STUDIO LTV Jacek Lewiński idea!!!
As shared by MANY on FB.
Whataday it was on Wednesday ,….so marginal with the expectation it would NOT be a competition day ,…..and then it was!!! Great flying from the juniors.
On Thursday [20 km.h. wind] and Friday [cooler but thunderstorms] the weathergods were not helping; both days were cancelled and then you start thinking as Matthew did. A nice philosophy;
—“So we’re now faced with the stark reality that there might not be any more flying days! Tomorrow looks like a wipe, and Saturday looks sketchy. Of course I’d like to fly, but tactically I’m not sure it’s a good idea! Last week we all went tenpin bowling with the Polish and Swiss teams, I noticed that while none of us were very good (some slightly better than others), there’d be huge swings in the scores even over a 2 hour game, and I’ve been thinking about this ever since and how it relates to gliding. Most of the time, my strategies at competitions have essentially assumed the competition is infinitely long – fly consistently every day and you’ll do well. But gliding competitions, particularly in Europe, are most certainly finite in length and I think there’s a lot of tactics at play to maximise your performance. In tenpin you don’t have much capacity to ‘hold’ your position, and you’re forced to ride the highs and the lows and when the music stops you’re just where you end up. In gliding however, we have the opportunity to choose who we’re going to start with and fly with, almost as though we have the option of taking our competitor’s result sight unseen over our own potential result – a very logical tactic if you are in the lead or are lacking self confidence on your next move. So I think the ‘optimal’ strategy is to just keep playing the odds and trying to differentiate yourself until you find yourself ahead of where you think you’d place in an infinitely long competition, then try and hold that position by choosing to take the result of those beneath you / fly with your challengers. So where does that leave me now? Well, I think I’m possibly 1-3 places below my theoretical placing in an infinitely long competition, but emotions are a factor too as I think there’s a step in perceived value between 10th and 11th and I’m not sure I want to risk falling beneath that too much. So, I haven’t yet quite decided how I’ll attack the last day if we end up getting one. That’s my musing for the moment, let me know your thoughts – I’m off to sleep on it.”—
Thoughts of a young pilot, I am pleased to share and yes it is difficult also for older pilots; trying to win the title, as for some only ONE spot counts the NUMBER 1 or being happy with a good well fought runner up place or 2-3 or…! It’s all very subjective. Matthew by the way ended on a good 9th spot overall and is still young enough to participate in his own AUSTRALIA on the next JWGC in Narromine!
The Dutch team did well, no doubt about that ,so crew was very tired from working [too] hard as you can see on the by them shared picture
–” It’s now 2030, and raining steadily. And forecast to keep on all night, stopping around sunrise. Forecast up to 15mm but I think there’ll be quite a bit more than that. And yet another thunderstorm going by to the south-east. It’ll be a miracle if tasks are set tomorrow but stranger things have happened I suppose…”—
A Dutch and French WORLD CHAMPION!!!
Standard class got the B task with 298.1 km instead of A 351 km.!!!Then the C and in the end the D TASK ;245 km.
Clubbies went for a 3 hour AAT and then 2.30!!!!
As shared by Aussie team.
In Club class the French “carried out a coup”. Being on spot 3 and 5 overall on the last but one day, Valentin and Benjamin started pretty early and flew both 236 km. in time 2.55.
Some other pilots nearly flew for 4 hours!!!And quite a few even outlanded!
Valentin jumped from 3 to ONE and Benjamin from 5 to 2. Great coup! Swiss pilot Maxime Petitpierre unfortunately dropped from 1 to 3 but still is on the podium today!
The story is even, that the 2 Dutch pilots sacrificed themselves by landing out, which would be great team spirit, but I am sure Peter could have done it by himself!
He is just a GOOD pilot. When you “beat” Sebastian Kawa during the EGC on 4 days you are pretty good, is n’t it?
Petr and Radek did their VERY best and finished on a well deserved spot 2 and 3.
Hope to “find” some French pictures as well.
Once they were young as well!
Also here the last day was a tough one. In standard class [2.30 AAT] only 3 from 12 finished and they ended in the top 3 overall.
After 6 days [ only 2 days cancelled not too bad for Holland!!!] the winners in standard class were; Sander Terpstra ,[ 3634] Sjoerd van Empelen [ 3559] and Jens Bouma.
In open class; Rick Boerma,  Odin van Oord [ 3941] and Pieter Daems [from Belgium 3433]
Sorry about the spaces between, something is wrong!!!!! Going to sort that out now!