This morning we could see the low clouds whizzing by the takeoff hill as we were having breakfast outside in the sun. The day was cancelled for flying at the team leader briefing this morning because of forecasted high winds (50 knots) and fronts passing through the area.
We will go sightseeing today, as there is not much to do here in Sigilio. Johnny wants to drive go-carts, maybe we should save that for tomorrow…
It was as windy as predicted this morning, with lenticularis clouds over takeoff. The day was cancelled for flying at the morning briefing, but we had a nice safety briefing with Raymond Caux making a short talk about VG use, hooking in the harness before putting it on, and the mindset about incidents (We are learning to make mistakes every time we make one and live to tell about it, we should concider the incidents luck instead of bad luck)
The weather forecast for tomorrow is not great with rain and some more wind, but should be better after that.
I arrived in Sigilio yesterday, and met up with the rest of the team there. The flying yesterday was nice, and many of the pilots here had great flights. I was too tired and jetlagged, and did not go up the hill. Today it was too windy to fly here, which was fine for me as I did not sleep at all last night.
We went through the opening ceremony, with the parade, a few short speeches, and a cool show featuring artists with fire, fireworks, stilts, and lots of smoke and drama. I think most pilots enjoyed the ceremony and show, and it’s nice to see all the support from the town and officials here for the competition.
The team, from left – Per (Driver), Vegar, Johnny, Nils Aage, and me.
We finally got two days of flying conditions, sun and some thermals. The first 94km task was very difficult in stable, weak, and broken lift. One a few got away onto the task, with Nils Aage in the lead. Today we had a gray morning, but eventually it cleared up and we could fly a 57km lokal task with some massive overdevelopment to the north of us over Rondane. I got a mediocre start, and I made a mistake with the third TP radius, and missed it by 2,6km. It took me some time to realize my mistake, and by then I did not have the energy to go back and re-take the TP so I flew down and landed in goal. Lots of pilots made goal, Olav Opsanger was first in today and will take the lead.
The Australian bid for the Hanggliding world championship at Forbes in January 2013 was approved at the CIVL Plenary. Bill Moyes was here presenting the bid on behalf of Australia. It’s going to be exellent to go back to Forbes again for a World championships.
I guess it was cancelled due to wind and gray conditions. It was flyable, maybe borderline taskable. I spent the day at the coffeshop, working on preparing some material for the CIVL plenary, and had a nice run in the rain in the park along the river and lake Forbes. The park smelled strongly eucalyptus from the trees, intermingled with rotting fish from the floodings.
In Queensland its going from bad to worse, with close to 100 people missing in the floods and massive rainfalls. We are lucky here to just have to cancel a day of hanggliding, while 1000 km to the north people are drowning.
It was a gray and windy day today, we got a task of 130 km direct to goal, with a forecast of 25 knots winds from the east, and slow lift. The first pilots were towed upwind and almost to cloudbase. Most came back and landed, but some stayed up over the airfield. The mood was subdued at the launch lines, but slowly pilots got ready and started to tow up into the grey skies.
I got in line and got towed up nicely in the strong winds, but soon the tugpilot turned downwind and dropped me off beyond the point of no return where I could not glide back to the airfield to retow. I was dropped off low under a gaggle of pilots slowly sinking out, and half of the pilots glided back to the airfield, while I was too low to do anything but try to stay up. I was not very happy at that point.
I found a few broken thermals kicking off the trees, but the windy conditions did not help in finding anything useful, and I had to land within the 15 km start circle. Olav got dropped off in a much better position, got up and flew the task almost to goal, he had to land 2km before goal just as a shower dumped lots of rain and wind on us. Emil and I drove to pick him up, and after some exiting driving on wet muddy farmroads we found him and managed to get out again without getting stuck.
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