Category Archives: Hanggliding

Forbes 2016, Training days

Yesterday was my first hangglider flight since Arizona in September, getting hooked in to the towline behind the dragonfly, go go go, 3 minutes later I release into a huge thermal that average over 5 m/s and go straight up to 2800 meters. How good is Forbes?

Chillin' out in the sky
Chillin’ out in the sky

The team here this year are the veterans Olav Opsanger, Olav Lien Olsen and me, Thomas Lindal who was here last year, and Erland Åmot as freshman here for the first time. Since we had one free spot in the car we also have the Dutch pilot Gijs with us for retreives.

The first days here have been good flying, today saw a bit of overcast with cirrus and a bit more wind, but conditions were quite rough and strong in some parts. We set a task today, but it was into the shade so some of us turned back, while Olav Lien Olsen completed it and Erland did 80%.

Thomas was attacked by a wedge-tailed eagle today, the eagle ripped his nosecone off the glider, making it “interesting” to fly, but he managed to land safely without any major issues.

The forecast for the first few comp days is not great, it’s raining and lightning outside as I write this, but there is a good chance we can fly tomorrow if the more positive weather forecasts are accurate.

Follow us on Airtribune;
Øyvind Ellefsen
Thomas Lindal
Olav Opsanger
Erland Åmot

SPOT tracklogs;
Olav Lien Olsen
Øyvind Ellefsen
Thomas Lindal

 

As summers roll by

So another Nordic flying season comes to an end, I even got to have one memorable (and personal best XC open distance) flight in Norway from Espesetra to Hamar, in between cancelled competition tasks and generally unpredictable weather.

I got to fly in Australia in January, Italy in April, Norway in May, July, and August, Germany in August, and Arizona in September.

The flatlands in Germany were pretty good, almost like Australian flying.

Over the flatlands south of Berlin
Over the flatlands south of Berlin

The Norwegian season end meet at Tronfjell was really nice local flying in blue and weak conditions with over 50 other pilots.

Tronfjell, August 2015
Tronfjell, August 2015
Tronfjell, August 2015
Tronfjell, August 2015
Tronfjell, August 2015
Tronfjell, August 2015

Forbes 2015 – Final results

So it’s all over, flying muscles are sore, but I wish we could start all over again tomorrow. We had a great time in the sky and on the ground, thanks to Vicki, Moyes, tugpilots, all the voulenteers and all pilots and crew, you made it all possible, what a great comp it was!

Thermals next 250km
Thermals next 250km

Forbes Flatlands Hang Gliding Championships 2015

2015-01-01 to 2015-01-08

Total results

Provisional

Task Date Distance
T1 goong he fat choi 2015-01-01 12:00  135.1 km Race to Goal with 4 startgate(s)
T2 mezzanine 2015-01-02 12:00  162.1 km Race to Goal with 5 startgate(s)
T3 Forbes BBQ Champions 2015-01-03 12:00  192.2 km Race to Goal with 5 startgate(s)
T4 Moyes Delta Gliders 2015-01-06 12:00  249.6 km Race to Goal with 5 startgate(s)
T5 no money 2015-01-07 12:00  157.6 km Race to Goal with 4 startgate(s)
T6 no money 2015-01-08 12:00  121.3 km Race to Goal with 4 startgate(s)

 

