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Brasilia Worlds 2017, Task 2

Day 2 and a 123km task back to the goal at Espanalada in Brasilia, the first pilot off the hill was Wolfi, into a bad cycle with very weak conditions that left him on the ground in 10 minutes.

The launch was then closed for a while due to crosswind, before pilots started taking off as we watched the Vultures showing us the thermals. Olav was early in the launch order and sunk out quite low beneath takeoff before getting up.

I did a very bad takeoff, my left wing dropped just as I picked up speed, and I had to use full weightshift to avoid turning back into the hill. The the zipper rope had a knot in it, so I could not close my harness until I found a lift that got me high enough so I could take my hands off the speedbar, which took around 15 minutes. Then I was super thirsty after the struggle to get up, but the camelback hose had a kink inside the harness, so no water for me today.

I did not have enough time to get the height for a good start, but it turned out OK as I found a good line coming back from the startgate and towards the first TP I could push to catch some of the pilots in front. After the first TP I pushed a little too hard, and had to stop in weak lift, loosing sight of the lead gaggle. From there it was an OK flight to goal, except when the YotaPhone crashed just as I came up to the 3. TP, it restarted by itself, but as I had just taken the TP it was pointing the wrong way and I had to to reprogram XC Track again.

Going on final glide we had a small gaggle with 5-6 gliders around, we had to stop around 14km out in weak lift, and I left it on 9:1 glide, hit the main thermal that you always find on final glide and shot up into the sky like a rocket gliding as fast as I dared. I came out of that last thermal with a 4:1 glide, so I had no problems making goal….

Setting up the landing I jammed the zipper in my shorts, and had another adrenaline filled minute trying to solve that problem while on downwind with 10 other gliders in the same position. To top that off the brakechute had twisted lines and did not open as it should, but I pulled off the landing anyway.

Oh, and I should mention that my new YotaPhone fell out of the car and broke the e-ink screen this morning. What a day! Things can only improve from here though.

Olav did a really good flight again, coming in just after the leaders at 17. place. I was mid-field at 67. and Johnny had instrument problems and missed the last turnpoint with 27m before flying to goal, and lost some places ending up at 102.

More than 100 pilots in goal today of total 134, skill level is high for sure!

The team at goal task 2;

Team Norway at goal task 2 Worlds 2017

Preliminary results at; (Prova 2, Class 1)

Brasilia Worlds 2017, Task 1

It was quite a good day to start off the worlds, with blue skies, calm winds and very high cloudbase at over 3500 meters. We got a task of 107km out and almost return, with goal close to Planantina.

Despite having a total of 134 competition pilots on launch it went very quickly to get everyone airborne. I had a very hard time getting up above the ridge after takeoff, and spent a lot of time low searching for a core that could get me up to the rest of the pilots waiting for the start above. I finally got up to 2550m just in time for the first start gate and went on glide out of the start circle quite low compared to the rest of the gaggle.

I went with a group of pilots on track, but we got a pretty bad line with very turbulent and broken lift for the next 3-4 thermals, before we finally found a good core getting close to the altitude limit at 3500m. From halfway and to goal I could stay high and pick better lift, so I could catch up a little of the lost time from the start.

Olav, me and Johnny all made goal in the end, in 27. 64. and 72. place, making it an OK first day of the comp, but we need to speed up for the rest of the days.

Team Norway in goal after packing up;

Team Norway in goal, 2017 worlds, task 1

Preliminary results are here (Click “Prova 1” and “Class 1”;


Brasilia Worlds 2017, tracking links

We are not using individual Airtribune trackers for the Worlds 2017,  as we all have the official trackers from the organizer that should work just as well. The official tracking also show the task map. Click on the link below to get the live tracking. The task will usually start sometime around 18 CEST.

Official flymaster tracking Brasilia 2017 – this tracks all pilots and show the task every day.

My personal SPOT tracker – Show the last 24 hours of points. (If I remember to start the SPOT before takeoff.)

Brasilia Worlds 2017

So one year later, we made it back to Brasilia to fly the Worlds. The team this year is Olav Opsanger, Johnny Nilssen and me.

We arrived two days ago, flew a nice practice flight yesterday, and did registration and admin stuff today. Tomorrow is another free-flying day, and then a rest-day before the competition starts on the 9.

There will be live-tracking in the comp, so I’ll publish links here as soon as I have them.

Olav and me packing up after the first practice flight, it’s dry and dusty here!

Brasilia Pre-Worlds 2016, day 6

Today was very windy at takeoff, and the launch was postponed 1 hour while the winds calmed down a bit. It was OK to launch, but I spent too much time getting up and had to take a bad start about 5 minutes after everyone else. The flight was OK and I got to goal flying with Olav Opsanger the last part of the course. Did a conservative and slow final glide just to enjoy the experience of landing downtown Brasilia. The final glide the day before was the most marginal I’ve ever done and I did not want to repeat that :-)

On final glide
On final glide
After the startgate
After the startgate