]

As shared by Sebastian.

Congratulations to ALL!!!
The TEAM CUP was won by Poland [871.70] with as VERY good and close runner up Germany [871.22] and then France [ 866.79]and Belgium.[855.92]


The continuing story of the JWGC in Pocuinai.….thunderstorms…..
Wednesday …August 2 ….day 4…NO task

Thunderstorms again,..they had tasks, were at the grid,…..but the skies looked BLACK and they had to run for the storms.
Tony from Team USA mentioned :”
“That was a thrill. Grid. Watch storms approach. Launch delayed half hour. Wait watch wait. Day cancels 15 minutes before front arrives. We got out quick and got the glider in the trailers quick.”


As shared by team USA and Jill from New Zealand.

Thursday…August 3…Day 5…no task.

It’ s pretty demanding for the young pilots to be ready every day to only find out that there will be no flying. But,…it’s over now ,…they fly!!
club; 252 km.
Standard; 275 km.
But the task might,   have been overrated, after 4 days of rain,too ambitious or optimistic.
NOBODY finished.
Here is the story from team NZ.
Today the whole fleet of 70 gliders in both classes landed out all over Lithuania! The day started with great promise and the grid was launched at 12pm into a great sky. Alex and Nick were blasting along well then high cloud moved over the track and made things tricky for everyone. We (M3 crew) got the call to hook up and roll about 4pm so we headed off for an easy retrieve to pick up Alex out a field after he did 117km. He had a German and Italian sharing the paddock. Nick pressed on in his Libelle and squeaked out 212km to gain 5th overall for the day. 
A good day to test the crews and we had both Kiwi battlers back for tea by 8pm .
Tomorrow we fly again!!
Mike S (Crew M3)


Pictures shared by Junior TEAM NZ.

Saturday…August 5…Day 7…task 3;
Club; 312.12 km.
YES a better day, THOUGH some had to make a restart and one “light” shower still past by before launching started!!! However….1000 points for Wojciech Wojtaczka from Poland in an SZD-48-3m. THOUGH ….23 from 36 only finished. Did the USA team a great job on task 2 , on task 3 they were all out and last. A Pity.
Standard;340.48 km.;
Great day for the young Swedish pilots; number 1 and 2; 1000 and 999 points. No need to tell you they flew together. Well done!Enrique [Levin] from Germany was on spot 3. Dutch pilot Sjors van Loon on spot 4!!
14 From 32 finished so a lot of the “young ones”  saw more paddocks these days and with that more from Lithuania than they hoped for.

Today SUNDAY they might fly there was some drizzle….. more on Wednesday.

THE CIM…continued story.

On Wednesday Clara wrote;
For today we are expecting dry, very strong and high thermals: between 3900 m and 4700 m! Temperatures are rising during the day and will reach 37 degrees, the QNH is 1019 hPa, take offs will start at 13.00. Open class has a task of 500 km with 4 turning points.”
So another excellent day in good old Rieti!! Where other places suffer from rain and thunderstorm , the south of Europe suffers from the HEAT.Clara mentioned ;” Weather forecasts announce long convergence lines on the ridges; there are 38 degrees and air is very dry: 20% of humidity, the QNH is 1018 hPa.”
Task 2 for all classes.
18 m.;425 km.
Former world champion Leigh Wells used those convergence lines best and won the day with a speed of 154 km./h. Jon Gatfield flew with him and had 992 points. All pilots finished.
open; 502 km.
Alberto Sironi, from Varese,  showed his skills in Rieti where he flies a lot. His speed….159.30 km./h. in his Quintus M. Alvaro was runner up. 6 From 10 finished.
mixed; 412 km.
Austrian pilots Pirker/Wolff flew the task with a speed of 128 km./h.

On Thursday good tasks [3] again :
433 km for 18 m. and again Leigh who showed his skills so did Jon; again 1 and 2.All finished ,”worst speed “115 km./h.
500 km to fly for open and Alberto won again with the 2 German pilots [JS 1 C and ETA] on his tail. Worst speed 124 km./h.
Vitorio Pinni and his mate won in mixed, the 3.45 AAT with 525 km. and a speed of 138 km./h.

Friday; Task 4…It’s getting boring,  but stay with me,….AGAIN in 18 m. Leigh and Jon; 1000 and 999 points for speeds of 139 km./h. over 541 km.
Open; 498 km. and Peter won the day in his ANTARES 23 T.
mixed; Austrian team Pirker won the day with a 3.30 AAT; 531 km.!!! in time 3.40 so a speed of 144 km./h.

Saturday was another good day with task 5; Clara mentioned in the morning;
“A great meteo also today with strong thermal activity (4,5,6 m/s), good ridge with enough west wind and with convergence conditions to fly straight ahead!”
18 m.;Something went “wrong” Between Leigh and Jon as it was now Jon who won the 465 km. with a speed of  146. km./h. Dane was runner up and Leigh “only” 4th. [120 points less than Jon!!]
Open; A 3.15 AAT for open and Peter [Hartmann] managed to fly 498 km./with a speed of 149.66 km./h.
Mixed had a 3.15 AAT as well and here the 1000 points were for Pirker and Wolff [ARCUS M] though,….they got 990 as they delivered the paperwork too late.They flew 482 km. in time 3.29.

What great weather in ITALY. Rieti the MECCA of soaring ,,,yes it proofed it again.
3.45 AAT’s for TODAY for 18 m. and open  and 425 km. for mixed.



First daily win was as said before, for Bruce .

Nice prize as shared by Bruce.

Day 2 according to Bruce;
“Today we have an MAT, which has a mandatory Start point and first turn, then we get to choose the rest of the points, a little like the old POST task. This was chosen as the weather is an unknown today. The forecast says it will be terrible, but looking out the window it doesn’t look too bad at present. “

Aussie mate Bruce as shared by Bruce.
Taylor’s Gliding Page on FB

It turned out a tough day  2 , with a 3 hour MAT !!!
Here is what Bruce said;”There we were, averaging better than 85 mph when the sun went out and the rain started! I took my last climb to cloud base, which said I was about 1500 feet above a 4 knot glide home… but there was rain to go through and all that height vanished. I made it into the finish circle, but below the required height, so I don’t know what the penalty is for that. Three of us landed on the Continental Tyre testing facility near the airfield, including Brad. Interesting day, and a bit of fun really.”

Winner of the day good old Dave Leonard, good on him. ; 277 miles in in 3.29. He tops the overall list now together with Dave Mockler; both 1743 after 2 days.Bruce and Brad had difficulties in the end. Jerzy and Keith [Essex] ,Ray [Gimmey] ,Dave [Alexander] and Dave [Nadler] all had not a top day.

Day 3 as seen by Bruce;
“As expected, today became a very difficult trip. At launch time, it was reasonably easy to climb to cloudbase , but within half an hour or so everything was over developing. Most of the field started very soon after the gate opened, and it was obvious that we were in for a challenge. By the time we arrived at the southern turn, anything going up was great, and for a few hours we worked between 1,000 feet and 2,000 feet. Hey wait! Is this Uvalde we are talking about? I was sure that we were in for an enormous outlanding event for the entire field, but eventually 16 out of 35 made it home. It was a really interesting day, and in an odd sort of way quite enjoyable.
Tonight we were entertained by Mark and Kim Huffstutler at their house, which is just gorgeous. It was a super evening with lots of talk about the day’s flying, great food and fine company.”

They flew, so there was a daily winner; Bruce won the day!!! In an ASG 29 and there are 18 from 35 in this competition. Equal points so 2 number 1 places ;Gary Ittner had 974 points as well.

Day 4 as seen by Bruce;
another tough day 😅 As of 8:00pm, the scoresheet shows just 11 finishers. We had a 4 hour AAT, and the problem was the overdevelopment in the first photo turned into a pretty big storm, which wiped out a huge area in the middle of our northern turnpoints. The outflow from the storm made it difficult to navigate around it, and caught a lot of people out. The finishers, except for one or two, mostly did a circumnavigation of the storm, which made for an interesting flight indeed. The other photos are heading south past the far side of the storm, final glide into Uvalde about 30 km out, and a Texan sunset.
Today will shake the scores up a bit more. This comp is becoming a bit of a battle of attrition!”

And the winner was……Canadian pilot Jerzy with Aussie Bruce as runner up. Bruce tops the overall list but flies HC with Jerzy now as runner up.

as shared by Bruce!


More on Wednesday, also on Klippeneck.

Cheers Ritz

August 2, 2017

Post 992 ! “Dnes poletíme!”…we will fly today …at the EGC! JWGC has started! 18 m. Nationals in Uvalde ! Klippeneck !

Filed under: Uncategorized — ritz @ 5:38 pm

19th FAI European Gliding Championships

Moravská Třebová, Czech Republic
23 July 2017 – 4 August 2017

It’s such a pity for pilots, but also for the organisation, that the weather gods REFUSE to co-operate.
Wednesday was cancelled too, but you can only wait for the better weather to come. Many parts of Europe suffer from miserable weather ,but there is always hope!!!
Pocuinai, was “optimistic” for their first training day on Thursday.
Thursday in Moravska, was scrubbed too and a kart race for all who wanted was on the menu.
I have done that once too with all pilots and I can tell you some pilots/crew , really “turned into madmen”.But it was great FUN!!!! I was the slowest but had the fastest start.

They moved the INTERNATIONAL EVENING to this rainy week,..good thinking,…. and as you can see the pilots still had good fun, though some are “BORED”, we all understand.

All teams did a good job !!!
Picture shared by the Dutch team.

Friday…July 28…day 6 …flying day 1 ???;the first news for the day was “CZECH EVENING, 19:00″.
BUT they had a briefing at 10 and gridding after the briefing.Team UK mentioned in the early morning;”we are sitting in the rain currently but we are hoping for a gap.”

Hope grows on Friday, as shared by the Belgian team.

The organisation mentioned;”Please remove the gliders from the grid ASAP. More water is coming.”
Scrubbed again BUT,…… can’t try harder than they do!!!!!AND,….
From Saturday on,  it looks very promising for a full week so,…NO WORRIES.

Saturday…July 28…day 7 …Task 1;


The weather on Saturday morning. As shared by the Belgian and the Dutch team.

The message was  “Dnes poletíme!” ” We will fly today”!
A few words only but they express SO much happiness. It’s HAPPENING…finally!!!!!! Organizers and pilots…… Everybody is ready and HAPPY.
Club; 327.91 racing task.
A good day and 1000 points for daily winner Thomas Suchanek in the St. Cirrus. Runner up , same glider but a Dutch pilot Tim with 931 points. Only one out landing and he still flew 311 km. in his ASW 24.
standard; 358.14 km. racing task.
Miloslav Cink won the 1000 points. He flew together with his Czech mate Pave ,also in LS 8 and he “got” 984 points. They had a very early start at 13.36. Danish pilot Mogens had a very late start [14.23], for what reason I don’t know, but he just could not make it back in his Discus 2A; 284 km.
20 m.; 356.61 km. racing task.
The combination Kawa/Matkowski in an ASG 32MI looks like a winner !!!!They won the first 1000 points.[ 110.82 km./h.]  UK team Jones/Coppin [106 km./h.]was runner p with Belgian team Akkermans/Vandebeeck[ 104 km./h.] as number 3 just ahead of French team Walbrou/Corbille.[102 km./h.] All in ARCUS T or M.
3 Out-landers.

SUNDAY…July 29…day 8…task 2 ; A blue day ,…quite challenging….and it turned out to be challenging for some. 30 dgr. C.


As shared by the Dutch team.

club class ; 3 hour AAT.
The best time combined with kilometers was for Russian pilot Sergey Serov. He flew in his St. Cirrus, 221 km. in time 3.04 and received 858 points. Only 17 from 37 finished and for some this first day after waiting so long with still some hope, was a big deception.
Standard; 2.45 AAT.
The Belgian pilots did a great job. Dennis and his cousin Jeroen, flew together in the LS 8 and reached 253 km. in time 2.52 for 950 and 946 points. They started straight away at 14.05,far ahead of the rest who were still  playing the departure game. The last pilots on track, left at 14.48 but still finished on spot 6 and 11. Only 2 from 27 did not finish.
20 m.; 2.30 AAT.
Czech pilots Rendla/ Rendla flew 235 km. in time 2. 29 in the ARCUS M!Experience enough there.800 points for them and ALL pilots in this class returned home.