# Name Nat Glider T 1 T 2 T 3 T 4 T 5 T 6 Total
1 Zac Majors M USA Wills Wing T2C 144 702 1000 782 976 872 714 5046
2 Jonny Durand M AUS Moyes RX 3.5 860 742 987 873 657 855 4974
3 Gordon Rigg M GBR Moyes RX 3.5 769 875 936 797 872 697 4946
4 Jonas Lobitz M NZL Moyes RS 3.5 733 801 879 907 871 714 4905
5 Jochen Zeischka M BEL Moyes RX 4 715 936 877 675 872 815 4890
6 Trent Brown M AUS Moyes RX 3.5 755 772 904 726 918 785 4860
7 Olav Opsanger M NOR Moyes RX 3.5 931 711 914 630 872 696 4754
8 Attila Bertok M HUN Moyes RX 5 967 697 989 251 876 966 4746
9 Christian Voiblet M SUI Aeros 825 728 844 833 871 592 4693
10 Olav Olsen M NOR Moyes RX 3.5 868 674 804 865 748 701 4660
11 Oyvind Ellefsen M NOR Moyes RX 3.5 823 651 888 662 794 799 4617
12 Glen Mcfarlane M AUS Wills Wing T2C 821 516 887 862 751 777 4614
13 Filippo Oppici M ITA Wills Wing T2C 745 580 922 792 869 703 4611
14 Steve Blenkinsop M AUS Moyes RX 3.5 740 642 911 488 872 857 4510
15 Kato Minoru M JPN Moyes RX 3.5 527 712 729 705 872 835 4380
16 Gerolf Heinrichs M AUT Moyes RX 3.5 883 705 929 779 872 189 4357
17 Tullio Gervasoni M ITA Wills Wing T2C 722 582 928 103 872 838 4045
18 Len Paton M AUS Moyes RX 4 840 364 948 278 848 752 4030
19 Jon snr Durand M AUS Moyes RX 4 665 513 632 771 617 802 4000
20 Harrison Rowntree M AUS Moyes RX 3.5 778 410 651 452 871 743 3905
21 Gijs Wanders M NED Icaro 807 687 650 794 731 217 3886
22 Guy Hubbard M AUS Moyes RS 4 740 721 625 644 283 726 3739
23 Simon Braithwaite M NZL Moyes RX 3.5 413 451 824 681 659 692 3720
24 Lukas Bader M GER Moyes RS 4 482 715 350 667 773 674 3661
25 Yasuhiro Noma M AUS Moyes RX 3.5 402 315 658 617 873 742 3607
26 Gavin Myers M AUS Moyes LSS 5 788 539 820 67 585 729 3528
27 Phil Schroder M AUS Airborne Rev 680 454 313 659 725 603 3434
28 Grant Heaney M AUS Moyes RX 3.5 676 169 608 643 591 678 3365
29 Nils Vesk M AUS Moyes RX 3.5 672 599 436 403 491 709 3310
30 Andrew Barnes M AUS Moyes RX 3.5 724 395 735 84 656 714 3308
31 Rohan Taylor M AUS Moyes RS 4 236 483 542 588 668 578 3095
32 Geoff Robertson M AUS Moyes RX 3.5 414 568 346 414 493 846 3081
33 Victor Hare M AUS Wills Wing T2C 258 525 540 395 638 653 3009
34 Federico Martini M SUI Moyes RX 3.5 207 585 619 504 441 572 2928
35 Sasha Serebrennikova F RUS Moyes RX 3 303 355 473 579 559 639 2908
36 Conrad Loten M NZL Moyes RS 3.5 582 589 691 157 299 480 2798
37 Mark Russell M AUS Moyes RS 4 586 577 569 314 76 376 2498
38 Josh Woods M AUS Moyes RX 3.5 232 274 555 31 868 429 2389
39 Mikhail Karmazin M RUS Aeros Combat 585 439 581 242 451 48 2346
40 Chris Czajkowski M AUS Moyes RX 5 244 293 473 402 444 203 2059
41 Takeshi Yokoyama M JPN Moyes RX 3.5 489 173 443 419 418 48 1990
42 Yoko Isomoto F JPN Moyes RX 3.5 123 71 77 540 727 404 1942
43 Ryosuke Hattori M JPN Aeros Combat 131 269 143 423 222 508 1696
44 Dale Regehr M CAN Moyes RX 4 501 281 326 68 346 48 1570
45 Sander Van Schaik M NED Icaro Laminar 235 71 301 269 485 48 1409
46 Emiel Jansen M NED Icaro 131 199 338 31 236 322 1257
47 Enda Murphy M AUS Moyes RX 3.5 30 30 575 172 344 1151
48 Thomas Lindal M NOR Moyes RS 4 275 41 183 381 214 1094
49 Viv Clements M NZL Moyes LS 5 244 101 118 79 219 243 1004
50 Peter Dall M AUS Airborne Rev 100 268 327 256 951
51 Phil Seeley M GBR Moyes RX 3 30 30 20 72 357 126 635
52 Adam Jones M AUS Moyes LSS 5 30 306 31 125 48 540

Forbes 2015 – Day 8

Another day with chance of storms and stopped task, but it turned out good in the end as the storms stayed just far enough away for us to complete the short task.

I broke a weaklink towing, and had to land an get another tow, I then found very weak lift and could not get up in time for the first start, so I had to take the second with a small gaggle. From there it was an OK run until goal where I had a 12:1 final glide into headwind, but hit very strong lift on the way in and passed goal at 1200m.

