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2021 Barraba Big Toe Hang Gliding Competition

Sun, Nov 21 2021, 4:02:45 pm MST

The podium

Barraba Big Toe 2021

Scott Barrett, Steve Docherty, Rory Duncan

See results in previous article.

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2021 Barraba Big Toe Hang Gliding Competition

Fri, Nov 19 2021, 10:37:21 am MST

Last Task

Barraba Big Toe 2021

http://www.williamolive.com/comps/barraba/comp results 2018.html

Task 4:

# Name Glider Distance Total
1 Peter Burkitt Moyes RX 5 Pro 15.04 35.3
2 John Harriot Moyes RX 3.5 Pro 12.16 30.8
3 Rory Duncan Airborne Rev 8.82 25.5
4 Steve Docherty Moyes RX 3.5 Pro 8.63 25.2
5 Rick Martin Moyes RX 3.5 Pro 8.57 25.1
6 Mikhail Karmazin Moyes RX 3.5 Pro 7.01 21.4
7 Adrian Bosco Moyes RX5 Pro 6.59 20.3

Final Results:

# Name Glider T 1 T 2 T 3 T 4 Total
1 Scott Barrett Aeros GT 1000.0 649.1 763.7 15.8 2429
2 Steve Docherty Moyes RX 3.5 Pro 869.3 698.7 708.4 25.2 2302
3 Rory Duncan Airborne Rev 558.4 505.2 926.2 25.5 2015
4 Vic Hare Wills Wing T3 144 245.4 751.0 1000.0 15.8 2012
5 Steven Crosby Moyes RX 5 Pro 428.4 712.7 572.6 0.0 1714
6 Mikhail Karmazin Moyes RX 3.5 Pro 785.3 660.4 242.0 21.4 1709
7 Guy Hubbard Moyes RX 3.5 Pro 434.1 717.8 460.1 15.8 1628
8 Rick Martin Moyes RX 3.5 Pro 614.6 581.0 305.2 25.1 1526
9 Peter Adriaans Moyes RX5 Pro 489.7 514.2 475.6 15.8 1495

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2021 Barraba Big Toe Hang Gliding Competition

Thu, Nov 18 2021, 9:05:04 pm MST

They stopped to help

Barraba Big Toe 2021|Peter Burkitt|scoring|Scott Barrett|Troy Horton|William "Billo" Olive

Regarding the zeros on the second task, Billo writes:

I'll have to average those pilots (Scott, Pete and Troy) for round two after the final round. So, not fixed until then. Assisted a pilot after deployment. The pilot who deployed is OK, but won't be flying further this comp.

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2021 Barraba Big Toe Hang Gliding Competition

Thu, Nov 18 2021, 9:47:57 am MST

Third Task

Barraba Big Toe 2021

http://www.williamolive.com/comps/barraba/comp results 2018.html

Task 3:

# Name Glider Time
(h:m:s)
Total
1 Vic Hare Wills Wing T3 144 01:32:52 1000.0
2 Scott Barrett Wills Wing Sport 2 155 02:05:30 774.4
3 Steve Docherty Moyes RX 3.5 Pro 02:14:52 721.6
4 Steven Crosby Moyes RX 5 Pro 02:39:19 591.9

Cumulative:

# Name Glider T 1 T 2 T 3 Total
1 Steve Docherty Moyes RX 3.5 Pro 869.3 386.3 721.6 1977
2 Scott Barrett Wills Wing Sport 2 155 1000.0 0.0 774.4 1774
3 Vic Hare Wills Wing T3 144 245.4 414.2 1000.0 1660
4 Steven Crosby Moyes RX 5 Pro 428.4 393.6 591.9 1414
5 Mikhail Karmazin Moyes RX 3.5 785.3 366.8 235.4 1388
6 Guy Hubbard Moyes RX 3.5 Pro 434.1 396.4 478.4 1309
7 Peter Adriaans 489.7 289.1 494.8 1274
8 Rick Martin Moyes RX 3.5 Pro 614.6 325.5 306.6 1247
9 Neale Halsall 459.4 326.2 146.3 932
10 Rory Duncan Moyes RX 5 Pro 558.4 284.4 0.0 843

Still wondering about task 2.

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2021 Barraba Big Toe Hang Gliding Competition

Wed, Nov 17 2021, 11:37:08 pm MST

Second Task - not all accounted for

Barraba Big Toe 2021

http://www.williamolive.com/comps/barraba/2021/gap_task_result_2021-11-17.html

# Name Glider Distance
(km)
Altitude
(m)
Adj. Distance
(km)
Total
1 Vic Hare Wills Wing T3 144 61.17 +1906 70.70 417.7
2 Guy Hubbard Moyes RX 3.5 Pro 60.56 +1511 66.27 399.8
3 Steven Crosby Moyes RX 5 Pro 58.62 +1600 66.33 396.8
4 Steve Docherty Moyes RX 3.5 Pro 57.65 +1480 64.95 389.5
5 Mikhail Karmazin Moyes RX 3.5 58.84 +627 61.62 370.0
6 Neale Halsall 48.88 +1622 56.99 329.0
7 Paul Bissett-Amess 50.43 +1177 56.25 322.8
8 Peter Adriaans 47.27 +1209 53.32 294.1
9 Rory Duncan Moyes RX 5 Pro 53.04 +0 53.04 289.4
10 John Harriot Moyes RX 3.5 Pro 48.10 +0 48.10 240.3
Pilots not yet processed
Rick Martin
John Spencer
Troy Horton
Peter Burkitt
Scott Barrett

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Barraba Big Toe Hang Gliding Competition

Tue, Nov 16 2021, 10:32:01 am MST

14th November to 20th November 2021

Barraba Big Toe 2021

https://wow.asn.au/comps/web/bbt2021

The Barraba Big Toe is a Trike Aero Tow Category 2, AA rated competition held at Barraba (near Manilla NSW).

This region offers big air thermals and is ideal for getting in some big flights early in the season. As it is early season, the thermals should be a bit softer round the edge while still pumping in the middle. New Comp 2020, tasks averaged around 100km with 1000ups achieved (and it was a wet season).

Barraba in late Spring is a perfect location for inland flying. Great lift, not quite as rowdy as peak summer. The area offers wide open landing fields and plenty of options for tasks.

Camping is $10 per night for pilots and support staff at Aerodrome, toilets, and power for radio gear available.

http://www.williamolive.com/comps/barraba/2021/gap_task_result_2021-11-16.html

# Name Glider Time Total
1 Scott Barrett Wills Wing Sport 2 155 02:11:34 1000.0
2 Steve Docherty Moyes RX 3.5 Pro 02:33:33 859.6
3 Mikhail Karmazin Moyes RX 3.5 02:51:27 769.3
4 Rick Martin Moyes RX 3.5 Pro 03:32:04 585.9

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2021 Dalby Big Air »

April 24, 2021, 9:05:08 pm EDT

2021 Dalby Big Air

Final Results

Dalby Big Air 2021|Jon "Jonny" Durand jnr|Rohan Taylor|Scott Barrett|Steve Blenkinsop

http://williamolive.com/comps/dalby/comp results.html

Final Results:

# Name Glider T 1 T 2 T 3 T 4 T 5 Total
1 Jonny Durand Jnr Moyes RX 3.5 Pro 963.6 873.0 36.8 937.6 958.1 3769
2 Scott Barrett Aeros GT 1000.0 892.5 36.3 860.0 974.5 3763
3 Rohan Taylor Moyes RX 3.5 Pro 879.1 904.1 16.5 862.0 920.6 3582
4 Josh Woods Moyes RX 3.5 Pro 774.9 877.1 22.8 901.4 921.1 3497
5 Craig Taylor Moyes RX 3.5 Pro 875.6 588.9 36.2 878.7 935.0 3314
6 Tony Cross Moyes RX 3.5 Pro 870.3 863.7 36.2 637.9 825.9 3234
7 Steve Blenkinsop Moyes RX 3.5 Pro 283.5 762.2 32.1 945.1 851.6 2875
8 Rory Duncan Moyes RX3 Pro 37.7 936.1 43.0 912.7 900.3 2830
9 Steve Docherty Moyes RX 3.5 Pro 978.0 39.0 36.1 864.1 900.9 2818
10 Jason Kath Wills Wing T2c 144 588.3 826.6 16.5 961.9 307.3 2701

2021 Dalby Big Air »

Sat, Apr 24 2021, 8:00:12 pm EDT

Task 3, 4, and 5

Dalby Big Air 2021|Jon "Jonny" Durand jnr|Nick Purcell|Rohan Taylor|Scott Barrett|Steve Blenkinsop|Trent Brown

http://williamolive.com/comps/dalby/comp results.html

Results from task 3:

# Name Glider Distance (km) Total
1 Rory Duncan Moyes RX3 Pro 14.26 43.0
2 Peter Burkitt Moyes RX 5 Pro 11.56 38.3
3 Jonny Durand Jnr Moyes RX 3.5 Pro 10.76 36.8
4 Scott Barrett Aeros GT 10.52 36.3
5 Tony Cross Moyes RX 3.5 Pro 10.46 36.2
5 Craig Taylor Moyes RX 3.5 Pro 10.47 36.2
7 Steve Docherty Moyes RX 3.5 Pro 10.42 36.1
8 Hossain Tefaili Moyes RX 4 10.37 36.0
9 Trent Brown Moyes RX 3.5 Pro 10.27 35.6
10 Peter Adriaans Moyes RX 5 Pro 10.13 35.2

Task 4:

# Name Glider Time Total
1 Jason Kath Wills Wing T2C 144 01:14:41 961.9
2 Steve Blenkinsop Moyes RX 3.5 Pro 01:14:46 945.1
3 Jonny Durand Jnr Moyes RX 3.5 Pro 01:14:46 937.6
4 Oliver Chitty Moyes RX5 Pro 01:15:07 926.5
5 Rory Duncan Moyes RX3 Pro 01:15:14 912.7
6 Josh Woods Moyes RX 3.5 Pro 01:15:37 901.4
7 Craig Taylor Moyes RX 3.5 Pro 01:17:44 878.7
8 Vic Hare Ww T2C 136 01:18:12 865.9
9 Steve Docherty Moyes RX 3.5 Pro 01:19:04 864.1
10 Rohan Taylor Moyes RX 3.5 Pro 01:18:40 862.0

Task 5

# Name Glider Time Total
1 Scott Barrett Aeros GT 02:14:31 974.5
2 Jonny Durand Jnr Moyes RX 3.5 Pro 02:15:16 958.1
3 Craig Taylor Moyes RX 3.5 Pro 02:17:23 935.0
4 Josh Woods Moyes RX 3.5 Pro 02:17:54 921.1
5 Steve Crosby Moyes RX 5 02:17:36 920.7
6 Rohan Taylor Moyes RX 3.5 Pro 02:18:13 920.6
7 Nick Purcell Moyes Rs 4 02:11:59 912.8
8 Steve Docherty Moyes RX 3.5 Pro 02:20:11 900.9
9 Rory Duncan Moyes RX3 Pro 02:20:12 900.3
10 Steve Blenkinsop Moyes RX 3.5 Pro 02:26:04 851.6

2021 Dalby Big Air »

April 21, 2021, 3:36:33 pm EDT

2021 Dalby Big Air

Task 2

Dalby Big Air 2021|Jon "Jonny" Durand jnr|Rohan Taylor|Scott Barrett|Steve Blenkinsop|Trent Brown

http://williamolive.com/comps/dalby/comp results.html

Results from task 2:

# Name Glider SS ES Time Total
1 Rory Duncan Moyes RX3 Pro 13:15:00 15:47:54 02:32:54 936.1
2 Trent Brown Moyes RX 3.5 Pro 13:15:00 15:51:32 02:36:32 910.2
3 Rohan Taylor Moyes RX 3.5 Pro 13:00:00 15:46:57 02:46:57 904.1
4 Scott Barrett Aeros GT 13:00:00 15:51:32 02:51:32 892.5
5 Josh Woods Moyes RX 3.5 Pro 13:15:00 15:56:06 02:41:06 877.1
6 Jonny Durand Jnr Moyes RX 3.5 Pro 13:15:00 15:56:38 02:41:38 873.0
7 Tony Cross Moyes RX 3.5 Pro 12:45:00 15:47:40 03:02:40 863.7
8 Jason Kath Wills Wing T2c 144 13:00:00 15:59:17 02:59:17 826.6
9 Steve Blenkinsop Moyes RX 3.5 Pro 12:30:00 15:54:11 03:24:11 762.2

Cumulative:

# Name Glider T 1 T 2 Total
1 Scott Barrett Aeros GT 1000.0 892.5 1893
2 Jonny Durand Jnr Moyes RX 3.5 Pro 962.9 873.0 1836
3 Rohan Taylor Moyes RX 3.5 Pro 876.9 904.1 1781
4 Tony Cross Moyes RX 3.5 Pro 868.0 863.7 1732
5 Josh Woods Moyes RX 3.5 Pro 771.0 877.1 1648
6 Craig Taylor Moyes RX 3.5 Pro 873.4 588.9 1462
7 Trent Brown Moyes RX 3.5 Pro 521.9 910.2 1432
8 Jason Kath Wills Wing T2c 144 581.3 826.6 1408
9 Rick Martin Moyes RX 3.5 Pro 735.5 530.2 1266
10 Steve Blenkinsop Moyes RX 3.5 Pro 277.2 762.2 1039

Day 4 canceled due to high winds.

2021 Dalby Big Air »

April 19, 2021, 8:45:26 pm EDT

2021 Dalby Big Air

Scot Barrett

Dalby Big Air 2021|Jon "Jonny" Durand jnr|Rohan Taylor|Scott Barrett|Trent Brown

http://williamolive.com/comps/dalby/comp results.html

Results from task 1:

# Name Glider Time Distance (km) Total
1 Scott Barrett Aeros GT 01:56:05 66.32 1000.0
2 Steve Docherty Moyes RX 4 Pro 01:58:34 66.32 979.2
3 Jonny Durand Jnr 02:00:38 66.32 965.6
4 Rohan Taylor Moyes RX 3.5 Pro 02:15:18 66.32 885.8
5 Craig Taylor Moyes RX 3.5 02:15:58 66.32 882.5
6 Tony Cross Airborne REV 13.5 02:16:59 66.32 877.5
7 Rick Martin Moyes RX 3.5 02:44:13 66.32 754.5
8 Jason Kath Wills Wing T2c 144 66.24 611.3
9 Trent Brown Moyes RX 3.5 55.50 549.3

Don't know if Jonny is flying a Gecko or not. Looks like he caught up to three other pilots after taking a clock fifteen minutes later. Steve Blenkinsop is back flying after injuries from his bicycle incident. Missing goal by 80 meters must have been a let down for Jason.

Sport Class flew a shorter version of the open task but pilots didn't make it back to Dalby. Interesting to see a U2 in the lead over the Geckos.

Scott Barrett's big flight from Dalby

December 14, 2018, 7:42:54 EST

Scott Barrett's big flight from Dalby

For the Oceana record

Dragonfly|record|Scott Barrett|weather

https://ozreport.com/22.248#1

Bruce the tug pilot writes:

On the 8th December 2018 Scott Barrett on an Airborne C4, Michael (Jako) Jackson on a Moyes 5S, Viv Clements (Dalby President), on a Icaro Laminar 14.1 along with six of our regular local pilots came to Dalby with the possibility of a good flight according to the Met forecast.

I launched Viv for a test flight at 8.45am. "I will come back and land," he said, "I only need five minutes to check her out as it is not my glider, it's Swendo's"." I landed and towed Scott, then Jako. Around 9.00 am Viv came back, did not land but hooked up with Scott who had flown east to his start circle, then drifted back to Jako. They drifted out of town at about only 2300 feet above ground.

I don't worry much about wind under 35 kph so I don't really know what the actual velocity was. I let the boys estimate that. If anyone but Scott Barrett, or one or two others, had rung me and said, "I would like to launch at around 8.30 am", I may have stayed in bed a little longer, but Annie's dad and I hit the road at 4.45 am. Towing my Dragonfly trailer we arrived at Dalby at 8.06 am and ran out some ropes.

Smokey arrived at 9.00 am and we then towed the other six. The rest is history. Scott's 500k nominated goal with paper work. Jako (Michael Jackson) 500k, no paperwork, Viv Clements (Dalby President) 400.8k. Congratulations to all, you are incredible athletes. Now Viv is a Kiwi and we all know that bird can't fly, but this one can. As Boof always said, "How good is Dalby!"

The HGFA sends out:

A Lismore pilot and member of the Hang Gliding Federation of Australia, has set an Australian Hang Gliding record, soaring 500km to a declared goal over the spectacular Queensland outback – a total of 10 hours in the air.

Reaching ground speeds of over 100km/hr, Scott Barrett from Northern NSW flew sky high, taking off in an unpowered hang glider from the Dalby Hang Gliding Club and landing in Charleville on December 8.

The 10-hour flight has broken the previous record by 150km. Scott made the record flight by starting out being towed up behind an ultralight aircraft.

“I released from the tow at 2000ft above the Dalby airport and made my way alone over the big open Queensland skies - over the cotton fields, the gas fields, the scrublands and huge cattle stations,” he said.

“It’s wide open and dry and perfect for an awesome flight - it gets a little remote but it is beautiful country to fly over.”

Three pilots flew independently on the day; Viv Clements of Brisbane made a 400km flight, Michael Jackson of Brisbane also made a great unprecedented flight to the same declared goal at Charleville, but with a different start point, making his distance just a little shorter.

“I had a number of encounters with Wedge Tailed Eagles who made an effort to come and fly inquisitively and cooperatively with me,” said Scott.