MONDAY…July 30…day 9…task 3; with a base of 2000 m.!!!But also thunderstorms expected to be ” staying” in the N.


Ready to go .
As shared by the organizers.

club; racing task 236 km.
With no out-landers a good day. Specially for Thomas Suchanek as he will be given the daily prize in the morning. Good on him. Those former hang-glider pilots “feel”  the air.  Good day for Rasmus Orskov from Denmark with a 5th place. Less good day for the Dutch and German pilots. But “only ” around 200 points less for the slower pilots, who followed another route than others.
Standard; racing task 259 km.
Winners for the day were from Germany Marko Zettier and Holland Sjaak Selen, with a nice speed of 116 and 111 km./h. and 688 and 628 points. No one “aux-vaches”.
20 m.; racing task 251 km.
Another team- Kawa- from- Poland- daily- win. But good runners up from Finland Visa Matti and Harry. GOOD!!!600 for 549 points. All pilots were “in”  and team Rendla now was last.

TUESDAY…August 1…day 10… task 4; base between 1700 and 1900 up to 2000 m,…crosswind and tough/strong-ground- wind.
club; 2 hour AAT.
A great day for the Dutch, with Tim as daily winner [643 points for 212 km. in time 2.06] and Frank as number 3 with between them Danish pilot Rasmus. One non-finisher  and UK pilot Ayala as number 4 …good on her!!
Only 3 days to go and overall Tim is now number ONE!!!
standard; 2 hour AAT.
2 Finn’s [Aku and Juha with 618 and 617 points] , 2 Germans  [Marko and Andreas with 646 and 643 points]and 4 Discus 2A/b in the top and 2 non-finishers
20 m.; 2 hour AAT.
Team Steve Jones/Garry Coppin had the best combination km’s and time;251.39 in 1.58 for 588 points. Just ONE point less for Swiss team Cronjaeger/Heidemeyer. 5 x ARCUS T /M in the top.

More news next week, or maybe Sunday evening.



Pociūnai, Lithuania
30 July 2017 – 12 August 2017

They were a bit more lucky with the weather. After arrival , it was not really flyable but no worries,  the pilots could organize their “infrastructure” for this JWGC period, do their shopping and relax from the long trips for most.
“Infrastructure” looks different for all.


Team USA with their beautiful base. HEINEKEN GROUND,.. can only be DUTCH. Team France setting up the “radio-tower”.
As shared by the teams.

The 3 official practice day’s showed set tasks and 2 hour AAT’s in which practice was really possible,as well as out landings.Only 6 from 22 in standard ,finished on day 1 a day with a set task from 273 km.In club 14 from the 23, who were flying.Distance ;249 km.
Practice day 2 had 2 hour AAT’s. The weather looked good but was not as good as it looked. Some flew the task others choose the “fly around”

As shared by the Dutch juniors.

Practice day 3 had set tasks; 170 km. in club and there were 3 winners all 512 points Dutch pilot Nick and UK pilots Thomas and Jake with Robin from Holland just a tad later 512 points.
So enough good training,…. the REAL thing happens NOW. First the opening in a big sports-and entertainment-arena, in the local town of Prienai.
Here all team captains. Dutch Annemiek proudly in the middle.

With to her right the CD of the comps Vytautas Sabeckis  and top TC Benjamin from France.
As shared by team USA via Tony.


as shared by the teams UK, USA New Zealand.


Team Germany, as shared by them.
President of the jury Juha Silvennoinen, who was CD at the JWGC in Rayskala [2005]and the EGC .As shared by Juha.
Team Holland as shared by them.

SUNDAY…July 30…day 1…task 1;
Club; 281 km.
A great beginning of the comps for the German team with Stefan and Julian on spot 1 and 2 in their Libelle’s. 1000 and 997 points. Great spot 3 for Nick from NZ. He flew together with Alex but Alex missed a “connection” and landed just 20 k. short. 29 from 38 finished this first day. So a few disillusions for some but it was only day 1 a LOT can happen.
Standard; 336 km.
The Polish pilots Thomasz and Jakub, in this class had a great start as well. Flying together to spot 1 and 2 in the LS 8 for 1000 and 921 points.

MONDAY…July 2…no task ; No, they gridded, had tasks,… but decided NOT to fly!!

Thunderstorm close by .
as shared by Tony.

TUESDAY…August 1…day 3 … no task.Partly sunny with thunderstorms …..AGAIN. Seeing the pictures,…good ones too.



As said before Bruce and Brad , my Aussie mates, are flying this competition and as you know too, Bruce always reflects on his flights in his  Taylor’s Gliding Page
Arrival in Texas has been greeted by heat, dust, storms and the usual fantastic cu’s and streets. Can’t wait to get airborne.


That’s exactly, how I remember my 2 trips to Uvalde in 1991 and 2012 as well.
As shared by Bruce.

An average day in Uvalde is better than a good day in most other places 😊Today started a little bit blue, but some clouds started to appear not long before launch. Brad and I flew for about 3 1/2 hrs, and did a run to the south, (where it looked the worst but was actually the best) then north-west and north-east (where it looked great, but was a bit of a fiddle to find the best climbs)
The photo is to the south of Uvalde, and Brad is just above my winglet. 
Good start, we are rigged and set up, and the flight discovered no real problems. Tonight we are eating in, so we can all get a decent sleep. Yesterday was a big day of driving, and we got to bed rather late.”

As shared by Bruce.

Yesterday was the first day and with an assigned  task of 285.29 miles the 33 pilots made the best out of the day. Bruce WON !!! Good on him, speed 88.13 miles /ph. Jerzy was runner up  but as Bruce flies HC, Jerzy won the day.All AG 29 in the top 6.
Brad was on spot 18.
A big part of today was smokin’, and the other part was a bit rubbish. The trip was pretty fast until we went down to the south east, where the cirrus was a bit thicker, and the air was not as happy to go up. We had to slow up for about 40-50 miles, then it came good on the way home. Today was fun; there were a couple of fast guys just ahead of me, and I almost caught them at the edge of the difficult bit, but then I went slightly the wrong way and they stretched ahead again.” By Bruce


HpH Sailplanes UK
AND THEN THERE WERE THREE… Evening of 25th July with a very strong wind blowing, Jaroslav Potmesil, owner of HPH sailplanes took the TwinShark on a short maiden flight. A huge thanks to the team who beat the odds to make this happen. The Twinshark is now the third and latest 20m flapped sailplane to market.

As shared by HpH Sailplanes Uk.


49th KLIPPENECK competion in GERMANY

Between July 29 and August 5 , 83 participants are flying in 5 classes for the highest honors  .
On day 1 the pilots got IN THE AIR the B task so change of instruments and mindset.
So also there not the best conditions and a struggle for tasksetters to “work around the thunderstorms”.
2 Days of reasonable short tasks  around 200 km. and 1.30 AAT’ s and 2 days of no- flying in 4 classes,
Only Standard flew yesterday ,  so “only” 17 pilots in the air and nobody finished.
The set task was 171 km. and the best pilot flew 119 km. Tough day in the office!!!!


C [oppa] I[nternational] del Mediterranio]  in Rieti in Italy
August 1-12

Aero club di Rieti ” Alberto Bianchetti”.
As shared by the organizers.

Aldo , my Gliding International colleague, from Italy is the CD from the CIM in Rieti; His message ;
I’m directing the CIM in Rieti. Astonishing weather! 167.3 km/h in the Open Class…I envy them!” 
They started yesterday,….38 competitors in 3 classes. I visited the CIM several times, great fun, STRONG competition!!!!

Day 1 in 18 m. was a prey for Leigh Wells from the UK and Dane Dickinson from NZ. Both 1000 points for 154.94 km./h and 154.97.
In open Alvaro was the best in his ASH 31 MI; 167.28 km./h. WOW!!!!903 points. He was followed by pilots who fly there every year, as Alberto [Sironi 163 km./h] Peter Hartmann [ 161 km./h.] , Bruno Gantenbrink [159 km./h.]
In the mixed class the best speed was 157 km./h. in an ARCUS.
You can visit the next site to follow this competition. Scores on   AND


To finish some sad news.
One of our longtime friends and guests at Sportavia and a special friend to me, Maria Boettcher from Muenich,  has died of cancer on July 26 at age 81. She was one of those people who impressed others by how she looked, reacted and with her wisdom and interest, specially in soaring.
Her husband Dieter, who lives since nearly 2 years, in a house for people with dementia, survives her.
The manana tree at SPORTAVIA, was already sad , now it will NOT be used anymore.
My good friend Margie from Tocumwal, who was one of the Sportavia owners before us and who knew her well too mentioned ;
“I will remember Maria as a happy, friendly person who was still knitting woolen socks when it was 37 deg.”

A pretty recent picture which Maria send to me a few weeks ago.

RIP Maria.


July 26, 2017

Post 991 !!!! ECG in Moravská Třebová, Czech Republic ! Ostrow glide 2017….DG -news…..Malden…

Filed under: Uncategorized — ritz @ 5:01 pm

19th FAI European Gliding Championships

  Moravská Třebová, Czech Republic.

The small ships ,- non flap ships-, were ready on July 19 for a few practice days and a great European soaring-get -together between July 23 and August 4 , if necessary August 5.
All 79 pilots flying in 3 classes were ready as well. I followed them on their trip by car to this place with the difficult name, travelling from all countries in Europe to this by the FAI selected place I never heard from . NOW I know…we all do!!!
The Chief steward is from Belgium, Patrick Pauwels and the president of the jury from Germany; Peter Ryder.


Practice-day ….as shared by my Belgium friends.

The  practice day was a good one, not only because the 2 Dutch pilots Tim[former JWGC champion] and Frank [they followed a great “street”] won the day with speed of 124 km. and 118 km./h. over 314 and 307 km. in club class.
A 2.30 AAT was set and the 2 Italian pilots Ricardo and Davide followed with a speed of 115 km./h.
S a nice speed for the 4 St. Cirrus gliders.
Standard had the same task and,…ALSO THERE a Dutch winner Sjaak. He flew 356 km. with a huge speed of 141.75 km./h. in his Discus 2A.
Great start for the Dutch pilots.


The happy Dutch team and the 4 pilots in the car; upfront Tim and Sjaak, on the back seat Robbie and shared by them.

The 2-Seaters had the same task and team Cronjaeger [ Switzerland] was the best on this very first official practice day; 361 km. with a speed of 139.39 km./h.
The 2d practice day was cancelled but free flights were possible as long as everybody took care of the thunderstorms.
The opening of the 19th EGC by Peter Ryder, was in a ” chateau/castle from Moravska Trebova.”


Opening in front of the castle with several teams and as the pictures were shared by the French ….Eric Napoleon with his team.


Team Belgium……Norway and ……….Sweden.
As shared by team Belgium and from Sweden Per Carlin.


Team Germany and Team UK.

Hope thunderstorms like this one on July 20 and  shared by team UK will not return. Pretty spectacular though and a great picture!!!!

Those of us propping up the Aeroklub’s bar this evening were treated to a pretty exceptional light show. Certainly beats a bit of British drizzle.”

SUNDAY…July 23…day 1…no task;
Any hope for NO thunderstorms was in vain!!! They passed by, left right and center as forecasted , so it was mainly “waiting”  on day 1, IF there would be a window to fly in each class. A 2 hour AAT was set as A task , but the 1.30 AAT as B task was the one to fly after delaying and delaying [between 13.00 and 14.30] .
 We are observing development of thunderstorm in vicinity. Be prepared for glider removal from the grid.”
I know that in the Eastern countries they ONLY cancel a day when NOTHING is possible. That happened on day 1 ,so the day was cancelled after a long wait.

Day- 1- weather.As shared by the French.

