2 seater Nationals! A 1000 from Omarama ! SSA Convention 2016 !

2-Seater Nationals.

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I left you last Wednesday on a day the scores were not yet all there. It turned out to be a bad day for team Rock/Jacobsohn as they only got 38 points for 23 km. That meant they dropped from their comfortable spot 2 overall to spot 10 after task 3.

Task 4 was a prey for Allan and his mate,in the Duo Discus T,  so was task 5 !!!! 2 Times…. 1000 points the first 1000 points of the comps and over long tasks; 3 hour AAT with 332 km and a speed just over 100 km.h. as the only ones and a set 501 km with a speed of 124 km./h.
As Allan mentioned in his OLC comment;
“Day 5 of 2-seater Nationals. Great day, first with cu. The models were predicting only scraps and that is what we got. Everyone played start games as usual and we started at 2:04 on a 500km race. Good climbs all the way round, and it was a real struggle to keep up with the Arcus. We almost managed but they beat us across the line and by 1km/hr.—”
Peter and Brian in the ARCUS were on handicap runner up, but still proud on spot 1 overall with at this over 300 points on runners up Allan and his mate.Mark Rowe is on a third place now in the Duo Discus, I guess this one is the one the French team flew in Benalla during the Pre worlds.


With Mark in the middle and behind him Terry; waiting for the clouds to pop up and a distance to fly from 500 km.!
As shared by the organizers.

Task 6 one but last day!
A SERIOUS task again !!! And that so late in the season !!! Can’t say anything else then, that  Narromine had a TOP SEASON !!!!
563 km. for the 2 seaters ……and all participating pilots on this day FINISHED ABOVE 112 km./h.!!!
So all high -lights!!!
Daily winners Peter and Brian in the ARCUS with 147.64 km./h !!!!
The other top 3 pilots did not make mistakes either; Allan was 2d and Mark 3d.
So nothing changed in the top, and I guess it will not on the last day, but between the number 2 and 3 is a difference of 180 points, so …..lets wait and see.
Allan’s comment about task 6:
—-“560km task for the penultimate day of the 2-seater Nationals. A Classic Narromine day. Start was over 9000ft, racing at 100-110kt, only stopping for 7 or better. Best climb of the day was 10kt bottom to top, got me to final glide (just).—”
Melbourne Gliding Club member,  pilot Murray Stimson’s  [Duo Discus XLT] comment ;
—“Fantastic day. Started as soon as the gate opened and had Cu all the way. Saw 11 kn average from 7-12kft.—“

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Pilots ready for 563 km. ..tick, tuggy ready to launch them….tick….
As shared by the organizers.

Task 7 last day!!!
A 4 hour AAT was set !!!!! So a new long day for the pilots. Allan was in the mood and”got”  another 1000 points over 526 km. their third win. [speed 130.38 km./h.] .
But Peter and Brian [556 km. and speed 130.12 km./h] and Mark [490 km.] did not give in and were 2d and 3d.
So with those results the new CHAMPIONS were known; Peter and Brian in the ARCUS.[6290 points]
Allan and his mate had 5989 and Mark and his mate 5689.


Peter Temple and Brian Rau.
As shared by the organizers.

Another great competition from Narromine.
I heard they were asked to bid for the WWGC ,but I also heard that would be a bit too much.So Lake Keepit , another great spot on a fabulous lake, will send in a bid now.

Narromine is at this moment number 3 on the OLC looking at the airfields with Bitterwasser and Kiripotib ahead of them.
766 Flights and 105 pilots and at this stage a total of over 325. 000 km. NOT BAD!!!!


The Soaring Convention 2016 in the USA is HUGE and was on from February 18-20, so last weekend. Of course the SSA [Soaring Society of America] makes their presence felt.
—-“Soaring! Your sport for the 21st Century. Check it out at the SSA Convention, Greenville, SC. February 18th-20th.—“


One of the gliders on display;
“Gorgeous, polished aluminum Schweizer 1-26E SN 605”
Picture and text by Marita.J. Rea [Vintage and classic sailplanes].

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Tony had ,as I read, an excellent talk about his WGC 13.5 m.in Pociunai, where he flew with Francois Pin.[3d spot]
As shared by Alibert.