“It’s amazing what is out there and how big the stations are.  I was not following any roads, just looking where I needed to find the next rising air or plotting a course to get past forests and maintaining a focus on getting to goal safely. This has been a most memorable experience.

“I had a lot of water, oxygen and survival equipment for the flight.  I was carrying CB and airband radios, a spot tracker, EPIRB, parachutes, food, blankets and other essentials.  But in the end, I landed at the goal and retrieval was easy.  I had steered a hang glider around for 10 hours, but it had also taken a year of waiting for the right weather and I was happy and tired.

“I’ve enjoyed going and flying the record, and the terrain that I flew over. I will always remember it was really spectacular.  Watching the sunset from just under a 10,000 ft cloud base late in the day and gliding the last 40km to goal, was a special moment. I could not yet see my goal as it was too hazy that late in the day, but my instruments told me I would make it as I glided slowly and silently through beautiful smooth air and enjoyed the view.  An Australian record was awaiting and I had time to enjoy just being there alone in the air.”

Information on record attempt:

Record type - distance to a declared goal, for a class 1 (flexwing) hang glider

Distance achieved – 500km, previous record was 343km set in Victoria

Aircraft - unpowered hang glider, a class 1 flexwing hang glider. Make: Airborne Wind sports C4-13

Start - Dalby Hang Gliding Club, Dalby Airfield in Darling Downs QLD.

Finish - Charleville QLD

Launch method: aero tow (using 90m of rope behind an Ultralight aircraft)

Maximum height 10,000ft

Average speed 50km/hr, maximum ground speed - over 100kph.

Time in the air 10 hours.

There is no previous record.

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Oceana record claims

December 11, 2018, 9:28:42 EST

Oceana record claims

Pilots continue going long in Australia this season

CIVL|record|Scott Barrett

FAI Records <<record>> sends:

Sub-class : O-1 / HG with a rigid primary structure / controlled by weight shift
Type of record : Straight distance to a declared goal
Course/location : Dalby - Charleville, Queensland (Australia)
Performance : 500.00 km (311 miles)
Pilot : Scott Barrett (Australia)
Aircraft : C 4 13 / Airborne
Date : 08.12.2018
Current record : 343,3 km (28.11.2018 - Adam Stevens, Australia)

Sub-class : O-1 / HG with a rigid primary structure / controlled by weight shift
Type of record : Straight distance
Course/location : Dalby - Charleville, Queensland (Australia)
Performance : 507.00 km (315 miles)
Pilot : Scott Barrett (Australia)
Aircraft : C 4 13 / Airborne
Date : 08.12.2018
Current record : no record set yet

The claimed distances look pretty approximate which is okay in the required preliminary report to CIVL. A detailed record submission to CIVL should follow.

The current record is not held by Adam Stevens, which is just a record claim, not the current record (which has actually not been set).

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Fri, Feb 23 2018, 8:59:04 am EST

Ollie Chitty wins the day and the competition

Don Cramer|Jon "Jonny" Durand jnr|New South Wales State Titles 2018|Scott Barrett|video

http://www.williamolive.com/manilla/index.html

https://vimeo.com/257052653

Task 5:

# Name Glider Distance Total
1 Oliver Chitty Moyes RX5 Pro 79.24 865
2 Scott Barrett Icaro Laminar 14.1 67.31 784
3 Guy Hubbard Moyes RX 3.5 Pro 60.64 732
4 Rob De Groot Moyes RX 3.5 Pro 56.51 696
5 Josh Woods Moyes RX 3.5 Pro 56.37 695
6 Jon Durand Jnr Moyes RX 3.5 Pro 55.96 690
7 Steve Docherty Moyes RX 4 Pro 55.80 689
8 Rory Duncan Moyes RX 3 Pro 49.56 599
9 Chris Czajkowski Moyes RX 5 49.85 598
10 Don Cramer Wills Wing T2C 31.39 462

Final:

# Name Glider
1 Oliver Chitty Moyes RX5 Pro
2 Scott Barrett Icaro Laminar 14.1
3 Jon Durand Jnr Moyes RX 3.5 Pro
4 Guy Hubbard Moyes RX 3.5 Pro
5 Josh Woods Moyes RX 3.5 Pro
6 Rory Duncan Moyes RX 3 Pro
7 Steve Docherty Moyes RX 4 Pro
8 Rob De Groot Moyes RX 3.5 Pro
9 Rick Martin Moyes RX 3.5
10 Richard Heffer Moyes RX 3.5 Pro

2018 NSW State Titles - Results

Thu, Feb 22 2018, 8:16:47 am EST

Scott Barrett moves back into first place, Jonny wins the day

Jon "Jonny" Durand jnr|New South Wales State Titles 2018|Scott Barrett

http://www.williamolive.com/manilla/index.html

Task 4:

# Name Glider Time Total
1 Jon Durand Jnr Moyes RX 3.5 Pro 02:09:45 935
2 Scott Barrett Icaro Laminar 14.1 02:02:21 896
3 Guy Hubbard Moyes RX 3.5 Pro 02:23:20 817
4 Rory Duncan Moyes RX 3 Pro 02:17:49 809
5 Harrison Rowntree Moyes RX 3.5 Pro 02:18:13 800
6 Josh Woods Moyes RX 3.5 Pro 02:27:56 790
7 Oliver Chitty Moyes RX5 Pro 02:31:35 774
8 Steve Docherty Moyes RX 4 Pro 02:35:27 734
9 Rob De Groot Moyes RX 3.5 Pro 02:57:06 652
10 Chris Czajkowski Moyes RX 5 02:56:39 649

Cumulative

# Name Glider Total
1 Scott Barrett Icaro Laminar 14.1 3468
2 Oliver Chitty Moyes RX5 Pro 3454
3 Jon Durand Jnr Moyes RX 3.5 Pro 3342
4 Guy Hubbard Moyes RX 3.5 Pro 3177
5 Rory Duncan Moyes RX 3 Pro 3073
6 Josh Woods Moyes RX 3.5 Pro 3005
7 Steve Docherty Moyes RX 4 Pro 2602
8 Harrison Rowntree Moyes RX 3.5 Pro 2332
9 Rick Martin Moyes RX 3.5 2220
10 Richard Heffer Moyes RX 3.5 Pro 2169

2018 NSW State Titles - Results

Wed, Feb 21 2018, 8:52:32 am EST

Jonny wins

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Niki is not flying.

http://www.williamolive.com/manilla/index.html

Task 3:

# Name Glider Time Total
1 Jon Durand Jnr Moyes RX 3.5 Pro 02:03:39 1000
2 Oliver Chitty Moyes RX5 Pro 02:10:12 896
3 Harrison Rowntree Moyes RX 3.5 Pro 02:10:42 885
4 Guy Hubbard Moyes RX 3.5 Pro 02:18:47 778
5 Scott Barrett Icaro Laminar 14.1 02:19:06 772
6 Josh Woods Moyes RX 3.5 Pro 02:22:24 747
7 Rory Duncan Moyes RX 3 Pro 02:31:20 693
8 Dustan Hansen Airborne REV14.5 02:39:07 640
9 Les Bestt Airborne Rev 14.5 03:01:51 569
10 Richard Heffer Moyes RX 3.5 Pro 03:03:18 563

Cumulative:

# Name Glider Total
1 Oliver Chitty Moyes RX5 Pro 2680
2 Scott Barrett Icaro Laminar 14.1 2572
3 Jon Durand Jnr Moyes RX 3.5 Pro 2407
4 Guy Hubbard Moyes RX 3.5 Pro 2360
5 Rory Duncan Moyes RX 3 Pro 2264
6 Josh Woods Moyes RX 3.5 Pro 2215
7 Dustan Hansen Airborne Rev 14.5 1953
8 Steve Docherty Moyes RX 4 Pro 1868
9 Richard Heffer Moyes RX 3.5 Pro 1728
10 Rick Martin Moyes RX 3.5 1681

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2018 NSW State Titles - Results

Tue, Feb 20 2018, 8:18:27 am EST

Ollie Chitty wins the second task

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It was a UK kind of day:

http://www.williamolive.com/manilla/index.html

Task 2:

# Name Glider Time Total
1 Oliver Chitty Moyes RX5 Pro 00:59:30 869
2 Scott Barrett Icaro Lmina 14.1 01:12:43 799
3 Guy Hubbard Moyes RX 3.5 Pro 01:12:58 798
4 Rick Martin Moyes Gecko 155 677
5 Paul Bissett-Amess Moyes RX 3.5 672
6 Rory Duncan Moyes RX 3 Pro 669
7 Steve Docherty Moyes RX 4 Pro 626
8 Brodrick Osborne Moyes Rs 4 607
9 Jon Durand Jnr Moyes RX 3.5 Pro 594

Cumulative:

# Name Glider Total
1 Scott Barrett Icaro Laminar 14.1 1799
2 Oliver Chitty Moyes RX5 Pro 1784
3 Guy Hubbard Moyes RX 3.5 Pro 1581
4 Rory Duncan Moyes RX 3 Pro 1568
5 Josh Woods Moyes RX 3.5 Pro 1465
6 Steve Docherty Moyes RX 4 Pro 1417
7 Jon Durand Jnr Moyes RX 3.5 Pro 1403
8 Dustan Hansen Airborne Ev 14.5 1310
9 Paul Bissett-Amess Moyes RX 3.5 1269
10 Rob De Groot Moyes RX 3.5 Pro 1211

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2018 NSW State Titles - Results

Sun, Feb 18 2018, 7:58:07 am EST

Scott Barrett wins the first day

Jon "Jonny" Durand jnr|New South Wales State Titles 2018|Niki Longshore|Scott Barrett

http://www.williamolive.com/manilla/index.html

# Name Glider Time Total
1 Scott Barrett 01:51:45 1000
2 Oliver Chitty Moyes RX5 Pro 01:57:30 914
3 Rory Duncan Moyes RX 3 Pro 01:58:01 898
4 Josh Woods Moyes Ls RX 3.5 01:59:40 880
5 Jon Durand Jnr Moyes Ls RX 3.5 Pro 02:10:39 807
6 Steve Docherty Moyes RX 4 Pro 02:10:41 789
7 Guy Hubbard Moyes Ls RX 3.5 02:12:24 780
8 Bruce Wynne Moyes Gecko 170 m 02:13:18 760
9 Niki Longshore Moyes Ls RX Pro 3.5 02:15:15 749
10 Dustan Hansen Airborne Ev 14.5 02:21:19 723
11 Rob De Groot Moyes Ls RX 3.5 02:31:12 705
12 Chris Czajkowski 02:35:31 640
13 Paul Bissett-Amess Moyes Ls RX 3.5 02:49:23 592
13 Shane Duncan Airborne Rev 13.5 02:48:12 592
15 Richard Heffer Moyes Ls RX Pro 3.5 02:50:12 576
16 Rick Martin Moyes Gecko 155 03:15:26 478

CASA wants to expand controlled airspace

December 21, 2017, 8:00:51 EST

CASA wants to expand controlled airspace

The CTAF's in Australia

Scott Barrett

HGFA Operations <ops> writes:

CASA Proposal for Multicom Frequency usage below 5000ft and Expanded CTAF's: The first element of the proposal will have little effect on our operations. However, the second element to increase the size of CTAF's to double their current size, is completely untenable and will severely affect and limit our operations throughout Australia.

We have drafted a formal response to this proposal, which will be submitted to CASA shortly and will be publish on the HGFA website.

We ask that you take the opportunity to provide your feedback, via the CASA survey form or email, supporting our efforts to maintain your current flight privileges.

Please go to the bottom of the CASA proposal and click on the "Online Survey" link, then follow the directions. Alternatively, you can draft your own email and send it to: <regulatoryconsultation>.  Please make sure that your subject line is: "Proposal - Frequency use at low level in Class G airspace". You will also need to provide your name and HGFA number for it to be accepted.

Please feel free to utilise all, or sections of the official HGFA response to create your own. Thank you.

(Link to CASA proposal)

CTAF's are essentially the controlled airspaces around untowered (small, rural) airfields.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Common_traffic_advisory_frequency

Thanks to Scott Barrett.

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The 2017 Dalby Big Air

April 15, 2017, 8:53:14 EST GMT-0400

The 2017 Dalby Big Air

Day 7, task 5, Scott Barrett wins again

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Flying a Wills Wing T2C 144 borrowed from Glen McFarlane, Scott Barrett wins a second day at the 2017 Dalby Big Air, by a wide margin.

http://www.williamolive.com/dalby/2017/comp%20results.html

Task 5, day 7:

# Name Glider Time Total
1 Scott Barrett Wills Wing T2C 144 01:52:34 992
2 Rory Duncan Airborne Rev 13.5 01:57:31 914
3 Harrison Rowntree Moyes RX 3.5 01:57:32 906
4 Josh Woods Moyes RX PRO 3.5 02:00:31 875
5 Guy Hubbard Moyes RX 3.5 02:01:54 874
6 Tony Armstrong Moyes RX PRO 3.5 02:00:36 867
7 Konrad Heilmann Moyes RX 3.5 02:03:21 833
8 Rod Flockhart Moyes RX 3.5 02:07:37 797
9 Brodrick Osborne Moyes RS 4 02:05:52 793
10 steve crosby Moyes RX 5 02:06:08 787

Final results:

# Name   Nat Glider Total
1 Josh Woods M AUS Moyes RX PRO 3.5 4330
2 Steve Blenkinsop M AUS Moyes RX3.5 4232
3 Scott Barrett M AUS Wills Wing T2C 144 4041
4 Harrison Rowntree M AUS Moyes RX 3.5 4035
5 Tony Armstrong M AUS Moyes RX PRO 3.5 3993
6 Jason Kath M AUS Wills Wing T2C 144 3920
7 Jonny Durand M AUS Moyes RX PRO 3.5 3878
8 Rory Duncan M AUS Airborne Rev 13.5 3726
9 Guy Hubbard M AUS Moyes RX 3.5 3591
10 Nick Purcell M AUS Moyes RS 4 3569
11 Niki Longshore F USA Moyes RX PRO 3.5 3513

Jonny Durand who was in second place ahead of Josh Woods did not make goal on the last day. Steve Blenkinsop who was in first place was slow getting to goal after four tasks. Niki Longshore was fourteenth into goal dropping one place to eleventh.

Jonny won the first day with Steve in third, Scott in fourth and Josh in fifth with Niki in eighteenth. Steve won the second task with Josh in fourth, a tie, Niki in sixth and Jonny in eighth. Scott didn't make goal on that day.

Scott won the third task, with Steve in third, Josh in sixth, Jonny in seventh, and Niki just short of goal.

Jonny won the fourth task with Steve in third, Josh in eighth, Niki in tenth and Scott in thirteenth.

So Jonny won two tasks, Scott won two tasks, and Steve won one task. Both Scott and Jonny did not make goal on one of the tasks. Josh made goal and placed in the top ten on every task. Niki missed goal on one day.

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The 2017 Dalby Big Air

April 14, 2017, 7:43:11 EST GMT-0400

The 2017 Dalby Big Air

Day 6, task 4

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First three to make goal:

As the sun sets: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=1320416931374989&set=a.122965804453447.30542.100002200855668&type=3

http://www.williamolive.com/dalby/2017/comp results.html

Task 4, day 6:

# Name Glider Time Total
1 Jonny Durand Moyes RX PRO 3.5 02:36:27 943
2 Tony Armstrong Moyes RX PRO 3.5 02:50:07 906
3 Steve Blenkinsop Moyes RX3.5 02:51:14 888
4 Jason Kath Wills Wing T2C 144 02:41:17 874
5 Guy Hubbard Moyes RX 3.5 02:53:21 873
6 Rory Duncan Airborne Rev 13.5 02:56:50 844
7 Harrison Rowntree Moyes RX 3.5 02:59:37 821
8 Josh Woods Moyes RX PRO 3.5 03:01:13 806
9 Nick Purcell Moyes RS 4 03:02:24 805
10 Niki Longshore Moyes RX PRO 3.5 03:03:05 802

Cumulative:

# Name Glider Total
1 Steve Blenkinsop Moyes RX3.5 3616
2 Jonny Durand Moyes RX PRO 3.5 3523
3 Josh Woods Moyes RX PRO 3.5 3455
4 Jason Kath Wills Wing T2C 144 3222
5 Harrison Rowntree Moyes RX 3.5 3129
6 Tony Armstrong Moyes RX PRO 3.5 3126
7 Scott Barrett Wills Wing  T2C 144 3049
8 Nick Purcell Moyes RS 4 2836
9 Rory Duncan Airborne Rev 13.5 2812
10 Niki Longshore Moyes RX PRO 3.5 2756

The 2017 Dalby Big Air

April 13, 2017, 11:28:48 EST GMT-0400

The 2017 Dalby Big Air

Day 5, task 3, Scott Barrett wins the day

Jon "Jonny" Durand jnr|Nick Purcell|Niki Longshore|Rohan Taylor|Scott Barrett|Steve Blenkinsop

http://www.williamolive.com/dalby/2017/comp results.html

After just missing goal on task 2, Scott wins the day:

Task 3:

# Name Glider Time Total
1 Scott Barrett Wills Wing T2C 144 02:07:26 1000
2 Tony Armstrong Moyes RX PRO 3.5 02:14:15 910
3 Steve Blenkinsop Moyes RX3.5 02:14:24 908
4 Rory Duncan Airborne Rev 13.5 02:14:50 893
5 Guy Hubbard Moyes RX 3.5 02:15:00 880
6 Josh Woods Moyes RX PRO 3.5 02:15:35 876
7 Jonny Durand Moyes RX PRO 3.5 02:14:44 814
8 Jason Kath Wills Wing T2C 144 02:28:22 811
9 Craig Taylor Moyes RX 3.5 02:28:26 799
10 Harrison Rowntree Moyes RX 3.5 02:35:29 737

Cumulative:

# Name Glider T 1 T 2 T 3 Total
1 Steve Blenkinsop Moyes RX3.5 863 956 908 2727
2 Josh Woods Moyes RX PRO 3.5 851 920 876 2647
3 Jonny Durand Moyes RX PRO 3.5 1000 764 814 2578
4 Jason Kath Wills Wing T2C 144 871 664 811 2346
5 Harrison Rowntree Moyes RX 3.5 839 729 737 2305
5 Scott Barrett Wills Wing T2C 144 858 447 1000 2305
7 Tony Armstrong Moyes RX PRO 3.5 366 943 910 2219
8 Nick Purcell Moyes RS 4 384 920 724 2028
9 Rory Duncan Airborne Rev 13.5 341 732 893 1966
10 Andrew Barnes Moyes RX 3.5 745 680 533 1958

Niki Longshore writes:

One of the many faces of competition. Final glide is always a tense moment and such a frustration when it doesn't work out. Had to stop for a climb 8km out and never got back up.