MONDAY…July 24,…day 2…no taskcancelled due to the weather conditions“. AND,……”For tomorrow there is a small  window for  flying ……..maybe

TUESDAY…July 25,.…day 3..TASK 1; 1.30 AAT’s in all classes. CANCELLED!!!


Tuesday’ s Weather in the morning as shared by team Belgium and the water-filling-system at the site of the field shared by Team UK.

After a “huge”  amount of rain, they started with an early [ 9.30] and a later briefing [12.00] in the hope for a window to fly in .
ONE REALLY GOOD MESSAGE from the meteo,…there will be no more rain!!!
Gliders were on the grid and full of water , now IN the wings, not ON.
They postponed till 15.00, the sniffer reached 750 m. and that was that… flying.

WEDNESDAY …July 26…day 4…task 1;
Latest news: Good morning, Do not make grid yet. Briefing at 10:00LT in hangar I.”
Today….. let’s hope they can fly…. More next week.


Ostrów Glide 2017 – July – PreWGC

The first days I wrote down in my last blog. The Aussies did well in 15 m. class.
Did Dylan win 2 days,  Adam and Butch won task 4 , a set 535 km. … and both got the 1000 points. Poor Dylan missed out, though the Aussies started together, Dylan somewhere lost the “connection” and landed after 255 km.; 346 points!!!
Task 5 on July 19 ; a small  1.30 AAT showed 3 Aussies in the top; Adam. Butch and Dylan… The Ventus 2A borrowed from Thomas Gostner seems a real good one for Adam.
4 From the 7 in this class finished.

In club…..another Aussie-daily-win, well known Alan Barnes, who flew during the 1.30 AAT a distance of 123.91 km. in time 1.42 in an LS 1f.
17 from 26 finished.
NO FLYING on July 20 and 21.
The last possible flying day on July 22 looks like this in the early morning. FOG……As shared by Adam.

Adam is ready to go, so is Dylan, the weather still hesitated.

No flying anymore…..; So in open class;
1. Adam Woolley [Australia] with 3.577 points in Ventus 2A. His first European WIN !!!! Well done!
2. Piotr Jarysz [Poland] with 3.461 points in LS 6.
3. John Buchanan [Australia] with 3.446 points in Ventus 2CXT
4. Daryl Lampard [Australia] with 2.909 points in Discus 2A. He flew HC and only a few days on his way to the JWGC.

In club;
1. Piotr Jarysz [Poland]with 3.613 points in Libelle.
2. Jedrzej Skłodowski [Poland]with 3.513 points in St. Jantar.
3. Marek Sawczuk [Poland] with 3.357 points in St. Jantar.

Kiwi’s and Aussies in Poland with winner Adam in the middle surrounded by Allan and Daryl[l] and Butch [r]
Nick [Oakley] and Alex [Mc Caw] from NZ on the l and r.
They are both on their way to Pocuinai for the JWGC.


42nd Polish Open Class Nationals

Ostrów Wielkopolski Michałków, Poland,
13 July 2017 – 23 July 2017

This competition ran parallel with  the Ostrow Glide 2017.As always a very strong competition in this Polish open class.
19 Pilots were competing to be the open class winner 2017.Not one REAL open class glider as EB , Nimbus or ASH 25.
They flew 5 out of 9 days , as the last 2 days had to be cancelled.
So winners/champions  in open class;
1. Karol Staryszak [ASG 29 E/18m.] with 3.940 points only 33 points more than
2. Zdzisław Bednarczuk [ASG 29 E/18m.] with 3.907
3. Lucasz Wojcik [JS-1CTJ 21m ] with 3.766 points.



LS1-f neo Winglets and Fuselage-Wing Transition Certification Completed!!!

July 18 2017-NEWS:
Our brand new LS1-f neo Winglets and the new fuselage-wing transition are officially certified now! This week we received approval for TN63. We’d like to say “thank you very much!” to all our customers who supported this project by placing an option! All pilots are very happy with their winglets and we are sure that we will hear a lot about the LS1-f neo during the next club class competitions.”

Very interesting concept!!!! Great news!…/dg-…/ls1-winglets-tm63/14675



I knew that August  is a great month for soaring in Fuente but this year July is very good as well with several 1000 km-flights, one even on July 20 from 1.210 km. by Guy Bechtold from Luxembourg.
This was a 1000 FAI triangle as well,  flown in his Quintus M.
Nearly all guests are from Germany, but a few also from Switzerland , Holland , Belgium or France and of course some Spanish pilots.


16 July 2017 – 22 July 2017

The fabulous 2-stor[e]y-new hangar at Malden and the great skies behind it, still at 6 PM.

Visited Malden last Friday. Summercomps were in progress over there. Not too many days due to rain , but when I visited the weather was gorgeous, clouds everywhere and 401 km. for mixed open class and 348 for club.
As it was the last day of the NIJMEEGSE VIERDAAGSE ,a walking tour from 4 days with 43.000 participants from all over the world, it was difficult to reach the field, but we managed.
Though some pilots had difficulties to stay up , others left on track at 1500 m. on this 2d flying day.
All 16 pilots finished in open class and the president of the Malden Aeroclub, who just bought Peter Batenburg’s Nimbus 4T ,won the day and the 1000 points.He was 53 minutes faster than the runner up.
Mind you there is quite a difference between an Nimbus 4T and an LS 3 a. Handicaps are not always “fair” .[118/98]
In club 9 from 10 finished and the 1000 points were for one of the son’s from longtime soaring mates,  Martijn Alders in his beautiful polished St Cirrus with winglets.

Martijn in his nice glider, winning day 2. He shared the picture from Jeroen Verhulst.


The balcony on the 2d floor of the hangar,…part of the camping area in the woods and ……the beautiful winch from the NIJAC.

DAY 3.
There was hope for a day 3 to make it a valid competition and,…..indeed,……hey found a small window to fly in. Early local thunderstorms were predicted, but a 135 km. task for the mixed open and 102 for club seemed possible.
Not all finished but there were winners and a score to make it a valid competition.
In club, 9 started on the last day and 7 finished.
Overall winner; Martijn Alders [1.720] and runner up Anne Hoekstra [Ls 4] who moved from 4 to 2 overall.
In the mixed open a clear winner, as he won the day again in his Nimbus 4T; Johan Hamelink [2.092 points] In this class 9 from 15 finished.
THANK YOU to Joris ,member from the club ,who so kind to check my laptop!!!!


After the flight, totally blue; cleaning and talking ABOUT the flight.


First before I finish , another great flight from Gilles Navas yesterday, he IS in the mood!!!!He flew from Vinon in 14 hours and 23 minutes over the mountains in wave over 5000 m. sometimes nearly 6000 m.[5950 MSL/4424 AGL]  a distance of 1.526 km. with a speed of 105 km./h. in an 18 m. ASG 29E. WOW ….WOW.
And from Fayence Baptiste Innocent flew in the ARCUS M. 1.362 km.

CU next week with…..
The EGC continues and the JWGC, with 39 participants in club and 33 in St class,  is about to begin on July 27  [tomorrow  with official practice days, first flights on July 30-August 12] ,so enough to keep an eye on and for you to read.
On August 1 the US OPEN NATIONALS start in Uvalde Texas with 37 pilots , 2 from Australia,  Brad Edwards, who won  the 1991 version there and Bruce Taylor and 2 from Canada Jerzy Szemplinski and Dave Springford.

The Pocuinai airfield where it will all happen for our juniors from the world.
Picture shared by team UK.

Cheers Ritz

July 19, 2017

Post 990 !!10 to go,..with the final days of the 13.5 WGC and the Nationals in Germany….and in France.

Filed under: Uncategorized — ritz @ 11:51 pm
After some pretty good and some pretty bad days,… too dry and hot… or…..too wet and cold ….last week was mainly WET. Several comps just could not set tasks. A pity.
BUT,….the ARBOGA OPEN between July 1 and 8 had good weather with 6 out of 8 days and 20 pilots in Club class and Per Carlin [LS 1f] as winner.
In 18 m. Boerje Erikkson, as I told you already,  in his Ventus 3 was the clear winner with 400 points ahead of the runner up Peter Cutting [15 participants] and the DUO DISCUS LT was the best from the 7 teams in 20 m. class.
AND …the weather was ALSO good enough for a new FRENCH record over an out and return in France on JULY 14
As shared by the French NAC.
JULY 14 was a fabulous day for Gilles Navas who “walks around in gliding as long as I do”.
Gilles flew an out and return from Vinon to Buno-Bonnevaux; OLC distance 1.242.7 km. WOW.
A new O & R French record over 1.149 km.!!!!
Szatymaz, Hungary – Jun 29 – Jul 16, 2017
After one rest day and every day a task we continue with
Day 10…task 9 ;a 2.30 AAT for the boy’s.Sebastian K was the only one who flew with a speed over 100 km.262.84 km. in time 2.31.
After the winning impact from the day before Tony out-landed so no more glory for him but he had his share!!!
The 2 German pilots Uli and Florian , flying together, followed and started 5 minutes  BEFORE Sebastian.
Day 11 …task 10; It’s getting boring but Mr Kawa won again, this time followed by 2 strong Italian pilots Stefano and Thomas.
Another “off-day” for Tony, he was pleased with the day ;”Post Cold Front weather today in Hungary. Strong NW Wind. My favorite soaring weather!”
But…..” Motor got me home. Going into the wind with clouds was fun. Without clouds…not so fun. Missed the climb under the lead gaggle on their way out and the rest was pretty predictable.”
Day 12…….July 14...big day in France not in Hungary as they cancelled the day so some “quality -time-off ” to spend and look around. Hungary is beautiful. First scrubbed day!!!Pretty special.
Day 13 …task 11 and LAST DAY;
Could they fly or not?? A 2 hour AAT was set, as a last day should finish this great weather series in Hungary. Thunderstorms were forecasted and the USA team mentioned during the flight :
First line of thunderstorms is passing through Szatymaz. François appears to be going north and Tony south as they both transition to the second turnpoint.”
Sebastian K. only got 178 points due to an airspace violation, the rest flew between 62 and 168 km. and got between 183 and 550 points.
SO A VALID DAY!!!! Excitement enough!!!
Vladas won the day with Thomas as runner up.Tony motored home “Had a fun run on the upwind side of.line of rain. Got sandwiched between rain and the Border. Motored home. Contest finished!”
So what would be the final score!!??
Sebastian won with 3 points over Uli!!!!!8070 and 8067. Sebastian Riera was 3d with 7649 points.
The champions as shared by Team Argentina!
The dinner was in the Hilton on the last flying day and the prize giving on Sunday morning.
Hope they sort out the problems around the gliders as it would be a pity that this 13.5 m. has to stop. More pilots should enter to make it a real BIG FAI event!!!
IGC and FAI …work to do……..Pavullo in 2019, hopefully for a lot more pilots!!!
Stendal;  Nationals in 15 m. 18 m. and open class.
The tug’s as shared by Segelflug-DM Stendal
and the always important HELPERS.

So on Wednesday the 12th, all classes were cancelled again,..but their was HOPE for the last couple of days.

