Category Archives: Competitions

Worlds – Day 6

Today was a good day for me, we got a 155 km task, into the flats instead of down the ridge. The conditions were predicted to be blue, with moderate thermals. It turned out to be a classic good day, with cloudbase at 3100 meters, and strong lift. I stuck with the gaggle and took the first start time at 13:20. After the first TP we all got high, and I stayed high from there on. Conditions around the second and third TP was really good, I only stopped once to turn a few times in a thermal from the second TP to goal. The final glide was 44 km under a good cloudstreet. There was only 5 gliders on the ground when I passed the goal line, and about 10 gliders landing. I had lots of sink the last bit over the lakes before the city, so I did not have much spare altitude.
Nils Åge got stuck and came in almost one hour after me, Olav landed 10km out, and I do not know where Johnny landed as he was not on the radio all day.

Worlds – Day 4 and 5

The last two days have been difficult for us, none of us have made goal. The conditions are tricky, with low cloudbase and high winds. If you loose the gaggle you are on the ground in no time. Yesterday Olav came closest with 18 km left to goal, today Nils Åge flew around 100 km of the 156 km task. I misunderstood the task and thought the second TP was somwhere else, I had to turn back into the wind to get it, and landed soon after. Max height I got today was 2200 meters( 1000 meters above the ground)

Worlds – Day 3

Cloudbase was low this morning, it was windy and overcast. It gradually improved as we set up, but the wind stayed strong. We got a 122km, 8 TP task. 40 km start circle, then upwind and cross, before a new upwind leg, and downwind again to the last TP before a crosswind final glide to goal. I took the first start, and had a good flight until the last 10 km to the second TP. I got really bad air in the strong headwind, and arrived under the gaggle at the TP. I could not get up and landed, Robin Hamilton was 50 meters above me and got up. 10 minutes later as Olav passed the clouds were working and everyone got high.

Jon landed near the first TP, Nils Åge 10 before the second TP, and Jonny close to me. Olav made goal.

Results at http://www.brasilia2003.com

Worlds – Day 2

Today was better than yesterday, we got stronger conditions and some clouds. Cloudbase was at over 3500 meters, so we got some clearance to the groud. The task was a 108km task, with a triangle in the middle. I got low after taking the start gate, and spent some time getting back up. The thermal improved to 4m/s as the gaggle passed me, I stayed as the lift was so strong, and I could look down on the gaggle gliding. I topped out with a few ther gliders at 3200, and went on a fast glide, but the gaggle was already high again when I catched up. The triangle was quick going, but the last lift before the final glide was slow and I lost more time there. Olav was first in goal, before Nils Åge, Johnny, Jon and me.

Robert Reisinger won yesterdays task, I do not have the results for today. I was on a shared 94. place after getting only miminum distace :-) Today’s place wil be well below 50 as there was over a hundred gliders in goal.

Worlds – Day 1

We got a 92 km task today, the conditions were blue and we got up to 20km/h headwind for the first time here. The take off went fine, but it was crowded and turbulent in the inverted conditions. There was reports of at least one minor mid-air, both pilotes involved flew on. I got up above takeoff, and flew over the ravine with about 50 others. After beein bounced around there not getting up we finally found som broken and very turbulent air. I was near the top of the gaggle with Johnny and Jon, and searched out in front where I saw a surge, but fell through and ended up in the bottom of the gaggle. I had to fly out back on the ridge, found no lift and ended up searching out in the flats where I was setting up to land when I found some lift. The thermal was broken and part of the circle was between two trees as I tried to get up, after spending about 5 minutes between 30 and 50 meters circling between the trees it finally improved and I got back up to 1800 meters. About 10 other gliders landed in the ares, three of us got up and away. It was getting late, and I could not get any good lift after that. Alone it was pretty difficult with blue broken thermals, and headwind. I landed close to Olav after only 10 km. Jon, Johnny and Nils Åge got furhter, but none of us made goal. About 25 pilots made it in.

Not a good start on the comp, but theres plenty of more days to come. Today was difficult, lots of good pilots did not make it to goal.

The worlds

We have had some slow days of relaxing and doing nothing, we have flown some days. The weater have been a little unstable with overdevelopment and thunderstorms in the evening. I flew two days to adjust my glider a little, and hae otherwise done nothing. Today was registration for the worlds, and we have the opening seremony tonight at 19:00. It will be interesting to se how many participants we have. Lots of people here, the HQ is in the basement of our hotel, very convenient for us. Sunday is the first comp day, weather forecast is not good for the first days.

Brasilian Nationals

Day 3 was a more difficult day, it was blue and very slow at the take off, lots of pilots went down below takeoff, but few landed. Olav and I took off at the same time, I was a little to low to go in over takeoff in the thermal and flew out towards the ridge on the other side of the pass. Håkan from Sweden flew over there as well, and we got up over the ridge, but could not get high and fell down again. I spent the next 45 minutes 300 meters over a waterhole that triggered weak thermals, fighting to get back up. Håkan landed at the LZ, when he tried to glide out for a search. Finally I got away and into the plateau, but it was hard going and I only made the first TP, landing near the second after failing to find any lift over the normally reliable grass fires.

I picked a field near a village, so that Fredrik could find me more easily. When I landed all the kids in the village came running over to me. It was total chaos, everyone asking questions in Portuguese. The local village idiot was there, chatting away making gestures. I derigged in front of this audience, and relayed my coordinates to Fredrik. When they finally came to pick me up most of the kids had left, but a few still hung around, sitting on the road in front of me just watching every move I made. The Brazilians seem to have a mix of ethnic backgrounds, the kids looks ranged from dark African features, via Asian, native Indian, to blonde Europeans, and mixes of everything.

I came down with fever on day 4 and 5, spent the days in bed watching TV. (They dub The Simpsons, but not South Park)

Day 6 was an OK day, but I got away too late from the start circle. I got high and stayed high after that, but even 3200 meters was enough to cross the blue into the last TP alone (ground level is 1100 meters here), I landed next to the highway 3 km from the TP, and got picked up by Fredrik and Nils Åge before I was derigged.

The last day I flew badly and landed just outside the start circle, I did not follow my own plan, and got stuck low alone in the blue and windy conditions. Crap. The prize giving party was good though, I still have a headache 2 days after… Bethinio won, results here; http://www.jlv.com.br/brasilia/
My tracklogs are up in the logbook, the new GPSDump seems to work with 2.13b on the Compeo. The start circle function on the Compeo is still not working, but it’s not very important as we all gaggle up on the edge anyway.

All in all it’s been a very good warm up to get familiar with the area and conditions. The site is good, conditions have been good so far, and it seems very reliable. The city of Brasilia is strange, it’s no real downtown, everything is split up in small centres and areas, all Hotels are in one area. Restaurants and bars are in the shopping malls. The people are very friendly and open, but few speak English at all. I’m learning a few words in Portuguese, but it’s hard learn enough to do more than order food.

Jon Gjerde and Johnny Nilsen arrived yesterday, they got the gliders this morning and went out flying. I’m going to work a little on my stuff today, headset needs soldering, and I want to test a new batten profile. The worlds start on Sunday I think, so we have plenty of time. The plan was to go to the coast and have vacation this week, but we might stay and just relax here.