Results from today;

2015-01-01 to 2015-01-08

2015-01-08 no money

Race to Goal 121.3 km

Provisional

No Dist. Id Radius
(meters)
Coordinates Open Close
1 0.0 km FORBE 400 Lat: -33.3608 Lon: 147.932 12:00:00+11:00 20:00:00+11:00
2 SS 9.6 km FORBE 10000 Lat: -33.3608 Lon: 147.932 12:00:00+11:00 20:00:00+11:00
3 52.5 km GRENF 5000 Lat: -33.8596 Lon: 148.1121 12:00:00+11:00 20:00:00+11:00
4 69.0 km CARAGA 15000 Lat: -33.83613 Lon: 147.73937 12:00:00+11:00 20:00:00+11:00
5 ES 121.3 km GOOL15 400 Lat: -33.61847 Lon: 148.40897 12:00:00+11:00 20:00:00+11:00

StartGate(s): 13:45:00+11:00, 14:00:00+11:00, 14:15:00+11:00, 14:30:00+11:00

# Name Nat Glider SS ES Time km/h Dist. Dist.
Points
Lead.
Points
Time
Points
Arr.
Pos
Points
Total
1 Attila Bertok M HUN Moyes RX 5 14:00:00 16:13:01 02:13:01 50.4 121.3 372.5 92.7 439.2 61.2 966
2 Steve Blenkinsop M AUS Moyes RX 3.5 13:45:00 16:11:22 02:26:22 45.8 121.3 372.5 90.2 315.5 78.4 857
3 Jonny Durand M AUS Moyes RX 3.5 13:45:00 16:12:43 02:27:43 45.4 121.3 372.5 109.8 307.3 65.2 855
4 Geoff Robertson M AUS Moyes RX 3.5 13:45:00 16:12:15 02:27:15 45.5 121.3 372.5 89.6 310.1 73.8 846
5 Tullio Gervasoni M ITA Wills Wing T2C 13:45:00 16:12:40 02:27:40 45.4 121.3 372.5 88.6 307.6 69.3 838
6 Kato Minoru M JPN Moyes RX 3.5 14:00:00 16:22:40 02:22:40 47.0 121.3 372.5 78.2 339.6 44.5 835
7 Jochen Zeischka M BEL Moyes RX 4 13:45:00 16:16:57 02:31:57 44.1 121.3 372.5 105.8 283.1 53.9 815
8 Jon snr Durand M AUS Moyes RX 4 13:45:00 16:16:40 02:31:40 44.2 121.3 372.5 86.9 284.7 57.4 802
9 Oyvind Ellefsen M NOR Moyes RX 3.5 14:00:00 16:26:00 02:26:00 45.9 121.3 372.5 76.4 317.8 32.6 799
10 Trent Brown M AUS Moyes RX 3.5 13:45:00 16:17:29 02:32:29 44.0 121.3 372.5 82.0 280.2 50.6 785
11 Glen Mcfarlane M AUS Wills Wing T2C 13:45:00 16:20:36 02:35:36 43.1 121.3 372.5 93.2 263.6 47.5 777
12 Len Paton M AUS Moyes RX 4 14:00:00 16:31:02 02:31:02 44.4 121.3 372.5 69.2 288.2 22.3 752
13 Harrison Rowntree M AUS Moyes RX 3.5 13:45:00 16:25:37 02:40:37 41.7 121.3 372.5 94.9 238.5 36.9 743
14 Yasuhiro Noma M AUS Moyes RX 3.5 13:45:00 16:24:17 02:39:17 42.1 121.3 372.5 82.7 245.0 41.8 742
15 Gavin Myers M AUS Moyes LSS 5 13:45:00 16:25:31 02:40:31 41.8 121.3 372.5 78.0 239.0 39.2 729
16 Guy Hubbard M AUS Moyes RS 4 13:45:00 16:25:42 02:40:42 41.7 121.3 372.5 80.6 238.1 34.7 726
17 Andrew Barnes M AUS Moyes RX 3.5 14:00:00 16:34:45 02:34:45 43.3 121.3 372.5 54.1 268.1 19.6 714
17 Zac Majors M USA Wills Wing T2C 144 13:45:00 16:27:39 02:42:39 41.2 121.3 372.5 83.4 228.8 29.0 714