Not only a display,also lectures as by Pete Alexander about “Dissecting the sky;Discovering energy lines”, or Tony Condon about the “13.5 m. WGC; New gliders, electric power and team flying” and Dick Butler about building and flying the CONCORDIA ” Lessons learned” etc.,  but also social events;
—“Amazing atmosphere during the banquet and awards ceremony. Many great pilots and members being recognized for everything they do for the soaring community.”—
One of my friends Erik “Herbie for me,” Moser , received an award ; The Warren Eaton Trophy, the highest award of the SSA.

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Herbie with the award and young Garret Willat talking about flying faster and farther.
For ALL the news about this convention last weekend



The European Season looks promising. A splendid sky here on Friday!!!A few great skies already in February!!!
So Peter, from MillenAir is ready as well and he has maps for you for the new season;

—“MillenAir Glider Supplies is having a pre-order discount of 10% for all 2016 Air Million VFR charts scale 1:1.000.000. The big benefit of these charts is that you only need 1 chart to cover all of Germany / France or the complete Alps. As a result, the costs for a complete coverage are much lower. No more changing of charts in-flight… All on 1 map!
Normal price 19,80 EUR, PRE-ORDER PRICE 17,95 EURO. Valid until 15 March 2016. Deliveries mid-April.

Have a look at the website for the complete coverage:


Last Saturday was a 1000 km-day in New Zealand. USA pilot Keith Essex, well known from long distance flights from Minden in Nevada, was the one who did it; 1.040,52 km. with  142 km./h. in an ASG 29 E. flying to the N and S of Omarama in not even the best wave due to ”  lots of moisture coming from the south and west. ” But still a good enough day for just over 1000 km.

Spanish pilot Igor [Discus 2 /18m.] mentioned :
—“Just an amazing flight! More than 600kMore than 150 Kph! More than 8000m! Delighted!!! I could have done more repeating the well proven line, but always try to explore and do something different…” —-

And UK pilot Daniel flying the Twin Astir over 535 km. said:—‘”Wave marked by rotor-cumulus and lenticular cloud. A couple of times we had to change wave bars to avoid showers.”—-
Not bad either!!!!!…Finnish pilot Jyri Laukkanen…….speed 177 km./h. over 761 km. in the Ventus 2.

So a VERY HAPPY DAY IN NEW ZEALAND!!!For all news www.onlinecontest.org on February 20.

A good day as well for Kari another Finnish pilot who topped the OLC list last Friday with a 550 km. flight[ 500 FAI triangle]  in the good old LS 6 in Australia from Tocumwal.

And what about a St Cirrus flight from Temora so late in the season from…807 km. [642 FAI triangle]

The weather is still HOT. Also in Darwin, were it is not only hot but also very humid!!! They had the hottest February since the 1950’s.

Short news today due to the flu, the worst flu I have ever had !!!!! Gosh was I sick and still feel SICK!!!
Cheers Ritz

Blog/post 900 !!!!!!The “Grong Grong-boys” !! 2-Seat Nationals in Narromine ! ASG 32 MI in South Africa!

Already blog 900. I started on June 20, 2006, so nearly 10 years soaring.eu as well.
I should celebrate on that day. Will put the bubbles already in the fridge!!!
Before,… I  wrote several years the daily news at Sportavia.
And,….Before that I wrote articles for the Dutch magazine THERMIEK, about comps I visited or attended as TC.
A nice fulfilling way to spend days, certainly now I get older.
I hope to continue for a few more years.

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My “office” .


The season is coming!!!

Enthusiastic friends took pictures of the very early beginning of the season in Europe.


A picture from Holland by Natasja

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and one from Giorgio in Italy; A post frontal day in February.[the 11th]

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The same enthusiasm from France by Philippe; CUMULUS , so beautiful they make you/him already nervous!!!!!


Africa is more or less  “out of the running” as their season is over but for sure they will have nice “hick-up’s” ,..now it is Temora , Benalla, Corowa and Tocumwal topping the OLC list. Brian flew the flights from Temora , 803 km.  on the 8th and 813 on the 10th, a 750 FAI triangle in his 18 m. LS 10.
Terry flew 557 in his ASH 26 E and 641 in the Janus CT . I saw the great clouds on a picture and I was pleased to see a nice after-summer-period for all pilots in the Benalla- Corowa-Tocumwal triangle.
By the way, Jos from Holland, passed Terry [Janus-flight] with a 745 km. flight in his ASH31/21 m. from Corowa.
The last flights for the season in Corowa as the containers will be packed now for the return to Europe.
They enjoyed on the 12th flights from up to 857 km. and Benalla even 875 km. in an ASG 29E/18m..
Temora’s 12th of February, showed a 754 km. flight by Nathan Johnson in his St. Cirrus.
Very nice weather in that area at the moment and pretty late in the season, but as said before you can fly in this region till Easter.
Words as “splendid day” , “great day “, “excellent day ”  passed by.