The 2017 Dalby Big Air

April 9, 2017, 8:05:34 EST GMT-0400

The 2017 Dalby Big Air

First day (Sunday, Australia time/day)

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http://www.williamolive.com/dalby/2017/comp%20results.html

# Name Glider Time Total
1 Jonny Durand Moyes RX 3.5 02:28:09 1000
2 Jason Kath Wills Wing T2C 02:39:43 868
3 Steve Blenkinsop Moyes Litespeed RX3.5 Technora 02:39:59 860
4 Scott Barrett Moyes RX 3.5 02:40:01 854
5 Josh Woods Moyes RX 3.5 02:40:10 848
6 Harrison Rowntree Moyes RX 3.5 02:40:44 835
7 Konrad Heilmann Moyes RX 3.5 02:44:03 805
8 Matthew Barlow Moyes RS 4 02:45:08 793
9 Andrew Barnes Moyes LS RS 3.5 02:53:18 739
10 Viv Clements Laminar 14.8 02:55:16 727

Niki Longshore was in goal in 17th. Twenty two in goal.

Scott Barrett podcasting

August 3, 2015, 8:02:55 CDT

Scott Barrett podcasting

The paraglider pilots try to learn from a hang glider pilot

PG|Scott Barrett

http://aupgsquad.blogspot.com.au/2015/08/podcast-scott-barrett.html

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Scott Barrett's interview

January 1, 2015, 8:39:35 EST

Scott Barrett's interview

His world record distance to goal flight on Virpi's ATOS

record|Scott Barrett

https://soundcloud.com/1233newcastle/local-pilot-smashes-hang-gliding-world-record

Audio. Thanks to Virpi.

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New ATOS distance to goal record

December 18, 2014, 8:53:48 EST

New ATOS distance to goal record

Scott Barrett goes out into the outback, 581 km (361 miles)

record|Rohan Holtkamp|Rohan Taylor|Scott Barrett

Scott Barrett <<scottbarrettc4>> writes:

Goal:

The task was designed to be a class 5, distance to declared goal of around 570k with start and goal cylinders of 400m, great circle distance is a bit more. Start is a road intersection perhaps 1 k SE of Boort airfield in Central Victoria, the flight goes through NSW and into South Australia.

There were good climbs and a good pace, but the day had many challenges and changes of pace, it was a blue day, but I had to go through the trough that had recently dumped rain along the course, there was water laying on the ground in many places and the high level cloud shaded out sections making some slow going. There were forest crossings, lake systems to negotiate without getting into the thermal shadows of the lakes. I got low once, it was turbulent and it was the first time I had flown in turbulence in a rigid.

I had less than ten hours experience on the VQ and I was impressed with how it felt in turbulence, it did as it was told with light control pressures even if the air got bumpy. I could tell it was turbulent because of the negative g, but the pitch was really stable, damped and felt secure. On this day I had the choice to fly a VQ rigid or an RX flexi. I was very pleased that I did not choose to borrow the Moyes RX which just sat on the car roof for the trip, the RX just doesn’t feel as secure in rough air and it takes a lot more energy out of the pilot.

There are beautiful, sparse remote areas that I overflew, the roads came and went underneath me (very occasionally), but I was just linking the thermals and did not ever follow roads. The later the day got, the more enjoyable it was, I was slowing down and going higher as the lift got more gentle and the ground underneath became more desolate. I flew under more high cloud associated with the trough and patiently drifted along with the “1:1 map” moving underneath me.

Now the dry sand turned into shaded out scrub and grass land. There were hills in the distance, at Broken Hill to my East, the Flinders ranges silhouetted the Western skyline and there were some hills poking out of the Flatland ahead of me. As I made my way up onto final glide, the clouds allowed sunbeams to pass through hitting the floor of the otherwise shaded desert. I made long slow glides. There was lift in the shade and my final glide was improving, I was going to make it in for sure. Up until going onto final glide slope it had been a race against the sun going down, only when reaching final glide did the urgency disappear, already having the feeling of having made it and there is no longer any rush. So when the lift continued to be provided to me, I was happy to circle around and over cook the final, I would go no further than goal, but there was no reason not to just hang out, watch, enjoy.

During the day, I had vowed to stay high and await the thermals to stop, the wind to die down, for a nice landing time and the longer I can just hang out, the better it will get. Goal was intended to be Mooleulooloo airstrip, but when I got there, the coords were past the airstrip, lee side of the first hill I would have to overfly. So I flew into the lee side goal cylinder happy to have the height to fly back to land beside the windsock on the strip. Conditions were gentle and smooth for a beautiful landing.

Mooleulooloo airstrip was carefully chosen, it is on the last sheep station on the last road, it is two wheel drive access and easy to get to, it just takes a lot of drive time, about two hours from Broken Hill. It was physically possible to go further, but the chosen goal is a sensible place to stop, as after that there are no more roads and it would be rather inconvenient. Anyway the aim was achieved; a class 5 world record distance to a declared goal, it extended the record by approximately another 190km and that was enough.

I was advised to delay the retrieve making access the station at night because of the huge numbers of kangaroos on the road and you don't want to take the wrong turn in the dark, otherwise someone would have to look for you. The last phone reception is around 70km away. So I stayed the night and thank the Treloars of Mooleulooloo Station for a shower, bed three good meals, welcoming social company. The next day I was treated to a very interesting tour of the place before my retrieve arrived. Thanks to the Treloars my hosts at goal; all of the team, including tug driver Peter Eicher, dolly runner Marlice Eicher and team mate task setter Rohan Holtkamp. Special thanks to Virpi for a successful five day round trip drive and job well done.

The previous record was 379 km (235 miles) set by Benjamin Herring in Zapata in 2008.

http://www.fai.org/fai-record-file/?recordId=15125

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New ATOS distance to goal record

December 17, 2014, 7:22:19 EST

New ATOS distance to goal record

The world record announcement

PG|record|Scott Barrett

FAI sends:

Sub-class: O-5 (HG with a rigid primary structure / movable control surface(s) without pilot surrounding structures and fairings.)
Type of record: Straight distance to a declared goal
Course/location: Yando, Vic (Australia) - Mooleulooloo (Australia)
Performance: 581.00 km
Pilot: Scott Barrett (Australia)
Aircraft: Atos VQ / AIR
Date: 11.12.2014
Current record: 378.9 km (10.08.2008 - Benjamin Herring, USA)

It was a windy day, so not too far from there, another record was attempted, an Oceania regional record.

Sub-class: O-3 (Paragliders)
Type of record: Straight distance
Course/location: Deniliquin, NSW (Australia)
Performance: 378.00 km
Pilot: Garth Simon Camac (Australia)
Paraglider: Mantra M6 / Ozone
Date: 11.12.2014

I have Scott's story, but he wants to continue editing it.

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Scott Barrett sets world record on Virpi's ATOS

December 15, 2014, 7:30:54 EST

Scott Barrett sets world record on Virpi's ATOS

A five day adventure

record|Scott Barrett

SPOT page here.

Started one kilometer southeast of Boort airfield and landed at the goal at Mooleulooloo airstrip, the last sheep station on the last road. This is the new distance to goal world record (568 km).

Scott's story soon.

On route:

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Scott Barrett flies 580 km on an ATOS

December 11, 2014, 7:25:15 EST

Scott Barrett flies 580 km on an ATOS

Northwest from Victoria

Scott Barrett

SPOT page here. 360 miles.

Starts near Boort and lands near the Flinders Range, north east of Adelaide.

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2014 Corryong Cup »

Thu, Jan 9 2014, 5:10:09 pm EST

2014 Corryong Cup

They flew starting Monday

Corryong Cup 2014|Scott Barrett|Wills Wing

Corryong Cup 2014|Scott Barrett|Wills Wing|Wills Wing T2C

Corryong Cup 2014|Scott Barrett|Wills Wing|Wills Wing T2C

http://corryongcup.com/

http://www.bom.gov.au/products/IDN60801/IDN60801.94919.shtml

The winds calmed down and a number of pilots (but not all) flew on Monday. Much calmer winds Tuesday and Wednesday for good flight. Half in goal on Tuesday. Looks like the winds stayed light at least through Thursday.

The Corryong Cup takes place on Mt. Elliot, which is a foot launch site right above the small tourist (Man from Snowy River) and logging (plantations) town of Corryong. I got to watch the launches on Wednesday. Three launches were excellent: Scott Barrett's, Blaino's, and Steve Blenkisop's, and none of them are in the competition.

Words of advice to a launch director:

1) Get the pilot's surname for your check off list before they get to launch. No need to stop them when they get to launch to get their name.

2) Let the pilot assess the situation without adding to the dialog already going on in their head.

3) Don't ask them if they have done a cross wind launch, especially when everyone actually launches straight down hill with the glider pointed straight down hill.

4) The pilot can see the streamers also and doesn't need to be told which direction they are pointing.

5) There is no need for the pilot to put the glider down first on the launch.

Following these simple suggestions would have reduced the three hour launch time for 60-70 pilots by an hour. The situation at the launch indicates to me that foot launch sites with with restricted launch access (unlike, say, Montecucco with three launches and very reliable launch conditions) are not appropriate for high level competition. Aerotowing looks a lot better compared to being stuck fully dressed in a line for two hours.

It was great to see so many pilot on Mt. Elliot and all setup behind launch:

Walking toward launch:

There's launch:

Launch with the town of Corryong in the distance:

Flying with a tablet:

Rory Duncan, a light weight pilot on a Wills Wing T2C 136. No small Airborne glider:

The edge of the Wills Wing T2C 136:

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Scott Barrett and the Eagle

October 7, 2013, 5:59:15 MDT

Scott Barrett and the Eagle

In the Spring they are temperamental

Scott Barrett

http://www.theherald.com.au/story/1821444/hang-glider-flies-with-eagle/?cs=391

You'll find a slide show there.

Scott says:

"I’d been taking pictures of a young wedge-tailed eagle that was flying with me," Mr. Barrett said. "Then all of a sudden, whack, he flew into my wingtip."

"You could feel the whole thing shake and it was a bit of a shock; he certainly didn’t miss."

Despite the majestic bird’s powerful talons ripping a part of his glider, the damage thankfully wasn’t enough to force an emergency landing.

Mr. Barrett continued on his way and decided to make friends with his attacker, who accompanied him on his way to reaching 6000 feet.

"I’m no match for a wedge-tailed eagle," he said.

"But he settled down as soon as he realised I wasn’t there to steal his rabbits."

"They’re usually very placid, intelligent and can be very affectionate to each other. In the spring they just get a bit temperamental."

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Scoring the Worlds

February 26, 2013, 8:45:28 EST

Scoring the Worlds

Does it matter what scoring system we use there?

Alessandro "Alex" Ploner|Attila Bertok|Christian Ciech|Filippo Oppici|Gary Wirdnam|Gordon Rigg|Jon "Jonny" Durand jnr|Jon Durand jnr|Manfred Ruhmer|Paris Williams|Primoz Gricar|Robin Hamilton|Rob Kells|Scott Barrett|Wesley "Wes" Hill

I can choose among a wide variety of scoring formulas in FS to score a given competition. At the Worlds in 2013 Wesley Hill used the GAP 2002 version of GAP 2011 which provides for 'leading' points and arrival position points and well as speed and distance points. Presumably the pilots were fooled into thinking that leading actually gave them valuable points seeing that GAP 2002 was being used as the scoring system. This is in contrast to the previous case (2012 Rob Kells) where I chose a competition that was originally scored using arrival time points.

Here are the results:

GAP 2002 OzGAP 2005 GAP 2000
1 Manfred Ruhmer 9010 Manfred Ruhmer 8939 Manfred Ruhmer 8911
2 Alessandro Ploner 8871 Alessandro Ploner 8840 Alessandro Ploner 8792
3 Filippo Oppici 8560 Filippo Oppici 8611 Filippo Oppici 8508
4 Attila Bertok 8531 Attila Bertok 8545 Attila Bertok 8479
5 Pedro Luis Garcia Morelli 8249 Grant Crossingham 8374 Grant Crossingham 8213
6 Grant Crossingham 8242 Primoz Gricar 8240 Pedro Luis Garcia Morelli 8191
7 Primoz Gricar 8171 Pedro Luis Garcia Morelli 8234 Primoz Gricar 8151
8 Balazs Ujhelyi 8131 Balazs Ujhelyi 8195 Scott Barrett 8076
8 Scott Barrett 8131 Scott Barrett 8152 Antoine Boisselier 8063
10 Antoine Boisselier 8128 Antoine Boisselier 8140 Balazs Ujhelyi 8050
11 Jonny Durand 8069 Robin Hamilton 8044 Jonny Durand 7960
12 Robin Hamilton 8031 Jonny Durand 8018 Robin Hamilton 7916
13 Gerd Dönhuber 7888 Michael Friesenbichler 7884 Gerd Dönhuber 7801
14 Michael Friesenbichler 7878 Paris Williams 7883 Michael Friesenbichler 7762
15 Gordon Rigg 7854 Gerd Dönhuber 7820 Paris Williams 7745
16 Paris Williams 7842 Gordon Rigg 7778 Gordon Rigg 7714
17 Gary Wirdnam 7734 Gary Wirdnam 7718 Gary Wirdnam 7658
18 Christian Ciech 7641 Mario Alonzi 7683 Christian Ciech 7533
19 Carl Wallbank 7631 Christian Ciech 7614 Carl Wallbank 7516
20 Mario Alonzi 7584 Carl Wallbank 7611 Mario Alonzi 7516

The first four positions are the same and then we get into some swapping.

The full results are found here, here and here.

Setting the nominal distance, part 3.

February 15, 2013, 8:04:06 PST

Setting the nominal distance

Going big

Alessandro "Alex" Ploner|Attila Bertok|Christian Ciech|Filippo Oppici|Gary Wirdnam|Gordon Rigg|Jon "Jonny" Durand jnr|Jon Durand jnr|Manfred Ruhmer|Paris Williams|Primoz Gricar|Robin Hamilton|Rohan Holtkamp|Rohan Taylor|scoring|Scott Barrett

If you expect to set tasks at about 200 km, what should you set the Nominal Distance at?

Given the Dmax = 200 km, Dmin = 5 km, Gnom = 20 the line above gives the relationship between the meet director's choice of nominal distance and the average distance required for full validity.

Given the Dmax = 200 km, Dmin = 5 km, Dnom = 120 km, the chart below gives the relationship between the meet director's choice of percentage of pilots at goal and the required average distance flown for full validity:

Full Distance Validity also depends on what percentage of the pilots fly further than the minimum distance. Given the Dmax = 200 km, Dmin = 5 km, Dnom = 120 km, and Gnom = 20, we get the following relationship:

Looking at the 2013 Worlds:

If the nominal distance had instead of being set to 80 km had been set to 120 km, the Distance Validity would have still been at least equal to 1 each day, despite the fact that day five and six were stopped. So nether of us would have set the Nominal Distance long enough to differentiate between days where we went below average and those where we were above average.

If we had set the nominal distance to 180 km, we would have had an average flown distance of those flying further than the minimum distance of 130 km for the Distance validity to equal 1. We would have noted before the first task that we were probably setting the first task (and task 2, 3, and 5) at too short a distance. In addition, the second, third, fifth and sixth days would have been devalued. The fifth and sixth days because the task was stopped. The second and third because the tasks were called too short.

It was only after the fifth task that we started calling tasks long enough to get pilots to fly far enough to be completely valid assuming that pilots could in fact on average fly 180 km on an average day.

If we had set the nominal distance value equal to 180 km then these would be the Distance Validity values for each of the days:

The two days that were stopped are devalued the most, which is what we would hope for.

This would have been the results if we had chosen that 180 km as the Nominal Distance:

# Name
1 Manfred Ruhmer 8505
2 Alessandro Ploner 8389
3 Filippo Oppici 8090
4 Attila Bertok 8073
5 Primoz Gricar 7867
6 Grant Crossingham 7819
7 Pedro Luis Garcia Morelli 7785
8 Balazs Ujhelyi 7696
9 Scott Barrett 7694
10 Antoine Boisselier 7666
11 Jonny Durand 7615
12 Robin Hamilton 7604
13 Paris Williams 7515
14 Gerd Dönhuber 7456
15 Michael Friesenbichler 7440
16 Gordon Rigg 7402
17 Christian Ciech 7375
18 Gary Wirdnam 7306
19 Carl Wallbank 7172
20 Rohan Holtkamp 7169

You can find the actual results here or here.