17 Jonas Lobitz M NZL Moyes RS 3.5 13:45:00 16:26:45 02:41:45 41.4 121.3 372.5 77.8 233.0 30.7 714
20 Nils Vesk M AUS Moyes RX 3.5 14:00:00 16:35:37 02:35:37 43.1 121.3 372.5 53.8 263.5 18.9 709
21 Filippo Oppici M ITA Wills Wing T2C 13:45:00 16:29:25 02:44:25 40.8 121.3 372.5 85.0 220.5 24.6 703
22 Olav Olsen M NOR Moyes RX 3.5 13:45:00 16:29:55 02:44:55 40.6 121.3 372.5 87.0 218.2 23.3 701
23 Gordon Rigg M GBR Moyes RX 3.5 13:45:00 16:27:43 02:42:43 41.2 121.3 372.5 68.4 228.4 27.4 697
24 Olav Opsanger M NOR Moyes RX 3.5 13:45:00 16:29:14 02:44:14 40.8 121.3 372.5 76.0 221.3 25.9 696
25 Simon Braithwaite M NZL Moyes RX 3.5 14:00:00 16:38:20 02:38:20 42.3 121.3 372.5 52.4 249.7 17.8 692
26 Grant Heaney M AUS Moyes RX 3.5 14:00:00 16:40:45 02:40:45 41.7 121.3 372.5 50.1 237.9 17.4 678
27 Lukas Bader M GER Moyes RS 4 13:45:00 16:33:02 02:48:02 39.9 121.3 372.5 76.4 204.0 21.3 674
28 Victor Hare M AUS Wills Wing T2C 13:45:00 16:34:35 02:49:35 39.5 121.3 372.5 63.3 197.1 20.4 653
29 Sasha Serebrennikova F RUS Moyes RX 3 13:45:00 16:36:57 02:51:57 39.0 121.3 372.5 61.2 186.8 18.3 639
30 Phil Schroder M AUS Airborne Rev 13:45:00 16:45:23 03:00:23 37.2 121.3 372.5 62.4 151.5 17.0 603
31 Christian Voiblet M SUI Aeros 13:45:00 16:50:46 03:05:46 36.1 121.3 372.5 72.2 130.1 16.7 592
32 Rohan Taylor M AUS Moyes RS 4 13:45:00 16:51:43 03:06:43 35.9 121.3 372.5 63.3 126.4 16.2 578
33 Federico Martini M SUI Moyes RX 3.5 13:45:00 16:51:41 03:06:41 35.9 121.3 372.5 56.5 126.5 16.4 572
34 Ryosuke Hattori M JPN Aeros Combat 13:45:00 17:03:52 03:18:52 33.7 121.3 372.5 38.4 80.8 16.0 508
35 Conrad Loten M NZL Moyes RS 3.5 13:45:00 17:13:42 03:28:42 32.1 121.3 372.5 45.1 46.0 15.9 480
36 Josh Woods M AUS Moyes RX 3.5 13:45:00 121.2 372.4 56.2 429
37 Yoko Isomoto F JPN Moyes RX 3.5 13:45:00 17:35:56 03:50:56 29.0 121.3 372.5 15.8 15.8 404
38 Mark Russell M AUS Moyes RS 4 14:00:00 111.6 351.5 24.4 376
39 Emiel Jansen M NED Icaro 13:45:00 95.8 306.5 15.4 322
40 Viv Clements M NZL Moyes LS 5 14:00:00 69.8 242.6 243
41 Gijs Wanders M NED Icaro 13:45:00 58.1 216.9 217
42 Thomas Lindal M NOR Moyes RS 4 14:00:00 57.1 214.1 214
43 Chris Czajkowski M AUS Moyes RX 5 14:00:00 53.8 202.8 203
44 Gerolf Heinrichs M AUT Moyes RX 3.5 13:45:00 50.4 188.6 189
45 Phil Seeley M GBR Moyes RX 3 14:00:00 36.3 126.0 126
46 Dale Regehr M CAN Moyes RX 4 13:42:55 10.7 50.2 48
46 Takeshi Yokoyama M JPN Moyes RX 3.5 14:15:00 10.0 48.3 48
46 Adam Jones M AUS Moyes LSS 5 10.0 48.3 48
46 Mikhail Karmazin M RUS Aeros Combat 10.0 48.3 48
46 Sander Van Schaik M NED Icaro Laminar 13:45:00 10.0 48.3 48