AND THEN,…..there is out of the blue Bloemfontein with a 1000 km. flight flown by Anders Andersen from Denmark last Friday in the JS 1 and an FAI 1000 Triangle as well!!!! And fast too; 154 km./h.
What about the season is over in Africa…..????? In South Africa they still fly.
619 From Worcester in a Twin Astir is worthwhile mentioning too; 125 km./h.
So 2 days in a row for the top position on the OLC last Friday and Saturday.

In between  the ASG 32 MI arrived in South Africa and a happy Oscar and Laurens [Goudriaan] , could unpack a new toy.
I was anxious to find out what glider Oscar would fly now in comps, so I asked.
This GRAND glider was ordered by Klaas their dad, but sadly he died before he could see it in Africa.
The boys/sons/brothers decided to bring the glider anyhow to South Africa and decided also to share it with young upcoming pilots and already more experienced pilots for  advanced training in honor of their father. What a GREAT MEMORY to keep Klaas “alive” and a FABULOUS idea.
For that reason the call sign is KG !!!!!!
So Oscar remains flying in open class in the JS 1 and he and Laurens, enjoy flying with their family and upcoming friends in this beautiful new 2-seater. I guess we can expect long, fast flights!!!Good luck for ALL in this new toy!!!

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As shared by Oscar.

Straight away they compared the JS 1 with the brand new ASG 32 MI , Oscar flew the JS 1 , Laurens  the 32 and commented:
Compared the ASG 32 against the JS 1-21m yesterday. Very impressed with the 32’s performance. We flew a fast 350km @ 155km/h average. Both at max weight.”


Yesterday Brits topped the OLC list, and to be honest I had never heard from BRITS in South Africa, South of Orient. 2 Nice flights from 500 [ASW 20] and 400 km.


The Grong Grong -boys were back in Tocumwal.

It’s great to see a team of Japanese pilots in Tocumwal again. 4 Pilots this week, a few of them belonged to the early Grong Grong boys [flying with us in the past] trying to fly a 300 k to Grong Grong every day,[ when possible of course] , till they had it.
They always arrived after the peak-season, to have the airfield and the skies,  more or less for their selves.
Now they do it easily and practice on their speed . Good on them!!
One pilot mentioned :
Team Japan
Now an official member of the world famous GRONG GRONG BOYS!”
LIKE !!!!!!!!!


50- thiest-Horsham week.

Flying task 7  was stressless. As everybody in the South of Australia they had a good day.
In open /18 m. the 3.00 AAT , produced 419 km. with a speed of 111 km./h.
Mark Paterson from the Southern Riverina Gliding Club[Tocumwal] is so far ahead that he has to out land straight away and the others have to finish, to loose this Horsham week; 520 points ahead.
He won 2 days and was runner up on 3 day’s in his HPH 304S Shark.
In 15 m. the 3 hour AAT showed 367 km. in an SZD 55; 34 km. further than the runner up in a DG 400, meaning 97 points difference for the day.
Only 6 points difference in the overall scores .
In club the longest day with a 3.30 AAT and well done for Philip Ritchie from the Adelaide Soaring Club in his Mosquito; 397.20 km. meaning he earned 117 points more than the runner up in PIK 20 b.
Only 14 points difference in the overall scores between Philip and Bernie [Sizer] .

For the last day a small AAT-task was set, but had to be cancelled.
So winners from this Horsham week;
Mark Paterson in open/18 m……Jack Hart with only 4 points in 15 m on John Orton……and in club Philip Ritchie with 14 points on Bernie.

This was the 50 thiest version of Horsham Week and one of my friends Tony Tabart participated in ALL of them. From 1966 till now!!!
Also Haidyn Dunn flew all 50 versions!!
Congratulations to Horsham!!! And also to Tony and Haidyn.
Here is a link to a story in the papers.



Narromine 2 -seat NATIONALS.


Clouds popping up in Narromine.
As shared by the Narromine Gliding Club.

The 2-seat Nationals have started at Narromine with 13 couples in mostly Duo Discus, [9 of them in different versions ]and 2 times ARCUS M and 2x a DG 1000 S. This airfield is very busy this year and oh boy, had they most of the time good weather!!!?????
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Briefing on one of the practice days as shared by Gliding Club Narromine,…with upfront…Beryl busy as always!!!

