Tocumwal Diary and…reflections on WWGC.

First the last day of the WWGC which was a bit damp due to the tracking business.

I left at 4.30 PM to be in time for the FLY PAST from the F 18 on Friday afternoon. We were waiting and from one into the other moment , it was there… a huge plane cause it was LOW and I will never forget the noise TERRIBLY LOUD.
Was 1 second late to put my fingers in my ears and it hurt!!!
It me tremble as well!!!!
Before we knew it was gone, but made a nice beat up on the way back.
Quite spectacular.
Heard from the Air Force – lady that the pilot was a young girl , her early twenties… , called Jessica. She seems a natural talent.She showed it!!!!

After we had the BBQ, and Chris , who organized every days food for the volunteers and guests, felt terrible because there was not enough salad. For the full 2 weeks , there was a “load of food” mostly too much , now they missed out on salad. No worries ,..they found some and everybody had enough to eat again.

Then it was waiting for the results. It took till 9 PM before Gisela the juror send a message that the jury had reached a decision….”expect podium at 9.”

When we saw the Italian flag under at the flag pole ,we knew the result in club class.
There was never any doubt about the CHAMPIONS in 18 m and standard class. Here they are again

Sarah, a happy girl!! Deserved as well. She was shaking whilst being at the podium …I was a very SPECIAL moment for her also for hubby Jason.

Have some more pictures about the prizes as well
Here you are;

The French won the TEAM CUP!!!!
July with 3 of her very special vases. Unfortunately they did not photograph well.
All kind of extra prizes as wing covers, canopy covers kangaroos and stubby holders.
Ricky with his girls, Elena [with the gold medal] and Margot number 3 on the TEAM CUP list.
A very happy UK team with TC Jeremy just behind Liz and Charlie behind her.
The girls would have loved to fly on the last 2 day’s to gain some more points.
Certificate-girls in 18 m.
All team winners together!!
As shared by Gliding Australia.

Sean from Australian Gliding was AT the field on the last day:
Tasks were set on the the final day of the championships and the competitors and crews dutifully gridded all the gliders. However, it seemed unlikely due to the weather that the fleet would actually be able to be launched. After waiting on the grid for an extra hour and half after the official launch time of 11:30am the day was finally cancelled.

In the meantime, a festival atmosphere took hold, with music and dancing. The mood was friendly and happy. When the day was cancelled relief and sadness were felt by all that the great event had come to its conclusion.”

As shared by Sean.

And “real” ladies in dresses as the USA team arrived very female.

great girls….great team spirit….good coach as well.

A thank you message from Sarah on FB:
The thing about realizing a goal or dream is it means the most when it is difficult to accomplish. Coming into the competition I felt that it was my time. From the first practice days I felt like I had come to a place of maturity in my flying and that it would work out, but I knew those French girls would be hard to beat!

Thank you Aude Grangeray and Aude Untersee for keeping the competition so fierce! Lisa Trotter was on fire, and I loved our flights together with Claire Scutter. Ayala Truelove too! So many strong amazing women with whom I’m privileged to associate.

To my teammates Kathryn Fosha and Sylvia Grandstaff, thanks for being my gaggle! Your friendship is a precious thing which buoyed me up in so many key moments.

Jason Arnold, husband, partner, friend, and best crew in the world. We really did it!!!

John Good has invested so much in so many ways for so long – coaching, scheming, drumming up support, acting as crew and captain. Thank you.

These last two days I’ve been reading a long and happy congratulatory card which has come in the form of many emails, comments, posts and likes. This couldn’t have happened without the support of every one of you. I am continually thankful for my soaring (and extended) family.”

And a nice picture from the Italian girls.

From AGI Live. Margot and Elena.

So that’s the end of this WWGC.
What a sterling job the organizers , local club-pilots and volunteers did!!!!
A BIG THANK you counts for ALL.
Specially in my case for Lyndy and Chris, who took me everywhere I wanted to go. Nothing was too much for them.
And to Mandy , who added me last minute to “her” volunteers”.
I loved every minute except maybe the last days when the “track-shadow over these comps” dropped the spirit a bit.
Will be back one day. Found nice new friends and a welcoming CLUB.

AND,….finally the drought has been broken!!!!! Hurrah. Travelling from Lake Keepit to Tocumwal showed how terrible that part of NSW has been hit!!!!!
It’s already getting greener here again.

The controversies;
Will be here soon ; thunderstorms, guests , laundry and Tomas who should be back soon here with the trailer and car used in Lake Keepit.
George will bring the car back to Benalla and Ian will take Tomas to Albury, Lots of logistic’s.
By the way, Tomas just arrived safely after driving parts with only 40 k /h due to heavy rain and thunderstorms.
He is on his way now to Albury!!!

The controversies:

The Aussie girls;
9 of them,….. and some really practiced hard to “shine” here in Lake Keepit in their own country.
Will we ever know how good they were???
Loved seeing all their good results…loved seeing their happiness,…but were they so good because of all practice ,…. or by listening to those who gave them un-delayed data ????

The complaint;
On the final day of competition, a complaint was lodged by Team Captains of all teams with the exception of Australia. The complaint alleged that the Australian Team had gained unauthorized access to undelayed data from the official competition tracking system – which has a mandated 15 minute delay. This was a system that all competitors were compelled to use. The complaint stated this information gave Australian team pilots a competitive advantage. Following an investigation, a Team penalty of 250pts was applied to all Australian Team pilots..  

Four protests were subsequently lodged in both support (3 asking for further penalties including disqualification) and defence (removal of the penalty).  The jury committee deliberated for over 5 hours and called on the assistance of a number of IT experts that included the system designer.  The ultimate decision being a penalty of 25 points per day.  The penalty was levied as a Team penalty and was therefore applied to all pilots equally.”

Mandy Temple CD

News from the TC’s is still pending.
They await the next step !There are still processes to follow, and they are all waiting to see how this proceeds.
It seems to be a long way from being over.

Official written jury report is still pending as well.

Let’s wait and see how this unfolds.

Tocumwal Diary with the latest on Lake Keepit.

After 10 hours of driving ,we are back in Tocumwal. The last hours from yesterday were a bit sad as a “shadow of bitterness ,anger and sadness” fell over the comps.
It was such a great competition!!!
And then ….we were all shocked , when we heard via the organizers and TC’s, that the Australian team did not use the track system the way it should have been done, thus having had advantage.
After the jury , several remote jurors and Gisela in Keepit, discussed the subject for hours ,…25 points for 9 day’s was 225 points lost in total for the team.
For some countries that was not enough. They think of the next step.

There are a lot of stories, the REAL story will be here tomorrow. One from me personally ,one from a combination of 9 TC’s.
I need one more night to sleep over it.
Don’t jump to conclusions TOO quick by looking at FB stories or “colored” stories.

All pictures and the full story will be here tomorrow too.
Here are a few already

Sylvia and Sarah and Katrin.
Chrissie as runner up, ELENA as new CHAMPION and Celine as number 3 with a few of the 7 ladies receiving a certificate.
Aude as runner up, Sarah as new STANDARD CLASS CHAMPION, Ayala as number 3.
Anne at number 2, Melanie AS THE 18 M CHAMPION and Katrin as number 3.
THE CUP WINNERS from France!!! Great team, madame Bailleau in the middle with her daughter.A proud Eric up front.
Mandy , as CD from the Lake Keepit WWGC hands over the FAI flag to Liz who will be the CD in Husbos in the UK in 2021.

As said,….MORE pictures and stories tomorrow,

Do you know how loud an FA 18 is??? Will tell you tomorrow!!!

AND,…VERY PLEASED to find out that I broke the UVALDE_ RECORD of unique viewers per day.
Uvalde was the best since 2012, yesterday is now the BEST EVER DAY!!! THANKS!!!!!!
Still remember how glad they were with that in Uvalde!!!
Don’t even want to know how many “clicks” that are.
Hope it reflects on Lake Keepit!!!!


Latest news at the Keepit WWGC..21 !!!Last day cancelled at 1PM. We have champions!

8 AM :
We had rain yesterday, you might remember that after so many years of dry weather, I could not believe that there would be rain.
BUT,…it rained ALL DAY!!!!!A real good drop!!!
GOOD NEWS…it was dry at 6.30 PM and nearly all “soaring-ladies” and their crews arrived for a great BBQ evening.
When you do your best as a club , and put ALL YOUR FRIENDLY EFFORT in setting a great WWGC , you get back too!!!

Look at the pictures;

Left part of the outside tables
Right part.
A real good evening AGAIN.
One load of steaks and sausages for the “volunteers” and salad was prepared as well.
Inside tables as well with volunteers and jury
With Gliding Australia Magazine Sean [Young] upfront to the r.

Everybody used the club house kitchen as their own. Meaning all guests feel very welcome here.
Must say the hospitality from this club is overwhelming.

Do they fly …yes or no?????
Welcome to day 11…… take 2.
There is a problem with the weather server,…no weather yet!!!
they are waiting for an update.
in between I got news from the USA and they are going to send me weather updates!

Meanwhile gridding will be after briefing and starts at 10 AM this because the runway is soft.
club up front for 2 hour AAT
standard for 1.30 AAT
18 m. for 1.30 AAT


I guess for a few pilots , crews and tuggies a bit of a surprise that we have another day,…BUT that’s why the girls are here.
So day 10 from 14, good average.

Off to briefing, cleaned a bit first, so running late. Sorry.

10 AM:
LAST briefing of this WWGC.
Due to radar problems in the USA they had no weather, but SkySight-Matthew made a new arrangement, I believe via New Zealand and on base of that tasks have been set . Small ones as you have read already.

WHEN …they fly today,…closing ceremony will be tomorrow as was planned. BUT……if not it is tonight at 5 at Sport and Rec.
10.05 AM;
It’s OK to grid now.Please take care to make gentle turns with the car.
Order is same as yesterday.