Stopped tasks and more

February 6, 2013, 8:32:38 PST

Stopped tasks and more

If you don't like what happens to the scoring when tasks are stopped

Alessandro "Alex" Ploner|Attila Bertok|Christian Ciech|Filippo Oppici|Gary Wirdnam|Gordon Rigg|Jon "Jonny" Durand jnr|Jon Durand jnr|Kraig Coomber|Manfred Ruhmer|Moyes Litespeed RX|Paris Williams|Primoz Gricar|Robin Hamilton|Rohan Holtkamp|Rohan Taylor|Scott Barrett|Wills Wing|Wills Wing T2C

Proposals for scoring stopped tasks here and lots more proposed scoring software changes.

Does it matter? Let's do a little comparison.

http://www.forbesflatlands.com/results.html

Top twenty all days counting:

# Name Nat Glider Total
1 Manfred Ruhmer AUT Icaro Laminar Z9 14.1 9010
2 Alessandro Ploner ITA Icaro Laminar 14.1 8871
3 Filippo Oppici ITA Wills Wing T2C 144 8560
4 Attila Bertok HUN Moyes Litespeed S5 8531
5 Pedro Luis Garcia Morelli ESP Wills Wing T2C 8249
6 Grant Crossingham GBR Moyes Litespeed RX3.5 8242
7 Primoz Gricar SLO Aeros Combat 13.5 GT 8171
8 Scott Barrett AUS Airborne REV 13.5 8131
8 Balazs Ujhelyi HUN Moyes Litespeed RS4 8131
10 Antoine Boisselier FRA Moyes Litespeed RX3.5 8128
11 Jonny Durand AUS Moyes Litespeed RX3.5 8069
12 Robin Hamilton USA Moyes Litespeed RX4 8031
13 Gerd Dönhuber GER Moyes Litespeed RX3.5 7888
14 Michael Friesenbichler AUT Moyes Litespeed RX3.5 7878
15 Gordon Rigg GBR Moyes Litespeed RX3.5 7854
16 Paris Williams USA Aeros Combat GT 13.5 7842
17 Gary Wirdnam GBR Icaro Laminar 13.7 7734
18 Christian Ciech ITA Icaro Laminar 14 7641
19 Carl Wallbank GBR Moyes Litespeed RX3.5 7631
20 Mario Alonzi FRA Aeros Combat 13.2 GT 7584


Not counting day 5, the day that Pedro protested:

# Name Nat Glider Totals without T5
1 Manfred Ruhmer AUT Icaro Laminar Z9 14.1 8101
2 Alessandro Ploner ITA Icaro Laminar 14.1 7963
3 Grant Crossingham GBR Moyes Litespeed RX3.5 7812
4 Attila Bertok HUN Moyes Litespeed S5 7694
5 Filippo Oppici ITA Wills Wing T2C 144 7654
6 Paris Williams USA Aeros Combat GT 13.5 7553
7 Pedro Luis Garcia Morelli ESP Wills Wing T2C 7546
8 Jonny Durand AUS Moyes Litespeed RX3.5 7394
8 Scott Barrett AUS Airborne REV 13.5 7351
10 Antoine Boisselier FRA Moyes Litespeed RX3.5 7324
11 Robin Hamilton USA Moyes Litespeed RX4 7296
12 Primoz Gricar SLO Aeros Combat 13.5 GT 7265
13 Balazs Ujhelyi HUN Moyes Litespeed RS4 7215
14 Gerd Dönhuber GER Moyes Litespeed RX3.5 7181
15 Michael Friesenbichler AUT Moyes Litespeed RX3.5 7120
16 Gary Wirdnam GBR Icaro Laminar 13.7 6996
17 Kraig Coomber USA Moyes Litespeed RX3.5 6951
18 Gordon Rigg GBR Moyes Litespeed RX3.5 6946
19 Mario Alonzi FRA Aeros Combat 13.2 GT 6924
20 Rohan Holtkamp AUS Airborne Revolution 13.5 6777


You can see my earlier comparison here.

Discuss "Stopped tasks and more" at the Oz Report forum   link»

The 2013 Worlds imagined

January 23, 2013, 11:32:35 AEDT

The 2013 Worlds imagined

Without the stopped days and CTAF violations

Alessandro "Alex" Ploner|Attila Bertok|Christian Ciech|Filippo Oppici|Gary Wirdnam|Gordon Rigg|Jon "Jonny" Durand jnr|Jon Durand jnr|Manfred Ruhmer|Moyes Litespeed RX|Paris Williams|Primoz Gricar|Robin Hamilton|Rohan Holtkamp|Rohan Taylor|Scott Barrett|Tullio Gervasoni|Wills Wing|Wills Wing T2C

http://www.forbesflatlands.com/results.html

Top twenty all days counting:

# Name Nat Glider Total
1 Manfred Ruhmer AUT Icaro Laminar Z9 14.1 9010
2 Alessandro Ploner ITA Icaro Laminar 14.1 8871
3 Filippo Oppici ITA Wills Wing T2C 144 8560
4 Attila Bertok HUN Moyes Litespeed S5 8531
5 Pedro Luis Garcia Morelli ESP Wills Wing T2C 8249
6 Grant Crossingham GBR Moyes Litespeed RX3.5 8242
7 Primoz Gricar SLO Aeros Combat 13.5 GT 8171
8 Scott Barrett AUS Airborne REV 13.5 8131
8 Balazs Ujhelyi HUN Moyes Litespeed RS4 8131
10 Antoine Boisselier FRA Moyes Litespeed RX3.5 8128
11 Jonny Durand AUS Moyes Litespeed RX3.5 8069
12 Robin Hamilton USA Moyes Litespeed RX4 8031
13 Gerd Dönhuber GER Moyes Litespeed RX3.5 7888
14 Michael Friesenbichler AUT Moyes Litespeed RX3.5 7878
15 Gordon Rigg GBR Moyes Litespeed RX3.5 7854
16 Paris Williams USA Aeros Combat GT 13.5 7842
17 Gary Wirdnam GBR Icaro Laminar 13.7 7734
18 Christian Ciech ITA Icaro Laminar 14 7641
19 Carl Wallbank GBR Moyes Litespeed RX3.5 7631
20 Mario Alonzi FRA Aeros Combat 13.2 GT 7584


What if we didn't count Task 6 which was stopped due to high winds and where CTAF violations occurred:

# Name Nat Glider Totals without T6
1 Manfred Ruhmer AUT Icaro Laminar Z9 14.1 8175
2 Primoz Gricar SLO Aeros Combat 13.5 GT 8171
3 Alessandro Ploner ITA Icaro Laminar 14.1 8066
4 Attila Bertok HUN Moyes Litespeed S5 7835
5 Filippo Oppici ITA Wills Wing T2C 144 7791
6 Christian Ciech ITA Icaro Laminar 14 7641
7 Pedro Luis Garcia Morelli ESP Wills Wing T2C 7418
8 Grant Crossingham GBR Moyes Litespeed RX3.5 7400
9 Paris Williams USA Aeros Combat GT 13.5 7365
10 Scott Barrett AUS Airborne REV 13.5 7361
11 Antoine Boisselier FRA Moyes Litespeed RX3.5 7320
12 Balazs Ujhelyi HUN Moyes Litespeed RS4 7280
13 Robin Hamilton USA Moyes Litespeed RX4 7220
14 Jonny Durand AUS Moyes Litespeed RX3.5 7154
15 Tullio Gervasoni ITA Wills Wing T2C 144 7111
16 Gerd Dönhuber GER Moyes Litespeed RX3.5 7093
17 Michael Friesenbichler AUT Moyes Litespeed RX3.5 7050
18 Gordon Rigg GBR Moyes Litespeed RX3.5 7003
19 Franz Hermann SUI Aeros 13.5 6993
20 Gary Wirdnam GBR Icaro Laminar 13.7 6976


Without Task 5 and Task 6 (both of which were stopped):

# Name Nat Glider Totals without T5 and T6
1 Manfred Ruhmer AUT Icaro Laminar Z9 14.1 7266
2 Primoz Gricar SLO Aeros Combat 13.5 GT 7265
3 Alessandro Ploner ITA Icaro Laminar 14.1 7158
4 Paris Williams USA Aeros Combat GT 13.5 7076
5 Attila Bertok HUN Moyes Litespeed S5 6998
6 Grant Crossingham GBR Moyes Litespeed RX3.5 6970
7 Filippo Oppici ITA Wills Wing T2C 144 6885
8 Christian Ciech ITA Icaro Laminar 14 6735
9 Pedro Luis Garcia Morelli ESP Wills Wing T2C 6715
10 Scott Barrett AUS Airborne REV 13.5 6581
11 Antoine Boisselier FRA Moyes Litespeed RX3.5 6516
12 Robin Hamilton USA Moyes Litespeed RX4 6485
13 Jonny Durand AUS Moyes Litespeed RX3.5 6479
14 Franz Hermann SUI Aeros 13.5 6420
15 Gerd Dönhuber GER Moyes Litespeed RX3.5 6386
16 Balazs Ujhelyi HUN Moyes Litespeed RS4 6364
17 Michael Friesenbichler AUT Moyes Litespeed RX3.5 6292
18 Gary Wirdnam GBR Icaro Laminar 13.7 6238
19 Tullio Gervasoni ITA Wills Wing T2C 144 6200
20 Rohan Holtkamp AUS Airborne Revolution 13.5 6167


Primoz was a complete gentleman in all my interactions with him and I told him repeatedly how much I appreciated it. Obviously he suffered greatly from any errors that I made as the meet director calling tasks on days that later became too windy. Paris also would have done well without those days counting. Ironically, Pedro, who filed a complaint about Task 5, faired better when all the days were counted.

2013 Worlds »

January 18, 2013, 11:58:09 pm AEDT

2013 Worlds

Final results

Alessandro "Alex" Ploner|Attila Bertok|Christian Ciech|Corinna Schwiegershausen|Filippo Oppici|Gary Wirdnam|Gordon Rigg|Jon "Jonny" Durand jnr|Jon Durand jnr|Kathleen Rigg|Manfred Ruhmer|Moyes Litespeed RX|Paris Williams|Robin Hamilton|Scott Barrett|Tove Heaney|Wills Wing|Wills Wing T2C|Worlds 2013

http://www.forbesflatlands.com/results.html

Total:

# Name Nat Glider Total
1 Manfred Ruhmer AUT Icaro Laminar Z9 14.1 9010
2 Alessandro Ploner ITA Icaro Laminar 14.1 8871
3 Filippo Oppici ITA Wills Wing T2C 144 8560
4 Attila Bertok HUN Moyes Litespeed S5 8531
5 Pedro Luis Garcia Morelli ESP Wills Wing T2C 8249
6 Grant Crossingham GBR Moyes Litespeed RX3.5 8242
7 Primoz Gricar SLO Aeros Combat 13.5 GT 8171
8 Balazs Ujhelyi HUN Moyes Litespeed RS4 8131
8 Scott Barrett AUS Airborne REV 13.5 8131
10 Antoine Boisselier FRA Moyes Litespeed RX3.5 8128
11 Jonny Durand AUS Moyes Litespeed RX3.5 8069
12 Robin Hamilton USA Moyes Litespeed RX4 8031
13 Gerd Dönhuber GER Moyes Litespeed RX3.5 7888
14 Michael Friesenbichler AUT Moyes Litespeed RX3.5 7878
15 Gordon Rigg GBR Moyes Litespeed RX3.5 7854
16 Paris Williams USA Aeros Combat GT 13.5 7842
17 Gary Wirdnam GBR Icaro Laminar 13.7 7734
18 Christian Ciech ITA Icaro Laminar 14 7641
19 Carl Wallbank GBR Moyes Litespeed RX3.5 7631
20 Mario Alonzi FRA Aeros Combat 13.2 GT 7584

Teams:

# Name Total
1 ITA 26212
2 USA 26140
3 GBR 25215
4 AUS 24849
5 GER 24754

Women:

# Name Nat Glider Total
1 Corinna Schwiegershausen GER Moyes Litespeed RX3 5930
2 Kathleen Rigg GBR Moyes Litespeed RX3.5 4414
3 Tove Heaney AUS Moyes Litespeed RX3 3849

2013 Worlds »

January 18, 2013, 7:05:15 AEDT

2013 Worlds

Results from the last day

Alessandro "Alex" Ploner|Attila Bertok|Christian Ciech|Filippo Oppici|Gary Wirdnam|Gordon Rigg|Jon "Jonny" Durand jnr|Jon Durand jnr|Manfred Ruhmer|Mitchell "Mitch" Shipley|Moyes Litespeed RX|Paris Williams|Primoz Gricar|Robin Hamilton|Rohan Holtkamp|Rohan Taylor|Scott Barrett|Steve Blenkinsop|Trent Brown|Tullio Gervasoni|Wills Wing|Wills Wing T2C|Worlds 2013|Zac Majors

The last day:

# Name Nat Glider Time Total
1 Lukas Bader GER Moyes Litespeed RS4 03:54:53 1000
2 Joerg Bajewski GER Wills Wing T2C 154 03:57:03 946
2 Zac Majors USA Wills Wing T2C 144 03:57:16 946
4 Primoz Gricar SLO Aeros Combat 13.5 GT 03:58:03 942
5 Balazs Ujhelyi HUN Moyes Litespeed RS4 03:57:27 941
6 Matjaz Klemencic SLO Moyes Litespeed RX3.5 03:58:56 939
7 Anton Struganov RUS Moyes Litespeed RX4 03:57:58 926
8 Grant Crossingham GBR Moyes Litespeed RX3.5 03:59:07 915
9 Jonas Lobitz NZL Moyes Litespeed RX3.5 03:59:39 911
10 Scott Barrett AUS Airborne REV 13.5 04:01:52 896
11 Carl Wallbank GBR Moyes Litespeed RX3.5 04:05:18 885
12 Robin Hamilton USA Moyes Litespeed RX4 04:10:10 859
13 Paris Williams USA Aeros Combat GT 13.5 04:10:12 858
14 Michael Friesenbichler AUT Moyes Litespeed RX3.5 04:08:07 851
14 Filippo Oppici ITA Wills Wing T2C 144 04:08:39 851
16 Manfred Ruhmer AUT Icaro Laminar Z9 14.1 04:14:49 841
17 Gary Wirdnam GBR Icaro Laminar 13.7 04:12:40 825
18 Gordon Rigg GBR Moyes Litespeed RX3.5 04:16:16 807
19 Dave Matthews GBR Moyes Litespeed RX3.5 04:16:25 801
20 Jochen Zeischka BEL Aeros Combat GT 13.5 04:18:23 796
21 Gijs Wanders NED Wills Wing T2C 154 04:20:39 783
22 Anthony Stephens GBR Moyes Litespeed RX3.5 04:22:17 780
23 Attila Bertok HUN Moyes Litespeed S5 04:32:08 753
24 Christian Ciech ITA Icaro Laminar 14 04:32:37 751
25 Pedro Luis Garcia Morelli ESP Wills Wing T2C 04:32:25 750
26 Tullio Gervasoni ITA Wills Wing T2C 144 04:36:03 731
27 Alessandro Ploner ITA Icaro Laminar 14.1 04:42:03 722
28 Péter Szász HUN Moyes Litespeed S3.5 04:42:19 710
29 Gerd Dönhuber GER Moyes Litespeed RX3.5 04:46:19 696
30 Dan Vyhnalik CZE Aeros Combat 09 GT 13.5 04:45:31 692
31 Jonny Durand AUS Moyes Litespeed RX3.5 04:54:46 680
32 Roland Wöhrle GER Moyes Litespeed RX3.5 04:53:14 676
33 Nils Aage Henden NOR Moyes Litespeed RX3.5 04:51:26 671
34 Olav Lien Olsen NOR Moyes Litespeed RS3.5 04:54:16 667
35 Olav Opsanger NOR Moyes Litespeed RX3.5 04:52:52 665
35 Mitch Shipley USA Wills Wing T2C 144 04:48:18 665
37 Rohan Holtkamp AUS Airborne Revolution 13.5 05:07:57 646
38 Steve Blenkinsop AUS Moyes Litespeed RX3.5 04:55:58 636
39 Trent Brown AUS Moyes Litespeed RX 3.5 05:05:52 609
40 Glauco Pinto BRA Icaro Laminar 14.1 05:21:30 567
41 Francis Gafner SUI Aeros Combat 13.2 GT 05:25:27 556
42 Seppi Salvenmoser AUT Moyes Litespeed RX3.5 05:38:30 541

2013 Worlds »

January 17, 2013, 7:08:13 pm AEDT

2013 Worlds

Chasing Roos

Alessandro "Alex" Ploner|Carol Binder|Filippo Oppici|Flytec 6030|Jon "Jonny" Durand jnr|Kraig Coomber|Manfred Ruhmer|Robin Hamilton|Scott Barrett|Worlds 2013|Zac Majors

I get out to the goal line finish at the airfield at 5 PM. Will competitors make it around the 180+ km course (starting at the edge of the start cylinder) in three hours. The cu's were good at noon but they are gone near the goal and a good ways to the north at 5 PM and there is a head wind.

We hang out under the Red Bull tent until Vicki among forty people spots a glider on the horizon. I run out to the goal line with my lawn chair and set myself up right in the middle. Whoosh, and it is Lukas Bader across all by himself. A minute or so later it's Joergi, a one two finish for the German team like the one two finish yesterday for the Italians. Then right away it's Zac Majors, the first American in.

I go and talk to Zac as slowly a few other pilots come in one at a time sometimes two including Scott Barrett. Zac says that Christian left the thermal that Zac was in high, then later Alex Ploner left and then the thermal turned on to 1,100 fm and they circled up to 12,500'. Later Joergi told me that they had to be sure to stay below 14,000', the best conditions of the competition, even without the cu's.

Zav said that they went on final glide north of the Bogan turnpoint, which is 26 km out. We threw that turnpoint in to keep pilots out of the Parkes CTAF which was closed to us between 16:55 and 18:55 as there is a regional plane landing or taking off there at 17:55.

