Briefing as seen by Frans Guise.
Another “so-so-day”, though the task from 2.30 would make you think it would be a rather good day. It was IN THE end,…. before they waited and waited , downsized the task to 2 hours and off they went with a cloud base THEN at 700 m.
The end of the day was better with cu’s and a higher cloud base, but for some that was too late, they out-landed. One of them “our” Annemiek, number 1 in the overall scores, but after 40 km. it was over for her.
She was not the only one, from 17 in club class 9 finished, one of them and the number 9 was Swaantje.
Great day for Elena [Italy] she won. Flying 138 km. in 2.10, gave her the highest amount of points for the day,…351.
After 4 days with 2 tasks ” our” Doortje, mother of 3, is on spot 1 with a total of 557 points , that says much about the poor weather in Denmark.Such a pity, but,…part of soaring, though the Aussie girls might think,..what are we doing here??? At least they have fun and see more of Europe.
Elena, as shared by the organizers.
a Czech day as Dana, Hana and Jana flew together from beginning to end and did well;the 3 top places were theirs. They were followed by Juditha from Poland an 2 French girls, Melanie and Aude.
2 From 13 out-landed, one of them Kerry, from Australia, so more sight seeing for her.
After 4 days and 1 flyable day the overall scores here are for the Czech girls.
15 m. class;
first start in this class at 15.35 , last at 16.21.So with the better weather in the end it looked like a good idea to start late. It did not show in the points. The French girls started at 15.41 and flew over 140 km. in just over 2 hours . Annette and Katrin from Germany were the late starters , Annette finished with 145 km in 2.30, Katrin out landed/flew back “under steam”. So did 2 other girls.
In this class after 4 days from which 2 ,Marilyne and Anne from France top the overall list.
Here is what the Aussie team mentioned about this day;
—“A mammoth effort for both our pilots yesterday in very testing conditions. I’m pretty sure in Australia the day would have been canned at briefing. Jo and Kerrie spent most of the day at or below release height on a 2 hour AAT. Maximum height just over 1000 metres with a stiff headwind on 2 of the legs. Jo made the decision to restart after a soft patch the first time across the line. In the end both outlanded as the day died.”
August 6 ;
They all started after 2 in club class,….Bad luck this time again for the number 1 overall,this time Doortje. Real bad luck !She could not start anymore as the wind was to tough and the lift to marginal to reach the field, when waiting for the startline to open. Luckily the girls had a look at the surrounding airfields, so a safe landing was made just out side the airfield. Doortje has her husband and 3 kids as crew , so that should be no problem!!
The others went for 244 km.
When one is unlucky with her performance , another stands up. Daily winner” our” Lilan in her LS 4; 133.5 km. and that was the longest distance as nobody finished!By the way that was 10 km. more than Sabrina Vogt, from Germany in her St Libelle.
Annemiek was 3d.
Doortje dropped from 1 to 10 overall. The overall score is leaded now by German pilot Sabrina after 3 valid days she has the total amount of 798 points. Elena is on spot 3!
Standard class, for 256 and not long after the start Kerry was already on FB , in a paddock, and not alone:
“Ok here’s one for the books – VS,[Swaantje in club class] LB [Aussie matye , Jo in club class] & UG [Kerry..standard class] all in the same paddock – and we weren’t even flying together! That was right after I got the strongest thermal 4kts to the highest alt 4200′ for 3 weeks!”
No finishers either in this class but slowly Sue [Kussbach] twice World champion already , climbs up . Today she was runner up with 142 km. just a tad behind Hana, who leads the overall pact just 2 points ahead of team mate Dana.[929 for 927]
15 m. had 310 km. to deal with. Our Dutch Natasja only could fly 20 km.
187 km. was the best distance and Jana [Treslova] managed to fly so many kilometers. That was 8 kilometers more than her team mate Eva.
Anne from France is still the overall leader and in this class they have risen above 1000 points after 3 days of soaring; 1472.
TODAY, they fly 170 km. in St class,156 in club and 193 km. in 15 m. class.More on Sunday.
EGC in Rieti.
Rieti skies seen by the UK team.
According to the UK team, ” Best day yet – hot on the ground but a quick climb to 10,600ft in the start was cooling.
Tricky round the first turn for me into the sea air, as I missed G’s 7kt climb – but had good company of the French std class, until we ran back into the convergence line. From there it was cruising at 90kt and an overcooked final glide .”
Club class…374 km. Finnish pilot Juhani, is on his best! A 2 d daily win for him with a speed of 117.75 km./h.