These German Nationals started in hosanna-mood with 5 good days,..then it was over only 1 small open-class-AAT, and 4 scrubbed days.
BUT, it improved, was Wednesday still “soupe” , Thursday was  better!!!
July 13 in 15 m.;
B task with 358 km. after enough “rest” and off they went for day 6. Young Alexander Spaeth raced to a daily victory and 1000 points in his Ventus 2A. Other young pilots as Sebastian Bauder and Jan Omsels finished  2 AND 3 at 100- km./h. whilst Alexander flew 104 km./h.
These 3 pilots form the top of the overall scores:Jan 4204….Sebastian 4203!!!!!!!!! and Alexander with 4178. The other pilots are in the 3000 marks best 3999.
Day 6 in 18 m.; B task with 353 km and a new face on the block for the 1000 points;Thomasz Dul in ASG 29E and good olf Claus Triebel was runner up 116 and 115 km./h.
Overall it is still Mario, Matthias and Claus in the 4000 range .
Day 7 in open class; B task from 359 km. and this day Holger Karow was the best with 116 km./h.Stefan Beck had 113 and Pierre  112 km./h. Then Michael and Bruno.
Only Friday and Saturday to go,BUT  as Saturday was the reserve day and they did not need that day,… there was only ONE day left.
Friday will be bad here with predicted hail and thunderstorms , don’t know about the weather in Stendal. … not that far from Holland.
Saturday should be good again for soaring and then for a longer period, but…..????……after the comps.
No flying weather here but they flew THERE!!!!
15 m. 2 hour AAT; Freddy Hein got the last 600 points for the day with 236 km. in time 1.57 and with that he stayed on a good spot 4. Also 600 points for Julian Mihm in the ASW 27.
WINNER and German CHAMPION ;Alexander Spaeth in the Ventus 2A. [4772] Not far behind Jan Omsels in the Discus 2A [4766] . And in the Ventus 2A , Sebastian Bauder finished on spot 3 overall [4753] pretty close all ,… strong competitors!!!
18 m; 2 hour AAT. Mario Kiessling won the last day AND the comps in his Ventus 3; 260 km. in time 2.04.
CLEAR winner and German CHAMPION;4955. Runner up Matthias Sturm with 4664 and Claus Triebel stayed on spot 3 with 4639.
Great to see that one of our “Tocumwal -kilometer -eaters” Jan Umlauf was 3d for the day.
open; 2 hour AAT; Klaus Kalmbach in the Nimbus 4M won the last day with 254 km. in time 1.59 and as Michael was runner up it was pretty clear he would be the German open class champion. 5472 points. Runner up;Felipe Levin with 5276 and 3d..Markus Frank with 4830.
Pictures shared by Segelflug-DM Stendal.
 I am sure they ALL had the best time at the final party and prize giving.
 Club class Nationals in Issoudun.
8 July 2017 – 15 July 2017
With 45 pilots including members of the UK Junior Squad [HC] , they started on July 8 with a 2 hour AAT. Straight away the UK juniors showed their class as Tom Arscott in the St Cirrus [161 km. in time 2.07] ] and Jake Brattle in the DG 101 G elan [158] won the day after starting [15.02]and finishing together; 525 and 514 points.
Mind you Tom is the current JWGC champion and ready to go to the next JWGC in 2 weeks in Pocuinai in Lithuania.
Mind you quite some “stars” in this class looking at names as Brian Spreckley, Eric Soubrier , Nicolas Henry and Shaun Lapworth.
The next 2 days had to be cancelled due to the weather but on July 11 they had a task again number 2 ; 3 hour AAT. The UK winners from day 1 started at the same time as day 1 but this time others were better. Only 11 finished so a great job from Stephan Houdier who won the day in an LS 4 with 223 km. in time 3.20.
The comps finish on the 15th so only 2 days to go and just 3 flying days in France where we in the past flew EVERY day at the
Huit Jour d’ Angers , though writing this we had one very bad year too. The meteo-guy arrived for the briefing in a diving suit!!!
There was indeed a day 3 on July 13. A small task of 123 km. and Freddy Barthelemy won the 385 daily points in his Libelle. Only 3 from 45 did not finish.
UK junior Tom , flying HC, was 15th but still good enough for spot 1 overall, though …” THE FRENCH in a Pegase each, ARE ON HIS HEELS.”
336 km on their most important day,…Quatorze  Julliet!
In the official top 5 , 5 French pilots . When you include the HC pilots there are 4 UK pilots between the 5.
Pierre Roumet [St Libelle] won the day and the 1000 points so indeed a French pilot on the most important French day on the highest spot as in the Tour de France!!! But not only on spot for the day also on spot 1 overall as he moved from 3 to 1. Of course Tom still leads with 2264 points but he can’t be the French Champion, so a great day for Pierre.[2.183]  UK pilots Jake ,Brian, Tom and Shaun were as said in the daily top 6 as well.
LAST DAY IN ISSOUDUN; No doubt that the UK pilots ,certainly the juniors did a great job in this very high quality French National Championship.
199 km. was set and as Pierre was runner up it was pretty quick clear who will be the new French Club class CHAMPION; Pierre Roumet in the St. Libelle; 2.911 points. Tom held his spot only just …..he had a few points more in the end;2.933.
Only one pilot outlanded on the last day so a good task.
In the past HC pilots were not called on the podium , GREAT to see that this has changed.
As shared by the British Gliding Team.With Tom and Jake [HC 3d place] and the French champion Pierre.
OSTROW GLIDE. ……………..The Pre WGC.
Ostrów Wielkopolski Michałków, Poland
13 July 2017 – 23 July 2017
They were lucky with the weather and started after the “low’s ” had left!!! Between all European pilots also 3 Aussie pilots in the  15 m. Dylan [Lampard] and Adam and Butch. 2 Young and one “older” pilot.
During the JWGC in Narromine Dylan was often the right hand from  Matthew [Scutter] who won the JWGC. Now he is doing extremely well in Poland as he won already 2 days!!!
And not such so-so-days,….. no also over 300 km. tasks.
They started straight with a  “high pressure-system” ,which made all happy; first a small 1.45 AAT , then 451 km and 334.
Rest day on July 17. At 3 that day , as predicted the weather IMPROVED !!!
More next week.
CU next week with more competition AND other news….Including the EGC for “small”  ships.
cheers Ritz

July 12, 2017

Post 989! With the 13.5 m. WGC,…German Nationals…Austrian and Czech Nationals.

Filed under: Uncategorized — ritz @ 7:34 pm

It remains special,… not so much anymore as in the past but still,…the 1000 km. , certainly the first one.
Not only ELY had several over-1000 km.-flights last week, but also Europe was at some places AS GOOD,on July 6, with at least 5 x a 1000- plus in an 18m. Ventus 2CM , an ARCUS T ,ASW 22 BL and Antares 20 ,flown in Germany and in Switzerland from Bex in an ASH 31/21 m..
Gilles Navas just missed out from Vinon in France, [he has many already];999.31 in an 18 m. ASG 29 E. And 950 in a Discus 2  is worthwhile mentioning too.
On July 5 Germany had already a 1000 in a Duo Discus X from Scheuen Celle [NW of Braunschweig] .

France …Paris.. had 50 mm. of rain last Sunday,…that’s a lot!! So the weather changes from very good and hot to very ” heavy”, cool and wet with severe storms.”They” say we have to live with it, so we do.
We expect here this morning 50 mm. only in the morning, it seems they are correct.


2d WGC 13.5 m. in Hungary!
Szatymaz,    Jun 29 – Jul 16, 2017

Got a mail from Tony who flies the 13.5 m. -WGC for the 2d time and I know how much he loves participating. He had a minute
Even though the scoresheet says so, Florian is not flying with FES. All the MiniLAK’s here are flying as pure gliders. Couldn’t fit the FES and a pilot in and stay under 35kg/m^2!”
So we are even better up to date!!!


Serious flying and serious fun after and great clouds during launching.
As shared by Tony, who had a great day and felt like a “happy chappie:
“Had a great time running with Sebastian Kawa,Sebas Riera, Uli Schwenk , and Florian on the second leg today. And the pool here is really nice for cooling off at the end of the day.”
Picture 3 shared by Sebastian K.

They postponed the first launch from 11.45 to 12.15 to have the best circumstances for the day.
Day 3; 331 km
No Sebastian’s on spot 1 this day , OK,… Sebastian K. shared spot 1 …BUT good old ULI with his big smile!!!
Yes, the Seb’s were  1 and 3 , but great job from Uli!!! 115 km./h ., so 952 points for both Uli [115.06 km./h.]and Sebastian K. [115.02km./h.] and Sebastian R. had 949 points. All very close as Thomas, Florian and Stefano had 934 [2x] and 931 points. And with 930 points Ukraine pilot Vladas had a good day too.
After 3 days the overall scores are interesting as well.
Sebastian K. with 2488 points, Uli with 2416 and Sebastian R. with 2408.

Sebastian and his dad Tomasz
as shared by Bacskai Vera.

Day 4;a 3 hour AAT and,…he did it again… Uli won the day and “received” gracious the 1000 points. Uli flew 300 km. the ONLY one just over 300k. [97.12 km./h.]Good on him.
Sebastian K was runner up with 292 km [93.94 km./h.]and after 4 days still leads the pact BUT,…only with 7 points!!!!
Thomas was 3d.
Tony had a good run and was 11th; “Had trouble lining up climbs today. Seemed like every leg was crosswind. And then of course just when you need that last good climb for final glide the day starts dying. Oh well tomorrow is another day“so…

Day 5; a set task from 197.78 km.

As shared by Tony who was on spot 1 on the grid.

Day 5 was DIFFICULT. According to Sebastian” typical Hungarian weather that I was afraid of. Blue and stable. Than very fast overcast .”
And US soaring team mentioned:”Today we have a short 200 km racing task due to expected precipitation and thunderstorms developing around 4pm. First launch is scheduled noon local.”
9 Finished ,…a few pretty low . A winner ,…for the day….yes Sebastian and he was the only one who “hit”  the 100 km./h. Thomas and Stefano were the next best with 88 km./h.
They fly ” the Italian VersUs, which are Diana 2s modified for 13.5m and 15m tips, as well as self-launching FES. These guys litterally fly away from us, with glide ratio about 20% better than ours at cruising speeds also about 15-20% higher than us. We rarely see them for more than a thermal or two.…” as by US Soaring teams.
Finished at 70kph. Thrilling final glide!” was the comment from Tony who started at the same time,  but finished a bit later than Francois who just made it in . Guess Tony “found” some extra height before landing.  3 Points difference between them,..what the heck!!
Tony’s story:”Well, we started early and prayed for rain. And the storms didn’t come. They still haven’t come in fact. Was a challenging day for us with thin cu on the first leg that got us split up, then the first turnpoint was in a hole which featured both of us getting really low. Second leg was a nice line of clouds with one really good climb and another one or two weak climbs. That didn’t quite get us final glide though and the second turn point was, you guessed it, in a hole. Francois finished a little low and I just squeaked in above minimum height thanks to a thousand birds soaring along the edge of the lakes on the arrival. Onward!”
A few just missed out in between 1 and 5 km.!!!

Day 6 and TASK 6 , great average AND…. WHAT A TASK!!! Speed task of 499 km. so a 500!!!!
Great weather…OR,…. mind you these guy’s do not have an EB 29 but a good  and high-quality -13.5 m. wing-glider, mostly with an engine , they can’t use, because of the FAI weight rules!!!
So I was anxious to see if there would be pilots finishing.And,…they were in the end less happy with the day. Some who had the FES and the correct weight ,put it on to bring them  home as there was RAIN ‘on the track which was NOT forecasted.
Washed out of the sky by a line of showers on a day with 0% forecast precip..
So a bit of a shock to the system, but some pilots still reached nearly 400 km. And whilst waiting at 8, I had good hope that MAYBE there would be finishers. There were NOT,as I noticed the next day.
Uli and Sebastian R. flew 391 km. for 1000 points each.Good!!But most had to be picked up from a field .The Silent pilots cruised home “under steam” and had their dinner in time.
Tony’s OLC comment;
” The day was going really good for the first two turnpoints. We did a nice job on the first leg and managed to get in and out of the first turn without much trouble. Then got an awesome climb and a nice run along a street towards TP2. 

Found Florian and Kawa at the second turn and tagged along with them as long as I could hang on. Approach shadow from line of rain messed up the rest. I just wasn’t willing to take the size of deviation required to get out ahead of it. Then I was too low to get out ahead of it. 

Started the motor and quickly was in a great thermal that got me plenty high to fly home as I bounced through lift all over the place! Have never been so mad about finding a thermal!”

Daily winners…

with Sebastian R on spot 1 and Uli and Florian to the l and r.

Day 7; NO …not a rest-day after 6 days of flying, they continued with a 3 hour AAT, later changed into 2.30.AND,…a new face on the daily number 1 spot;Vladas Motuza who flew his mini-LAK over 246 km. in time 2.28 for 800 points.
Stefano followed with 245 in time 2.29. And Sebastian with 239 km. in 2,30 at the dot.