Also the official practice-day was a good one as Allan Barnes, for this competition flying a Duo Discus T, described;
” The day started out blue and we climbed to 7000ft pre-start, then had a very long glide into the first sector without any action. I found a nice 6kt climb in the blue and then turned west for the far cu. Eventually reached them and was rewarded with good netto but no real climbs for quite a while. Then we had some great climbs, and maxed out the second circle at about 13000ft. There was some virga on track so I deviated a fair way left of track and topped up in about 4kt to 13000ft again to make the glide home safe. Great Narromine day!”
A 3 hour AAT was set ; 413 km.for him and his mate [129 km./h ]and 404 for Terry [Cubley] and a mate.[130 km./h.]

One of the couples is a REAL couple, husband and wife Harry and Wendy Medlicott, already in their 70thies but still going strong.
This year they flew as usual a while at Corowa and achieved more goals;
—” GFA has ratified the following Australian Record flown by Harry and Wendy Medlicott in their Arcus M on 18/1/16 from Corowa:
20m 2-seater class
Free Distance via up to 3 TPs
Distance awarded: 948.5 Km.—“

The first competition- day was on Monday the 15th [and the last day will be Sunday the 21st]  with a 2.30 AAT.
With a start after 3 PM and only 2 finishers it was a tough day.
As the organizers said:
“Monster day Sunday and Monday a struggle contrary to prediction. Task B but a strong inversion kept all to 2500-4000 with a few hot spots up to 6400 but never in the right place at the right time.
The 2 finishers were the Adelaide team [Peter Temple/ Brian Rau] in the Arcus M and the Duo Discus team from the Hunter Valley;781 points and 771.

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The weather on the picture shared by the organizers on day 1 explains more. And waiting,…. waiting, …..as shared by Mark Rowe.

Day 2 is a GO as well !!! Pretty blue day at the looks. Task ; 2.30 AAT
Mark commented that it was a great day:
What a difference a day makes, 7kt averages could be seen with happy smiles after the day.
Tops around 7000 with many climbs av 6-7kts. However strong winds at the tops made first leg slower.”
All 12 teams were up in the air, best speed 121,15 km./h over 315 km. by Peter and Brian which was 10 k faster than the runner up Allan and his mate. Only one out landing after 229 km.


Day 3; today “blue 6-7,000ft and 4-6kts. Launch at 1 pm so watch it on live track 24.”
Peter and Brian won AGAIN; 881 preliminary points  !!! Good on them.
This time Terry Cubley and his mate were runner up.
The task was a 2.30 AAT and the ARCUS-winning- team flew 294 km. with a speed of 92 km./h another nearly 10k faster than Terry.
10 From 12 finished.
Most pilots started around 3, Allan and his mate at 3.42 PM. They flew 182 km., finished but lost around 400 points.
Allan’s comment on the OLC;” Tough day in the office. Had to restart after a dreadful run out took me down to 600ft. Struggled to get height again for the restart then did the whole task on our lonesome.”
Character building flight!



2 Pictures from Alexis and his story with it about the forecast and development of the weather and to see how accurate this forecast is!!!!!.

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As shared by Alexis with the text:
A nice climb in the second wave bar to 6,250m. The gaps were closing and the battery was misbehaving so we had to descend before we would need to use the attitude indicator or the engine to return from a hole further away.
The amazing cloud in the photos is the first bar of Mount Parnassus exactly where the best climb was forecasted. The cloud grew in a matter of minutes.”


The German FAI National Team has gathered at the good old Wasserkuppe and not only had fun but shared and got information as well.I met in the past 11 of them.


As shared by Segelflug-Hoch-Zwei.[Fabian Peitz]


And to finish some wisdom I found on FB;



CU next Wednesday.
Cheers Ritz on my way to blog 1000.

European wave season about to begin! Metereologica…..very interesting news from Greece !

With a flight from just over 1000 km. from Serres la Baties in France last Thursday in the Stemme [S10/S10-VT] , a “happy- sounding”  Klaus Ohlmann , mentioned that the wave-season is about to start;” Very nice wave day..A little bit weak at the beginning, but with the incoming front it started to be much better. Anyway, the new season is in Approach.”
Up to 6000 m. MSL.