UK pilot Ian was runner up this time [117.34 km./h.] and started as last pilot in this class.[13.55,18…Juhani started at 13.37 and the first pilot at 13.16]
Davide who flies so well was last with 98.46 km./h.
—” Patrick Stouffs who is in club class said it was a strong and violent day! In the north thermals were violent and broken, between 2 and 4 m/s. The club class was the only class to find it difficult to reach the first turning point in the south. From Carsoli to Norcia there was a great long line of high cumulus with bases at 3300m! Flights were only thermal: no good wind for ridge soaring.”—as shared by the organizers.
Standard class; Not a good day for Sjaak who unfortunately dropped from 1 to 4 overall, after not even a bad day finishing as the last in his class on spot 19 [2 out-landings due to violations of airspace and Swiss pilot Renee could not start] but still with a speed of 114 km./h.over 471 km.
Polish pilot Lucasz won [again] with 129.33 on the clock and UK pilot Jay[Rebbeck] had a good day as runner up.[128.16 km./h.]
In 15 class with 479 km as task, it was a “French day” Louis [Bouderlique] and Christophe [ Ruch ] topped the daily list .
Terry had his daily report again and I share it with you;
” Another day in paradise. 35 degrees, cloudbase at 3200m (about 11,000ft for you ossies). The slowest finisher in club class today around a 370km task was 98kph, with the max at 118kph. Std and 15m were doing 130kph. Lots of smiles form the pilots, but the rest of us were just hot. Not sure that I like the sitting on the ground bit whilst others go flying in the cool.
Good chatting to some of the Pommes this evening, sounds like Lasham is a great place to fly – they are promoting the 2017 Europeans at Lasham. Something in the back of my mind says “rain” but I must be mistaken.
A couple of pilots had airspace penalties today, lots of airspace areas to avoid here and the task went quite close. Another apparently did a low pass of the airfield and received a penalty for that. Photo shows the start of the 15m class launch. The launching is taking 90m minutes which is way too long, but we don’t seem able to make any changes?”
—” It was impressive to see about 15 gliders on the ground together at about 6,30pm in the sunset light! Weather conditions were similar to yesterday. Cumulus base was from 2800m up to 3300m. No wind for ridge soaring, weak and strong thermals and some areas without energy. Air mass is getting old because the high pressure is ending so thermals are often broken.” —
The message from the organizers with a nice picture.
Club class had to fly 419 km. and Ge from the UK was in the winning mood, in his St Libelle; just over 100 km./h.
Juhani in the PIK 20 B did well again on a 3d spot. This seems not the best competition for the french Gilles and Denis, they are on 8 and 9 overall and lost some points today by being 16 and 18 .Roman was 7th and slowly making his way to the TOP.
Standard class had 494 km. and an Italian daily winner Vittorio; 118 km./h. Young Miloslav Cink, was runner up with 994 points.5 Of this class are out of the race, so still 17 flying.
Sjaak is on his way back to the top and on spot 3 now overall.
15 m. class ,only NZ pilot Dane out-landed, the rest finished and the best was the Austrian pair-flying team Michael and Peter;1000 and 994 points.
Peter leads the overall scores with 26 points ahead of Christophe [Ruch ] and less than 50 on Louis [Bouderlique]
The news from steward/reporter/jury president/ etc Terry:
—“It gets even better, and hotter in Rieti. 500km + tasks, 120kph. It was hot on the ground 38 degrees so we went up to Mount Terminillo, about 6000 ft altitude, and the temperature was 23 degrees – very nice. We met a glider as we drove up the hill and he only just outclimbed us. The German crew on the Mountain said we were 30 minutes late to see a large gaggle go past. Great views and oh so pleasant. We arrived back at the airfield just as Club class was finishing, and then a long weight and starting to wonder if the blue conditions to the NW was causing some trouble, when we heard the first of the 15m and Std Class gliders. 30+ gliders landed in about 3 minutes. An excellent job by the pilots in a crowded runway, a few making use of a good wheel brake, but expertly handled. More of the same tomorrow I suspect, but the task setter has to introduce Assigned Area tasks which will give the pilots a chance to utilise their skills in some different parts of the task area.—“
Have been many times on the Terminillo and it is beautiful over there. Indeed you see gliders pass by on eye height. “On top of that ” it is a place you can hear the radio for a long time.
13.5 WGC in Pocuinai.
August 5; task 4 so every day good weather here. 345 km. today! Hot and blue day.
Vladas in the mini LAK is doing well. Today his 3 daily win!!