After 7 days of flying Sebastian Kawa still leads with 5.687 points followed by Uli with 5.603 and Vladas with 5.341.
Monday is a well deserved rest-day!!!

So the new and last week started for the pilots on Tuesday at 10 with the briefing and yesterday….a set task number 8 was handed out from 296.66 km.
The  weather .”Moderate West wind, good cu, streeting, and potential late over-development are all expected.” It turned out MORE wind and less lift and,…NO FINISHERS but 752 points for Tony who won the day with a distance of 218.41 km,. GOOD ON HIM. Sebastian just ,missed out on “nothing” 218.31…10 meters!!!” I made it 18 mud steps further than the great Sebastian Kawa“.
Congratulations I know how much this means for Tony who is very down -to -earth.
Here is his OLC comment

13.5m WGC Day 8. Difficult start with hardly any lift near the start line. Worked some clouds to TP1 and on the way out. Then it got blue and progressively weaker and weaker. Good team work and a few other gliders around helped us keep moving. Limped into the turnpoint and found one last weak climb. Watched Uli land out and then floated it as far as I could.

Ended up, by pure luck, going 100 meters further than Sebastian Kawa to win the day! Wahoo!”

A tribute to Tony as he deserves it!!


As shared by US soaring teams.

Tony is supported by many and at every big competition he shows his gratitude!!


Private sponsoring and by business as Paul Remde’s Cumulus Soaring.

TODAY….Day 10…Task 9; 2.30 AAT. “25-40mm of rain overnight, late start expected. First launch not scheduled until 12:45.


Nationals for 15 m., 18m.,and open class

As shared by the organizers

The weather did not really improve here  , so small tasks,but still  happy pilots and Arne Boye Moeller ,who arrived for a few days crewing for Katrin [Senne].


Does n’t look too bad !!!! And with Arne and Arnaud……….Stendal not too big as seen by Michael Eisele.
As shared by Katrin.

Day 2 ;
15 m
; 147 km.
Won by Tilo Holighaus in his Ventus 2AX. [ 81.5 km./h.] 26 from 35 finished.Bad day for Kai [Lindenberg] ; only 69 km.
18 m.;182 km.
Won by Mario [Kiessling] in the Ventus 3T.[110.59 km./h.] The “girls” did well with Stefanie [Muhl[ on spot 3 and Katrein on spot 4.
open ;187.6 km.
Markus Frank in his EB 29 flew around with a speed of 110 km./h and with such a speed in such a machine you know that it was difficult.All 31 pilots finished but the last spot for an ASH 25 with 73 km./h says enough as well.
Michael [Sommer] was runner up, Bruno on spot 9 and Holger Karow on spot 16 with the THE Broquevilles on 21.

Day 2 in 18 m. class
As shared by Segelflug- DM Stendal.

Day 3;
Finally GOOD weather!

As shared by Arnaud with the words:”Very nice day @ Stendal...”

15 m.: A 3.30 AAT gives lot’s of possibilities for the pilots and ,…they used them. 1000 Points for 411 km. in a Ventus B in time 3.46. for Henrik Bieler.
18 m.: A 3.30 AAT as well and good runs by the “young dog’s” and one “old” Fox. Mario won the day with 425.6 km. in time 327.48 in his Ventus 3 and collected the 1000 points.Matthias was runner up with 944 points and good old Reinhard Schramme was 4th in the Ventus with 935 points.
open class; The The Broquevilles loved their day, did not win, but finished on a good spot 6.
Michael won again and flew 528.5 km. during a 4 hour AAT in time 4.12.
4 EB 29’s in the top 4.

Michael, vice- world champion and number 1 at this stage in Stendal, interviewed by the MDR.
As shared by the organizers.

Day 4;

15 m.; 2.30 AAT....2 Pilots at spot 1 for the day and,…at 1 and 3 overall.Sebastian Bauder [Ventus 2] and Jan Omsels [Discus 2 A]both 800 daily points and a total of 2974 and 2967. In between is Michael Pfennig[799 points for the day] with a total of 2968…..The 3 of them fly together and it seems it get’s the best out of them; 251 km. for the boy’s in time 2.22.
So excitement enough and still a few days to go to follow them all, as it seems they are not totally satisfied with the flight,…the 2d “leg”  could be better.
18 m.; 2 hour AAT….. a short day for the pilots after the long day and because of the weather. Mario was 3d, Matthias 7th and Sikko 9th BUT,….Andreas Kessler won the day in the ASG 29e; 242 km. in time 2 hours at the dot!! Claus Triebel was runner up.
open; 2 hour AAT….696 points for the daily winner…. Michael!!!!251 km. in time 2.14. He won 3 from the 4 days already.
Also  nice to see was that the runner up, was Kornelius Volociuk, [ASW 22 BLE] who I met years and years ago and it’s not him but the car and the “ornament ” on the nose I still remember.
Young Felipe Levin is climbing on the overall scores to spot 2 and the first 9 gliders are all EB 29’s, so it seems you need such a very expensive, but gorgeous toy, to win.
Oliver Binder from EB is on spot 4 behind Markus Frank.

The Nimeta YY from Bruno, …..a lot of cleaning….
As shared by the organizers.

Day 5; Briefing first,….. not one but even 2. The weather in the end turned out better than expected, so they could start day 5 out of 5 with a smaller task and the first launch at 2 PM!!! When you look at the weather it’s all understandable.


Meteo forecast………..Briefing with lot’s of pilots ……………and the weather when they were launching.

As shared by the organizers.

15 m; 138 km…..and a big “bunch”  of pilots started at 15.58,…so did Katrin and she shared spot 1 for the day. Good on her.327 points for her and Thomas Wettemann and the rest had just a few less.
18 m; 216 km…. started first and they shared it with a live video.NICE!!! Matthias was the best and not a real good day for Mario, [19] Matthias had 630 points, Mario 543, not a lot of points to win or loose.
The overall-difference between is less now though,  Mario still leads with 3376 and Matthias has 3236.
35 From 41 finished!
open ; 197 km… Felipe and Michael flew together and both shared spot 1 for the day.  Only Alexander was “out” a pity as there were only 172 points for him!!BUT,…the toppers “only” shared 483 points ,so no worries.
In the evening a real shower passed by but most were ” home”then.

Day 6 out of 6 in Stendal; with a sunny morning and task’s ,but it all rather started late and B tasks popped up. First start at 2 but 1.5 and 2 hour AAT’s.

As shared by the organizers

In the end the day was cancelled. A bit of rest will do them all good.

A new week and a new day and as the day was cancelled some nice pictures from day 4 by Philipp Stern shared by the organizers.


Tuesday July 11 ; the weather did not improve yet , in fact it was “raining cat’s and dogs”.A small C task was set for open class ONLY;1.30 AAT.
There were winners!! 2x Nimbus 4 M not EB’s they were on spot 3-4-and 5 with Michael, Felipe and Alexander followed by Bruno in the NimetaX.

RAIN today there,  as here in Holland, lot’s of rain!!!!


Czech Nationals….finished with still  6/7 days out of 12!….
25 June 2017 – 7 July 2017

RACE 9; 3 hour , 3.15 and 3.30 AAT’s were set.And flown by most!!!!
Club; Flying day 5 with 317 the best distance in this class and 1000 points for Jaroslav Tomana in the St. Cirrus.
5x A St. Cirrus in the top 5.
Mixed 15m.;Flying day 6 with 397 km. in this class by David Mach and for him 1000 points as well and 4x LS 8 in the top 4!
Mixed open; Flying day 6 with 443 km. by Polish pilot Zdislaw in the ASG 29. Roman [Mracek] was a good runner up with 995 points.

Race 10; 3 hour AAT’s in all classes to define the champions as it turned out that July 7 the real last day had” have overcast, windy and rainy morning as usually during this competition. The weather is influenced by passing cold front.” So pretty unstable and complicated. They tried however…In the end race 10 was the last one.
Club; flying day number 6 and Jaroslav won again this time 1000 points and …..he won the comps as well in hist St. Cirrus.
4. 209 for him . Runner up Ivan had 4.045 points same glider and Petr Stepanek in the ASW 19 B was 3d.[3.946.]
mixed 15 m; flying day 7 and 376 km was flown and won by 2 Jan’s; Jan Boruvka [Ventus c/15m. ] and Jan Horak as runner up in the ASW 20 A WL flew 303 km. Not enough to win the comps as Miloslav Cink won, good on him;5.256 points . Pavel was runner up and Radek Krejcirik number 3.
Mixed open ;good day for Roman who won the day with 382 km in time 3.02, and moved overall from 5 to 4. The same  jump for Petr Krejcirik from 4 to 3 and Lucasz Wojcik [5683] and Petr Tygy [5262] remained on  spot 1 and 2 for a long time and also on the last day.
My Aussie friends Adam and Butch finished on 9 and 10 overall and my Dutch mate Steven on 11.Here is Adam;
That’s that, the CZ Open Class Nationals are now done & dusted. John & I got everything we wanted out of it, team flying experience which we can’t get (in AUS it’s called cheating 😢), plus local knowledge gained from the site & weather.

Much learned as one would expect, one poor day for John & two for me – which finalised us in 9th & 10th. Thanks naturally to the great organisation, John & I both thoroughly enjoyed ourselves – also to our crew, Marek!

Tomorrow we start our journey for the POL pre-worlds where we’ll both compete in 15m V2’s :

Over and done with. The good weather starts!
As shared by Adam.


Austrian Nationals
30 June 2017 – 8 July 2017

NO flying on day 1 for all 4 classes ,but flying-day 1 started on day 2.
18 pilots in 18 m. and the first day was for Reinhard Haggenmueller [ASG 29/18m.] just ahead of Wolfgang Janowitsch.[Ventus 3T]  A 2 hour AAT and 589 and 587 points .
No day 2 and no day 3,… Flying day 2 started again  BUT only for open and 18 m. with Guido Achleitner and Andy Lutz as winners for 264 and 585 points.
BUT THEN,…. the good soaring weather arrived on July 5!!!And,…the 1000 points!!!
No AAT’s but nice longer tasks;444.67 km. for ALL classes!!!
Best speed in 15 m. ;112.16 km./h. over 444.67 km. in an ASW 20 C.
Best speed in 18 m. ;120 .25 km.h. nearly a class apart by Wolfgang in his Ventus 3T. Next best; 111.79 km./h.
Best speed in St. class; 100 km./h in an Discus 2 b, but,..not the best daily flight; 96 km./h. in an LS 1f and 1000 points.
Best speed in open class;129.75 km./h.  by Sebastian Eder in the EB 29. Also a class apart as the runner up had 112.25 km./h.

July 6 was another good day with  3 and 3.30 AAT ‘s and off they went. Another 1000 points day.
15 m.: 3.30 AAT; 437 km. in time 3.45 in Ventus 2B by Eduard Supersberger.
18 m.; 3 hour AAT and won by ,…Wolfgang…again….398 km. in 3.07 so a nice speed of 127 km./h.
st.class; 3.30 AAT  and 383 km. in time 3.35 was flown in the Discus 2B. An LS1f was runner up with 334 km. in time 3.26.
open; 3.30 AAT was again a prey for Sebastian Eder in the EB 29, what a “machine” that is.
473 km. in time 3.31 so a nice speed of 134.34 km./h.

July 7 set tasks from 367.26 in 15 m and St. and 388.16 km. in 18 m and 414 km. for open. Nice soaring weather in Austria!!!
15 m.;only 2 finishers a “hard day in the office”, but great job from the finishers. They flew 4 and 4.30 hours.
18 m.;5 from 17 finished and,….Wolfgang won. Werner Amann was “in” as well [3] and Andy unfortunately was “out”.
St.; only 2 finishers and the LS 1f won!!!
open: 5 from 8 finished Guido [Achleiter] won the day in just under 4 hours. Sebastian just finished as the last one from the 5.