Gerard Lherm added a great flight from St Martin de Londres in the Nimbus 4DM, over 4000 m. MSL and 708 km.. We are going to keep an eye on it!
According to Benjamin, who flew with his mate , Vincent, the Alps had an unexpected great FOEHN-day too last Sunday. Departing from Koenigsdorf  in an ARCUS T,they flew direction WSW; 957 km.!!!!![over 4000 m. MSL]
They shared a nice picture as well on the OLC.


Looking at wave paradise New Zealand, Ge shared some nice pictures with the message:
“A convergence day for us. The first photo shows cold air coming down the hill, the cumulus in the distance are fine but the first part of the convergence is blown out…we had to go a couple miles left to find the new edge, well out of shot.
The second shot shows a great system well marked by dust…we bashed up and down for a while, exploring.
A bit rough in the circuit.…”

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No wave ,….but also a great flight from Temora in Australia last Monday ,when “we here in Holland,were all going with the wind” !!! [up to 112 km. /h. ]
Brian Du Rieu flew in his LS 10/18m.  a nice 802 km flight ,…750 FAI triangle…. and topped the OLC-list with it.
A bit more to the S. , Tocumwal had several long flights in the ARCUS [808 km. 500 FAI triangle] and 765 km [749.5 FIA triangle] in an ASH 26 e.
Kari, from Finland flew 536 in the LS 6 and the 4 Japanese guests [ Hello Mr. Ogura-san] forgot all about the earlier rain and flew just under or over 300 km. !!!![ 226km….297….319….336 km] in LS 4 or PIK 20.
Good on them. SAKE!!!!!
Temperatures up to 36 dgr. lovely for early February.
Yesterday Toc. topped the OLC list with a 557 km. flight from Terry in his ASH 26E.
From Corowa Pepe had one of the last flights for the season in his ASH 31/21 m.;754 km.
Great to see that my former Tocumwal-friends Reinhard and Chris [and Lind]a are happily flying there.
Benalla had 669 km in the Ventus 2 CT /18m. and 627 in an LS 8. Yesterday; 624 in an ASG 29/18 m.


During comps it is nowadays normal to see a JS  glider  . Not that long ago,….. this was not so normal. In a very short time Attie and Uys Jonker and their team have produced 100 JS  gliders in different versions and nowadays they just belong to the “soaring-scene”. And I only heard HAPPY customers.
Sven was so kind to share some pictures from the JS-100th festivity .


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The last competition for the Aussie- season is normally in Horsham , so it is this year.
Quite some pilots again at this friendly airport for this friendly competition.
In the week before there was a training week, and some even flew their Silver C.Well done!
The comps are between February 6 and 13.
18 Pilots in club, 13 in 15 m. [one HC] and 7 in open /18 m.
They flew 2 days on the 6th and 7th  , then 2  cancelled days.
Flying day 2 was a nice one with a set task of 428 km. in open class won by Peter Buskens in the JS 1 with 147 km./h..
In 15 m. 439 km. was set and won by Andy Smith [Ventus] from the Mount Beauty Gliding Club with 142 km./h.
Club had a 3 hour AAT won by Steve Jinks in the St. Cirrus; 365 km. with a speed of 118 km./h.

Today a 3.30 AAT for open/18 m….3 hours for 15 m. and for club as well.
Results at www.soaringspot.com


When I arrived home from Australia I found a mail from Alexis in Greece, to be part of  his[ open ]group of friends on FB, interested in  “the weather” .
We provide the most accurate weather forecasting and a wealth of information on weather, weather events and climate change.
The name “Meteorologica” was inspired by the first forecasting system and meteorology textbook by the Greek philosopher Aristotle.


A taste of our forecasting system applied to Namibia.
The high desert of Namibia is one the best locations in the world for long glider flights using thermal updrafts. Each year numerous such flights are achieved.
Modern gliders are equipped with flight computers that log parameters such as the actual wind and the net (of the glider movement) vertical velocity of the air. In that sense each glider is an airborne laboratory taking measurements during flights as long as 1,350 km with intervals as little as 1 sec.
Those flight logs allow us to calibrate the accuracy of our forecasting system with enormous amounts of actual data. The accuracy in the prediction of updraft strengths is closely correlated to the prediction of rain and thunderstorms.
Of course, it is also very useful to glider pilots!
The charts are: maximum updraft velocity, wind at 3,000m and the actual satellite photo on 2016.01.05.” 

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As I know Alexis I decided to send him a mail to find out more about it and if we can ONLY read it on FB or maybe somewhere els on internet.
I got a long answer , but I share it anyhow with you as it is interesting, though at this stage it is more for Greece.