He and Stefano and Aussie pilot,Morgan, started as the last pilots at 14.14.
Stefano won day 1 , whilst Vladas out landed, but then it was each day Vladas and Stefano as runner up. In the total scores after 4 days Stefano leads with more then 300 points. Morgan is on spot 3.
—“A great result for Australia in the 13.5m Worlds today: third for the day and now ranked third overall.
I got a good start 11 minutes behind the American team and managed to stick with the eventual day-winner for the whole first leg. I lost him when we caught the Americans so I stayed with them for the rest of the day. I thought I had jumped a gap to catch the French team but the Americans also crossed that gap. The final leg was in the blue with very poor thermals so it took all 5 of us searching the sky to find the remaining scraps of lift to struggle home.” —
August 6; 362 km. and 30 dgr. on the ground.
I was amazed and touched by the words from Sebastian that he and his new glider would not be welcomed by all in Pocuinai. Can’t imagine that!!!!!!!!!!!Such a lovely guy , an ace in soaring and,…a new glider is a new glider, it’s just a pity it was not ready in time, they both will prove by flying it , how good it is. That will happen no doubt about that.
“Unfortunately not all want to see me there, or rather there are some who dislike the GP 14 Velo.”
The other pilots had more or less a slow day. Reason for other pilots to “shine” at the daily top;Luka from Slovenia in the Silent 2 electro “got” the 1000 points, same glider different pilot, Alberto Sironi from Italy was runner up.[963 points] He moved from 8 to 5 overall.
” National Night entertainment warming up.” by Tony.
Today they have to be ready for 255 km.!! AND, latest news; …according to Tony it’s going to be a tricky day with a late start.
August 5; Another day with good distances.
315 for standard , my young Belgium friends Jeroen and Dennis, are still doing well with a “glued-together” 5th place.
322 in 15 m. best speed 90 km./h.
18 m. class ;365 km. and another Dutch pilot showed his soaring capacity, this time Mark Wering in the JS 1 B, who “got” the 1000 points for a speed of 111 km./h.
dosies; 344 km. and best result for the ARCUS M.
open; 366.93 and not Markus [Gaumann] today but Bruno [Gantenbrink] as winner!!
Dennis [Huybreckx] as seen by Jeroen Kroon.
AND,….they did it again. Dennis and Jeroen were the daily winners.115.99 km./h over 253 km.Overall there is ONE point difference between them with 2 days to go.
The Schmelzers [Ventus 2cx T.] did well in 18 m.spot 5. They belong to the same club KEIHEUVEL in Belgium as Jeroen and Dennis and I hope to see them all inthe weekend of August 22 over there.
In open it was Markus [Nimbus 4 M] turn again to win the day.
The ARCUS T , yes it is getting boring won in the 2 seater class with ….2 Dutch pilots… Joost Wolff and Evert Zwolsman.Both very experienced pilots.
As shared by Jeroen Kroon.
Today; St class 272 km., 15 m. 276 km., 18 m. 346 km. ,2 seaters 292 km., and open 356 km.
Saturday last day, more news here on Sunday.
The speed class has 37 participants from Germany ,Belgium, Holland and France, so a nice mix of pilots and a few good ones as well.
As said Frank Hiemstra from Holland won day 1 in the St. Cirrus; 398 km. Day 2 was for Belgium with Stijn van den Boer in the St Libelle; 241 km.
Day 3 with 206 km. for Holland again, even with 2 pilots in the top 2 . One of them Robbie [Seton] who was in my junior team at the JWGC in Husbos.He won this competition before as far as I remember.
A team from Bailleau leads the total scores now with 2559 points. Frank has 2549 and Robbie, 2521.
The day was won by a Dutch pilot club member of Frank from Friesland ;Pieter van Vliet in the LS 1f.
Gaggle close to Bailleau as seen by Ken Evens.
Only 7 finishers on Thursday , when they got a task of 184 km. Jelmer Vis had his 3 daily win and leads with 2 days to go.
Today; 116 km.
CU again on Sunday!
By the way, I forgot to tell you that my town was world news , due to the fact that 2 cranes lifting a bridge part back on the spot it belonged to ,[all 3 ON a floating platform/ponton ON the RHINE] , collapsed WITH this bridge part. A miracle happened as many ran for their lives but nobody was injured. 2 Shops and 4 houses are “flat/crushed” .From 17 houses the people had to go and live somewhere else for a while. A REAL miracle and a total mess along the Rhine.
As shared by my paper AD.