July 8 ; last day at the Austrian NATIONALS in 4 classes.
15 m; 2 hour AAT…Eduard Supersberger [Ventus2B]  is the clear winner in this class. With 4.076 points he was nearly 300 points better than the runner up.
18 m.; 388.16 km…AND YES my mate Wolfgang won another day and is the VERY clear winner from the 18 m. Nationals in Austria in his Ventus 3. A pretty difficult day as only 5 from 17 finished. Most stayed under 200 km.
3.824 points for Wolfgang and the runner up Werner Amann had 3.525.
st. class; 2 hour AAT…the last day’s David Richter-Trummer leaded the pact already in his LS 1f. He did nothing wrong on the last day,  finished on spot 5 on the last day and is the new champion.Good on him.
open; 2.30 AAT…tough day for some, very tough. The Duo Discus T won the day[253 km. in time  2.32] and number 1 overall, Sebastian Eder,  lost a bit more than 300 points with 274 km in the EB but in  TOO much time; 2.53. A shorter distance might have been better but who am I….The number 2 Guido had a better day as runner up [779 points for 258 km. in time 2.27]  ] and moved in his ASG 32 MI,  to the winning spot NUMBER 1,[4.175]  with Sebastian as runner up.[3.993]

The Ventus 3 seems to be a REAL GOOD glider. In Sweden also Boerje Erikkson won ”  the Swedish Nationals in 18 m class with his new Ventus 3. In June he also won the Open class Nationals with this outstanding glider.”
Of course they are both good pilots too.
Schempp-Hirth also delivered last week DUO DISCUS number 700 . WOW!!!!!!!


AMSTEL GLIDE in Holland.

Was flown last weekend and due to the weather one day was soarable but created enough happy faces, though not a lot of participants this year….maybe due to this weather.
The Amsterdam Soaring Club every year invites pilots to fly from their home-field Soesterberg for a weekend together and the pilots deal with a SGP regatta start and points.
They flew in 2 classes;
club had 146.32  km. and unfortunately the only out-lander from the 4 pilots was junior world champion Robin and he was annoyed with himself. I do understand, s…t happens.
combi with 10 pilots had 8 finishers over 194.73 km.


Club and combi winners as seen and shared by FRANS GUISE.
1. Sjors van Loon in ASG 29 E/18 m.; speed 73.12 km./h.
2.Wouter van Willenswaard in Ventus 2CT /18 m.; 68.88 km./h.
3. team Epema in Duo Discus XLT; 64.05
1. Maurits Hebels in LS 4 ;speed 77.11 km./h.
2. Jan v d Ven in DG 300WL; 63.40 km./h.
3. Theo Janssen in ASK 23; 45.49 km./h.

Finish by Sjors as seen by Frans.

CU next week with the latest on the 13.5 m WGC and Stendal.
Cheers Ritz

July 5, 2017

Post 988!!!! With the final day’s from the SGP in Buno,the 13.5 WGC in Hungary, German, Czech and Finnish Nationals .

Filed under: Uncategorized — ritz @ 5:43 pm

The end of June had a lot of rain ! Parts of Berlin flooded, as in a few days, MORE water ” dropped from the skies”than in a month.Too much for the systems.
June here was 2 dgr. C.  warmer than normal, dry in the beginning and wet in the end with up to 70 mm of rain on one day.
We just missed out on the average hottest  June ever with 0.1 dgr. Regional we had a real heatwave in Holland with a top temperature of 35 dgr.C., a daily record.
Comps with lot’s of days in the beginning and nearly no days in the end. BUT,..July is promising again, for sure NOT day 1.
Today is pretty good again only some local showers.
On the last day of June a 1000 from France [Fayence] by Baptiste Innocent [ASH 25] and on the first from July one by Keith Essex in Ely.[JS1]
Down under it is pretty cold for Australian standard; up to -7 /-10 in the South [Victoria] and still – 0.3 at Merimbula on the beach, which is cold for the coast.

JWC [John’s weather Channel]
As shared by Mary Anne



as shared by Philippe de Pechy, winner of race 3!!!

A very TOUGH day for some!!! 110 km. was set and race 3 , after 2 cancelled day’s, was on.Some of the “toppers” missed out and did not finish, names as Christophe Abadie [66.6 km.], Didier Hauss [92.3 km.]and Daan Spruyt [53.7 km.]
Who won race 3?? Philippe de Pechy [9 points] !!!AND,…Aude …good on her….Grangeray [7] was runner up and Kai Linderberg [6] number 3!!Only 8 finished.
Christophe still leads with 20 points and Aude now has 17, Didier 14 and Philippe now 12.
Only 2 races to go!!!!


Some impressions from BUNO shared by AAVE.
still no smile on Benjamin’s face and,….he walks around with an umbrella,…no not to avoid the sun…..

Race 4;Not on,…such a pity!!!VERY POOR WEATHER!!!!So was the next and last day. So no race 5.
So after 3 out of 7 days the winners are;
1. Christophe Abadie 2. Aude Grangeray, 3. Didier Hauss.

As shared by the organizers.

Next race from Slovakia [July 29-August 5] !!19 Participants at this stage ….. 8 from Germany.


Zwickau; German Nationals in standard and 20 m .class …..the last days.
June 20/July 1 2017

Waiting in the rain for better weather.
As shared on their site.

Deutsche Segelflug -elite hofft auf besseres Wetter.” So the Top German pilots hope for better weather. It was not yet there on Thursday so …scubbed. 4 Days in a row ,…scrubbed,…such a pity, but what can you do…..?
Friday tasks were set ,….task 6 from 11. And,……also in Germany a tough wind!! The B-task had to be flown with 191 km. in club and as well a B task for the “dosis” from  205 km..
Indeed they flew on their last day!! Marginal weather but still Robin Sittman flew in his Discus 2A around with 88 km./h.Robert only finished on spot 22 and dropped from 1 to 3 missing out on ONE point to be the runner up overall.
9 outlanded, so 29 finished.
Kilian Biechele was in the end the standard class winner[LS 8 NEO] with 4639 points.

In 20 m. former TOP coach Uli Gmelin won with his wife Chrissie [former WWGC champion] the last day and they were the only team reaching 100 km./ the ARCUS T. This brought them from spot 4 to spot 2 overall.
16 From 26 finished and the overall number 2 [Theisinger/Habschied] out-landed and dropped from 2 to 8!!Quite a day!!
Winners;team Ladenburger/Krohmer with 4210 points.

The German Nationals continued for 15 and 18 m./open  class in


German Nationals in 15 m.,18 m., and OPEN class!!

July 04-14

It looks like 105 pilots have entered this National competition in 3 classes.A huge amount of TOPPERS in each classes certainly OPEN!! Always GREAT FUN to follow the different German Nationals.
Monday was a real good training day with good tasks.
15m; got a 354 km. racing task for the 34 pilots and young Alexander Spaeth in the Ventus 2 A won the day ahead of Kai Lindenberg [ASW 27B] just back from the Grand Prix in France. Busy busy!!
18 m;Matthias Sturm was the best from 42 pilots in this class [ ASG 29] over 378 km. Mario Kiessling in the Ventus 3T was runner up and “our” Dutch topper Sikko was 5th.[ASG 29es]
Open; 484.5 km. for the open class and Felipe Levin in the EB 29 DR was the best with a speed of 125 km./h. , 10 km. /h. faster than good old Bruno Gantenbrink in the Nimetax and Michael Sommer was 3d in his EB 29R.
Quite some names,.. as I said before…. young and “old[er] toppers.”
29 in this class and “only” 14 of them finished. But practice,…so who cares!

Weather for day 1 as shared by Arnaud.

day 1;Yesterday…
15 m; 400 km.
So many well-known names and a for me total stranger won the day .Good on Soeren Noelke who got the first 1000 points. Only 6 out-landings and a good flight from Katrin Senne; spot 6!!
18 m; 320 km.
NO out-landings and Mario {Kiessling }won just ahead of “our”  Sikko. Nice speed…129 km./h. only 793 points for Mario.
open; 416 km.
Micheal Sommer still knows how to win, so he did so on day 1…. 1000 points for him.Speed 122 km./h.
8 EB variations in the top 10!!!!
In the daily  top 10 only “toppers” as Felipe Levin, Markus Frank, Olivier Binder,Pierre de Broqueville, Alexander Mueller,  Uwe Foerster, Werner Meuser, Bruno Gantenbrink and Klaus Kalmbach.
26 started and 2 did not finish
Nice day 1.

Day 2; today. More news next week.
15 m.;
18 m.;


Czech Open Nationals…..PRE WORLDS in 18 m. class and nationals  in Czech Rep.
June 25-July 7 2017.

The first 4 days were difficult.
It turned out that day 2 was flyable, so task 1 was set in all 3 classes[club, combi 15 m. and combi open] ; 2.30 AAT’s for all of them.
302 Km was flown in the open class in time 2.33 by one of the Lukasz’ses from Poland, this time Lukasz Wojcik in .[JS 1 CJ EVO 18 m]
306 even in 15 m in time 2.33 by young Czech pilot Radek Krejcirik.[Ventus 2A]
217 in the St Cirrus in time 2.43 by Czech pilot Jiri Fousek.
Day 4 showed task 2 , but only for 15 m.[ 2 hour AAT] The weather was very poor and just when the day was cancelled the day improved and the 15 m. pilots went for it. Still scattered CB’s in the whole area according to Adam [Woolley] who shared the picture below. Adam is flying 9 events this year and 5 in Europe.
Spain for fun, HWW17, here, POLAND [ pre-worlds 15 m] , finally the UK EGC!” AND,…as he told me , he is on the verge of his 1000th competition- flying-hour.

Miloslav Cink and Pavel Louzecky both in an LS 8, started and finished more or less together and flew 211 km. in time 2.08 and gained 657 and 654 points. Radek was 3d with 580.
Keep an eye for the future on Radek and Miloslav, I know them as juniors and from other comps,…they are GOOD!!!
As there was no flying for Wolfgang, Steven,  Butch and Adam we could chat on FB.
I knew it was Wolfgang’s birthday last Wednesday, so I asked Adam to give him a big hug from me. As you can see ,…NO WORRIES!!!!

Wolfgang rather looks surprised!!
Picture shared by Adam.

Every morning is different. Yesterday’s fog replaced heavy rain connected with low pressure over Germany.As we don’t want to miss any chance to fly we watch satellite pictures and weather development. There is a chance for short task for at least one class in the afternoon.” From the official site by Tomas Rendla.
Briefing was at 11, but unfortunately NO flying on Thursday.
 Due to very slow progress of weather improvement we decided to cancel the day for all classes. Chance for flying in the afternoon is very very low.”

Friday June 30;” It’s blowing a gale, but sky looks ok“.

as shared by Adam.

210, 259 and 289 km.were set for the pilots in the 3 classes.
13 From 21 in club flew the task. Best speed 79 km./h in a St Cirrus.
Combined 15 m. was cancelled.
Combined open; Lucasz Wojcik [JS1 EVO /18m.] won with 116 km./h.He started straight away at 13.35 and won the day. The last pilot started at 14.18 and [virtual-? flew back? ]out-landed after 14.05 km.
Adam was 4th for the day and extra happy as indeed “Today I clicked over 1000hrs competition time, of which 400hrs of them are in Europe – beginning in 2005 at the Junior World Gliding Champs in U.K.!Some useless stats, I’ve flown 63,869 declared Kilometers over 256 starts in 14 different glider types, of which 300+ hours are in a Cirrus; My two fastest tasks have both been at 158kph; best placings, two nationals wins;Having a great time!”

On July 1 tasks were set, day 3 from 7 till now; 2.30 AAT’s in club and combined 15 m. and 2 hours for open, later changed in 2.30.
Only 2 classes flew as club was cancelled.
4 LS 8 gliders in the top in 15 m with Karel Novak as best with 196 km. in time 2.27. Only 6 [ from 16] finishers and “poor” Radek was out. Such a pity , he dropped overall from 1 overall to 7 and he is such a good pilot. Weather,…it’s all in the game.
Another good young pilot Miloslav leads the pact now and was 3d for the day.
So 2.30 hours in open class , with also half of the pilots ‘OUT’. Among them Aussie -Adam. Not Butch he was 5th for the day. My Dutch friend Steven was out as well and Wolfgang did not start anymore, as he had to go home to fly the Austrian Nationals.
244 k. for the winner in time 2.42; ROMAN MRACEK ,…..I missed him in the top…..till now.