Dave with the weather;
Yesterday and today had a low pressure through, with clouds and rain.
For today they expect;
—cu’s at 10.30
—temperature 38 dgr C
—Short window
—4000 ft at 11
—5000 at noon -plus
—rain arrives 2.30 /3 PM.
—SW and SE wind might “collide/meet” over the field at around 3, Could be nasty,…could be interesting…

Bruce with the tasks:
The last day’s have been really challenging.
We will monitor the weather. Yesterday we could see it close by, today it’s further away.
Day should give a fair chance to ALL.
All I can say ” and ” we do our best today!” by Bruce.

The German team has a video reporter here for production [ most probably TV ….when they like it,…”they WILL like it !” and later YouTube] for the South part of Germany .
Alex ..Alexander Triebel …is making the film. It will be most probably be on in March, when Serena his sister is back in Germany as she will show up then there for a TV interview.
I have his email, so when it is on I’ll inform you in my regular blog.

At the table today:

Nice Aussie slippers!!!!

In the briefing room today:

French “MOTHER_OF_THE_TEAM” Anne Audier…”Madame Bailleau.”
AND,….The Royal Airforce is here to be part of the closing ceremony. With Adam’s mum and dad in the back and tuggie Jay.

10.30 AM; Tasks today!!!

18 m…standard…club class.

Interesting. Only Club class has a B task too from 1.30.
Does it mean that only one class flies today???
Let’s wait and see.
It’s sunny here with overcast, but clouds under it.

Slowly starting to look back at this WWGC. Will do so “phased”.
What a pleasure it was.
Very unexpected I arrived here,,… with lot’s of new “mates” ,….I leave here.
Really lovely club members and atmosphere here. More about the club a bit later. I can strongly advise you to fly here.
Before I forget; Thank you for reading all over the world. Got lovely reactions from all parts of this world.

Let’s wait and see how the day and this WWGC unfolds. Back later.

11.15 AM;
Worried faces from TC’s at the moment.
First launch at 11.45!!! In half an hour.

12.30 PM:
Skies to the SSW looking from the field here.
Looking pretty “scruffy” is what John [USA] mentioned.

Looking to the SW. Team huts from Czech Rep ,Italy and France visible.

12.40 PM:
Launch delayed to 12 noon. Sniffer goes soon.
Tug’s still here.
Tension grows.

12.50 PM:
TC’s called to the grid.
2 Of them were busy with a protest shared by ALL TC’s!!!!
Still stay out of it ,though it is a protest in ALL openness, they told me.
Will give you the official news about it later, when it’s there.
More delay 12.15 NOW.
Still no tugs to the grid!!!!

12.05 PM:
Delayed till 12.30!!! Club class has Task B now. 1.30 AAT.
whilst waiting pictures from Pôle France Planeur about the weather yesterday just after it was cancelled.

12.20 PM:
more delay now till 12.45 BUT,…they see clear skies coming.

12.35 PM;
Delayed till 1 PM. Is there still hope for a day???
Tuggies still here.

12.40 PM:
Sniffer launched by Nina.
Star tuggie master Val , “controlled” the 5 male tuggies without any problem. They even all adore her.

12.50 PM:
Weather man Dave mentions;”no blue holes, no patches of sun.”Would n’t be launching now!!!” But,..NW is a line of clouds.
We wait!!!!

With still a protest going on , we have WORLD CHAMPIONS!!!!
18 m. class:
1. Mélanie Gadoulet from France in her JS 3 with 8.137 p. CHAMPION!
2. Anne Ducarouge from France in JS 3 with 8.123 points.
3. Katrin Senne from Germany in JS 3 with 7.829 p

Standard class:
1. Sarah Arnold from the USA in her Discus 2 with 7.798 p . CHAMPION
2. Aude Grangeray from France in Discus 2A with 7.932 p.
3. Ayala Truelove from the UK in LS 8 with 7.601 p.

Club class;
1. Elena Fergnani from Italy in Discus with 7.859 p …CHAMPION.
2. Chrissie Grote from Germany in LS 4 with 7.735 p.
3. Celine Rault from France in LS 4B with 7.708 p.

The Australian team got 250 penalty points for “unsporting behavior” .
Look at the scores on TASK 10. Protest is still ongoing.
Sad for the team but as some call it, ” cheating” is NOT allowed.
Will come back on that later, when there is an official statement.

It puts a bit of a “damp” , a “shadow”, on this so well organized WWGC.
Such a pity!!! Organizers of course,had NOTHING to do with it. This WWGC DID NOT DESERVE such an end!
AND,…I do feel sorry for Jo loosing a club class title like this. It’s all about culture of the sport and being fair,..I know,…but what did she know about this “cheating.”
I count on the fair judgement of all 10 TC’s talking about it and wait for an official statement.
Mind you,…I love to see Elena win too!!!! Got to know her when she was still a teenager,… now she is WORLD CHAMPION. WOW!!!!

TEAM FRANCE is happy with 4 pilots in the top 9 looking at 3 classes!!!
Melanie and Anne as CHAMPION and runner up in 18 m. class with just a few points difference.
Aude Grangeray in Standard class on spot 2 in Standard and be sure when day 1 would have been OK, the other Aude would have been in the top 3 too. It is as it is!!!
Celine on spot 3 in club completes the French success story!!!!

Team Germany has 2 winners ,one number 2 Chrissie and one number 3 Katrin.
The USA has SARAH , a world champion who was about ready to be it!!!
Elena from Italy
,…for me a bit unexpected, but a GLORIOUS Champion in Club class!!!
The UK has with Ayala a great number 3 in Standard class.
About Chrissie;
When she arrived here she was sick, it got worse with fever. Doctors in Tamworth Hospital diagnosed her with pneumonia in one lung.
With medicines she quickly was on the meant again.
Just in time to fly good, …better,… best!! With as result a nice runner up spot in Club class.
Well done Chrissie!!!

NO Secret that
TEAM FRANCE won the TEAM CUP….904.15 p.
TEAM UK was runner up with 894.81 points.
TEAM ITALY was 3d with 859.11 points.

Part of the 47 ladies!!!

In between tuggies are bringing their tugs to their home fields.

2.30 PM:
A bit more about Lake Keepit! All the rest you can find on …or if you wish to speak to the manager ..or…
We are the friendliest gliding club in Australia , { I totally agree!!!}operate 365 day’s a year, with training courses running weekly.
We have our own dedicated airfield… Gliding power training or commercial aviation traffic.
No airspace restrictions for the majority of our flying area. Little other aviation traffic in the vicinity.
Our club operates within Lake Keepit State Park. Gliding is just one of the many activities in the park[ boating, fishing, tennis,biking, walking.bird watching,children’s water park and just relaxing in a stunning rural area.”

Lake Keepit has NSW’s only fully immersive gliding simulator.
They have a dedicated staff on site,… a full time manager,… a midweek instructor and tow pilot along 25 volunteer instructors.

I loved it here so have a look when you pass by or always wanted to learn gliding by your self!!!
It’s worth a visit!!!

Well that’s it from me . We leave tomorrow very early. Don’t know if I have time to publish the last story and pictures to night, but the epilogue might come from Tocumwal after a 10 hour drive.
CU then. It was my pleasure!!!!

What ever,…I loved it here!!!Except for the problems in the end!!!

Cheers Ritz

There will be 2 Fly Pasts over the pool at sport and rec.
the first at 4.30 is a reconicense flight then the F18 is at 5 pm sharp.
the bar will be open from 5 pm and we’ll start cooking at 6 pm.
The podium is delayed until after dinner due to 4 protests that must be considered.

Latest news at the KEEPIT WWGC..20! UPDATED !!!Day cancelled at 11.25!

8 AM:
WHAT A DAY yesterday!!!Those who really wanted to go for it, did so showing some big “shake up’s” in the overall scores.
Some tried SO hard, they just “lost” it, on maybe the last day of these comps, which is sad!
A “normal” morning here with the message that briefing is at 9.30 gridding at the normal time and this day club is first then standard ans 18 m. last.
Looking outside does not yet mean rain , but looking at the West is dark blue, not a good sign.
The TV shows at the weather news, that the east coast from NSW shows big showers even going in to the S of Queensland.

Looking at scores and the 18 m., it was current WWGC champion Katrin Senne who flew her JS 3 to 1000 points. The French girls “hold “on and were the runners up.
Stefanie outlanded and Diana decided to fly back home with a headache worsening by smoke.
Total scores at this stage with maybe 2 day’s to go: 1. Melanie, [8.137 p] 2. Anne, [8.123 p] 3. Katrin.[7.829 p]

In standard class it were the French girls Aude G and Aude U, who were the best with Claire as number 3. [ 391 km in time 3.39….399 km. in time 3.48 and 392 km in time 3.53] Young Claire is doing a real good job.
One outlanding and … remains a bad day for Anna from Poland. She dropped from 4 to 15, pretty sad. She missed the first TP by 0.5 km.
Sarah still leads with 7.998 p. At 2 is Aude Grangeray [7.932]and at 3 it is Aussie Lisa Trotter.[7.643]

In club class there was some “noise” about Jo [Davis] starting, late getting in trouble etc. IF she did she recovered perfect with a 6th place.Elena [Italy] had a REAL good run, she was 6 km. faster than runner up Jenny in her Mosquito. Elena flew 398 km in time 3.52 for 1000 points.
One outlanding from Amelie ,she flew 341 km. but could not finish here. She was rather pleased with the aerotow retrieve as in France that’s not possible. She liked it!!!Some kind of “adventure” for her, making “the pain” of an outlanding softer. She dropped from 7 to 13 overall.
Overall scores:1. Jo in her ASW 20 7.928 p, 2. Elena in her Discus climbing from 5 to 2 [7.859 p] and Chrissie staying wither LS 4 at spot 3.[7.735]

Off to briefing soon now. Just said good bye to Daniel and Lise who travel for another 10 day’s around in their van. We will be gone ,when they come back.
Tasks have just been put up on soaring spot.
18 m; 1.30 AAT
standard; 1.30 AAT
club; 2 hour AAT.

First launch at 11.30!!!
Pre start altitude; 5000ft MSL.
Different than before we have had mostly 6000 and one day 7000 ft.

Later today a bit more about the book: Pilots Touring Guide from Ian Barraclough …as promised.

