Thursday, July 31, 2008
where Kathleen and I have been huddled for an hour and a half ;-)
We had grabbed the turnpoint while getting rained on, but could quickly see that the ground was totally shaded and we weren't going to get much further. I headed for the biggest paddock I could find and Kathleen followed. We were just in the nick of time. As we started to pack up, the thunder and lightning and rain started and didn't stop for over an hour. We look like a couple of drowned rats ;-) and still no Tim to pick us up :-(
At least it was an exciting flight and an adventure out in the field!
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Wednesday, July 30, 2008
So, here is the rest of the story...it appears that Kathleen landed at
the edge of the goal cylinder and I have not been able to find out if
she made it in or not. Otherwise, it looks like Corinna was first for
the day again. This could mean a big shake up in the standings!
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Tuesday, July 29, 2008
first with Christian close behind in second. Seems it was a tough day
all around. For the girls, most of our team went down fairly early
with just Corinna in the air until late. I dont know where she ended
up, but apparently she is down. Kathleen made the second turnpoint and
landed there. No idea yet who may have won the day.
As for the Swifts, Manfred was first and happy to not be landing out
like yesterday. He said that was only his second time ever landing out
in a Swift.
There was grumbling last night that the forecast for today was identical to yesterday. I'm really hoping that's wrong. I desperately need more days to dig myself out of this hole I'm in. In the meantime, I'm getting to know the Russian girls. I think little Julia is the youngest girl in the meet at 21 and a delight to be around.
Here we are from Russia, the US, Germany, the UK, Finland, France and the Netherlands.
Monday, July 28, 2008
There was big development at both turnpoints and rain a bit further
out. But, we launched and I had quite a nice flight until about 15
minutes after the start when they came on radio saying it was
cancelled. I'm getting more and more comfortable with the turbulence
and gaggle flying and I'm so pleased about that. My baby is flying
like a dream as always and that just makes it easier and easier for me
to enjoy myself.
Landed at an ultralite airfield with all of the Japanese and Russian
girls and several others. Sometimes I feel like a giant ;-)
Sunday, July 27, 2008
cloudbase is barely above our heads. Looks like they will cancel it
eventually. Meantime it always fascinates me to learn about pilots'
lives outside of hang gliding. Out team leader Rudl is a retired F4
fighter pilot. I had no idea...so cool that he has flown both ends of
the spectrum...super fast fighter jets and super slow paragliders.
glider. My baby is called Damien, Spawn of the Devil, Damien for
short. Turns out her glider us also named after the devil- Shaitan
means devil in Mongolian. I was surprised to hear that most girls dont
have names for their gliders. Who's name do you scream then when your
glider isn't doing what its told??
Yesterday's sky was super cool.
Brian makes launching a 140 lb glider look so easy. The Swift really is such a gorgeous, graceful looking airplane (or spaceship, as Davis would say ;-)
We had dinner in Gubbio a few nights ago. Gubbio is a little village on the side of a hill....it was a turnpoint the second day and I arrived there quite low and got to check it out from above. I must say it was considerably more relaxing seeing it on foot.
My brothers nicknamed me Fat Ass quite a few years ago. I was thinking "wide load" when I saw this shot and I'm convinced I'm turning into one giant cheese ball ;-)
Saturday, July 26, 2008
just 58km. But conditions are looking quite nice so far, so I can't
help but wonder if its too short...probably shouldn't say that or I'll
bomb out :-/ But anyway, the wind is much much lighter than yesterday
and although there is some high cloudiness around, there is also some
nice cumulous development.
Friday, July 25, 2008
I'm tied for 12th at the moment, but hoping I can move into the top ten!!
Thursday, July 24, 2008
I fell in love with Johnny years ago in Florida when he would sing as he came across the goal line. It used to be "Johnny Carr in his purple Laminar..." to the tune of Yellow Submarine. When he no longer had a purple Laminar, he would just sing "Johnny Carr, Johnny Carr, Johnny Carr" all the way across the line.
Looks like there were plenty into goal today - at least half the girls and heaps of rigids. Slightly under called task, I would say. Corinna came in first, with Kathleen just a few seconds behind.
we're back at the south launch today. The girls have a rather short
69km task. Class 5 and the Swifts will go 163km.
Turns out Robert did win the day yesterday- I guess there was a bit of
confusion at the scoring desk.
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
For the Swifts, it was Manfred, Steve Cox from Switzerland in second and Brian Porter in third.
I guess it was a tougher day for the girls than we expected. Still just Kathleen in goal. I had a tough time going into the headwind after the first turnpoint. Had a fine day though and I'm happy.
performance :-( The air was a bit on the rough side after the first
half an hour and I was very nervous. I just landed not quite halfway
through the course. But at least that dreaded first day is out of the
way. Will do better tomorrow ;-)
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
Today is the last practice day before the first task tomorrow. Unfortunately, it has been extremely windy and we had thunderstorms all day yesterday, so not much practice other than the first two days when we arrived. Nice to relax and get to the know the area though. We're having plenty of team briefings and it's good for my German practice. Today we'll head up to the Trepizzi launch and check it out. It will likely be too windy to fly, but nice to get out and go through the motions anyway. They're thinking that we will be at Trepizzi for the next several days if the weather forecast is correct.