So one week over, hopefully good weather in week 2.
July 2 had already nice set tasks. CLUB; 257 km. MIXED 15 m.;272 km and MIXED OPEN; 263 km.

Still some doubt with the organizers as they mentioned ;
“This morning it doesn’t look as a perfect day for gliding. The sky is cloudy with 7/8 of clouds. On the positive side the wind speed decreased significantly compared to previous days. There should be less clouds in the afternoon and we believe at least some task will be possible.”
Start / take off was mandatory from the concrete runway!!!Still very windy!
VERY difficult day with lot’s of out-landings and only in open class 2 FINISHERS…..1000 and 999 well deserved points.!!! The 2 Polish pilots , Lucasz [JS 1 EVO/18 m.]  and Zidslaw, [ASG 29E/18m.] managed to fly the task travelling together with a speed of 74 km./h.
So definitely a VALID day in this class.
ALL pilots in the other 2 classes DID NOT FINISH!!!!BUT,…both had a valid day!!!!
In club 7 pilots flew over 100 km.!!!
In 15 m. 2 pilots nearly reached the field but missed out on 12 km. Still a 1000 points -day.

2 Hour AAT’s to start the new week with on Monday.
The morning-news:”After morning rain, low clouds and not really optimistic forecast the weather now is almost unbelievable. There are ⅜ of beautiful cumulus clouds over the airfield and all the competitors are already in the air and some competing already.”

To avoid so many out-landings AGAIN and “ because of forecasted increasing quantity of clouds and possible showers,”they decided to keep the 2 hour AAT’s.
It turned out a “fab-day”!!!!! Great speed and all pilots home!!!This was the weather the organizers hoped for from the beginning.
Club; 225 km. in the St Cirrus with 112 km./h.
15 m; 269 and 274 k. by Radek Kucirek [Ventus 2Bx/15m.] and Radek Krejcirik in the Ventus 2A/15 m.]Speed;130 km./h.
open;289 km. with a speed of 144.60 km./h.!!
AND,…… a valid competition now in ALL classes!

Club a 3 hour AAT, the other 2 classes 3.30 AAt’s. Enough time to show each pilots quality!
But it turned out totally different.
Official news;”Front between warm air from south and cold air from north caused spread out on Cumulus clouds to Stratocumulus grey layer which stopped all thermal activity. So after one and half our of friendly talks on grid the day was canceled for all classes.”

Today’s tasks; AAT’s from 3 hours, 3.15 and 3.30.


FINNISH NATIONALS open and club class
June 25-July 2 2017.

as shared by the organizers from Purjelennon SM 2017

14 gliders in a mixed open class and 8 in club class at the well known airport of Rayskala “battle”  for the highest spot.
Day 1 showed 2 hour AAT’s and in both classes 3 out-landings.Best distance 226 in 2.04 in the Lehto/Sorri-ARCUS M.
Then,…as everywhere in Europe not the best weather so 2 day’s scrubbed.
Task 2 had 3 hour AAT’s so better expectations for the weather. And indeed in Open 380 km. was flown in the Hirvola/Leinikki-ARCUS with a nice speed of 127 km./h. .
In Club also a 1000 points-day and all those points went to Sakari Pyorre in his LS 7 flying 301 km. with a speed of 100 km./h.
Task 3 on Thursday showed 497.87 km. so nearly 500 km. to fly for the pilots in open class, one of those great days in Rayskala, I have seen many of them.
All 14 pilots in this class finished and best [1000 points]  was Kristian Roine with a speed of 130 km./h. in his 18 m. LS 8T.
Visa Matti in the ARCUS followed with 132 km./h. in the ARCUS.
In club,404,53 km. was set and also here a 1000 points-day and 1 out-landers. Anti Koskiniemi was the best in his St Cirrus.

After 3 days the overall scores in club look like this; 2.580 points for Sakari and 2.320 for Anti.
After 3 days in open;2.438 points for Antti Lehto and Juha Sorri in the ARCUS M and 2.408 for Kristian in the LS 8.

On July 1 task 4; 2.30 AAT’s for both classes.
312 k. was flown by team Hirvola/Leinikki in time 2.30 at the dot!!!! After an early start they won the day and moved from 6 to 5 overall in the final scores.
Antti and Juha lost 100 points for the day but still had just enough to win the comps with 2 points!!!!
3147 for them and 3145 for Kristian!!!!!

Antti and Juha and Paula ,Antti’s daughter ,who won a gold medal with “100 year Finland” earlier as well, with synchronized skating with Team Dynamique.

In club, Antti , this time Koskiniemi,  in the St Cirrus won again and moved up to 2 overall. [3221]Winner was Sakari in his LS 7 nearly 200 points ahead.[3431]
4 Days out of 7 .


By the way the USA club class nationals in Hobbs were won by Mike Westbrook in the Discus 2BW[5095 points]
Runner up Mike Opitz same glider,…. a few less points ;4965.
Michael Marshall in the 15 m. ASW 20C was 3d with 4902 points. He won the last day!!


13.5 m WGC in Hungary.

I follow some of my “mates” flying this WGC in Hungary.There are 18 participants and the ones I know;
Tony Condon and Francois Pin from the USA flying the Silent 2 Electro 13.5m.
Stefano Ghiorzo [last champion!!] and Thomas Gostner from Italy in the  Diana 2 VersVS.
Sebastian Kawa from Poland in the GP 14 Velo.
Uli Schwenk from Germany flying the mini Lak.
Contest period; July 3-July 15 with a reserve day on the 16th.

Combined with this competition the 18 m. will be flown.

Team USA with Tony and Francois and crew.
Team USA!
Finally, after a bit of ferrying between Italy and Hungary, and some lost luggage, car repairs and trailer fixing, we are all here with all our stuff: 2 pilots, 2 crew, 2 cars, 2 trailers, 2 gliders, and all luggage. Gliders went through scrutineering yesterday, and we spent yesterday and today finetuning things with test flights, as the weather was not conducive to tasks. Just a bit more paperwork and registering, etc., and we’ll be all set.” by Francois.

On Saturday July 1:”Good morning from Szatymaz. Front just passed with some rain overnight. Field is wet. No task for the final practice day. Probably some local flying possible late afternoon. Tomorrow is opening ceremonies at 5 PM, flying will be allowed as long as we are home for the ceremonies.”

Sebastian’s glider GP 14 in the rain…
As shared by Sebastian who had critic as well on the FAI;
FAI please remove wing loading limits in 13.5 competitions. It causes step back in designs and will kill the class.
Well. Good thing about WL is that we will have more girls ( they eat less ) in the 13.5m class and more young slim pilots. That will be fun ! Heavier and usually older pilots will be eliminated due to FAI policy and I don’t think it is something to be proud of
. ”
It created some discussions.

Last practice day AND opening at 5, on Sunday with nice weather and a nice dinner and the company of many good friends.


As shared by Sebastian                  AND                                       by  US Soaring Teams.

The 14 pilots in this 2d WGC for 13.5 m. started with a set task of 255 km. on July 3;
day 1;4 pilots managed to reach the first TP ….88km. against the 35/40 km./h. -wind…….and if they did it  meant that they could finish the full 255 km. as well , as the problems were in the beginning.
Sebastian,[GP VELO]  Uli and his young German mate Florian and Sebastian Reira from Argentina , all in a the mini-LAK [one with FES] were the heroes for the day for only 500 points max though!!!
He got a warning for spate delivery of the file,…..but Lithuanian pilot Vladas Motuza[ mini lak]  fought this flight to come home as well. He did with a speed of 59.77 km./h. arriving at 19.12, when most of the others had had a beer or 2 already.Good on him!!!!

With Sebastian [1] , Uli [2] and Florian.
As shared by the German team.

Day 2; 351 km. It might get boring,…Sebastian won again. The “other” Sebastian from Argentina was runner up, so a real “Sebastian-day! Uli was 3d and Stefano and Thomas followed. Pretty good day for Tony and Francois on this Independence Day ;7 and 8.

Day 2 as shared by US Soaring Teams.

Today they expect the first launch at 11.45. No tasks yet.
THOUGH…….US Soaring is quick;
Today’s task in Szatymaz is a 331km Racing Task. This will be our first time exploring the area to the East.” There you are!!


MORE next week…..Cheers Ritz
to finish this fabulous picture from NZ  from Geoff Soper Photography.

June 28, 2017

Post 987! With nationals in the UK, USA and Germany and a SGP in France…AND 2 great 1000 k’s from Belgium.

Filed under: Uncategorized — ritz @ 5:52 pm

It was not a bad season till now, in fact just a great season, but the weather is “off” at the moment and will be off here till next week.
Last Monday, so 2 days ago,  was an extremely good day in this area.
On this day, June 26,  Tijl Schmelzer [ Ventus 2CT /18m.] flew a great 1000 km. from Keiheuvel in Belgium over a very small area AND,…mainly over our small FLAT  country The Netherlands!!!!! TOP JOB!!!!
Incredible day of an already incredible season. Unfortunately the weather area was tiny, but the airmass inside was fantastic. This flight would not have been possible to plan without Topmeteo. Astonishing how accurate it was today (as it was also most of the season).” OLC comment from Tijl.
The whole flight was under 1670 m. AGL and it took just over 11 hours ;1.023.7 km. speed 92.6 km./h.Good on you Tijl!!!!

Tijl at another occasion.

During my absence Tijl flew a 1000 as well this time with his mate Ken in the Nimbus 4DT;
Here is Ken’s story about that day with a free flight over 1.028 km.
“Well, I didn’t have to think long when Tijl called me on Tuesday June 13 at noon and asked, what about another 1000K together tomorrow? I called my dad and asked if the Nimbus was available for an early takeoff the next day. Around 11 o’clock at night, everything was ready and we all prepared to sleep at the airfield.

Night rest was short but good. We prepared on time, no rush. Wil, our towpilot also showed up on time and prepared the Husky. Last meteo updates still showed the possibility for a 1000km flight.

Goal was to break the Belgian Record for out an return with a turnpoint in Czech Republic near Karlovy Vary. Tijl checked all the loggers one more time and off we went. The Nimbus was fully loaded but takeoff was no problem for the Husky. Runway 09 also gave us that little extra obstacle clearance.

Wil towed us towards the Belgian border near Maastricht. Clearance to climb to 5500ft was already obtained from Kleine Brogel before the start and confirmed once airborne. When we released, a quick check of the turbo was done and we accelerated towards the startline into Maastricht airspace.

8:47, we zoomed the speed back to 120kmh and set course straight to Weisweiler. Headwinds were much stronger than expected, 17kmh instead of the forecasted 3 to 4kmh. Our glide ratio was only 40 where we wanted at least 50. Arrival altitude at Weisweiler was only 450m. Still, clouds were already visible and we discussed the outlanding possibilities in case the power plant did not work and the turbo would fail.

1,9m/s average was the first climb. Unfortunately we didn’t get higher than 1100m and our first try to reach Bergheim was abandoned. Headwinds were still too strong. On the second climb we got up to 1200m and with some indication of lift on our route we decided to continue.

Bergheim delivered as promised and we could quickly continue to Dormagen. The cumulus clouds developed nicely over the Sauerland but the cloudbase did not go as high as expected. Nevertheless we were almost on speed and progressed as planned.

Tijl and I changed controls every 45 minutes to an hour. The heavy Nimbus behaved perfectly. She climbs incredibly well although being filled to max takeoff weight. She really is a joy to fly.

Towards the Wasserkuppe the cloud cover changed from scattered, to broken and eventually overcast. We decided to fly a bit slower and keep high. Once past the high terrain it opened up and we increased our speed in between thermals again. Where were had to avoid some airspace in the beginning, we could now set course straight to our turningpoint.

But what happened then really caught us by surprise. In just 10 minutes time the sky turned from textbook soaring weather to blue. Did I fell asleep for a few minutes and missed something or did the clouds disappear just by a blink of the eye Tijl asked out loud. A warm airmass came in from the south and was not forecasted, at least not this far north.