10 AM:
Briefing is over and at all tables were really nice meringue cookies from team France.
Sponsor today is Jules Art, by July Maddocks. She has an art galley in Andy’s work shop. She sells her own art there and is a very talented artist.
She creates the most beautiful vases . Julie is a ceramicist, painter, crafts person and teacher living in Ipswich .
Here is a link to her site enjoy it, so much to see!!!!

Yammie cookies, eaten with taste by ALL.

A long list from volunteers was showed and all got a big applause!!!
Prize giving from yesterday.

With Jenny at 2, Elena purely happy at 1 and Judyta from Poland on 3.
with Aude Untersee at 2, Aude Grageray at 1 and Claire at spot 3.
18 m. CLASS:
with Anne at 2 , Katrin at 1 and Melanie Gadoulet at 3.

An extra picture this morning from team Italy with Elena winning the day.
She is a member of a real soaring family and I met all of them over the years visiting Rieti in Italy or at junior WGC’s where her brother Nicola participated as well.

Also Ricky is ONE BIG SMILE. Margot still busy with the task from today!

Some domestic news;
BBQ evening tonight and a huge ” 2-seater- BBQ” has been bought and is installed whilst I am writing. Final result tonight.

Kerry , manager here , started the job early this morning , now they “work” with 4 on it.

Safety by Anita.
–about limitation of vision
— the blind spot
—optical illusions
all with pictures.

Weather by Dave in co operation with SkySight.
—Low pressure trough brings rain from the East
—temperature 33 dgr. C
—90 % chance of rain
—Possible storms with maybe downdrafts.
Here in Lake keepit
—-very short window of opportunity
—4000 ft soarable
—bands of heavy cloud
—rain by 2.30
As Dave said ” not a particular pleasant outlook”.

Bruce as task setter mentioned, that the East has the best weather but there is NO possibility for out-landings there. So a “no-go”.
Not much to talk about. “We have to try” ,even a small window, a “hole “between showers…”it’s possible” but it did not sound very convincing..
GOOD LUCK, were the last words from him today!

This competition is long and has been hot and at some day’s very trying, one pilot [MM] is still sick and not flying today. It is after 11 day’s also some kind of competition who has the strongest /best condition/stamina as well.

The brand new BBQ for tonight.

Should I bother about the tasks??? Yes I should.
Here they are;

18 m,..standard…club…

One more thing ; Peak Pictures has added 189 new pictures to the ALBUM  10th Women’s World Gliding Championships — met Káďa LY
Great pictures!!!!!All pilots are covered whilst launching and finishing.

And a request from Petra from the Czech Team .
We are looking for someone to take a car and glider to Tocumwal…car with glider will be ready to leave no later than on Jan 18 in the early morning.
Can leave anytime after that but should be in Tocumwal on Jan 20.
Of course money for fuel will be provided in full amount. We can can add some snack and treat for the driver as well.
If any good soul would take this job for us it would help us so much.
Petra team JO

Part of the Czech team. Petra is not on it.

Really nice trip for a young person to have a sponsored trip to Tocumwal.

11 AM;
Gusting wind over the field.
Message from organizers. STRONG WIND take care of gliders!!!
AND,…much faster than I expected ,..the new BBQ is ready. Top Job!!!

Brand new good looking toy!! Organizers are determined to make EVERYBODY happy here in Lake Keepit …and they do!

11.10 AM: A sniffer goes up.

11.15 AM; Tuggies go to the runway. Weather man Dave in a plane, advises big cell, could’t hear where and heavy rain south as well.
Launch delayed 10 minutes.
4400 ft and 3 kts. reports Dave, but also “a storm is getting closer”.
He is coming back to land. Strong gusting wind ‘s ,… fun..but “street” worked

11.25: DAY IS CANCELLED in all classes:
STORM COMING…take care with gliders….wind could be very strong.
Message from the organizers.
And…..Bruce recommendations; de-rigging if you are able. Please take care of the wind!!!
Thank you for your optimistic approach this morning ;Anita.

11.30 AM: Wind picking up. Had a look outside and there is a SW wind and a big “cell” is hanging to the NW of us.
HUGE activity at the field to bring gliders back to the tie-down area and or in the trailer.
Lightning to the W. and thunder to the NW. The “gap” / window , they hoped to use, is already “closed” ,as the bad weather came in earlier than expected.

11.45 AM; Dust storm over field now! Lightning and thunder.

11.50 AM: Lightning hit the ground just N of the field on the other side of the Lake and started a fire. Smoke rises. They called those who have to be called. But the big cell will “kill” it as it moves to it.

First time in my life I see a beginning fire due to a lightning strike!!!
And the cell moving to it.

12.15 PM: RAIN!!!!! FINALLY REAL RAIN!!!!!!

REAL rain,…from red dust to red mud!!!
Little rivers going to the field. will there be a “beginning” of grass tomorrow???
Hiding for the rain.

12.40 PM: Kangaroos are happy with the rain and hopping around through the muddy puddles.It’s dry now. Still thunder and lightning!!!
One more day to go????? Let’s wait and see.

We just got a great idea from the organizers.
” It is not certain…and of course we try to fly tomorrow…if we do NOT fly, we make a plan to organize the closing ceremony tomorrow evening so everyone can leave early on Saturday morning if they would like to

1.15 PM:
I like John’s reports, so I hope you do too, a bit more inside info from the “weird/challenging ” day yesterday.
A tricky day today.  The morning weather forecast made it sound simple: a weaker version of yesterday, with good conditions confined to the area south and west of home. There were some warning signs in the form of northeasterly winds and mid-level clouds intruding by mid-afternoon, but lift was predicted to stay good until 6:30pm.  This proved optimistic – in reality we had lots of high and mid-level cloud, storms to dodge (or work the edges of, as you saw fit), and an early end to the day that made things very challenging for late finishers.

The trouble – in the form of high cloud shading the sun and virga in the northeast – showed itself early in the day, and there was some thought the tasks might be shortened, but this didn’t happen.  Launches began at 12:30, and all classes were off on tough-looking area tasks.  This at least had the effect that most pilots started fairly promptly.

Trouble continued with storms that developed in the south and southwest.  Fortunately, they never grew beyond a “manageable” size, and all pilots were able to navigate around them, in some cases with significant detours, and in others by using storm-generated lift to make fast progress.  Some pilots climbed to over 10,000’ in the best of this lift.

The march north got increasingly difficult, with thick high- and mid-level cloud shading the ground.  For many, the final 70 km on the way home was done in “survival mode”, taking any available weak lift in conditions that looked as if none should soon be expected.  Not all succeeded.

Two who did – and without much strain – were Kathy and Sylvia in Club class.  They foresaw the weather trouble, started early, flew together and made good progress around the task.  Like many, they arrived near home needing one last climb when these were becoming scarce.  But they found a good one on hills to the north, promptly climbed to a comfortable height, and finished without difficulty.

Sarah had a final glide bordering on desperate.  She found a weak climb about 60km out that gave about 1000’ less than she needed.  Some promising hills on the route home, that often have lift late in the day, on this one now had next to nothing.  At the final steering turnpoint, 23 km from the finish, she was some 500’ below what is reckoned to be the minimum necessary height, and it looked as if her chances of finishing were fading.  But in dead air she somehow made this work, crossing the finish just slightly below the required minimum height (which incurs a small penalty).  She gave some thought to a landing in the dry bed of Lake Keepit (a friendly option due to the current drought) but found she had just enough energy to make the runway and roll to a stop near her hangar.

And last for today: THE PILOTS TOURING GUIDE.
is for planning flying adventures. It seeks to answer the questions”why go there” and “what you will find when you do”.
It has info on destinations.. over 2000… , where a touring pilot is welcome.You can find info on where there is a PDF and at the same address is a link to the book.
The guide is updated continuously and is published every 2 year.
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Tonight BBQ. Will make pictures for tomorrow!!!

Latest news at the KEEPIT WWGC ..19 ! UPDATED !!!

9 AM:
No internet this morning!!!!So I am late!!!!
BUT,…I had time to download the pictures from yesterday evening.
With 3 day’s to go ..HOPEFULLY.. but as said there MIGHT be rain. Still have to see that, as there was no good rain here for years.
Yesterday the Aussie girls did well again with Jo and Ailsa winning their class .
The BABAJAGA was a great success . No way they could run around a fire ,but the DID run around a sprinkler.

Witches can be good looking too. This is Kathy Fosha from the USA.

More pictures later.
In club it was as said Jo Davis ..again..for only 900 points. She was too fast for the distance. Speed was glorious…129, 56 in an ASW 20 at a WWGC.
Here is the better explanation shared by
10th FAI Women’s World Gliding Championships:
Ever wonder why certain days are devalued?
Max Kirschner explains: “There are several devaluing factors, in this case the Winners time is 2:45, to get 1000 points the winners time needs to be over 3:00. It can also be devalued by the number of competitors that do less than Y where Y is 100 km. And the number of speed points compared to distance points can change depending on the number who finish the task. All designed to stop a ‘lucky’ day having a disproportionate effect on the overall results.

Amelie and Elena followed with Chrissie , Claudia ,Celine , Sabrina and Klara all in the 800 points-range.
In standard the girls starting half an hour later , were the daily winners with Sarah at the top, [speed 137 km./h!!] followed by Ayala, Aude G and Aude U.
In 18 m. there were 6 girls with 156/155/154 as speed !!!! Ailsa for 1000 points and the 2 French girls Anne and Melanie with Liz and Jana for 996,994,993 ,985,968 points. Starting with 100 points for the rest of the girls.

Today is day 10 and 18 m. is upfront followed by club and standard.
Briefing at 9.30!!!
Tasks for today:
18 m;4 hour AAT.
standard ;3.30 AAT.
club; 3.45 AAT.

10 AM:
Briefing is over!!!!
Good morning welcome to day 10!!!
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Winners from yesterday:

The podium with a duck waiting for the rain to come. RAIN is the word here at the moment RAIN!!! Even the topic of the day.
With Amelie on 2 ,Jo on 1 and Elena on 3. With MAYBE 3 day’s to go the overall scores at this stage are :
1.Jo with 7.160 p.
2. Celine 7.098 p.
3. Chrissie 7.030 p.
With Ayala on 2 Sarah in the middle on 1 and Aude [G] at 3.
Overall scores at this stage;
1. Sarah with 7.128 p.
2. Aude G. with 6.932 p.
3. Ayala with 6.829 p.
With Ailsa happily in the middle, surrounded by the French girls, Anne on 2 and Melanie on 3.Total scores for the moment with 2/3 day’s to go
1. Melanie with 7.171
2. Anne with 7.155
3. Liz with 6.984.