Zac said at two times he thought that he wasn't going to make it with his 6030 showing that he was making 3.4:1. And he just did make it.

Then Paris and Robin Hamilton come in together. I think Filippo comes in just before them or just after. Three Americans and one Italian in goal. The Americans needing 134 points per pilot to get first place. It looks like Filippo will take third place.

Robin says that he saw Manfred chasing Roos north up the course line. Kraig Coomber was way ahead of everyone, maybe 10 km ahead but pushed too hard and landed just north of Bogan turnpoint.

We keep waiting and then it's Manfred coming in with no on else around. We wait some more and I leave the goal line for the Red Bull tent, shade, and some Red Bull Cranberry favored to help write this article. Finally an Icaro glider is spotted in the distance. And soon Christian and Alex cross the line.

So Manfred has won the Worlds again. Alex likely second. The Americans and the Italians in a tight race for the first team place, with the British (with all their male pilots at goal) in third most likely. Attila was in but I didn't see Jonny.

Top Australian pilot - likely to be Scott Barrett.

The new World Champion (photo by Carol Binder):

2013 Worlds »

January 17, 2013, 7:05:39 AEDT

2013 Worlds

A very tight competition

Alessandro "Alex" Ploner|Attila Bertok|Chisato Nojiri|Christian Ciech|Corinna Schwiegershausen|Filippo Oppici|Francoise Dieuzeide-Banet|Gordon Rigg|Jamie Shelden|Jon "Jonny" Durand jnr|Jon Durand jnr|Kathleen Rigg|Kraig Coomber|Lisa Bradley|Manfred Ruhmer|Moyes Litespeed RX|Paris Williams|Primoz Gricar|Robin Hamilton|Rohan Holtkamp|Rohan Taylor|Scott Barrett|Tove Heaney|Wills Wing|Wills Wing T2C|Worlds 2013

Task 9:

1 Christian Ciech ITA Icaro Laminar 14 05:16:07 1000
2 Alessandro Ploner ITA Icaro Laminar 14.1 05:23:15 956
3 Primoz Gricar SLO Aeros Combat 13.5 GT 05:36:06 905
4 Kraig Coomber USA Moyes Litespeed RX3.5 05:36:58 901
5 Antoine Boisselier FRA Moyes Litespeed RX3.5 05:37:22 898
5 Rohan Holtkamp AUS Airborne Revolution 13.5 05:37:31 898
7 Pedro Luis Garcia Morelli ESP Wills Wing T2C 05:39:36 885
8 Petr Benes CZE Aeros Combat 09 14.2 05:40:37 879
9 Attila Bertok HUN Moyes Litespeed S5 05:39:42 875
10 Roland Wöhrle GER Moyes Litespeed RX3.5 05:47:33 863
11 Grant Crossingham GBR Moyes Litespeed RX3.5 05:46:09 862
11 Carl Wallbank GBR Moyes Litespeed RX3.5 05:46:10 862
13 Lukas Bader GER Moyes Litespeed RS4 05:47:04 860
14 Robin Hamilton USA Moyes Litespeed RX4 05:48:37 856
15 Olav Opsanger NOR Moyes Litespeed RX3.5 05:48:58 854
16 Filippo Oppici ITA Wills Wing T2C 144 05:53:30 849
17 Jonny Durand AUS Moyes Litespeed RX3.5 05:50:28 848

Cumulative:

# Name Nat Glider Total
1 Manfred Ruhmer AUT Icaro Laminar Z9 14.1 8163
2 Alessandro Ploner ITA Icaro Laminar 14.1 8148
3 Antoine Boisselier FRA Moyes Litespeed RX3.5 7820
4 Attila Bertok HUN Moyes Litespeed S5 7775
5 Filippo Oppici ITA Wills Wing T2C 144 7705
6 Pedro Luis Garcia Morelli ESP Wills Wing T2C 7496
7 Jonny Durand AUS Moyes Litespeed RX3.5 7385
8 Grant Crossingham GBR Moyes Litespeed RX3.5 7324
9 Mario Alonzi FRA Aeros Combat 13.2 GT 7277
10 Scott Barrett AUS Airborne REV 13.5 7228
11 Primoz Gricar SLO Aeros Combat 13.5 GT 7227
12 Gerd Dönhuber GER Moyes Litespeed RX3.5 7185
13 Balazs Ujhelyi HUN Moyes Litespeed RS4 7183
14 Robin Hamilton USA Moyes Litespeed RX4 7168
15 Kraig Coomber USA Moyes Litespeed RX3.5 7166
16 Gordon Rigg GBR Moyes Litespeed RX3.5 7040
17 Michael Friesenbichler AUT Moyes Litespeed RX3.5 7020
18 Seppi Salvenmoser AUT Moyes Litespeed RX3.5 7006
19 Paris Williams USA Aeros Combat GT 13.5 6977
20 Rohan Holtkamp AUS Airborne Revolution 13.5 6918

Team:

# Name Total
1 ITA 23874
2 USA 23464
3 AUS 22611
4 GBR 22577
5 AUT 22347

Women:

# Name Nat Glider Total
1 Corinna Schwiegershausen GER Moyes Litespeed RX3 5509
2 Kathleen Rigg GBR Moyes Litespeed RX3.5 4048
3 Tove Heaney AUS Moyes Litespeed RX3 3696
4 Francoise Dieuzeide-banet FRA Moyes Litespeed RX3 3316
5 Chisato Nojiri JPN Aeros Combat 09 12.8 2919
6 Linda Salamone USA Moyes Litespeed RX3 2198
7 Jamie Shelden USA Moyes Litespeed RX3 1179
8 Lisa Bradley NZL Aeros Discus 12 1123

2013 Worlds »

January 15, 2013, 11:11:55 pm AEDT

2013 Worlds

Results

Alessandro "Alex" Ploner|Attila Bertok|Chisato Nojiri|Christian Ciech|Corinna Schwiegershausen|Davide Guiducci|Filippo Oppici|Francoise Dieuzeide-Banet|Gary Wirdnam|Gordon Rigg|Jamie Shelden|Jon "Jonny" Durand jnr|Jon Durand jnr|Kathleen Rigg|Kraig Coomber|Lisa Bradley|Manfred Ruhmer|Moyes Litespeed RX|Paris Williams|Robin Hamilton|Scott Barrett|Tove Heaney|Wills Wing|Wills Wing T2C|Worlds 2013|Zac Majors

Task 8:

1 Manfred Ruhmer AUT Icaro Laminar Z9 14.1 03:53:56 997
2 Primoz Gricar SLO Aeros Combat 13.5 GT 03:54:19 983
3 Petr Benes CZE Aeros Combat 09 14.2 03:54:21 979
4 Antoine Boisselier FRA Moyes Litespeed RX3.5 03:54:23 975
5 Peter Neuenschwander SUI Aeros Combat 13.5 03:55:22 962
5 Zac Majors USA Wills Wing T2C 144 03:55:25 962
7 Alessandro Ploner ITA Icaro Laminar 14.1 03:55:28 960
7 Attila Bertok HUN Moyes Litespeed S5 03:55:28 960
9 Kraig Coomber USA Moyes Litespeed RX3.5 03:55:31 947
10 Balazs Ujhelyi HUN Moyes Litespeed RS4 03:55:34 946
11 Walter Mayer AUT Moyes Litespeed RX4 03:55:39 945
12 Davide Guiducci ITA Wills Wing T2C 144 03:56:17 938
13 Gary Wirdnam GBR Icaro Laminar 13.7 03:55:59 934
14 Robin Hamilton USA Moyes Litespeed RX4 03:56:36 931
15 Christian Ciech ITA Icaro Laminar 14 03:56:42 930
15 Matjaz Klemencic SLO Moyes Litespeed RX3.5 03:56:25 930
15 Paris Williams USA Aeros Combat GT 13.5 03:56:58 930
18 Scott Barrett AUS Airborne REV 13.5 03:57:12 919
19 Michael Friesenbichler AUT Moyes Litespeed RX3.5 03:57:33 916
20 Joerg Bajewski GER Wills Wing T2C 154 03:57:34 912

Cumulative:

# Name Nat Glider Total
1 Manfred Ruhmer AUT Icaro Laminar Z9 14.1 7464
2 Alessandro Ploner ITA Icaro Laminar 14.1 7192
3 Antoine Boisselier FRA Moyes Litespeed RX3.5 6922
4 Attila Bertok HUN Moyes Litespeed S5 6900
5 Filippo Oppici ITA Wills Wing T2C 144 6856
6 Scott Barrett AUS Airborne REV 13.5 6710
7 Mario Alonzi FRA Aeros Combat 13.2 GT 6676
8 Pedro Luis Garcia Morelli ESP Wills Wing T2C 6611
9 Jonny Durand AUS Moyes Litespeed RX3.5 6537
10 Balazs Ujhelyi HUN Moyes Litespeed RS4 6491
11 Gerd Dönhuber GER Moyes Litespeed RX3.5 6490
12 Grant Crossingham GBR Moyes Litespeed RX3.5 6462
13 Michael Friesenbichler AUT Moyes Litespeed RX3.5 6381
14 Seppi Salvenmoser AUT Moyes Litespeed RX3.5 6369
15 Gordon Rigg GBR Moyes Litespeed RX3.5 6336
16 Primoz Gricar SLO Aeros Combat 13.5 GT 6322
17 Gary Wirdnam GBR Icaro Laminar 13.7 6317
18 Robin Hamilton USA Moyes Litespeed RX4 6312
19 Paris Williams USA Aeros Combat GT 13.5 6303
20 Kraig Coomber USA Moyes Litespeed RX3.5 6265

Teams:

  Name Total
1 ITA 21068
2 USA 21033
3 AUT 20372
4 AUS 20301
5 GBR 20148

Women:

# Name Nat Glider Total
1 Corinna Schwiegershausen GER Moyes Litespeed RX3 5074
2 Kathleen Rigg GBR Moyes Litespeed RX3.5 3616
3 Tove Heaney AUS Moyes Litespeed RX3 3451
4 Francoise Dieuzeide-banet FRA Moyes Litespeed RX3 2968
5 Chisato Nojiri JPN Aeros Combat 09 12.8 2568
6 Linda Salamone USA Moyes Litespeed RX3 1954
7 Jamie Shelden USA Moyes Litespeed RX3 1035
8 Lisa Bradley NZL Aeros Discus 12 1014

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Tue, Jan 15 2013, 10:58:59 pm AUSEDT

2013 Worlds

Results

Alessandro "Alex" Ploner|Attila Bertok|Chisato Nojiri|Christian Ciech|Corinna Schwiegershausen|Davide Guiducci|Filippo Oppici|Francoise Dieuzeide-Banet|Gary Wirdnam|Gordon Rigg|Jamie Shelden|Jon "Jonny" Durand jnr|Jon Durand jnr|Kathleen Rigg|Kraig Coomber|Lisa Bradley|Manfred Ruhmer|Moyes Litespeed RX|Paris Williams|Primoz Gricar|Robin Hamilton|Scott Barrett|Tove Heaney|Wills Wing|Wills Wing T2C|Worlds 2013|Zac Majors

Task 8:

1 Manfred Ruhmer AUT Icaro Laminar Z9 14.1 03:53:56 997
2 Primoz Gricar SLO Aeros Combat 13.5 GT 03:54:19 983
3 Petr Benes CZE Aeros Combat 09 14.2 03:54:21 979
4 Antoine Boisselier FRA Moyes Litespeed RX3.5 03:54:23 975
5 Peter Neuenschwander SUI Aeros Combat 13.5 03:55:22 962
5 Zac Majors USA Wills Wing T2C 144 03:55:25 962
7 Alessandro Ploner ITA Icaro Laminar 14.1 03:55:28 960
7 Attila Bertok HUN Moyes Litespeed S5 03:55:28 960
9 Kraig Coomber USA Moyes Litespeed RX3.5 03:55:31 947
10 Balazs Ujhelyi HUN Moyes Litespeed RS4 03:55:34 946
11 Walter Mayer AUT Moyes Litespeed RX4 03:55:39 945
12 Davide Guiducci ITA Wills Wing T2C 144 03:56:17 938
13 Gary Wirdnam GBR Icaro Laminar 13.7 03:55:59 934
14 Robin Hamilton USA Moyes Litespeed RX4 03:56:36 931
15 Christian Ciech ITA Icaro Laminar 14 03:56:42 930
15 Matjaz Klemencic SLO Moyes Litespeed RX3.5 03:56:25 930
15 Paris Williams USA Aeros Combat GT 13.5 03:56:58 930
18 Scott Barrett AUS Airborne REV 13.5 03:57:12 919
19 Michael Friesenbichler AUT Moyes Litespeed RX3.5 03:57:33 916
20 Joerg Bajewski GER Wills Wing T2C 154 03:57:34 912

Cumulative:

# Name Nat Glider Total
1 Manfred Ruhmer AUT Icaro Laminar Z9 14.1 7464
2 Alessandro Ploner ITA Icaro Laminar 14.1 7192
3 Antoine Boisselier FRA Moyes Litespeed RX3.5 6922
4 Attila Bertok HUN Moyes Litespeed S5 6900
5 Filippo Oppici ITA Wills Wing T2C 144 6856
6 Scott Barrett AUS Airborne REV 13.5 6710
7 Mario Alonzi FRA Aeros Combat 13.2 GT 6676
8 Pedro Luis Garcia Morelli ESP Wills Wing T2C 6611
9 Jonny Durand AUS Moyes Litespeed RX3.5 6537
10 Balazs Ujhelyi HUN Moyes Litespeed RS4 6491
11 Gerd Dönhuber GER Moyes Litespeed RX3.5 6490
12 Grant Crossingham GBR Moyes Litespeed RX3.5 6462
13 Michael Friesenbichler AUT Moyes Litespeed RX3.5 6381
14 Seppi Salvenmoser AUT Moyes Litespeed RX3.5 6369
15 Gordon Rigg GBR Moyes Litespeed RX3.5 6336
16 Primoz Gricar SLO Aeros Combat 13.5 GT 6322
17 Gary Wirdnam GBR Icaro Laminar 13.7 6317
18 Robin Hamilton USA Moyes Litespeed RX4 6312
19 Paris Williams USA Aeros Combat GT 13.5 6303
20 Kraig Coomber USA Moyes Litespeed RX3.5 6265

Teams:

  Name Total
1 ITA 21068
2 USA 21033
3 AUT 20372
4 AUS 20301
5 GBR 20148

Women:

# Name Nat Glider Total
1 Corinna Schwiegershausen GER Moyes Litespeed RX3 5074
2 Kathleen Rigg GBR Moyes Litespeed RX3.5 3616
3 Tove Heaney AUS Moyes Litespeed RX3 3451
4 Francoise Dieuzeide-banet FRA Moyes Litespeed RX3 2968
5 Chisato Nojiri JPN Aeros Combat 09 12.8 2568
6 Linda Salamone USA Moyes Litespeed RX3 1954
7 Jamie Shelden USA Moyes Litespeed RX3 1035
8 Lisa Bradley NZL Aeros Discus 12 1014

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January 15, 2013, 2:04:02 AEDT

2013 Worlds

The results from the seventh task

Alessandro "Alex" Ploner|Attila Bertok|Chisato Nojiri|Christian Ciech|Corinna Schwiegershausen|Filippo Oppici|Francoise Dieuzeide-Banet|Gary Wirdnam|Gordon Rigg|Jamie Shelden|Jon "Jonny" Durand jnr|Jon Durand jnr|Kathleen Rigg|Lisa Bradley|Manfred Ruhmer|Moyes Litespeed RX|Paris Williams|Primoz Gricar|Robin Hamilton|Rohan Holtkamp|Rohan Taylor|Scott Barrett|Suan Selenati|Tove Heaney|Wills Wing|Wills Wing T2C|Worlds 2013|Zac Majors

Paris and Manfred tie for first place.