“Thank you for your interest!

First of all let me introduce to the scientist behind this forecasting system. His name is Angelos Lampiris and he is a very young and extremely talented meteorologist. He has built a supercomputer in his uncle’s basement and has developed this system by himself.

Angelos is now running and developing the models for the www sites below, finishing a revolutionary paper on how gravity waves affect the development of tornadoes and at the same time getting the system and the applications to a whole new level. Also, we are getting ready to launch the system for glider flights in the Alps and of course in Greece this spring.

For now you can only read the group on FB but there are two links with the forecasts for Greece where the system is already fully operational and providing early warnings for extreme events.

One site is for general forecasts and has two components. The first component is for simple forecasts with a very intuitive user interface http://www.antimeteo.gr/ and the other one is with charts for more sophisticated users http://www.antimeteo.gr/xartes.html . The charts also include output from the global model under the tab “Παγκόσμιο (mpas)”.

The other link is for gliding forecasts in Greece  http://www.troposphera.gr/html/open.html.

As you can see all kinds of updrafts are included on the same chart. It does not matter if there are thermals, ridge, convergence or wave. The combined effects are there (and fully confirmed by our flights). The “secret” of the model is that is fully based on Computational Fluid Dynamics so that the whole atmosphere and all parameters are simulated.

We are working on getting funding and growing this. With the climate change unusual weather and extreme events will be getting more and more common with significant impact to everybody. According to the World Economic Forum it is one of the biggest challenges mankind is facing.  We will do our best to make those forecasts as accurate and as available as possible. I have attached a teaser brochure for you.

The story behind this is amazing. Exactly one year ago I saw on Facebook  (which I was then using very lightly) a wind forecast chart which had the usual pattern of the mountain wave (i.e. increasing and decreasing wind speeds every 10km). I found that Angelos had prepared this forecast and I asked him if he could produce a chart with the vertical movement of the air at 5,000m. I also sent him some info about gliders and mountain waves. I told him that I would contact him again when the forecast was promising. This was the case on 2015.04.17. Angelos was doing his military service in a remote island but he managed to send me a chart of the updrafts within a few minutes. The next day I flew the longest ever flight in Greece in completely blue wave but with Angelos’ map on my kneeboard!

As they say the rest is history.”

Thanks Alexis, and I am going to follow it closely. The predicted storms on FB , for this weekend, were spot on!!!


Look at this the mountain-wave forecast for TODAY in Greece.



Registration for the Open Benelux Gliding Championships 2016 at Terlet is now open!
Please check  www.nkzweefvliegen.nl/obgc2016 for cost information and the registration form.

Do not wait and sign up! We hope to have 5 full classes.”
May 17 -May 27!!!
At this early stage already 28 participants; 7 in 18m, 5 in the 2-seater class, 5 in club, 7 in open and 4 in 15 m.
When I looked again,…33 participants!!!!


The NZ Multi Class Nationals finished on the 4th with a non flying day. Over 14 days, they had 7 valid days in both classes open and racing.
Champions; the combination Hunter / Jensen flying the JS 1 with 4839 points in open class and Yves Gerster in the LIBELLE in racing class with 4391 points.
On day 7 Yves “got”  1000 points for an out landing after 233 km from the set 283 km.The runner up that day had 100 km. less and “received”  533 points.That makes a difference!!!

Well done to all pilots and congratulations to the winners !!!!


I was asked to like the FB group of Fabian Peitz. He and his mate, Dennis keep us updated on the way to the European Championship 2017. When your German is good you can read it at their site;Segelflug-Hoch-Zwei.

This website is still under construction, but soon [I hope] it will work; Well,….. It SHOULD BE ONLINE NOW!!!!!Have a look or try later, as I could not read it yet!


And to finish a nice picture from Joergen and Dieter “Dundee” , ready for a flight S. from Tocumwal, to the Aussie mountains in the magic ARCUS. Dundee was even allowed to fly the “ship”  by himself.
Maybe I should have accepted Joergen’s invitation to me to fly the ARCUS as well.


Joergen and Dieter as shared by Joergen, with the message
Dieter ready for a flight in the Arcus. We did a nice sightseeing flight via Benalla to the hills further south, and back to Tocumwal.”


There is an interesting interview from Reiner Rose from the OLC with Tilo and Bernd from Schempp-Hirth about the new VENTUS.
Have a look at the OLC site.   As Tilo said;
Medium primary goal is the World Championships early 2017 in Australia, where we want to be measured with a good number of new aircraft for us.” 