Brief messages;
—Do not bring a BBQ…ha ha,…only meat and salad for tomorrow night. Drinks will be available.
—An extra THANK YOU to Jacques involved these weeks with the trackers. A HUGE, AMAZING job from the morning till the evening!!!
His picture is in another blog “down under”.
Yesterday he managed also to fly here 715 km. [671 k FAI triangle] in his JS 1C. Good on him.

Safety by Anita;
–They are grateful that the TC’s and pilots use now the “flight tool” to report in and effective way issues from importance for safe flying.
–Give room to a “leader-pilot” when you follow her!!!!
Steward Frouwke added that maybe today or tomorrow MIGHT be the last day.
Of course we wish lot’s of rain for this dry-as-a-bone- country but,..when it could start on Friday evening it would be even better. If not, worries!
We had great weather, can’t be selfish!!!
BUT,….she added that during the last day’s the pilots, who still have chances MIGHT fly in a more aggressive way. SO KEEP IT SAFE!!!!!

Weather by Dave;
More or less the same day, but a bit weaker, as it will have a slower start.
For that reason first launches at 12.30.
Thermals up to 7000/8000 ft.
Light SSE wind.
smoke haze..similar as yesterday ,but they fly in another direction today.

Tasks by Bruce;
Airspace no real issue today.
Flights to the SW.
“Chance of seeing each other”
Tasks pretty similar, as that’s the best area to fly in.

Juror Gisela has been very busy planning this event and Lindy was busy renting hats up and down to Gunnedah and Tamworth.
It was not for nothing, as all had a great evening after dinner in Sport and Rec.
10 new Witches were supposed to be new members from this exclusive Society of the Flying Broomstick.
Only 8 were there as Poland called off.
Here is a picture story;

All witches and witches- to -be followed Gisela and Liz to the place of the ceremony.
All were well prepared as was Lisa in full “glory”.
Ulrike from Germany very much in control.
Liz and Claudia ready to go for it.
Sarah, after a great day of flying.
The Aussie witches who are already a “member”. Jenny, Lisa T, Lisa Turner and Jo…..Jenny Ganderton became a new member, so was Kathy.
Team USA Sarah is a member , Sylvia and Kathy became members now.
Cornelia from Germany.
The place to be.
The new witches get lipstick on after they have sworn to be good . Every new witch has a god mother and in her language you have to do the oath.Hilarious as a Czech girl like Barbora had to speak Aussie “slang” words said by Ailsa.
Flying around on the broom stick; novice Diana with god mother Margot.Kathy [Conway] is “flying” too. Her godmother was Katrin.
Dual flights on the broom stick.
Ready with the lipstick; Ingrid from Germany
Thank you Gisela for organizing a memorable night.

11.15 AM;
still waiting for more than an hour now.
This is how TC John from the USA looked at the event:
” Tonight’s big event was the “Babajaga” ceremony, where all WWGC pilots are made members of an international society of witches.  Tradition dictates that an existing member (i.e. one who has been inducted at a previous WWGC event) act as “godmother” to a pilot flying in her first WWGC.  An oath is administered (in the godmother’s native language), a drink is consumed, lipstick is applied to the novice who then kisses a registry book, and the godmother and inductee together ride a broom around a fire.  In view of the total fire ban that now applies in much of Australia, a sprinkler was made to do duty instead, which seemed oddly apt.  Ten new witches were made tonight, to the approval of all. (Men are allowed at this ceremony, provided they stay quiet and out of the way.)  Afterwards, a some of the witches – and a few others – ended up in the nearby pool.
For more news about the day and the USA girls you can read the rest of his blog at

Everybody looked at the skies this morning. All kind of weather info passed by. Norwegian model’s, alert model’s , local weather by Christian and many more.
For now I think we might have a good day again.
Tuggies are going to 32 for launching in 15 minutes.
Skies are a bit “weird” with high clouds covering the blue skies but also cu’s!!!

12.30 PM;
Don’t want to be too dramatic about it, but as more people think, this might be the last flying day of this WWGC. Rain and over development are forecasted for Thursday and Friday the last day.
We will wait and see. For some of the girls the “pressure” is on.
For now the tuggies are going to launch 18 m. first ,for their 4 hour AAT and with Greg’s “full power, full power “, it is 1 B [Katrin] who is behind the tug now.
Followed by PT [Stefanie] and the rest.

12.47 PM;
All 18 m. launched now. OG as the last one with Ailsa.
Club class in progress now. AJ the first to be launched.

1.15 PM:
Club class all up in the air now……
Standard in progress now. ET just passes by with Aude Grangeray followed by team mate Aude Untersee in JPA. Such a pity ,she “got” zero points on day 1, otherwise she might have been in the top 3/5.
1.35 PM:
P1 , LOT , EU and FX , W 8, as the last ones behind the tug’s.
Will they be the last ones at this WWGC ??????

Line 18 m opens at 13.10.
Line club opens at 13.40.
Line standard opens at 14.05.

2.30 PM;
Most pilots are on track.
When 18 m. goes over the line straight away they can be back after 4 hours at 5.10 PM.
Same with club…who leaves straight away can be back at 5.25.
For standard it will be 2.05 plus 3.30 so 5.30.
But,…I know ….NOT all left straight away.

4 PM:No internet for a short while.
Still clouds under the more grey than blue skies here at the field. Gliders in 18 m are between 7 and 8000 ft and most are at the 2d TP.
To my surprise Diana [MM] just walked in!!!
She had a headache already , which got worse with the smoke on track and decided to fly back home.
Courageous decision. We had already one pilot fainting during this competition, but she recovered very quickly.
57 is on her way to the 3d TP having flown nearly 300 km. already.
Standard is on their way to the 3d TP as well. Some fly E. some fly W. from track.Their 3d TP has a 35 km cylinder.Going pretty slow!
There seem to be showers as well in the mountains
Club is doing well. They are racing to the 5th TP having had already the most km’s behind them. When at the 5t TP they have 100 km. to go.
Some are at 10.000 ft!!!
They clearly seem to have the better weather .
“First spotter” Jo, seems to have started late and is in the back of the race at the moment, finding less good weather conditions. She is just in the sector from TP 3 now, as the last of the pilots. Does n’t mean anything yet!!!
Kathy Fosha leads the pact at the moment and is nearly in the 5th TP [cylinder 30 km.]

5 PM;
The first 18 m pilot, Margot, has reached the 4th TP Tura [cylinder40 km] Speed 116 km./h.
Speed of the French girls is the best at the moment;137 km. /h. Also Katrin and Ailsa have good speed at this time; 136 km./h and 131 km./h.
Have my radio on!!!!
Standard still has a few k’s to go. They are half way to the 4th TP ,where the weather should be better as, club is flying there as well going to the most N. borders of the cylinder. After using the cylinder” to the fullest” they only have 60 k to go ‘home’.Jo [Davis] is in the circle as well, she had good run to it so to see.

Better late than never …the tasks,..just realized I did not put them on. Sorry!!!
” end-of-competition-fatigue”??????

18 m….standard and club class!!!
18 M. a few are in the top circle, The rest SW of it.
standard;still between the 2 big circles
Club; some are leaving the last big circle.

The tracking shows “weird” situations for some of the top pilots. I just wait and see.
Does n’t take long anymore.

5.30 PM;
For sure not the same weather as yesterday at 5 …not as ” SHINING or BOOMING” !!!!
First radio call from 10 km by AJ.
Wind is calm …runway 14…long landing.
Go outside for you to see who is also coming in.

5.37 PM;
The first club class gliders are back;AJ…40…
And P…[18 m]
Only the scores will say what they exactly did.

6 PM;

6.20 PM;
From all classes gliders came in, in between the kangaroos were chased, it all went without problems. Nice landings as well.
Wind is 070 dgr. 6 kts.
WH still had time to say that she copied, that the “kangaroos were in their corner again.”

6.45 PM;
Sarah landed at 6.30. A few more landed but the blog was so much read that I could not get in it anymore.”Had to write in word .”
ZF is still out ,but she is still fighting and still at 6000 ft. in the last circle!!!! She just announced her arrival.Good on her.
There seems to be outlandings as well. 4 or 5.
In the end at 6.30 the wind changed to the NE, so they had to land with wind in the back and cross wind as well, but the girls did a great job. WELL DONE!!!

One tuggy /pawnee leaves to the N……on a retrieve…yes .

They are at

I looked already;There are some upsets today!!!
In 18 m. Liz dropped a spot and Katrin went to 3. Katrin won the day ,preliminary and has 1000 points.
The French girls did well with a 2d and 3d place.Still on top with Melanie at 1 overall at this stage,[ 8.135 p] Anne as runner up with 8.122 p.
Katrin now 7.829 points, moving from 5 to 3!!!!

In Standard class; not enough scores in now to say something about it.
More scores now: It looks preliminary that the 2 Aude’s won the day with Sarah at 6. But she still has enough points to be honest …less than 30 points …on the runner up Aude.
The number 3 and 4 are not yet scored or missed a TP , so Anna drops from 4 to 15 . All according to the preliminary scores.
Claire moved from 9 to 4!!!! Great job!!!

Club class; Jo [Davis] indeed had a later start but “fought ” herself to a 6th daily place at this stage so is still number 1 overall. Elena won the day….1000 points!!!! Good on her.
Jenny Ganderton is runner up today and the 2 Polish girls are 3 and 4.
Jo is number 1 with 7.913 p. Elena is runner up with 7.859 points.At 3 Chrissie with 77.16 points. Celine dropped from 2 to 4.
Looking more serious at this all with unofficial scores tomorrow!!


Latest news at the Keepit WWGC …18! UPDATED!!!