Task  7:

# Name Nat Glider Time Total
1 Manfred Ruhmer AUT Icaro Laminar Z9 14.1 03:10:01 968
1 Paris Williams USA Aeros Combat GT 13.5 03:10:01 968
3 Primoz Gricar SLO Aeros Combat 13.5 GT 03:10:06 959
4 Franz Hermann SUI Aeros 13.5 03:10:52 940
5 Christian Bartschi SUI Aeros Combat GT 13.5 03:10:54 936
6 Balazs Ujhelyi HUN Moyes Litespeed RS4 03:10:56 933
7 Zac Majors USA Wills Wing T2C 144 03:12:17 915
8 Alessandro Ploner ITA Icaro Laminar 14.1 03:12:51 906
9 Antoine Boisselier FRA Moyes Litespeed RX3.5 03:14:09 893
10 Christian Ciech ITA Icaro Laminar 14 03:14:10 891
11 Michael Friesenbichler AUT Moyes Litespeed RX3.5 03:14:47 880
12 Filippo Oppici ITA Wills Wing T2C 144 03:14:49 877
13 Mario Alonzi FRA Aeros Combat 13.2 GT 03:15:07 872
14 Grant Crossingham GBR Moyes Litespeed RX3.5 03:16:58 856
15 Gerd Dönhuber GER Moyes Litespeed RX3.5 03:18:34 837
15 Scott Barrett AUS Airborne REV 13.5 03:30:20 837
17 Suan Selenati ITA Wills Wing T2C 144 03:19:28 827
18 Miroslav Cap CZE Wills Wing T2C 144 03:19:22 826
19 Petr Benes CZE Aeros Combat 09 14.2 03:32:33 825
20 Roland Wöhrle GER Moyes Litespeed RX3.5 03:20:34 818

Cumulative:

# Name Nat Glider Total
1 Manfred Ruhmer AUT Icaro Laminar Z9 14.1 6467
2 Alessandro Ploner ITA Icaro Laminar 14.1 6229
3 Filippo Oppici ITA Wills Wing T2C 144 5947
4 Antoine Boisselier FRA Moyes Litespeed RX3.5 5944
5 Attila Bertok HUN Moyes Litespeed S5 5934
6 Mario Alonzi FRA Aeros Combat 13.2 GT 5920
7 Scott Barrett AUS Airborne REV 13.5 5787
8 Pedro Luis Garcia Morelli ESP Wills Wing T2C 5724
9 Jonny Durand AUS Moyes Litespeed RX3.5 5696
10 Gerd Dönhuber GER Moyes Litespeed RX3.5 5612
11 Grant Crossingham GBR Moyes Litespeed RX3.5 5570
12 Balazs Ujhelyi HUN Moyes Litespeed RS4 5543
13 Seppi Salvenmoser AUT Moyes Litespeed RX3.5 5463
14 Rohan Holtkamp AUS Airborne Revolution 13.5 5462
15 Michael Friesenbichler AUT Moyes Litespeed RX3.5 5461
16 Dan Vyhnalik CZE Aeros Combat 09 GT 13.5 5460
17 Gordon Rigg GBR Moyes Litespeed RX3.5 5445
18 Gary Wirdnam GBR Icaro Laminar 13.7 5377
19 Robin Hamilton USA Moyes Litespeed RX4 5376
20 Paris Williams USA Aeros Combat GT 13.5 5372

Teams:

# Id Name Total
1   ITA 18230
2   USA 18184
3   AUS 17662
4   AUT 17505
5   GBR 17418

Women:

# Name Nat Glider Total
1 Corinna Schwiegershausen GER Moyes Litespeed RX3 4224
2 Tove Heaney AUS Moyes Litespeed RX3 3058
3 Kathleen Rigg GBR Moyes Litespeed RX3.5 2951
4 Francoise Dieuzeide-banet FRA Moyes Litespeed RX3 2726
5 Chisato Nojiri JPN Aeros Combat 09 12.8 2266
6 Linda Salamone USA Moyes Litespeed RX3 1782
7 Lisa Bradley NZL Aeros Discus 12 1000
8 Jamie Shelden USA Moyes Litespeed RX3 772

2013 Worlds »

January 14, 2013, 7:10:31 AEDT

2013 Worlds

The results from the sixth task

Akiko Suzuki|Alessandro "Alex" Ploner|Attila Bertok|Chisato Nojiri|Christian Ciech|Conrad Loten|Corinna Schwiegershausen|Filippo Oppici|Francoise Dieuzeide-Banet|Gordon Rigg|Jamie Shelden|Jon "Jonny" Durand jnr|Jon Durand jnr|Kathleen Rigg|Lisa Bradley|Manfred Ruhmer|Moyes Litespeed RX|Primoz Gricar|Robin Hamilton|Rohan Holtkamp|Rohan Taylor|Scott Barrett|Tove Heaney|Trent Brown|Wills Wing|Wills Wing T2C|Worlds 2013|Zac Majors

Chasing the English: http://pressbhgc.blogspot.co.uk/2013/01/sunday-13th-january-2013-here-we-go.html

Task 6:

# Name Nat Glider Dist. Total
1 Zac Majors USA Wills Wing T2C 144 131,09 917
2 Jonny Durand AUS Moyes Litespeed RX3.5 131,09 915
3 Lukas Bader GER Moyes Litespeed RS4 131,11 914
4 Adam Stevens AUS Airborne Revolution 13.5 130,81 912
5 Trent Brown AUS Moyes Litespeed RX 3.5 130,62 911
6 Olav Lien Olsen NOR Moyes Litespeed RS3.5 120,87 854
7 Seppi Salvenmoser AUT Moyes Litespeed RX3.5 120,58 853
8 Manfred Ruhmer AUT Icaro Laminar Z9 14.1 120,32 851
8 Grant Crossingham GBR Moyes Litespeed RX3.5 120,30 851
8 Conrad Loten NZL Moyes Litespeed RX3.5 120,24 851
8 Carl Wallbank GBR Moyes Litespeed RX3.5 120,25 851
8 Balazs Ujhelyi HUN Moyes Litespeed RS4 120,27 851
8 Pedro Luis Garcia Morelli ESP Wills Wing T2C 120,25 851
14 Max Turiaco BRA Moyes Litespeed RX3 120,16 850
14 Gordon Rigg GBR Moyes Litespeed RX3.5 120,22 850
16 Alessandro Ploner ITA Icaro Laminar 14.1 119,48 840
17 Michael Friesenbichler AUT Moyes Litespeed RX3.5 119,09 834
18 Robin Hamilton USA Moyes Litespeed RX4 119,02 832
19 Mario Alonzi FRA Aeros Combat 13.2 GT 118,93 830
20 Walter Mayer AUT Moyes Litespeed RX4 118,72 826
20 Rohan Holtkamp AUS Airborne Revolution 13.5 118,72 826

Cumulative:

# Name Nat Glider Total
1 Manfred Ruhmer AUT Icaro Laminar Z9 14.1 5515
2 Alessandro Ploner ITA Icaro Laminar 14.1 5358
3 Attila Bertok HUN Moyes Litespeed S5 5166
4 Filippo Oppici ITA Wills Wing T2C 144 5101
5 Antoine Boisselier FRA Moyes Litespeed RX3.5 5054
6 Primoz Gricar SLO Aeros Combat 13.5 GT 5052
7 Mario Alonzi FRA Aeros Combat 13.2 GT 5047
8 Pedro Luis Garcia Morelli ESP Wills Wing T2C 5018
9 Rohan Holtkamp AUS Airborne Revolution 13.5 4950
10 Scott Barrett AUS Airborne REV 13.5 4949
11 Jonny Durand AUS Moyes Litespeed RX3.5 4902
12 Franz Hermann SUI Aeros 13.5 4855
13 Gerd Dönhuber GER Moyes Litespeed RX3.5 4778
14 Christian Ciech ITA Icaro Laminar 14 4738
15 Christian Voiblet SUI Aeros Combat GT 13.5 4725
16 Grant Crossingham GBR Moyes Litespeed RX3.5 4723
17 Dan Vyhnalik CZE Aeros Combat 09 GT 13.5 4709
18 Seppi Salvenmoser AUT Moyes Litespeed RX3.5 4681
19 Gordon Rigg GBR Moyes Litespeed RX3.5 4672
20 Yuji Suzuki JPN Moyes Litespeed RX3.5 463

Teams:

# Id Name Total
1   ITA 15621
2   USA 15519
3   AUS 15303
4   GBR 14999
5   AUT 14897

Women:

# Name Nat Glider Total
1 Corinna Schwiegershausen GER Moyes Litespeed RX3 3542
2 Tove Heaney AUS Moyes Litespeed RX3 2392
3 Kathleen Rigg GBR Moyes Litespeed RX3.5 2236
4 Francoise Dieuzeide-banet FRA Moyes Litespeed RX3 2143
5 Chisato Nojiri JPN Aeros Combat 09 12.8 2032
6 Linda Salamone USA Moyes Litespeed RX3 1749
7 Jamie Shelden USA Moyes Litespeed RX3 757
8 Lisa Bradley NZL Aeros Discus 12 674

2013 Worlds »

January 13, 2013, 11:46:10 AEDT

2013 Worlds

The Task 5 results

Alessandro "Alex" Ploner|Attila Bertok|Chisato Nojiri|Corinna Schwiegershausen|Filippo Oppici|Francoise Dieuzeide-Banet|Jamie Shelden|Kathleen Rigg|Lisa Bradley|Manfred Ruhmer|Moyes Litespeed RX|Primoz Gricar|Rohan Holtkamp|Rohan Taylor|Scott Barrett|Tove Heaney|Tullio Gervasoni|Wills Wing|Wills Wing T2C|Worlds 2013

Task 5:

# Name Nat Glider Dist. Total
1 Balazs Ujhelyi HUN Moyes Litespeed RS4 156,38 916
2 Manfred Ruhmer AUT Icaro Laminar Z9 14.1 154,94 911
3 Dan Vyhnalik CZE Aeros Combat 09 GT 13.5 154,23 906
4 Tullio Gervasoni ITA Wills Wing T2C 144 153,33 901
5 Petr Benes CZE Aeros Combat 09 14.2 153,31 899
6 Seppi Salvenmoser AUT Moyes Litespeed RX3.5 152,43 897
7 Christian Voiblet SUI Aeros Combat GT 13.5 152,33 894
8 Carl Wallbank GBR Moyes Litespeed RX3.5 152,10 893
9 Alessandro Ploner ITA Icaro Laminar 14.1 152,06 892
10 Jonas Lobitz NZL Moyes Litespeed RX3.5 151,96 891

Cumulative:

# Name Nat Glider Total
1 Manfred Ruhmer AUT Icaro Laminar Z9 14.1 4666
2 Attila Bertok HUN Moyes Litespeed S5 4513
3 Alessandro Ploner ITA Icaro Laminar 14.1 4502
4 Primoz Gricar SLO Aeros Combat 13.5 GT 4361
5 Filippo Oppici ITA Wills Wing T2C 144 4282
6 Antoine Boisselier FRA Moyes Litespeed RX3.5 4258
7 Scott Barrett AUS Airborne REV 13.5 4210
8 Mario Alonzi FRA Aeros Combat 13.2 GT 4203
9 Franz Hermann SUI Aeros 13.5 4175
10 Rohan Holtkamp AUS Airborne Revolution 13.5 4154

Team:

# Name Total
1 ITA 13265
2 SUI 12846
3 USA 12822
4 AUS 12625
5 AUT 12356
6 GBR 12346

Women:

# Name Nat Glider Total
1 Corinna Schwiegershausen GER Moyes Litespeed RX3 3200
2 Tove Heaney AUS Moyes Litespeed RX3 1813
3 Francoise Dieuzeide-banet FRA Moyes Litespeed RX3 1793
4 Chisato Nojiri JPN Aeros Combat 09 12.8 1496
5 Linda Salamone USA Moyes Litespeed RX3 1455
6 Kathleen Rigg GBR Moyes Litespeed RX3.5 1434
7 Jamie Shelden USA Moyes Litespeed RX3 721
8 Lisa Bradley NZL Aeros Discus 12 506

2013 Worlds »

January 12, 2013, 4:57:05 AEDT

2013 Worlds

Results

Akiko Suzuki|Alessandro "Alex" Ploner|Attila Bertok|Christian Ciech|Davide Guiducci|Filippo Oppici|Gary Wirdnam|Jon "Jonny" Durand jnr|Jon Durand jnr|Manfred Ruhmer|Moyes Litespeed RX|Paris Williams|Primoz Gricar|Rohan Holtkamp|Rohan Taylor|Scott Barrett|Suan Selenati|Wills Wing|Wills Wing T2C|Worlds 2013

http://www.forbesflatlands.com/results.html

Task 4 results:

# Name Nat Glider Time Total
1 Manfred Ruhmer AUT Icaro Laminar Z9 14.1 03:11:56 954
2 Antoine Boisselier FRA Moyes Litespeed RX3.5 03:12:22 947
3 Christian Zehetmair GER Aeros Combat GT 13.5 03:12:24 942
4 Gerd Dönhuber GER Moyes Litespeed RX3.5 03:12:54 936
5 Paris Williams USA Aeros Combat GT 13.5 03:13:32 930
6 Rohan Holtkamp AUS Airborne Revolution 13.5 03:13:22 928
7 Alessandro Ploner ITA Icaro Laminar 14.1 03:13:35 924
8 Franz Hermann SUI Aeros 13.5 03:13:39 920
9 Roland Wöhrle GER Moyes Litespeed RX3.5 03:13:51 917
10 Christian Bartschi SUI Aeros Combat GT 13.5 03:13:55 916
11 Filippo Oppici ITA Wills Wing T2C 144 03:14:00 911
12 Attila Bertok HUN Moyes Litespeed S5 03:14:12 910
13 Shogo Ota JPN Aeros Combat 09GT 13.5 03:14:51 900
14 Davide Guiducci ITA Wills Wing T2C 144 03:15:00 898
15 Scott Barrett AUS Airborne REV 13.5 03:15:02 897
16 Jonas Lobitz NZL Moyes Litespeed RX3.5 03:15:04 894
17 Grant Crossingham GBR Moyes Litespeed RX3.5 03:15:10 893
18 Olav Opsanger NOR Moyes Litespeed RX3.5 03:08:19 892
19 Olav Lien Olsen NOR Moyes Litespeed RS3.5 03:15:22 889
20 Carl Wallbank GBR Moyes Litespeed RX3.5 03:15:37 887

Cumulative:

# Name   Glider Total
1 Manfred Ruhmer AUT Icaro Laminar Z9 14.1 3755
2 Paris Williams USA Aeros Combat GT 13.5 3638
3 Attila Bertok HUN Moyes Litespeed S5 3634
4 Franz Hermann SUI Aeros 13.5 3633
5 Alessandro Ploner ITA Icaro Laminar 14.1 3609
6 Mario Alonzi FRA Aeros Combat 13.2 GT 3556
7 Primoz Gricar SLO Aeros Combat 13.5 GT 3472
8 Pedro Luis Garcia Morelli ESP Wills Wing T2C 3463
9 Grant Crossingham GBR Moyes Litespeed RX3.5 3441
10 Antoine Boisselier FRA Moyes Litespeed RX3.5 3439
11 Scott Barrett AUS Airborne REV 13.5 3400
12 Filippo Oppici ITA Wills Wing T2C 144 3394
13 Rohan Holtkamp AUS Airborne Revolution 13.5 3333
14 Jonny Durand AUS Moyes Litespeed RX3.5 3312
15 Yuji Suzuki JPN Moyes Litespeed RX3.5 3310
16 Gerd Dönhuber GER Moyes Litespeed RX3.5 3273
17 Suan Selenati ITA Wills Wing T2C 144 3255
18 Christian Ciech ITA Icaro Laminar 14 3158
19 Christian Voiblet SUI Aeros Combat GT 13.5 3140
20 Gary Wirdnam GBR Icaro Laminar 13.7 3133

Teams:

# Name Total
1 ITA 10581
2 USA 10549
3 SUI 10303
4 AUS 10290
5 GER 9918

2013 Worlds »

January 10, 2013, 11:06:33 pm AEDT

2013 Worlds

The third task, results

Akiko Suzuki|Alessandro "Alex" Ploner|Attila Bertok|Christian Ciech|Filippo Oppici|Jon "Jonny" Durand jnr|Jon Durand jnr|Kraig Coomber|Manfred Ruhmer|Moyes Litespeed RX|Paris Williams|Primoz Gricar|Rohan Holtkamp|Rohan Taylor|Scott Barrett|Suan Selenati|Wills Wing|Wills Wing T2C|Worlds 2013|Zac Majors

http://www.forbesflatlands.com/results.html

Results Task 3:

# Name Nat Glider Time Total
1 Zac Majors USA Wills Wing T2C 144 02:27:33 970
2 Paris Williams USA Aeros Combat GT 13.5 02:27:50 956
3 Alessandro Ploner ITA Icaro Laminar 14.1 02:28:13 948
4 Manfred Ruhmer AUT Icaro Laminar Z9 14.1 02:28:15 941
5 Primoz Gricar SLO Aeros Combat 13.5 GT 02:28:51 933
6 Peter Neuenschwander SUI Aeros Combat 13.5 02:29:19 923
7 Franz Hermann SUI Aeros 13.5 02:29:32 915
8 Christian Ciech ITA Icaro Laminar 14 02:29:58 912
9 Attila Bertok HUN Moyes Litespeed S5 02:30:00 906
9 Carl Wallbank GBR Moyes Litespeed RX3.5 02:30:06 906
11 Filippo Oppici ITA Wills Wing T2C 144 02:30:35 898

Cumulative:

# Name Nat Glider Total
1 Manfred Ruhmer AUT Icaro Laminar Z9 14.1 2801
2 Attila Bertok HUN Moyes Litespeed S5 2724
3 Franz Hermann SUI Aeros 13.5 2713
4 Paris Williams USA Aeros Combat GT 13.5 2708
5 Primoz Gricar SLO Aeros Combat 13.5 GT 2689
6 Alessandro Ploner ITA Icaro Laminar 14.1 2685
6 Pedro Luis Garcia Morelli ESP Wills Wing T2C 2685
8 Mario Alonzi FRA Aeros Combat 13.2 GT 2680
9 Christian Voiblet SUI Aeros Combat GT 13.5 2672
10 Grant Crossingham GBR Moyes Litespeed RX3.5 2548
11 Yuji Suzuki JPN Moyes Litespeed RX3.5 2541
12 Scott Barrett AUS Airborne REV 13.5 2503
13 Antoine Boisselier FRA Moyes Litespeed RX3.5 2492
14 Filippo Oppici ITA Wills Wing T2C 144 2483
15 Suan Selenati ITA Wills Wing T2C 144 2466
16 Jonny Durand AUS Moyes Litespeed RX3.5 2452
17 Rohan Holtkamp AUS Airborne Revolution 13.5 2405
18 Christian Ciech ITA Icaro Laminar 14 2373
19 Kraig Coomber USA Moyes Litespeed RX3.5 2348
20 Dan Vyhnalik CZE Aeros Combat 09 GT 13.5 2343

Teams:

1 USA 7954
2 ITA 7848
3 SUI 7700
4 AUS 7605
5 GBR 7231
6 AUT 7219
7 FRA 7177
8 GER 7123
9 JPN 6771
10 CZE 6765

Scoring the Worlds

January 9, 2013, 7:23:46 AEDT

Scoring the Worlds

Be careful with what you see.