That’s it you are up to date, more next week.
Cheers Ritz

Chile !Parowan ! Taupo !

Qualifying Grand Prix in Chile.

The weather in Chile was so-so! They tried hard, set tasks but on several days they did n’t fly further than 76 from the 284 km.
” Gliders being rescued by a tow plane in Los Andes. It wasn’t possible for the pilots to return to Vitacura by themselves since there wasn’t enough energy to stay aloft. We are hoping to have a better day today and be able to complete the task” for Friday.


Retrieves after out-landings.
As shared by the organizers.

In the end they  had 4 valid days out of 8 and ,…..it ALL happened/ read the scores were settled,  on the last day. As so often.
When they started for the last-but-one-day, Gintas had 13 points, Carlos 12 and Thomas 10.
The  regatta start was at 5 PM. for 145 km. 4 Pilots finished and a fast flight it was, for sure for Carlos; 161 km./h. [5 points ] Thomas was one of the finishers as well and received 3 points for his speed of 148 km./h.
Overall scores; 17 for Carlos, and 13 for both Gintas and Thomas.

Task 5 was set for the last day, weather-wise  the best one and pilots had to fly a longer distance this time; 364 km.
Gintas who flew so well at several days must have thought “I am going to do this again” .AND,…he did!! He flew over the 364 km. with a speed of 131 km./h just a 0.02 tad faster than Carlos who was runner up for the day. Thomas finished about 45 minutes later so the scores were upside down again.
On the last day Gintas got the extra point , 11 points ,Carlos got 8, Thomas 5.
Not too much difficulties to see that Carlos is the Chile Qualifying Grand Prix CHAMPION with 25 points.
Great result for Gintas with 24 points, the extra point just did not help him and Thomas gathered enough points the days before , to be safe with 18 points on spot 3!!!

A bit of a pity about the weather, but what you can do. Anyhow an interesting and exciting race again, with Carlos and Gintas “ready”  to go to South Africa for the WORLD FINAL in Potchefstroom in the beginning of November 2016.[5-12].
BUT,….as there were less than 10 participants ,….ONLY ONE pilot from the CHILE GP is allowed to go. So Carlos can order a ticket.

As they mentioned in their final report
Despite the effect of El Nino on the normally excellent weather in Chile it was still possible to compete on 4 race days although the conditions and therefore the speeds were well below par for the region.” 
 The weather was much worse than one would usually expect in Chile with warm and moist air bring lower cloudbase and poor visibility than normal. A slight improvement on the last race day allowed a race of 364km to be completed at a very creditable 131kph.” 

The next qualifying GP is in Spain in April.



Last week I got a mail from my Gliding International colleague Elke. She has been flying in Parowan ,Utah twice and LOVED it.
It’s soaring in Paradise! I’d always go back there, if only I had a glider in the States.

In June 2016 they have an ASA Camp  over there between June 14 and 26. All info you can find in the link below.
As they say; “an absolutely amazing experience both for the flying and the fun on the ground!”
Just have a look at this beautiful brochure, you might be interested and there is still time enough to consider or to even plan a visit to the CAMP at PAROWAN.
In the past I noticed some really great flights from the airfield over there and wrote about them.Interesting place!!!

Gliders Over Parowan

Parowan Soaring Camp – Auxiliary-powered Sailplane Association

When I checked last week ,the first link was working, when I published it dis n’t anymore. I added a 2d link,to be sure you can see and read it. Sorry about that.



And last Friday there was Schempp -Hirth-news;
“The new Ventus has made its maiden flight! After Christoph Wannenmacher now Tilo Holighaus is on his way to test fly it.”



A proud Tilo on the wing.SO HE SHOULD , very proud he can be!!!


Great shot from the brand-new-Ventus on tow!!


And from Tilo IN the glider.
in full flight;

All pictures shared by Schempp Hirth.
CONGRATULATIONS with another great glider.
one by Frans Guise, top photographer from Holland.



Western Cape Regionals finished.

After the rain they flew 5 days in a row!The last day had a set task from 250 km. and the overall scores on that day were; Laurens with 3924, 3899 for Dawid and Sven had 3234.
In open Dawid Pretorius was the fastest on the last day, with 152 km./h. in an 18m. version LS 8; 449 points.
Laurens in the JS 1, had about the same speed but he got 50 penalty points!!!
So it was pretty clear then, that Dawid won the Regionals with 4348 and Laurens was runner up.