8 AM:
What an EXTRAORDINARY flying day the “girls ” had yesterday.
No Ritz,this is the normal Keepit weather“.
Glad we have ALL seen and felt it now too.
A great “drink” after at the bar ,with lot’s of pilots and the total German team had dinner here in front of the club house.
We had dinner here as well.
The men cooked us a great curry!!! Dave is not only a good weatherman but also a great cook with help from Jay and Nick.

Part of the German table with us in the back.
Part 2 of the German Table. They had delicious food as well.
Part of our table with Gisela, Jay and Captain Bluebeard.
Lindy, Nick and Dave. All in good mood!

They had a great flying day. The most unlucky person was MM, Diana. She had to fly the whole task with the wheel out. NO way she could get it in. Lost a lot of points [got only 422] and dropped from 10 to 14. She loves her brand new JS 3, but flying with the wheel out is no fun!!!
It’s to be seen if she can fly today.
Best in her class, 18 m, was again Ailsa. She is really in some kind of winning mood/flow now!!!
The first 8 flew over 140 km./h!!!!! Ailsa and Lisa [Turner] did 147 km./h for 1000 and 995 points.
With 4 day’s to go the overall scores are :1.Melanie and 2. Anne with 6.177 and 6.159 points with at 3 Liz with 5.991.
But others are getting closer: Katrin with 5.966 and Ailsa with 5.909.

In Standard class it was AUSSIE AUSSIE OI OI OI.!!!! With Lisa and Claire on the top spot’s!!They started together and finished nearly at the dot!!! Time 3.46 at the 3.45 AAT !!!1000 and 994 points!
Sarah, unfortunately, miscalculated her time and was home too early with a time of 3.26. She said she had a great flight, fast and smooth till then.
With 4 day’s to go ;1. Sarah with 6.128 points, 2, Lisa and Aude both 5.966 and Anna is now at 4 with 5.904 p.[She was 8th yesterday!]

In club class 2 German racers in yesterday’s top!!! Chrissie in the LS 4 and Sabrina in the same glider but with winglet’s, flying together and finishing together for 1000 and 990 points. Speed 114 km./h.
Barbora and Elena did very well too. [ 112 and 114 km./h….. handicap Discus is 1.045]
Till spot 8 the points were between 916 and 1000.
With 4 day’s to go; 1.Jo with 6.260 p. 2. Celine 6.232 and 3 Chrissie with 6.158. VERY close scores here as Sabrina is only 50 points behind her.

Club class;
Chrissie and Sabrina from Germany on spot 1 and 2 and Barbora from Czech Rep on 3.
Standard class:
With Lisa and Claire on spot 1 and 2 and on 3 from France Aude [Untersee] Such a pity she lost so many points on day 1.
18 m. Class:
Another 2 Aussies on 1 and 2 Ailsa and Lisa with Katrin from Germany as number 3.

Welcome to day 9 was the message this early morning.
Grid order standard, 18 m and club class.
Briefing at 9.30.
So breakfast now and off to the briefing.NO need for airco today , as there is a nice cool wind going straight through one door to the other.
Having a few goose bumps ??????? now.

Today’s task’s;
18 m…..501 km.
standard…..511 km.
club…4 hour AAT

Even had time for a little walk.

10 AM;
Briefing over.
Today’s sponsor is Glasfaser Flugzeug service from Hansjoerg Streifeneder. Thanks!!!
Domestic news:
—Problems with internet , this morning, but seem over now.
—Competition shirts for sale 45 dollar.
—Babajaga this evening at 8 after dinner in the Sport and Rec. Tell Chris if you attend for dinner.

News from the FAI flag. It’s “owned” by somebody now who writes in name of the flag “For me there was too much sun ,so I had to find a shadow place” And that happened to be over Elena’s glider in their hangar.

They might have to change runway before starting the launches.
If they do:
—first the back row moves
—Then the next row
—in order
They will allow enough time and go then to the B task, so ONLY IF….

Safety report by Anita:
Another good one also for the readers who fly.
it seems that club class has consistently more encounters than other classes. 18 m have rarely any encounters.WHY?
Do they have a different gaggle culture?
It seems so.
A gaggle is a delicate balance, it relies on everyone behaving predictably.
Looking at video’s they observed ….
— lot’s of adjusting in thermals [ in a gaggle you can’t have the best climb]
—Atypical thermal entry [enter the way you are meant to]
—Atypical thermal leaving [leave the way you are meant to]
—Enter thermals from outside not from middle.
—Fly the same circles as the others or find your own thermal[not circling inside but also not at the outside]
—When leaving the gaggle,…leave it.
—scan complete field of vision in straight flight and in the thermals.
—put your FLARM antenna in the best position and do not switch it off

I wanted to publish this great cartoon already earlier but could not download it.. I took a picture from the window of the office where it is hanging. Quality could of course be better but the cartoon from Alannah is TOP, even with some words missing and “wrapped” in plastic.

The weather by Dave from Sky Sight.
High in Tasman sea has moved S. and a mini-low off to the E.coast directing winds from SSE.
cooler drier air and lessening dew point, fewer cu’s.

Forecast for Thursday and Friday….RAIN!!!!
Today’s weather;
5000 ft. soarable height by 12
day finishes at 6.30/7 PM, so a rather long day.
Thermals..5 kts.
up to 7 8000 ft.
SSE winds 10 kts.
Landing wind 10 kts BUT
Possibility of stronger winds coming in from the S in the end of the day ….maybe bringing in smoke….hope not!!

We only know at 11.30 if they have to change runway.

A real “GHETTOBLASTER” brought in for some music before and after briefing by team Australia. Mat [Cage] looks with “suspicious ” satisfaction , Mike [Codling] more amused.

Task setter Bruce is optimistic about the day but advises:
Don’t take too many risks!”
USA shared nice chocolates with the message “kisses” and a bottle opener at all the tables and The UK ,sticker’s and a pen .

little presents by the USA and UK.

“Kangaroo-chase-toy” is ready for action later in the day.

One of the few quads here at the field.

Back later.
Don’t know if I should publish this picture by SkySight ,but it could help the mind set for tomorrow Wednesday and maybe Thursday ,when they find a “window”. Not loosing points might be more interesting now.

as shared by SkySight
The rain is coming! To put and end to both the bushfires and the WWGC I suspect! Better make those points while you still can!
Local weather service is predicting 35-70mm of rain to fall from Thursday to Saturday around Lake Keepit. Lake Keepit may become a Lake again! ” by Matthew.

11.45 AM;
Tuggies are going to the grid. It seems no change of runway and change of task. So runway 32 is THE runway.
Update on wheel story MM.
With 2 hands she can get the wheel in today. “An unidentified object” …the only thing they could think of….a snake maybe….had moved the break cable…hanging in on it…. and blocked the cable of the wheel.
IF it was a snake it could not get into her cockpit, as said before it is totally closed,…. if TOO hot an oven , but in this case rather safe.
IF it was a snake it dropped out somewhere….without a parachute…not good for him/her.
Good luck for her today.
Jacques has gone up in K1 , 15 minutes before the launches start, but did not find a good thermal yet.

12 PM;
So launches delayed with 15 minutes! Jacques reports now 3 kts. to 3500. …then 4 kts up to 4000 ft. Time to share the tasks.

Different colors today. Yellow is 18 m…blue is standard and…green is club class.

12.15 PM;
Jacques is going down,…2800 ft, but found something NOW.
Tuggies ; 2 minutes standard class first .by Greg.
AND,……off they go!!!
EU is the first to be launched.[Hana]…full power, full power… followed by FX [Dana]… W8.[Jana ]..XBY [Sarah]…. ET [ Aude G] …..JPA [Aude U.]
First 6 tuggies on the way.
Another plane, passing by , disturbs a bit,…must be shocked to fly in an area with 6 tuggies and 47 gliders. NOTAM???????
12.30 PM;
CC is next [Claire] ….XZ [Kathy] …LT….[Lisa] L7 [ Ayala]…1A [Akemi] …PO [Serena] …4 to go in this class!!
FQF [Cornelia]…..S7 [Ulrike] …..P1 [Agata]….LOT [Anna]
12.25 standard class is UP and has to “travel” 508 km.

18 m in progress for 501 km. task..
Wind at field, still OK for towing!!! No wind here by the way..
HS [ Lisa] …J 7 [ Jenny] …OG [Ailsa] …1B [Katrin] …PT [Stefanie]…XM [Alena]…ZF [Eva] …..half way….. …ZE [Jana] …57 [Margot]….MM [Diana] …P [Joanna] …FM [Anne] …51 [ Liz] …FQ [Melanie]….

12.59 PM;
Club class, J1 is the first to be launched.[Judyta] This class is much lighter ,…. passes by higher….. and then the shade- cloth is in “my ” way, … I can’t spot the call signs. Sorry……..but I still listen.

Line standard opens at 13.05.
Line 18 m.opens at 13.25

line Club opens at 13.50.

Back later. Still have to share a picture from Jordan the 22 year old instructor at Lasham and having already been here 2 seasons and now here just for a few day’s to see his old mates , who are very complimentary about him.

Happy chappie,……Jordan.

4.15 PM;
The skies still look fabulous specially to the NW and W. No wind here, but at the terminal, where the flags are you can see there is quite some wind from the W. at this stage.
The far S. looks a bit “Iffy” “Smoky” “Hazy” , but checking with Allan, nothing bad shows up yet at the radar.GOOD!!!
The “standard girls” are happily flying around between 5 and 8000 ft. according to G-Track and they are with 15 min. delay close to the 3d TP.
Meaning they have flown already, around 305 km. with 200 k to go .A few km to leg 4 and the final 23 km.
The long leg still is 158 km. from TP 3 to 4.

The” club girls” are nearly at TP 4, some have passed it already and on their way to “conquer” their longest leg of 103 km. and for the first on track they only need about 100 k. A few however still have to reach TP 4.
On the way to Mount Kaputar the leaders surely find some good clouds.
The “18 m. ladies,” are flying in a nice long row behind each other. They have had 2 TP’s already and are in ” this nice row” flying to TP 3.
Jenny should be nearly there.
Then a leg of 160 km with the final glide from 23 km to home.

Skies this afternoon at the field .