Christian Ciech|record|Scott Barrett|Wesley "Wes" Hill

When Wesley Hill was scoring the Worlds last night he was confronted with Scott Barrett's track log that looked exactly like this although at that time he also was displaying Christian Ciech's track log in addition to Scott's:


First, he had been told by Scott that he beat Christian into the goal (which has been confirmed). Second, he has downloaded Scott's Garmin GPS because Scott's vario went out on him half way through the flight (pretty amazing that Scott won the day flying without a vario).

Third, it was extremely difficult to believe that at 17:59:03 Scott turned directly 90 degrees at very high speed to his course line and thirty second later was heading away from the goal. That did not "look" right.

Fourth, a track log that had been recording at one or two second intervals was now displaying to adjacent track log points at thirty seconds apart.

We assumed that there were issues with the Garmin correctly recording Scott's position likely due to his body covering the Garmin up as he pulled in hard and raced to goal.  But is seemed very unlikely that he was going 600 to 1800 kmh as GPS Dump was calculating.

The FS program scored Scott based in its calculation of when he crossed the circumference of the 400 meter goal cylinder, but we doubted the validity of the calculation given the odd looking track log data displayed by FS.

Wesley was clear that track log data points that he could see in the track log file in GPSDump were not being displayed by FS. He attempted to delete some points to get FS to recalculate the goal cylinder entry time. That helped but it was still not the best solution and it looked like he would have to calculate the goal cylinder crossing time manually.

I asked him to create an IGC file from Scott's KML track log file and display it in SeeYou. Here's what we got:

Obviously Scott's Garmin GPS lost track of where he was for an interval.

Zooming in a bit closer at the goal:

The Garmin GPS was recording position fine until, at 17:58:10 at 2.55 km from the edge of the start cylinder with Scott flying at 70 mph, the recorded track log started jiggling. Estimated speeds at that point turned to about 250 mph as his actual location was no longer being properly recorded.

We saw right away that FS was not correctly displaying the track log data and no longer believed the calculation for his goal cylinder crossing time.

I left at that point with Wesley ready to deal with the data and come up with the best estimate possible from the actual data, given that the data was bad but the best that we had.

The first data point from the track log inside the goal cylinder was 17:59:38. That is what Wesley has used as Scott's goal cylinder circumference crossing time, although obviously he would have crossed before that and Christian has stated that Scott made goal before him.

Today I took Scott's original KML track log file and the IGC file made from it and decided to try to figure out why FS had apparently lead us astray. It turned out to be a very simple answer.

Check out the last item in this FS dialog box:

Indeed FS had "filtered" out track log points that didn't "look" right. It appeared to Wesley and I to also make an interpolation of Scott's goal cylinder crossing time that was incorrect from these filtered track log points.

Once I unchecked this last check box and reopened the FS display of the track log, I got the same picture as SeeYou displayed of Scott tracklog.

I then went one step further. I decided to see if I could use the last apparently good track log data point, Scott's airspeed at the point, and the distance to goal, and assuming that he kept that air speed and knowing from Christian that Scott had indeed beat him to goal come up with a "better" calculation of his goal cylinder crossing time.

Assuming that he is flying at 112.7 km/h (70 mph) and he has to go 2.55 km, he is able to do that in 1 minute and 21.46 seconds so that his goal cylinder crossing time would be 17:59:31 (6 seconds less than Wesley's use of the value shown on Scott's track log). If he in fact (and most likely) flew even faster (as he beat Christian's time of 17:59:26) at 80 mph he would have had a 17:59:21 crossing time.

The points difference between Scott and Christian (4th and 1st place) was 21 points out of 968. Wesley chose the most conservative value for Scott's goal cylinder crossing time (a data point inside the goal cylinder). Using an interpolation from the data (bad as it is) would have put the crossing time at 17:59:36 (approximately). This calculation seems to be to be valid, while mine is speculative (although witness based).

I would argue that Scott deserves few more points with a "better" calculation.

I then went yet another step further. I looked at the section of the track log that was displaced to the south. This is it:

An analysis of this section shows that Scott was traveling at 75 to 77 mph directly toward the goal for .9 km (ignoring the displacement) with the bottom track log point at 17:59:33. It apparently took five seconds for the Garmin GPS to properly record the correct location.

Software is not perfect and human beings are still required to evaluate the results of the calculations as well as the recordings of the instruments.

2013 Worlds »

January 8, 2013, 3:14:30 pm AEDT

2013 Worlds

Day two blown out

Christian Ciech|record|Scott Barrett|weather|Worlds 2013

Scott Barrett unofficially wins day one. He beat Christian Ciech into goal, as per Christian Ciech, and started at the same start window as Christian. Due to problems with his backup Garmin vario (likely covered by his body) as he raced to goal, he didn't have the best recordings of his position at each time interval, so that his track log showed him 14 seconds behind Christian, which is the time that the scorekeeper had to use.

More on this later.

http://www.weatherzone.com.au/station.jsp?lt=site&lc=65103&list=ob

Wind at the airfield on day two, 20 knots gusting to 33 knots. 105 degrees at 2:30 PM and forecasted to get to 108. Tomorrow a very pleasant 86 degrees with winds at 10 knots out of the south southwest.

2013 Worlds »

January 8, 2013, 7:15:42 AEDT

2013 Worlds

The first day results

Alessandro "Alex" Ploner|Christian Ciech|Jon "Jonny" Durand jnr|Jon Durand jnr|Manfred Ruhmer|Moyes Litespeed RX|Rohan Holtkamp|Rohan Taylor|Scott Barrett|video|Worlds 2013

Here

# Name Nat Glider Time Total
1 Christian Ciech ITA Icaro Laminar 14 03:14:26 968
2 Alessandro Ploner ITA Icaro Laminar 14.1 03:14:28 956
3 Balazs Ujhelyi HUN Moyes Litespeed RS4 03:14:36 950
4 Scott Barrett AUS Airborne REV 13.5 03:14:38 947
5 Jonny Durand AUS Moyes Litespeed RX3.5 03:14:42 939
6 Christian Voiblet SUI Aeros Combat GT 13.5 03:20:40 936
7 Mario Alonzi FRA Aeros Combat 13.2 GT 03:15:01 928
8 Manfred Ruhmer AUT Icaro Laminar Z9 14.1 03:29:24 877
9 Rohan Holtkamp AUS Airborne Revolution 13.5 03:18:09 876
10 Franz Hermann SUI Aeros 13.5 03:29:27 868

Dave May's video from launch and landing on the first day:

http://www.warrenwindsports.com.au/blog/travel-flying-xc/hg-world-championships

Who won the first day at the Worlds?

January 7, 2013, 10:55:09 pm AEDT

Who won the first day at the Worlds?

Strange happenings with track logs

Jon "Jonny" Durand jnr|record|Rohan Taylor|Scott Barrett

Software is nice, but it isn't always correct. When I'm scorekeeping I often have to manually score a pilot from an obviously messed up track log when the scoring software can't make the correct calculation. I can usually figure out the time that he crossed the goal line even if the software can't.

Scoring software isn't perfect and can't handle all the possible cases of messed up data that gets thrown at it. The scorekeeper just has to use his judgment to fix problems.

Scott Barrett apparently had his flight instrument go out on him half way into the flight and he had to rely on his backup GPS to record the flight for him (and other pilots to help him find the thermals as he had no vario). Apparently he  was first in today (amazing given how much of the flight he flew without a vario) but there are some strange happenings with the track log and even stranger things happening with the FS program not displaying all the track log data.

Apparently Scott made goal (400 meter virtual cylinder) in front of Christian Chiech, but the obviously odd track log data (which appears to be correctly displayed in SeeYou) has him 14 seconds behind to the best of our calculation (so far) given the odd nature of the data.

The assumption is that he was covering the backup Garmin with his body while pulling in fast for final glide and the Garmin was not getting good satellite position fixes.

Anyway it was very tight in the top places at goal today with about fifty pilots in goal.

Christian, Alex, Jonny, Rohan, Scott, Christian Voiblet, were some of the top scoring pilots today.

It was very disconcerting to see that FS did not display all the data (track log points) that were in the track log file. It was interesting to note that the IGC file created from the KML file used by FS when displayed in SeeYou did display all these wayward track log points and that really told us how screwed up the track log was (and how FS is a little less than trust worthy).

We assume that the track log continued to display the poor satellite reception that the Garmin was recording so that even though there are some reasonable looking tracklog points they aren't necessarily reflective of where Scott was at the time recorded for these points.

Again, judgment is needed to determine the more accurate result, but you are limited by the bad data and must make the best of it that you can. You don't just adjust it to reflect what pilots think that they saw.

Italians reject cars, Americans take anything that they can get

January 2, 2013, 6:39:23 AEDT

Italians reject cars, Americans take anything that they can get

Maybe the Germans outshone them.

Manfred Ruhmer|Scott Barrett

So we start our first reporting from the 2013 Worlds in Forbes, NSW, Australia.

Scott Barrett was asked to set up two cars for the Italian team, and after making all the payments for insurance and registration, and getting the cars ready to go, the Italians didn't like what they saw. So they decided to get rental cars. Leaving Scott holding the bag.

Fortunately with a few phones calls, emails and FB, the Americans came to the rescue to take what the Italians did not want.

The German team has Mercedes as a sponsor and were given at no cost two vans in Sydney. Maybe the Italians felt that they had to keep up with the Germans.

Lots of gossip here, but none that I am allowed to publish.

Windy the last two days but the winds have died out in the late afternoon for some good flying. Many pilots in town now. Manfred is here after he said he would never come to fly in Australia again (after flying at Hay). Should have lighter winds today.

Gulgong and Australian ranking

December 10, 2012, 8:42:39 PST

Gulgong and Australian ranking

Not the strongest team?

CIVL|Curt Warren|Grant Heaney|Jon "Jonny" Durand jnr|Nick Purcell|Rohan Holtkamp|Rohan Taylor|Scott Barrett|Steve Blenkinsop|Trent Brown|World Pilot Ranking Scheme

The Australian current WPRS rankings:

http://civlrankings.fai.org/FL.aspx?a=326&l=0&ladder_id=1&ranking_date=2012-12-01&nation_id=18

Rank Name Points
1  (20) Steve Blenkinsop
CIVL ID: 7701
238,2
2  (26) Curt Warren
CIVL ID: 6077
218,9
3  (29) Jon Durand Jnr
CIVL ID: 2231
215,5
3  (29) Adam Stevens
CIVL ID: 17640
215,5
5  (34) Rohan Holtkamp
CIVL ID: 7544
210,0
5  (34) Scott Barrett
CIVL ID: 7601
210,0
7  (40) Trent Brown
CIVL ID: 7853
197,8
8  (66) Grant Heaney
CIVL ID: 6441
169,2
9  (74) Dave May
CIVL ID: 10331
163,5
10  (85) Nick Purcell
CIVL ID: 7229
152,4

Results from Airborne Gulgong Classic: http://civlrankings.fai.org/FL.aspx?a=334&l=0&competition_id=2759

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Australian National Team

October 4, 2012, 9:45:30 MDT

Australian National Team

Teams are now at six members

Jon "Jonny" Durand jnr|Jon Durand jnr|Rohan Holtkamp|Rohan Taylor|Scott Barrett|Trent Brown

Three from each camp.

Rohan Holtkamp, Scott Barrett, Jonny Durand, Adam Stevens, Steve Blenkinsop and Trent Brown

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2012 Canungra Classic »

September 28, 2012, 6:59:08 pm MDT

2012 Canungra Classic

Last day blown out

Attila Bertok|Canungra Classic 2012|John Smith|Jon "Jonny" Durand jnr|Moyes Litespeed RX|Rohan Holtkamp|Rohan Taylor|Scott Barrett|Steve Blenkinsop|Trent Brown

http://www.triptera.com.au/canungra/classic2012/CompResults.html

http://www.kathrynoriordan.com/

Final Results:

# Name Glider Total
1 Attila Bertok Moyes RS 4 4277
2 Rohan Holtkamp Airborne REV 13.5 3845
3 Jon Durand Jnr Moyes LS RX 3.5 3653
4 Trent Brown Moyes Litespeed RX 3.5 3651
5 Adam Stevens Airborne REV 3620
6 Yasuhiro Noma Moyes Litespeed RX 3 3619
7 John Smith Moyes RS 4 3598
8 Steve Blenkinsop Moyes Litespeed RX 3.5 3519
9 Scott Barrett Airborne REV 13.5 3504
10 Guy Hubbard Moyes RS 4 3249

Now, what is the line up for the five (maybe six later) member Australian national team that will go to Forbes?

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2012 Canungra Classic »

September 28, 2012, 9:34:50 MDT

2012 Canungra Classic

Eleven at goal

Attila Bertok|Canungra Classic 2012|Curt Warren|John Smith|Jon "Jonny" Durand jnr|Jon Durand snr|Moyes Litespeed RX|Rohan Holtkamp|Rohan Taylor|Scott Barrett|Steve Blenkinsop|Trent Brown

http://www.triptera.com.au/canungra/classic2012/CompResults.html

http://www.kathrynoriordan.com/

Jonny, Red Bull girls, just before the sixth task.

Task 6:

# Name Glider Time Total
1 Curt Warren Moyes Litespeed RX3.5 02:25:57 1000
2 Attila Bertok Moyes RS4 02:27:49 930
3 Rohan Holtkamp Airborne REV13.5 02:27:42 921
4 Jon Durand Jnr Moyes LS RX3.5 02:46:23 853
5 Yasuhiro Noma Moyes Litespeed RX 3 02:45:59 835
6 Jon snr Durand Moyes Litespeed RS 4 02:47:34 825
7 John Smith Moyes RS4 02:53:21 820
8 Adam Stevens Airborne REV 03:00:33 784
9 Scott Barrett Airborne REV13.5 02:56:16 773
10 Steve Blenkinsop Moyes Litespeed RX3.5 02:58:46 766

Total:

# Name Glider Total
1 Attila Bertok Moyes RS4 4277
2 Rohan Holtkamp Airborne REV13.5 3845
3 Jon Durand Jnr Moyes LS RX3.5 3653
4 Trent Brown Moyes Litespeed RX 3.5 3651
5 Adam Stevens Airborne REV 3620
6 Yasuhiro Noma Moyes Litespeed RX 3 3619
7 John Smith Moyes RS4 3598
8 Steve Blenkinsop Moyes Litespeed RX3.5 3519
9 Scott Barrett Airborne REV13.5 3504
10 Guy Hubbard Moyes RS4 3249

2012 Canungra Classic »

September 27, 2012, 8:45:45 MDT

2012 Canungra Classic

Many at goal

Adam Parer|Attila Bertok|Canungra Classic 2012|John Smith|Jon "Jonny" Durand jnr|Moyes Litespeed RX|Rohan Holtkamp|Rohan Taylor|Scott Barrett|Steve Blenkinsop|Trent Brown

http://www.triptera.com.au/canungra/classic2012/CompResults.html

http://www.kathrynoriordan.com/

Task 5:

# Name Glider Time Total
1 Attila Bertok Moyes RS4 02:33:21 999
2 Scott Barrett Airborne REV13.5 02:35:34 945
3 Rohan Holtkamp Airborne REV13.5 02:35:43 936
4 Adam Parer Moyes LS RX 3.5 02:52:15 793
5 Guy Hubbard Moyes RS4 02:52:22 792
6 Steve Blenkinsop Moyes Litespeed RX3.5 02:50:28 791
7 David Stevens Moyes Litespeed 02:44:13 790
8 Trent Brown Moyes Litespeed RX 3.5 02:47:40 781
9 Rod Flockhart Moyes RS3.5 02:47:59 773
10 Jon Durand Jnr Moyes LS RX3.5 02:49:24 766

Total:

# Name Glider Total
1 Attila Bertok Moyes RS4 3347
2 Trent Brown Moyes Litespeed RX 3.5 3072
3 Rohan Holtkamp Airborne REV13.5 2924
4 Adam Stevens Airborne REV 2836
5 Jon Durand Jnr Moyes LS RX3.5 2800
6 Yasuhiro Noma Moyes Litespeed RX 3 2784
7 Adam Parer Moyes LS RX 3.5 2780
8 John Smith Moyes RS4 2778
9 Steve Blenkinsop Moyes Litespeed RX3.5 2753
10 Guy Hubbard Moyes RS4 2752

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ABC hang gliding promotion

May 7, 2012, 10:25:26 EDT

ABC hang gliding promotion

The Newcastle boys, first and second

Scott Barrett

Scott Barrett <<scottbarrettc4>> writes:

Promoting hang gliding through the mainstream media is easy just by using local content. Here is the story: http://www.abc.net.au/local/stories/2012/05/01/3492822.htm?site=newcastle.

http://csirosolarblog.com/2012/05/03/solargas-engineer-wins-national-race-in-a-solar-powered-sport/

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Dalby Big Air

April 23, 2012, 5:36:42 pm EDT

Dalby Competition

The podium

Cameron Tunbridge|David Seib|Rob Hibberd|Rohan Holtkamp|Rohan Taylor|Scott Barrett|William "Billo" Olive

Billo sends:

Scott Barrett, Conrad Lotten, and Adam Stevens, in that order. .

Everyone who picked up a trophy at Dalby; from left to right, Shelley Heinrich, Gavin Myers, Adam, Scott, Conrad and Kathryn. Kathyn is holding the "David Seib memorial trophy", a new perpetual trophy from the Dalby club.

Rob Hibberd <<RobH>> sends:

Scott Barrett flying brilliantly won the comp with a good margin on his Airborne Rev 13.5. He was 299 points in front of 2nd place getter Conrad Lotan on a Moyes Litespeed. Adam Stevens was once again showing good form and came 3rd overall on a Rev 13.5. Rohan Holtkamp climbed back up to 4th place after narrowly missing goal on a crucial day. Cameron Tunbridge made it to 13th place on the 14.5 Rev and Phil Schroeder was 19th place.