We continued on course but with the first climbs in the new airmass it became obvious the goal of flying the out and return would be very difficult if not impossible. 30km north we could see the cumulus clouds over some higher terrain. 120km before Karlovy Vary, we decided to abandon the task and go for 1000km free distance.

Climb rates under the clouds were good compared to the blue thermals. But planning the new course to make the 1000km was challenging. Airspace, large blue areas proved to be a difficult at times. But we managed to plot the best course, especially when Tijl eventually had 4G coverage and could upload the last satellite picture.

Back over the Sauerland and to the power plants to complete the 1000 became the game plan. Unfortunately optimum distance of the LX9000 did not take departure from the start line of turbo test into account but calculated from Kiewit airfield. So we started to calculate ourselves.

Arriving back in Dormagen was uneventful and we could immediately continue to Bergheim. Tijl flew the turbulent thermals over the power plants and I performed the stretches in between the plants avoiding the area over Jülich every time. Bergheim proved to be the best with climbs of 7,0m/s and 6,4m/s the second time. Weisweiler seems to be much weaker, still no complaints with an average climb of 3,4m/s.

On our last arrival over Weisweiler we could not get a real positive climb, only an average 0. We waited for a few minutes but when it became clear the plants would not produce more we decided it was time to go home. We were convinced we already passed the 1000K mark and glided towards Maastricht again.

The turbo was started at 500m. Clearance to cross Maastricht was obtained. Kleine Brogel was already closed and we speeded up towards Kiewit. We had to postpone our arrival a bit for a late incoming ultralight but once he was on the ground we could make our low pass over runway 27 followed by a landing on 09.

Once again 1000. Number 6 from Belgium for Tijl (when writing this he is at 7!…June 26!!!) and he did not know how many total, 12 or 13 he thought. For me a bit easier to count with 4 in total and 2nd one from Belgium, also with Tijl. Passing the 1000K mark still remains magical, especially flown out of Belgium.

Tijl’s comment at the end was the perfect resume of the flight, that was a heavy one! 😉
Tijl’s comment;“Magnificent but not easy day for Ken and me. We had to cancel the original task since the good forecasted area turned blue. We then made the best of it.”

So, thank you Tijl for another wonderful flight together. Although the flight lasted again 12:53 (exactly same time as the one in 2012), I didn’t feel that long. Thanks dad for your help and the glider. Hilde for your help, what would we do without you. Wil for the tow and everybody who showed up and gave us a hand.

The evening ended with some delicious hamburgers, comfort food for pilots and crew after a long day!”

Good story Ken!!!


Selfie over the start line. ……..  Clouds over the WASSERKUPPE……….Tijl focused


Joining Wilfried Grosskinsky over Weisweiler…….Masks on over the power plants. …..   Almost sunset.
Pictures and text shared by Ken Evens.

Back home! 1025km OLC, 1028km Charron. Tired but happy 😊

Back to June 26.…..Dutch pilots ,who did not have to work enjoyed distances till over 77o km. even over 700 in the Pegase.
The USA had straight forward weather as well. Wave-Soaring-Mecca’s as Ely and Minden showed several over 1000 km-flights with Keith Essex topping the list that Monday flying 1.189 km in the JS 1.[145 km./h.] from Ely.
His OLC comment;”A manic flight. Few of the energy lines went to where I was going. Heartbreaking flying across cloudstreets instead of with them. Lots of time spent getting low. The last 150k were in the blue. Ridge soaring isn’t something you do in Ely but had to do a little bit to make it make to Ely“.
Mitch [Polinsky] is such a [wave]-kilometer eater as well; “Declared 752 km triangle. Completed at 157.04 kph. Challenging weather to the north and a big blue hole coming home from my last turnpoint. Fantastic lift along the ridge north of Mt. Jefferson. A fun flight with lots of variety of weather.” Mitch flew the EB 29  from Ely.

Most comps had till now , a good amount of flyable days, but you will see it is getting less.
There are still a lot of comps in progress at the moment so let’s quickly have a look.


Club and 18 m. NATIONALS in the UK.
June 17-25 2017

I left you after 3 good days “The soaring gods have blessed us with another cracking day for the comp”  and 2 cancelled days, so day 6 was on the menu for Thursday. BUT….”We’ve just announced that the day is scrubbed.”
After thunderstorms and heavy rain they could n’t do anything else. We expected those thunderstorms here as well last Thursday.They hit Holland but not us .
On Friday ,…no flying,…scrubbed.
On Saturday,….FLYING again !!!!
” The Strato-Cu sheet has broken up a bit in the last hour and the temperatures are increasing slightly quicker than expected.”
After 4 non flying days a short task number 4 , was set and with respect, the “oldies” are doing a great job in club class.
Brian [Spreckley] won in the St. Libelle and got the full 152 points for the day, for a speed of 66 km./h. over 122 km. Only 9 pilots finished the last finisher in a DG 200 with 53 km./h. TOUGH day!!!
No changes in the overall scores; Timothy still leads with 26 points ahead of Ian Macarthur and Brian is just 14 points behind!!!

18 m. started their day 4 before club , with 173 km.  and the 18 m. ASH 31 MI was the best with Tim Jenkinson flying it;97 km./h .for 575 points.13 From 25 finished, so a bit of a battlefield as Andy and Chris [Luton] and  Chris [Starkey] were “out.”
Changes here as Steve Jones [Ventus 3] moved to 1 overall, then 4 JS 1’s with Pete [Harvey] , Richard [Browne….3 points behind Pete], Russell [Cheetham] and Andy. Tim moved from 12 to 7.

There was NO day 7 so the overall scores after 4 out of 9 days stayed;
club; 1. CHAMPION Timothy with 2800 points. 2. Ian 2774 and 3. Brian with 2762 points.
18 m.; 1. CHAMPION Steve with 2943 points, 2. Pete 2863 and 3. Richard 2860 points.

I really hope the weather shows it’s best face at Lasham for the EGC !!!!!!


Club class Nationals 2017 in Hobbs USA.

Hobbs is a good “name” for us Dutchies as Kees Musters became world champion in Hobbs New Mexico.
Now the club class is on with 23 pilots.
They started with 2 practice days and on June 20 contest day 1 was on the program with an assigned task from 224 miles, won by Mike Westbrook in the Discus 2BW who put the first 1000 points in his pocket.
Day 2; with 210 miles was for the son from CD Ken in Uvalde 2012, Danny Sorenson.
Day 3; 193 miles. Mike Opitz was 3d but climbed from 3 to 1 and leads the overall pact now. Good on him!

No contest day on June 23 and 24!!!!

Day 4; They did fly on June 25. New daily winner Michael Marshall in an ASW 20 and he straight moved to the top overall.A 2 hour TAT was set and Michael flew 137 miles in 1.57. Danny had a less day being 13th and dropping overall to 6. 2 Mikes at this stage on 2 and 3…Mike Westbrook [daily 7th] and Mike Opitz.[daily 9th]
Day 5;a 3.30 TAT was set [distances between 179 miles and 317] and again changes in the scores. Mike [Opitz] won the day with 202 miles in time 3.49 and moved to 1 again. Mike [Westbrook, 5th for the day is at spot 2 and Bill Snead in an LS 8 is 3d now overall. Danny moved up from 6 to 4. Michael Marshall is 5th now.
All these scores are “fresh” so preliminary.


GERMAN 20 m. and Standard class NATIONALS 
Zwickau June 20 -30 2017.

On Thursday they started with day 3 with blue skies in the morning a forecast for thunderstorms in the afternoon, so A and B tasks were set …and they flew.
I just heard on the radio that Hamburg has been hit by violent weather after the heat, even a tornado.

Day 1 , 2 and 3 in Standard class;
Day 1 with 360 km was pretty straight forward for the 38 pilots as only 3 out-landed. Daily winner…. young Sebastian Naegel in a Discus 2T.
Day 2 got a B task so less straight forward weather and Robert Schroeder was the daily BEST in the LS 8 neo.
Day 1 had 3 Discus’ in the top day 2 ,3 Ls 8’s.
Day 3;Robert liked his win,  so he did it again!The 270 km A task was set and flown by ALL 38 pilots

Day 1 , 2 and 3 in 20 m. class;
Day 1 was good for the “dosis” as well;380 km. for the 28 pilots and their 28 team mates .Lot’s of ARCUS types in this class but also still the Duo Discus,  not to forget the new ASG 32 MI. Martin Theisinger won the day in the ARCUS T; 1000 points.
Day 2 with a 209 km.  B task and another ARCUS T. Markus Geisen was runner up and Serena and Claus Triebel in there fancy ASG 32 MI did not fly.
Day 3 with 287 km. was an ASG 32 -day both in the top.
On Sunday there was not much hope, but the “meteo” did not give up and kept hoping no gridding yet. So a new briefing at 11, and YES the weather was flyable and at 12 they had to be ready at the grid.Hurry up hurry up,……as a 2.30 AAT was set…..

And they flew last Sunday; day 4 had 237 km. as the best distance combined with the time[2.33.] in standard and 26 from 36 finished.
The “dosis” saw Markus and his mate as best with 285 km. in time 2.29.
22 From 26 finished.
Monday was cancelled, so was Tuesday.
No gridding at this stage in Zwickau, if they have “our”  weather …RAIN…., there will be no flying there today, but there might be a “window”, you never know!!!


SGP in France.
8th Series in Buno June 25-July 1-2017.

As shared by AAVE.[Association Aeronautique du Val d’Essonne]

With 2 practice days and a total of 17 pilots [2 from Belgium and 2 from Germany]  this race started last Sunday for another 7 exciting races.
Race 1; Christophe Abadie [ASG 29] walked away with the first 10 points. He flew the 179 km. in 1.58 [90.9 km./h] . His mate Frederic Hoyeau was runner up [8]  and from Belgium Daan Spruyt did well in the ASW 27 .[7]Four pilots did not finish.

as shared by AAVE.

Race 2; With 110 km. a short race. Christophe was still in the right groove and won again, [10] followed by Didier [Hauss….8]
13 Pilots finished.
A photo- impression from day 2 as shared by the AAVE.


Before,…during,….and after.

Race 3; The midday-message from the organizers was ” 1st launch not before 14:00 … sky is not really promising on the race area but all sailplanes are on the grid.”
In the end they had to cancel the day.
This morning no better news:” good morning everybody. As expected weather forecast is really rainy for today. Race of Wednesday is canceled. See you tomorrow.”

The face of disappointment!!!!!

Benoit-Jacques Pontanus chief pilot in Buno and so to see tuggy,…

and well known TC  and coach from the French juniors and now in the organisation Benjamin Neglais.


WGC 13.5 m. in Hungary.
Szatymaz, Hungary – Jun 29 – Jul 16, 2017

Preparations are in full swing and USA pilots Francois Pin and Tony Condo traveled all the way from the USA to Europe and then by car to Hungary. Francois will serve as Team Captain and competitor for team USA.In the previous event he was 3d.

Tony ready for a new adventure.

Never a boring moment whilst travelling. Unexpected Tony arrived in Spain instead of Italy. He had never been there, so “done that and ticked off’.
Unplanned layover. Missed my connection due to first airplane throwing a brake fault warning light the couldn’t clear. Took a couple hours to find another plane load it up and fill it with gas. So instead of direct flight to Milan I got to swing through here.”[Madrid]
More next week when the comps are in progress.

Now in progress;
Finnish Nationals 2017 at Rayskala with 22 pilots in open and club class from June 25-July 2 .
Czech open Nationals 2017 at Pribam , the PRE WORLDS for 18 m., with 64 pilots in 3 classes from June 25-July 5 .With pilots as Butch and Adam from Australia and Steven from Holland and Wolfgang from Austria [Happy birthday Wolfgang];
Writing to you all from Czech Republic atm, I’m here at the 18m pre-worlds. Naturally having a good time, for my gliding updates should you be interested can be found at Adam Woolley’s Gliding Adventures
More next week.

Both scores to be found at


Cheers Ritz

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