Friday, October 31, 2008
We had the strongest winds I've experienced here in Canoa. The 20 or so MPH wind in launch made for rather scary conditions and after watching Mike Glennon do a full 360 right of of launch, hugging the uprights, completely out of control, I questioned whether it was just too much for me. In the end I worked up the courage and had a fine launch and lovely flight despite nursing a nasty cold.
OB came in second, Daniel Velez third, Mike Glennon (happy to be alive) fourth and Mark Dowset rounded out the tip five.
Hoping for more of the same tomorrow!!!
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Lots of new faces here this year. This is Pablo who is the nephew-in-law of Felix Ruelle. Pablo and I actually met in Cucco this summer where he was learning to fly. He's a great kid!
There go the boys, racing down low!
Thursday, October 30, 2008
We found great Norwegian girl, Gry, alongside the road and brought her with us to Canoa. She did a tandem with Dustin in Guayaquil and had so much fun we talked her into coming on to the beach with us. She's out doing more tandems now and I'm guessing we'll have her hooked in no time.
Photos from Teresa!
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
so drive and here I sit with my iPhone. Funny thing about the
technology of our day...haven't decided if it's good or bad that I can
sit here on the equator having a nearly realtime chat with someone on
his evening commute in a city thousands of miles from here where it's
snowing. On the positive side, I very rarely feel alone, no matter how
far I am from the people that mean the most to me. On the other hand,
I often wonder if it keeps me from truly being where ever it is I am??
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
We will leave first thing in the morning for the long drive to Canoa...just one full practice day before the competition starts on Friday. Meanwhile, the boys are having fun hiding each others' parts at the hotel. Dustin is freaking out because his 9 kilos of lead ballast (just enough to give him the same wingloading as Jeffo) has mysteriously disappeared. I'm guessing it will magically turn up again before we head out in the morning.
Thankfully, they didn't make me do the interview in my pitiful Spanish. Left to right at the table are Mike Glennon from Colombia, me representing Germany, the press guy, Raul, the bossman putting on the show, Mark Dowsett from Canada and Dustin from the US.
Good thing yesterday was our last day towing in Guayaquil. Apparently a few of the jetliners were complaining about hang gliders "cutting across their flight path" and we were finally shut down late in the afternoon. The approach to Guayaquil airport takes them right across the paddock about 2000 feet or so AGL. We laughed in amazement every time one came through, but the reality is, it was crazy for us to be there.
After a little press conference this morning, we'll finally be on our way to Canoa!!
Sunday, October 26, 2008
We've got two trikes out at the field, one for taking people on rides and another for towing. Jonathan, a young pilot from Quito has been doing an amazing job of towing. He can't be more than 20 years old, but he's clearly a natural pilot - as smooth as my favorite tug pilot Lisa Kain at Quest. We're very lucky to have him!
Went for a run through the tiny streets of Guayaquil today. Apparently running is not such a popular pastime in Ecuador because everyone I passed looked at me as if I had lost it. Maybe the problem is I'm a Gringa ;-)
A shot of our tow paddock with most of the gliders huddled under the Redbull tent...
More of the same for today!
Saturday, October 25, 2008
Friday, October 24, 2008
Princess Dustina talk crap to OB about who is going to win the race at
Canoa and the $4000 prize money for first place. OB reminded us that
he brought the winner's black panties from the European tour, so I'll
make it a point to post photos of the winner in them.
All five gliders made it on fine, we had our round of tequila shots
and we're on our way!!
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Tuesday, October 21, 2008
Friday, October 17, 2008
The streets were lining up all the way to Georgia even at sunset, but I because of a training run this morning and the 2-hour drive from the beach, I didn't get in the air early enough to take advantage of them. Instead Lauren and I just sat on top of the boys, like we always do ;-)
Dustin likes to pretend he's gonna land on the dragonfly.
I'm super happy to report that Nicole has solo'd and has been tearing up the sky in the Falcon. A bit more airtime and she'll be ready for the women's worlds!
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
In the meantime, I get to play auntie every day, actually catch up on work, and learn new words like COMMUNIFAKING. Yep, we've all done it, just didn't know there was a name for it - pretending to talk on your mobile to avoid having to talk to a real person standing in front of you. Apparently, there are actually rules for this! For instance, its acceptable to communifake to avoid unwanted male attention (you're waiting for a friend at the local pub and don't want to be hit on), or to avoid looking like a loser at a party where you don't know anyone. However, it's NOT ok when you're expecting a call and the phone rings mid "conversation" making you look like a total idiot, or on the subway where everyone knows there's no net anyway.
Yes, this is how bored I get when I'm not traveling. Sad sad state.