As shared and seen by Pôle France Planeur

5 PM;
Anna did n’t look in the best mood this morning, but for sure is “on fire” now leading her class. [standard]
In club Amelie, has passed Mount Kaputar already and is “only” 40 k out I guess ,so I put my radio on!!!
18 m. slowly moves to the TP 5 the last one .

5.05 PM:
170/180 dgr…. 8 kts…. landing 14…nicely in time to see them…
The first have landed here, a nice bunch of gliders with Elena in 40 as the first to be back here.
Followed by CQL…SC…WH…V57…BM…
Then a few minutes …silence,…..IC comes at 10 k out….

5.40 PM;
In between more gliders IN,so to hear on the American voice Kathy landed on 20. Wind 180 dgr…8 kts.
CQO…XJY…KW…UKE…T1…FX…EU…coming now.

6 PM;
3 classes mix now. Ailsa is also in but landed 20 because of too much gliders and kangaroos.

6.10 PM;

In club class all pilots are back as JO just landed.
Jo Davis from Australia won the day but she does n’t get 1000 points as she just was too fast!!!”Spectacular ” she said about the day and added there was nice” streeting” as well. Very happy with her performance. Also Celine who was 6th today is happy with the task and weather.

Jo and Celine after a speed of 130 and 123 km./h.

6 pilots in 18 m. have flown around with a speed of 154/156 km./h.
Ailsa seems to win the 1000 points and 996,994,993 points for Anne, Melanie and Liz.

Not too many scores yet in Standard. Will be back on that tomorrow. Sarah took a, I guess calculated risk, in leaving half an hour after the other pilots. She leads at this stage with a speed of 136 km./ h, just a tad faster than Ayala who started at the same time.

For all scores;

Latest news on the Keepit WWGC …17! Updated!

8.15 AM:
Monday ,….and it’s the last week of flying here at the WWGC.
A cool morning and ,…actually cold water comes out of the cold water tap. Before,… it was warm to hot.
No flying yesterday as the wind blew over the field. Not even instruction was permitted due to gusts up to 35 kts.
They got a “new” instructor here as well. One who has been here already for 2 seasons.
Jordan is his name, he is from Lasham , looks very young , is not old, but older than he looks.
He is my new home mate and what I heard he is as an ace-instructor,….GOOD!!!
Kurt, born in Switzerland and living in the Sydney area has left us after a week of hard work at the field and helping out here in the club house.

Kurt just before he left.
And this is Jacques, I did not share a picture from him yet, but he is important for the trackers and more. Nearly 80 year old Janet is sitting in the back. Still a member of the Gympie gliding club.

Today is day 8 “take 3”!!!
Gridding is busy when I write at 32 and club is up front, then standard and 18 m.
Briefing at 9.30 as usual. No tasks yet.
Breakfast now, after a delicious dinner yesterday at the cottage from Jean and Bob, where I was in the morning as well. SUPERB!!! Carroll Gap Farm house. Don’t forget to make an appointment.

Looking at the overall scores with one week to go, we see that in
18 m. Melanie Gadoulet and Anne Ducarouge from France are leading with 5.219 and 5.209 points!!!
At 3 is Liz Sparrow {UK}with 5.125. So all very close and everything is possible. Katrin Senne [Germany} and Ailsa McMillan [Australia] follow with 4.980 and 4.909. They are still in the race as well.
standard class; Sarah Arnold [USA] still leads this class with 5.230 points. Followed by Anna Piotrowska from Poland with 5.075 p.
At 3 at this stage Aude Grangeray [France] with 5.066 and a tad lower Ayala Truelove from the UK with 5.057 p. Also the 2 Czech girls Dana and Hana are still in the race with 4.992 and 4.985 points.
Club; Aussie Jo still leads in this class with 5.344 points. She did so for all day’s except for day 1, when team mate Jenny Ganderton was at the top.
Celine Rault from France is runner up at this stage with 5.292 and Chrissie Grote from Germany is 3d with 5.158 p.
Pretty close behind is her team mate Sabrina Vogt with 5.118 and Elena Fergnani from Italy 5.040. p.

So in ALL classes are possibilities for a lot of girls!!!!
Off to briefing soon.

10.30 AM;
Briefing is over .Tasks WERE set and might be still on but they expect at 11 news from the fire bombers to see how the smoke from the fires at Mount Kaputar will effect those tasks.
18 m; 456 km
standard ;452 km.
club;4 hour AAT.
After 11 we know what’s going to happen.It will be TASK C see below!!!!

More news at briefing.Liz from the UK started with the presentation for the WWGC in 2021 at Husbands Bosworth called as well HUSBOS.
She will be the competition director at this WWGC. Date has been changed it is ; AUGUST 14 to 28 2021.
They fly in 3 classes; 18 m..standard…club.
–They have an easy airspace….ideally placed
–analyses on weather over last 10 years…best weather and most racing day’s.
—practice; be quick they kept some places [50] for guests to be part of the pre-worlds.

briefing; Prize giving from day 7

Jo ….. Barbora as winner of the day and Ines Engelhardt from Germany.
Anna from Poland …. Aude from France as daily winner and Ayala from the UK.
Katrin from Germany….Ailsa as daily winner and Anne Ducarouge from France who was equall 3d but this is Melanie .

Today’s sponsor; LX NAV.

Domestic news:
Members of the International Society of the Flying Broom stick invite to the BABAJAGA ceremony …10 pilots will become members of the Club at 8 PM.
Ceremony is tomorrow after dinner at the Sport and Recreation .
—-For Thursday there will be a BBQ at “my” /the club house. Bring your own meat and salad.
1. UK ….912.06 p.
2. France…906.58 p
3. Germany…865.02 p.
4. Poland…859.17
5. USA …851. 17

Weather; SE weather over the next couple of day’s. Pretty long day today between 11/11.30 AM and 6 /6.30 PM.
Will share the picture from the 7 day forecast for the Gunnedah Area when I have it. Got it straight away!!!!

Forecast for this week.

CU’s at 3 PM; 9 to 10.000 ft in NW task area.
Wind at 5 PM light S SE. Landing 14.

Task; Bruce said with a smile from ear to ear that he was tempted to set a 1000 k today,…Laughter!
Influence from smoke will define task today A or B or C or D.
Extra info; The West side of Mount Kaputar is very landable.

Tasks; C.
18 m; 3.30 AAT. ……With 3 big circles from 50..30 and 30 km.
standard; 3.45 AAT…… With also 50..30 and 30 km. circles.
club; 4 hour AAT
. ……With 40..30 and 30 Circles.
First start at 12 !!

Big circles today!!!Yellow is 18 m and standard is blue ,pink for club.

11.35 AM;
Tuggies start their engines. We are half way trough , so last week beginning soon.

12 PM;
Clubbies are leaving now for the first flight of the last week with task C.
First one to be launched, is 40 with Elena ….”full power,full power”….from Italy in her Discus. Followed by MF with USA pilot Kathryn in her LS 1f.
15 To go!!!!
12.10; Sylvia in XJY announces her arrival at 20 right for a relight and was back here at 12.12.

12.22 PM;
all clubbies are up.
Relight XJY happens straight away at 12.26.

12.28; standard class launches in progress now.
P1 Agata from Poland is the first to go , followed by team mate Anna in LOT.
Also BY [Sarah] is back for a relight at 20.
1 A [Akemi] passes by so does PO,[Serena], FQF with Cornelia , S7 [Ulrike] is the last one in st class.

12 .48; Standard is up in the air, so is Sarah .
First FQ with Melanie , followed by team mate FM with Anne and Liz from the UK in 51 and HS , with Lisa.
10 to go.

1.12 PM
MM and P , Diana and Johanna, are the last to be launched. After 1 hour and 10 minutes they are all up in the air.
Good luck ladies!!!

Starts in front of the door. Nice skies!!!

Line club class opened at; 12.55
Standard class at; 13.15
18 m. at; 13.40

Bruce has been up to Mount Kaputar to see how the fire and the smoke is and he said, “it’s going to be real nice day“. It won’t effect the tasks.

Back later.

3 PM;
Great cu’s , LOOKING GOOD!!!!
Most of 18 m. are , after passing Mount Kaputar, on their way to circle 1. Leg is 171 km.
Club shows that the Czechs have started early and they are in the first circle. After 140 km.
Standard ‘s first leg is 169 km.some have reached the border of the circle.

5 PM;
18 m is in the one but last circle, whilst I “nearly ” die from the smell of the amount of garlic in the kitchen here. They did around 262 km and some are on their way to the last big circle with one smaller to go and the last small circle on final glide.
Minding the 15 minutes it will be less than 200 k to go!!!With height between 4 and 8000 ft.
Standard;339 k. for a few “in the pocket” a bit more than 100 to go. An average of 7000 ft. and lot’s of flown k’s by the Aussies and Aude G and Cornelia.
Club ;is with the first starters in the Narrabri circle, 315 done about 100 to go. They are between 5 and 8000 ft and the best have flown over 300 km.

Radio on ,…but still a bit too early
The first in Club COULD have gone straight over the start line at 12.55 and should be back after 4 hours.So around 5.
Standard line was open at 13.15 with a 3.45 AAT the first could be back soon too.
18 m…line opened at 13.40 for a 3.30 AAT. The first might come soon too.
No noises at the radio yet!!!
Keep an eye on it.
5 .10 PM:
Skies still look fabulous so I guess they fly as much kilometers as possible.
Bit more wind than this morning looking at the wind sock from the SE.

Wind is variable and light runway 14 long landing….
The first to land was Sarah in XBY.
More announced their arrival all from standard class and from club class;
Still extraordinary weather.;
Missed a few with running up and down.
57…40…BM…ET…SC [straight in] …LOT…XJY…XZ…BM…L7…V57…CQL…HS…OG…WH…T1 …KW….IIC….MM
MM flew the whole task with the wheel out, as there was no way to get it in!!!!
Fast ladies today!!!! More tomorrow. FOOD and drinks now!!!!! The other way around.
All ladies back!!! GOOD!!!!!!!
BUT,…as you know scorers are fast so have a look at

Latest news on the Keepit WWGC…. 16!BEST EVER INTERNATIONAL NIGHT!!