In Club Stefan van den Berg in the Mosquito, won the first and last day and one in the middle, but he out-landed on one day as well. After  6 days he was runner up just 36 points behind the winner, Kevin Mitchell flying a 17 m. DG 400.

Only 2x a 1000 points day in both classes.


New Zealand; Multi class 2016 CHAMPIONSHIPS.

After 7 days they tried hard to fly task 3 with a 2,30 AAT in open class, BUT, only 4 pilots finished with a speed of 87 km./h. So another battle-day.
In racing class 3 from 10 managed to fly home for between 1 and 45 points.
Task 4 was flown last Saturday and a 3 hour AAT was set and flown by 6 from 8 in open and 10 from 13 in racing.
In racing it is good to see old Tony van Dyk topping the overall scores after 4 tasks.[1855]

Task 5 was a 2.30 hour AAT on the last day of January and a prey for David Hirst in the Ventus;248 km. in time 2.36.
He called it an ” Awesome run!
In racing Patrick Driessen was the best during their 2.15 AAT; 262 km. in time 2.53 but he flew 62 km. more than the Duo Discus as runner up.
5 Days to go, long competition!!

Task 6 was cancelled task 7  was nice on paper, a set 310 km. but the “best” pilot for that day flew 216 km. Still 1000 points for Keith Essex in the ASG 29Es.
283 was set in Racing and 233 was flown by Yves Gerster in the Libelle ;1000 points.

Today another set task from 376 km. in open with ONE finisher, Keith, who needed over -5-hours to fly home. The next “best ” pilot flew 370 in the JS 1, then 175 km.
In racing 2 pilots managed to finish the 332 km. task!!!They needed 4 and nearly 5 hours but were home.Yves in the Libelle, just landed out, but still is number 1 overall with 2 days to go.



With all the pilots normally flying there and now even more because of the PRE Worlds, the hangar in COROWA is still FULL. Good to see. They shared some great pictures and when you had not seen them, here they are.


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A fabulous big, brand- new hangar ,with only top-class-gliders.
As shared by http://www.australian-soaring-corowa.com/



Chinese SRGC -member Yunhai, by his friends called Yankie Hotel, has left Tocumwal after 3 months. His logbook had 250 hours MORE than before arrival. Great job YH.
Later the friends found out that his English name is Harry!!!! So well done Harry!!
By the way after lot’s of rain the weather is still pretty poor at the moment, Harry was on the right place at the right time!

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Harry, here with Christmas as my dinner partner and with Ingo who presented him before departure with a diploma as “international pilot logging the most hours this season.”
Last picture by Birgitte and Joergen.

Joergen and Birgitte spend their summer season in Tocumwal.
 they have donated two Becker VHF Transceivers to the club. Jorgen, in his usual resourceful way, acquired them as a result of the change to the European VHF channel spacing.
Also, one of our former members, Michael Wall has donated an Oxygen bottle to the club. This kind gift will find a place in one of our club gliders for the use of those pilots who go chasing the wave.
Great gesture by the guests.

Talking about Birgitte, I only found out this year that Rasmus Orskov, who I got to know at several junior comps and I estimate HIGH as a pilot,  is her son!!! Rasmus flew the final of the Grand Prix last year in Varese, after he qualified earlier in Zar in Poland for this event.
Even bigger news and I was only allowed to share it after Birgitte had done so; Rasmus is becoming a daddy this summer!!! Congratulations to Rasmus and his partner.
As the proud to-be- grand-ma said;” The baby will be the 4 th. generation glider pilot in the family, if he/she choose this sport.”


Rasmus in Varese.
as shared by the Danish Gliding Association.

And Andrew Peng Du has left Tocumwal [and Narromine, where he flew as well] ,with the message:
“See You Our Arcus in Beijing, See You in Loong Wing (GanSu.GaoTai) International Gliding Center.” 


Andrew with his “Chinese ” ARCUS here in the hangar from Outback Soaring in Tocumwal.


And then,….when you think it ‘s all over in South Africa as well, Martin Lessle flies from Douglas  a 1000 [997 Fai Triangle!] in the Duo Discus T, on the last day of January 2016. ” A good end to the season.” he commented. It was!!!


And to finish the link to a nice article about the UK champion in Narromine.


Only 50 flights on February 1 so it ‘s clearly slowing down. On January 22 only 14,… very low for the end of January!! We just have to wait again for and exciting new summer on this site of the world.
That ‘s it. CU next week, with the latest news.
Cheers Ritz