10 AM:
Bit late yes I know.
Early this morning I woke up after a knock on my door. It was Chris. “would you like to come for a cooked breakfast” I did.
So off we went, but we were not the only ones to have a great breakfast . Team USA, UK, Luxembourg and Australia were there. A bit crowdy so Lindy helped out with the eggs and a USA crew member knew how to make posh coffee ,so he did that.

More friends enjoyed the good breakfast at a very traditional house with the most beautiful plates and antique items. Hosted by Jean and Bob Dirks.
Chris and Lindy helping out, homemade fresh bread, jam’s chutneys ETC.
All hands help!!!

There I heard the day was cancelled.
believe the weather window is too small for a fair task, even for one class.CU at briefing tomorrow.

Frouwke and I did a little story and pictures on this WWGC for a Dutch Gliding Paper .They wanted more “young” girls at a picture , so here you are;

Nina the tuggy, Tanja from Germany crew, Serena pilot for Germany and Claire pilot for Australia.

Wet and wild,….rock and roll/ country, …awesome food and too many really nice but “killing” drinks.
A picture report with text.

Team Germany; with “FRANKFURTERS” in bread and beer. Stefanie with her crew and Katrin.
Team USA; with the crew helping out. The gentleman on the r. was helping out this morning in the cafe. They had spicy nacho’s and ice tea with vodka.
TEAM Australia; with Jenny [Ganderton] , Terry the TC, Mat team support, Dave the weather man. Nice sausages with onions , crackers with Vegemite, and all kinds of the bestAussie sweets as minty’s, Tim tam’s and laming-ton’s.
Team Italy; with Margot, Elena and TC Ricky. They had olives, cherries, aperol with Italian prosecco, spaghetti with great cheese!
Team Luxembourg:with Egg brandy and whipped cream and Bailey’s , with George. Diana was just getting food for him. They served more than a 100 drinks!!!
Team UK; With Liz upfront the rest serving pimm’s and delicious curry’s with rice.Eaten by many with appetite.
The Czech team; with real Czech beer which was loved by many, as beer is VERY expensive here.
Team Japan; Akemi with good sake and little bites to eat. Of course with a bird from oregamie.
Team France; With Anne Audier ..” Madame Bailleau”. Not only a good cook, but also an osteopath, crew and the engine from the French team, from what I can see.
They had the most food, with crepes and tarts full of meat and onions, crackers with pate foie and French cheese.

Everybody eat , drunk and talked in great spirit in the old new briefing room.
Then it was nearly 8 and some of the young ones , started to ” grap ” people to throw them in the pool. First as announced task setter Bruce and meteo Dave, who cried out loud he was drowning so I throw a “spaghetti”- help to him.

They even tried to push Bruce back in. LOL.
Dave playing he was drowning.

Then it totally got “wild” CD Mandy was thrown in, as was deputy CD Anita. Lot’s of TC’s were fighting against it but failed and were wet. Pilots got in one with her tracker in the pocket and another saved her glass of beer above her head but her camera was in the water.
In between Brad and Bill were singing their heart out again and more and more people went on the dance floor, which was wet ,….but no worries.
The French girls danced, the Czech TC did [ never saw him so VERY relaxed!! good to see]
What a great event it was.
All the little drinks , beer and wine made everybody “loose” but in a great friendly way. As it should be!
I loved looking at it!! And luckily Gisela and I looked like “eminences grises” So we escaped!!!

French TC ” incognito”.
the DREAM TEAM, crew from Claire but boys full of mischief. As you can see.
And …Sarah was thrown in the pool.
More “eminences grises” With Harry..Captain Blue Beard… who helps at the scales, and is called “a real gentleman” , Jay who is a tuggy, Mac, Ian Mc Fee also called..Mister Soaring” , Al called here Mr Death a tuggy , Mr Ian Barraclough , editor from Pilots Touring Guide [come back at that later]
Lindy who helps where ever she can, she thinks she does n’t do a lot ,…I see what she does and IT IS A LOT!! Greg who helps at the scales puts the cones out and more.
The by now here famous French dancing girls;Aude [Untersee ] and Amelie
MORE pictures from dancing. Some were REALLY good.
Brad and Bill singing all evening. There were many more dancers but the French were the best.

The “small”. drinks;

Pimms by the UK.
Italian prosecco created to aperol.

What a SUPER RELAXED evening. A few will have a headache I think,…no no not the pilots!!!!
You might have missed the Polish team, they were late ,AND,..they are excused….they only arrived here at 7 PM from their retrieve yesterday!

Back later 12.30 NOW.
as said ,…day cancelled.

Clear visibility today
courtesy British Gliding Team

2 PM;
Met several interesting people here.
Living in their van and spending a lot of time here in the club house are Daniel Dubreuil and Lise from Quebec in Canada, speaking of course French and English, easy here with all different Nationalities.
I was wondering how they ended up here.
Nice story;
They lived in California and they flew around to write and make video’s from their adventurous trips.
They were known as ” Captain D and the lovely crew” at that time the name of their youtube channel as well.
After 15 years they moved back to Quebec for family reasons.

How did they end up in Lake Keepit?
They wanted to avoid the cold winters and looked at the internet where to go. Lake Keepit came up because of the kangaroos.
That’s where they went. Bought a van and planned a week here.
That turned out to be 1.5 month and Daniel started gliding. He is a member now and his van lives here at the place, where we had breakfast this morning .
At that time the tuggie here was a violist, there was also somebody who played the guitar and song.
That created a new lifestyle for them, making video’s with music and writing their own lyrics.
So an Australian Canadian production business was born.
This morning I got the link to the you tube video ” Down under the Keepit Chapter”.
Here is the link;

Great music and ….Lake Keepit ….WITH a lake and green grass and blue skies with cu’s. Thanks Daniel for sharing.

CU tomorrow with more latest news and most probably another flying day.

Latest news on the Keepit WWGC… 15.Updated!

10.30 AM;
It was for some a hectic evening.
If you have no trailers for 2 of your JS 3 gliders [they arrived in a container from France …no space for trailers!] ,I can imagine the panic on the face of one of the crews yesterday evening.
We need help” ,was what he said. I knew Diana had flown back on her jet engine, so she was home and she had a trailer. So, as I remembered as well ,that George said earlier, that if the French need a trailer they would help , I send the crew to them.
I heard they drove up and down twice to get their pilots and gliders.

I heard still voices at 3.30 AM, so the very early morning. The tuggies had done 4 retrieves and then had to refuse one, cause of deteriorating visibility.
Everybody was accounted for so that was good!!! Heard of no damage yet, even better.
Not the first time ALL gliders out-landed on a big FAI event , for sure not the last time either. Part of the game.
The young ones called it “an adventure” and ” time to visit Mac Donald’s”. Others , as TC’s from countries with 6 pilots, had to get their highest logistic skills above, to deal with it all.
Looking forward to some stories. I read already that some arrived back home at 5 AM and a few gliders were retrieved this morning.
Some pilots got in at 5am this morning other teams have been setting out on retrieve this morning! ” British Gliding Team.

Claire Scutter’s Gliding;
Claire flies CC in this comps and does a great job. Is at spot 9 overall in standard class.
Here is her story:
What a day! 😩
450 km task set for standard class. At 2:30 pm we started. Conditions were not as good as predicted and by 5pm we still had 300km to go! With the day set to finish by 6:30pm there was no chance we would make it around the task and it became a distance day with a mass land out.
Lisa 🇭🇲 Aude 🇫🇷 and I all landed in the same field at 7pm. It was nice to have some friends today .
The dream team crew were already on their way and had the glider de-rigged and the trailer closed in record time – 7 minutes! 
I think the task setter and weather man will be tossed in the pool at international night this evening

“CC has landed!”
As shared by Claire

Here is team UK:
Yesterday we 18m were launched into a rather unsoarable sky with 538km to go. We had got about halfway when the day died at around 7pm. With 170km to get home, the full tank of fuel JUST got me onto glide back to Lake Keepit where I arrived slightly before last landing. Ayala and Claudia in common with all their classes landed out and were back around midnight.”
By Liz.

I won’t say it was late when I got back yesterday but here’s the sun setting!  “
As shared by Liz.

There were winners as well!!!! Not for many points but every point counts!!!
18 m; Ailsa who flew 387 km. from the set 538 k. “got” 482 points. Katrin was runner up with 348 km. and 434 points.
standard; Aude [Grangeray] who flew 300 km from the set 435 k. for 600 points. Then Anna, Ayala and Cornelia each good for 287 km.
club; Barbora flew in her ASW 19 290 km of the set 417 km for 600 points. They all flew together , 11 landed not too far from each other and their points are between 500 and 574 for runner up Jo.

More later about the retrieves. Off to Manilla soon for lunch.
Tonight INTERNATIONAL NIGHT. … at 6.30 for 7.
Ritual sacrificing of the weather forecaster and task setter scheduled for 8PM.”
All food is kept in fridges and who needed more fridge room,….no worries organizers would help.

Also later; a “wrap up” from week 1 here in Keepit.

3.30 PM;
Lovely lunch NOT at the pub …too much fat food….but at a lovely little cafe with superb food.
Not a lot of people here, they really enjoy their day off.
So no more news about the retrieves.
Get a lot of reactions on the blog, but here is a special one from Cal in the USA and not the youngest anymore:
Having fun trying to follow all the ladies especially Sarah who taught me to fly gliders. Always special. Thank you for keeping us all up to date on the flying. ”

Looking at week 1 from this WWGC ;
With 7 out of 7 days, from which 1 day was cancelled in the air, it is a successful competition till now.
2 Days were ,in my opinion, too ambitious ….the cancelled day due to late weather chances and the mass-outlanding-day.
That day just started not strong enough, never reached the speed the task setter and weather man expected/hoped for and for that reason the task was just too long. Indeed easy to say in retrospect.
The organization in TOTAL, stands, the scores are fast, the “tuggies are the heroes of the skies” , the field runners in the blistering heat the “little heroes” and the radio and landing advises by Peter always cheerful, clear and safe.
Jacques takes care of the trackers and Gisela runs up and down to check all scores as juror and Frouwke as steward to keep an eye on everything.
Sean got the official site in perfect condition with news and videos.
The office is ran smooth, bills are in time to show you what you have spend and the food at Sport and Rec. is nicer than expected.

The office with Michelle and Chris.
Courtesy Frouwke.

What more? Yes some of the girls were/are really tired , but fought, also on the last day, for the points. Great job!!!
“A girl has to do what she has to do ,….and she can”.

About Lake Keepit!
SO DRY,..SO SAD,….. but what great people!!!!!.
They all experience with this drought new situations in which they have never been before. They have to deal with them AND …..they do deal with them.
No water ,…they buy it.
Sand everywhere,..Wendy comes extra to clean.
No vacuum glider to clean the dust out of the cockpit,…bring your glider to the hangar.
No connection between car and trailer,…I find you one.
No car to travel…come with us.
I can give you a long list.
Everybody is cheerful , it’s a pleasure to be here between all the club members. They have very strong feelings for their club!!!!And ,..some are “worn out ” too, you see it ,but you won’t “feel / notice ” it.

Looking forward to the next week.
6 More day’s weather,smoke and dust permitting.
We can handle it!!!
By the way the member of team USA is back with the team again, his kidney stone is OUT!!!

Ready to make some pictures at the INTERNATIONAL NIGHT and to try some special prepared food.

CU tomorrow!!!

Latest news on the Keepit WWGC ..14. Updated!!!

8.30 AM;

Courtesy Pôle France Planeur

It’s all happening here in Lake Keepit.
Great soaring with bride beautiful clouds and an impressive sandstorm on one day! Even the locals called it quite spectacular!
The flying by the ladies was TOP. Their landings as well.
The organization was spot on with their forecast; be back in time. They all did, though the organizers were a tad worried, when some ladies really waited long to go to the start point.
At 5 the sun carefully tried to show her face again…. at 5.15 we saw red sand to the east of the field. ….At 5.25 the storm was here, blowing over chairs , gas bottles and BBQ’s.
The ladies and crew were having their drinks at the bar, but had to run for the red sand. Though the French men remained quite long in their chairs with their back to the wind and sand, before they gave up as well.

The sun slowly disappears behind the sand.
Courtesy Allan Barnes.
Running away for the storm.

2 Gliders had slight dust-damage as far as I know now. Their canopy’s were blown open, but not off. Thanks to Diana who lay over her’s and Tim , who saved W8. So they have to clean the cockpit today and the instruments.
And yesterday evening their faces.

After “Saving a brand new JS 3 canopy”.

Back to the ladies and yesterday’s flying.
In the end when all scores were in Anne Ducarouge was the best in 18 m. flying 456 km in time 3.17 , so speed of 138.61 km./h. for 1000 points.
Alena was number 2 and Melanie number 3.
In standard class it was ” Czech -girls- above -all” . On spot 1 Jana, [1000] on spot 2 [999] Hana and on 3 Dana.[997 p] One of the pilots in this class came back with the engine.
In club class 4 from 5 in the top are LS 4. Still a great little glider. Celine, Chrissie and Jo [ASW 20] were the best . Amelie and Sabrina followed in their LS 4’S on 4 and 5.

Chrissie, Celine and Jo.
With Jana,Hana and Dana
18 M:
Alena, Anne and Melanie.

Today’s task on day 7 with briefing at 9.30 and first launches expected at noon.
18 m;….570 km…..
standard;….446 km .
Club:…428 km.
Grid order ; 18 m….club and standard class.

Members of the INTERNATIONAL SOCIETY of the FLYING BROOMSTICKS invite to the BABAJAGA ceremony, 10 pilots will become members of the club. Ceremony starts at the end of the International Night.
Back after briefing.

As shared by Kathy Conway
here is a picture from the first leg yesterday flying towards Kaputar. This became a storm later in the day. “

10 AM:
Briefing is over. We have to drink was the most important message. Last night 1 team member was brought to the hospital with kidney stones!
I know the pain I had them too as well as gall stones!!!! TERRIBLE.

TOMORROW DAY OFF,…NO FLYING!!!! Lot’s of people will be more than ready for that!OFFICIAL REST DAY!!!!
7 day’s in a row of intensive heat , smoke ,sand and long-distance-flying ….it COSTS!!!!!
NOTE; no coffee- van on rest day and no dinner at Sport and recreation.

Today we fly TASK C!!!!!
Today’s sponsor is MERILBA ESTATE , a WINERY, donating the wines as prizes. Thanks.

weather; hot with 41 dgr. c drier air with winds from N. shifting to the W. Possible rain in weekend with S SW chance.
Today; early start…5500 ft at 12 am when they launch.
Cu’s later in the day!
Thermals 5/6 kts.
Long day til 6/6.30.Landing winds on ground 10/15 kts.NW
Pilots will be advised where to land. First time during this competition they come from the East [Manilla] they have been ‘Mentally’ prepared during briefing for a 32 landing or ….a 20 landing BUT only up to the intersection!!!!
Peter will advise ,as every day!

Tasks by Bruce;
C TASK!!!!!

Standard and club are quite similar but with each their own start point.
Some areas are close to restricted areas so LOOK OUT!!!!!

Still smiling and active here. Had to give him and Anita a big hug:
As if this drought was not enough of a burden already, a couple of days back we lost 60 lambs to… a lightning strike! We initially imagined some hideous disease or parasite or poisoning or dogs or something, but no, it was nature carrying on her business as usual .”

Scores as always fast in by Peter [Temple this time, to many Peter’s here ] His mate who scores standard and club class is not here but works “remote”.

Peter…the scorer for 18 m.

11 AM;
Pretty busy here. French team is cooking for tonight. Their crews are taken care off SO GOOD with every noon lunch ; fresh and healthy prepared by Madame Bailleau ,[Anne Audier] as I call her.
Lot’s of people pass by and say they “want to be part of the French crew.”
They eat with great appetite with fresh fruit as desert!!! AND ,…they clean everything,..when they leave,… you don’t see that they have been here.

Off to the field for some pictures. Back later.

The grid,….the last part.

12.30 PM;
Back from the field and there is no real point in going there as gliders are empty till close for the launch and by experience I know you should not disturb them before flight.

Margot, from Italy with her crew flying the beautiful Ventus 3 with FES.

18 M was up in a flash but the temperature was 4 dgr. lower than forecasted, so it took them 45 minutes “scratching” pretty low ,as we could see, to be at 1800 m.
Line opens at 12.45.
Clubbies have been launched as well and their line opens at 13.10.
Standard class launches in progress now.
WH [club] comes back for a relight at 20 at 12.55.

1 PM;
Standard class continues behind the tuggies. L7 just passed by as the last.
WH , relight, will be launched now!!![1.10 PM]
Standard line opens at 13.35.

The most HEAVY job,….Field runner….But very much appreciated by ALL.
team Jenny [Ganderton] and TC Terry before start.
AND,…Madame Bailleau, raced out of the kitchen to the grid to help her daughter. Amazing lady.

Off for some food now!!Leaving you with some more pictures from the storm yesterday.
By the way all gliders were clean again , this morning. MM was cleaned in front of the hangar to be able to vacuum clean it.

The french “braving” the storm.
The shade cloth nearly went with the wind.
Looking over the “caravan-area”.

4 PM:
Looking at the tracking,…it does n’t go really fast.
Club has done now 165 km still 192 km. to go but the day is longer than the day’s before. [15 minutes delay!!]
The 2 girls from the USA are leading here now on the way to TP 2.. When there they have flown 225 km.
Standard did about 140 k with 293 to go and ALL are in one gaggle.
18 m; some have done 125 km, and rounded the 2d tp, however most of them are still on the second leg on the way to that point .
So still 400 km to go at 4.20 PM..Mind the 15 minutes delay.
BUT,….at TP 2 Castletop to Bingara ….it looks better.
Though…looking to the tracker there might be 2 out and 2 back here in 18 m.
Have to check that.

Keep an eye open for you, whilst reading my book.
5 PM:
News about 18 m;
PT get’s an aerotow retrieve. XM just lands back here from a retrieve.
57 seems to have landed as well here with her FES….
Spirit here is a bit low,…they don’t expect anybody back. They still work hard for the INTERNATIONAL NIGHT….though……
Last light at 20.32 according to the task info.

As standard goes to the N. now ,they go further away from here. They are still not at Pine Station ,which would be 230 km. from the 435 set k.!!??
Some crews decide to drive with the car and trailer and follow their pilot.

5.15 PM;
One of the organizers just passed by and mentioned:”the task setter is hiding”.
Good news too; ZE leads 18 m . races all by herself from TP 3 to 4…. Good on her. A leg from 155 km.
But they are slow as said , an average of 70 k per hour.
Club struggles to TP 2, then they have flown 227 km from the set 417 k. Sylvia from the USA has passed it already, so is Kathryn. She is on her way up N for another 73 km to reach Narrabri ,which is 80 km NW from Lake Keepit by road. Then another 120 km back and she is home.
They fly 70 km./h average, so must have a bit better weather.

5.30 PM:
PT is back here after her retrieve. “long final 32.”
standard; still one big gaggle moving slowly to TP 2. They are nearly there and have flown then 230 km with 200 k to go. They go first N to Narrabri as well.

18 m…standard…club

5.45 PM;
Clearly a distance day. MM has started her jet and flies home, after 212 km.
8 Still flying in 18 m!!!!They are halfway to TP 4 …Burren… about 250 k to go, to attend the INTERNATIONAL NIGHT.
BUT,…..they moved the night to tomorrow!!!!
So no international night today!!!

6.10 PM;
A different atmosphere here now as every other day. Trailers and car’s prepare for outlandings. I still hope that maybe 1 or 2 can come back, but I guess that’s an utopia.

Another nice event was the evening at the top of the mountain at Harry’s’ Got this picture this morning from Frouwke

With Gisela [President of the jury] and me at Captain “bluebeard” Harry.
courtesy Frouwke.

A -KILOMETER-DAY!!!! So quite a lot of pilots fly as far as they can even when they are getting further from home, no worries it’s a WWGC.
So more trailers drive out to follow.
More Pawneys travel to Gunnedah to pick up some of the girls.

Busy day ,busy evening, CU tomorrow