Paul Barry wrote: Great effort from the Airborne pilots. A combination of great pilots and excellent gliders. Only 7 Revs in the comp and they took out 3 of the top 4 spots with the rest doing pretty well too.

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Dalby Big Air

April 21, 2012, 7:37:05 EDT

Dalby Competition

Scott Barrett wins the last day and wins the competition

Conrad Loten|Curt Warren|John Smith|Rohan Holtkamp|Rohan Taylor|Scott Barrett|Steve Blenkinsop|Trent Brown

Conrad Loten|Curt Warren|John Smith|Moyes Litespeed RX|Rohan Holtkamp|Rohan Taylor|Scott Barrett|Steve Blenkinsop|Trent Brown

Conrad Loten|Curt Warren|John Smith|Moyes Litespeed RX|Rohan Holtkamp|Rohan Taylor|Scott Barrett|Steve Blenkinsop|Trent Brown

http://www.warrenwindsports.com.au/blog

http://www.kathrynoriordan.com/

http://www.williamolive.com/dalby/comp results.html

Conrad Lotten was a mere seventeen points behind in second place but dropped back on the last day coming in twentieth as thirty pilots made goal. Scott was the fastest into goal starting a bit later than Curt who came into goal first but was second for the day. Rohan Holtkamp was third for the day just behind Curt.

# Name Glider T 1 T 2 T 3 T 4 T 5 T 6 T 7 Total
1 Scott Barrett airborne rev 13.5 747 803 470 893 889 861 977 5640
2 Conrad Loten moyes litespeed rs 3.5 779 866 256 902 913 930 715 5361
3 adam stevens airbone rev 13.5 824 709 450 889 819 740 753 5184
4 Rohan Holtkamp airborne rev 13.5 870 825 175 496 992 854 960 5172
5 Steve Blenkinsop Moyes Litespeed RS3.5 558 855 341 831 874 840 770 5069
6 Curt Warren Moyes Litespeed RS4 296 881 244 784 886 934 967 4992
7 Trent Brown Moyes Litespeed RS 3.5 688 835 99 894 854 678 859 4907
8 john smith moyes litespeed rs 4 821 865 292 889 807 378 755 4807
9 jonas lobitz moyes litespeed rx 3.5 781 336 136 968 870 801 882 4774
10 Len Paton moyes litespeed rs 4 744 975 189 673 759 610 780 4730

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Dalby Competition

April 18, 2012, 10:51:26 EDT

Dalby Competition

FS scoring

Scott Barrett

Scott Barrett in the lead after four days.

http://www.warrenwindsports.com.au/blog/dave-may

http://www.warrenwindsports.com.au/blog/curt-warren

http://www.kathrynoriordan.com/

http://www.williamolive.com/dalby/comp results.html

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Budgewoi

January 24, 2012, 6:44:20 AEDT

Budgewoi

Five miles of almost empty beach and dunes

Scott Barrett|Tullio Gervasoni

On Sunday Scott Barrett, Tullio, Carl, a local pilot, and I went to Budgewoi for a bit of dune gooning. The wind was strong out of the south east and the place had a party atmosphere and numerous pilots were there to play with the dunes.


Looking north


Looking south back to the launch area.

Here, typical of Australia outside the main urban areas on a sunny and warm Sunday afternoon, there is a beach five miles long and other than a few folks walking along the beach it is empty.

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Forbes Flatlands - final results »

January 15, 2012, 0:44:39 AEDT

Forbes Flatlands - final results

Rohan wins, Attila second, Scott third

Aeros Combat|Attila Bertok|Curt Warren|Davide Guiducci|Forbes Flatlands|Gerolf Heinrichs|Rohan Holtkamp|Rohan Taylor|Scott Barrett|Trent Brown|Tullio Gervasoni|Wills Wing T2C

http://www.forbesflatlands.com/results.html

Task eight:

# Name Nat Glider SS ES Time Total
1 Gerolf Heinrichs AUT Moyes RX 3.5 14:31:17 18:14:24 03:43:07 1000
2 Attila Bertok HUN Moyes Litespeed S 5 14:30:54 18:31:07 04:00:13 881
3 Jonas Lobitz NZL Moyes RS 3.5 14:31:14 18:35:18 04:04:04 870
4 Peter Dall AUS Airborne Rev 14.5 14:44:05 18:39:30 03:55:25 869
5 Curt Warren AUS Moyes RS 4 15:00:00 18:56:52 03:56:52 801
5 Davide Guiducci ITA Moyes RS 3.5 14:35:58 18:50:30 04:14:32 801
7 Matthew Barlow NZL Moyes RS 4 14:31:10 18:50:06 04:18:56 795
7 Trent Brown AUS Moyes RS 3.5 14:42:40 18:55:39 04:12:59 795
9 Rohan Holtkamp AUS Airborne Rev 13.5 14:35:43 18:52:23 04:16:40 791
10 Franz Herrmann SUI Aeros Combat 13.5 14:35:39 18:55:08 04:19:29 784

Total:

# Name Nat Glider Total
1 Rohan Holtkamp AUS Airborne Rev 13.5 6628
2 Attila Bertok HUN Moyes Litespeed S 5 6516
3 Scott Barrett AUS Airborne Rev 13.5 5847
4 Adam Stevens AUS Airborne Rev 13.5 5739
5 Hans Kiefinger GER Aeros GT 13.2 5707
6 Tullio Gervasoni ITA Wills Wing T2C 144 5676
7 Roland Wöhrle GER Moyes RS 3.5 5665
8 Jonas Lobitz NZL Moyes RS 3.5 5633
9 Trent Brown AUS Moyes RS 3.5 5626
10 Lukas Bader GER Moyes RS 4 5603

Having forgotten that the first turnpoint in the swamp was 5 KM instead of 400 meters Rohan found himself low at about 100 meters while those who remembered were thermaling back up behind him.

Forbes Flatlands - task seven results »

January 14, 2012, 8:33:55 AEDT

Forbes Flatlands - task seven

A tight contest

Airborne Rev|Attila Bertok|Curt Warren|Davide Guiducci|Forbes Flatlands|Gerolf Heinrichs|John Smith|Primoz Gricar|Rohan Holtkamp|Rohan Taylor|Scott Barrett|Trent Brown|Tullio Gervasoni|Wills Wing T2C

http://www.forbesflatlands.com/results.html

Task Seven:

# Name Nat Glider SS ES Time km/h Dist. Total
1 Curt Warren AUS Moyes RS 4 14:40:50 18:17:19 03:36:29 45.6 174.5 999
2 Attila Bertok HUN Moyes Litespeed S 5 14:26:02 18:21:58 03:55:56 41.9 174.5 945
3 Gerolf Heinrichs AUT Moyes RX 3.5 14:27:13 18:22:51 03:55:38 41.9 174.5 941
4 Davide Guiducci ITA Moyes RS 3.5 14:39:24 19:01:57 04:22:33 37.6 174.5 886
5 Rohan Holtkamp AUS Airborne Rev 13.5 14:38:35 19:02:20 04:23:45 37.5 174.5 882
6 Roland Wöhrle GER Moyes RS 3.5 14:25:34 19:02:24 04:36:50 35.7 174.5 867
7 Tullio Gervasoni ITA Wills Wing T2C 144 14:26:45 19:02:33 04:35:48 35.8 174.5 866
8 Scott Barrett AUS Airborne Rev 13.5 14:38:43       174.5 807
9 Trent Brown AUS Moyes RS 3.5 14:24:22       172.6 802

Total:

# Name Nat Glider Total
1 Rohan Holtkamp AUS Airborne Rev 13.5 5837
2 Attila Bertok HUN Moyes Litespeed S 5 5635
3 Scott Barrett AUS Airborne Rev 13.5 5095
4 Adam Stevens AUS Airborne Rev 13.5 5036
5 Hans Kiefinger GER Aeros GT 13.2 4951
6 Tullio Gervasoni ITA Wills Wing T2C 144 4939
7 Roland Wöhrle GER Moyes RS 3.5 4906
8 John Smith NZL Moyes RS 4 4902
9 Primoz Gricar SLO Aeros Combat 13.5 GT 4893
10 Lukas Bader GER Moyes RS 4 4851

Forbes Flatlands - task seven »

January 13, 2012, 8:41:49 pm AEDT

Forbes Flatlands - task seven

Weak at the end of the day

Curt Warren|Forbes Flatlands|Rohan Taylor|Scott Barrett|Tullio Gervasoni

The task was 183 km, with an opening quarter head wind first leg to the northwest west of Trundle, then east over a small range to the weak lift area around Yeoval, then twenty two kilometers south southeast to Comnock.  The forecast was for high clouds and weak lift near the end of the day. The pilots wouldn't be getting too high, maybe 7,000' but possibly 9,000' if the clouds don't get too thick.

The towing goes very smoothly for most pilots, and there is plenty of lift in the blue with half the sky sporting high cloud. The winds are a bit strong at first out of the west, but pilots force their way west and stay high getting near the edge of the start cylinder. The winds die out in the tow paddock as the towing ends.

Pilots have a struggle in the light lift conditions with the high clouds spreading and thickening up. We expected pilots in earlier in the day, but it is four hours before Curt Warren comes in first after 6:15 PM. Attila six minutes later with Gerolf coming in very low and just landing on the goal line behind Attila.

Then a pause, before Scott Barrett comes in but lands 10 meters short. After that Davide, Rohan, Roland and Tullio come in. After that, no news.

Attila started the day in second (Scott in forth) and Rohan in first. The contest should tighten up a little for the last day.

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Forbes Flatlands - task six results »

Fri, Jan 13 2012, 8:14:26 am AEDT

Forbes Flatlands - task six

207 kilometers to the north around Narromine

Attila Bertok|Curt Warren|Davide Guiducci|Forbes Flatlands|John Smith|Julia Kucherenko|Mitchell "Mitch" Shipley|Primoz Gricar|Rohan Holtkamp|Rohan Taylor|Scott Barrett|Wills Wing T2C

http://www.forbesflatlands.com/results.html

Task six:

# Name Nat Glider SS ES Time Total
1 Attila Bertok Hun Moyes Litespeed S 5 14:38:59 17:56:46 03:17:47 958
2 Curt Warren Aus Moyes Rs 4 14:38:58 17:57:12 03:18:14 937
3 Jonas Lobitz Nzl Moyes Rs 3.5 14:39:41 18:01:25 03:21:44 889
4 Julia Kucherenko Rus Aeros Combat 12 14:16:00 17:53:24 03:37:24 870
5 Mitch Shipley Usa Wills Wing T2C 144 14:48:36 18:11:01 03:22:25 852
6 Rohan Holtkamp Aus Airborne Rev 13.5 14:18:12 17:56:56 03:38:44 838
7 Anton Struganov Rus Aeros Combat L 13,7 09 14:15:49 17:57:04 03:41:15 825
8 Roland Wöhrle Ger Moyes Rs 3.5 14:15:56 17:57:11 03:41:15 821
9 Davide Guiducci Ita Moyes Rs 3.5 14:39:10 18:10:26 03:31:16 818
10 Lukas Bader Ger Moyes Rs 4 14:15:38 17:57:55 03:42:17 808

Total:

# Name Nat Glider Total
1 Rohan Holtkamp Aus Airborne Rev 13.5 4952
2 Attila Bertok Hun Moyes Litespeed S 5 4689
3 Adam Stevens Aus Airborne Rev 13.5 4423
4 Scott Barrett Aus Airborne Rev 13.5 4280
5 Anton Struganov Rus Aeros Combat L 13,7 09 4187
6 Hans Kiefinger Ger Aeros GT 13.2 4146
7 John Smith Nzl Moyes Rs 4 4136
8 Lukas Bader Ger Moyes Rs 4 4113
9 Primoz Gricar Slo Aeros Combat 13.5 GT 4105
10 Steve Blenkinsop Aus Moyes Rs 3.5 4072

The 2007 World Champion wins the day. Julia comes back from disappointing results on previous days. Scott Barrett doesn't make it to goal. Mitch Shipley continues to do well. Rohan easily holds on to first place overall. Curt comes in second as he did on the first day. Forty six in goal.

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Forbes Flatlands - task five results »

January 11, 2012, 11:26:39 AEDT

Forbes Flatlands - task five

A white sky with high diffuse clouds

Attila Bertok|Cameron Tunbridge|Conrad Loten|Forbes Flatlands|Grant Heaney|John Smith|Jon "Jonny" Durand jnr|Mitchell "Mitch" Shipley|Primoz Gricar|Rohan Holtkamp|Rohan Taylor|Scott Barrett|Steve Blenkinsop|Trent Brown|Tullio Gervasoni|Wills Wing T2C

http://www.forbesflatlands.com/results.html

Rohan and Scott, flying Airborne REV's, win the day again and go back to one and two in the overall lead. Jonny out of the competition.

Task 5:

# Name Nat Glider SS ES Time Total
1 Rohan Holtkamp AUS Airborne Rev 13.5 14:34:49 18:27:50 03:53:01 983
2 Scott Barrett AUS Airborne Rev 13.5 14:32:15 18:27:27 03:55:12 970
3 Steve Blenkinsop AUS Moyes RS 3.5 14:30:04 18:28:15 03:58:11 937
4 Mitch Shipley USA Wills Wing T2C 144 14:29:29 18:28:14 03:58:45 936
4 Roland Wöhrle GER Moyes RS 3.5 14:26:58 18:27:30 04:00:32 936
6 Trent Brown AUS Moyes RS 3.5 14:37:24 18:33:20 03:55:56 933
7 Conrad Loten NZL Moyes RS 3.5 14:30:45 18:32:51 04:02:06 922
8 Rod Flockhart AUS Moyes RS 3.5 14:38:00 18:34:32 03:56:32 920
9 Cameron Tunbridge AUS Airborne Rev 14.5 14:33:02 18:33:16 04:00:14 913
10 John Smith NZL Moyes RS 4 14:32:47 18:33:26 04:00:39 903

Totals:

# Name Nat Glider Total
1 Rohan Holtkamp AUS Airborne Rev 13.5 4114
2 Scott Barrett AUS Airborne Rev 13.5 3863
3 Attila Bertok HUN Moyes Litespeed S 5 3731
4 Steve Blenkinsop AUS Moyes RS 3.5 3647
5 Adam Stevens AUS Airborne Rev 13.5 3625
6 Cameron Tunbridge AUS Airborne Rev 14.5 3585
7 Hans Kiefinger GER Aeros GT 13.2 3536
8 John Smith NZL Moyes RS 4 3408
9 Anton Struganov RUS Aeros CombatL 13,7 09 3362
10 Grant Heaney AUS Moyes RS 3.5 3360
11 Tullio Gervasoni ITA Wills Wing T2C 144 3350
12 Conrad Loten NZL Moyes RS 3.5 3325
13 Lukas Bader GER Moyes RS 4 3312
14 Primoz Gricar SLO Aeros Combat 13.5 GT 3299
15 Trent Brown AUS Moyes RS 3.5 3279

Wednesday cancelled due to high winds. It looks like we'll have three good final days.

Forbes Flatlands - task five »

January 10, 2012, 8:17:58 pm AEDT

Forbes Flatlands - task five

221 kilometer task in white skies

Forbes Flatlands|Rohan Taylor|Scott Barrett

The conditions looked a bit worse than the forecast with high diffuse large scale cloud over the tow paddock. Lighter winds than the previous day made for less anxiety in the tow paddock. Pilots got away quickly and hung together in the iffy conditions. Pilots starting getting to goal around 6:30 after the start window opened at 2:15 PM. We did expect a four hour task.

Scott Barrett across the line first, followed by Roland, Mitch, Rohan, Blenky. Over twenty four arrive at goal.

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Forbes Flatlands - task four results »

January 10, 2012, 0:18:47 AEDT

Forbes Flatlands - task four

So many at goal

Airborne Rev|Attila Bertok|Forbes Flatlands|Francoise Dieuzeide-Banet|Grant Heaney|Jamie Shelden|Jon "Jonny" Durand jnr|Jon Durand jnr|Jon Durand snr|Phil Schroder|Rohan Holtkamp|Rohan Taylor|Scott Barrett|Tullio Gervasoni|Wills Wing T2C

Happy pilots in goal: http://naughtylawyertravels.blogspot.com/2012/01/smiles.html

http://www.forbesflatlands.com/results.html

Task 4:

# Name Nat Glider SS ES Time Total
1 Wolfgang Siess AUT Wills Wing T2C 14:45:39 16:50:52 02:05:13 946
2 Attila Bertok HUN Moyes Litespeed S 5 14:32:59 16:43:35 02:10:36 942
3 Jon snr Durand AUS Moyes RS 4 14:45:00 16:56:26 02:11:26 871
4 Jean Souviron FRA Moyes RS 3.5 14:33:36 16:52:42 02:19:06 867
5 Francoise Dieuzeide-banet FRA Moyes RX 3 14:43:29 16:55:54 02:12:25 865
6 Christian Baertschi SUI Aeros Combat 13.5 14:44:14 16:56:55 02:12:41 856
7 Phil Schroder AUS Airborne Rev 13.5 14:42:15 16:57:42 02:15:27 836
8 Grant Heaney AUS Moyes RS 3.5 14:42:03 16:59:10 02:17:07 827
9 Artur Dzamikhov RUS Moyes RS3.5 14:44:14 17:01:07 02:16:53 823
10 Guy Hubbard AUS Moyes RS 4 14:48:06 17:03:54 02:15:48 815

Totals:

# Name Nat Glider Total
1 Rohan Holtkamp AUS Airborne Rev 13.5 3131
2 Lukas Bader GER Moyes RS 4 2947
3 Attila Bertok HUN Moyes Litespeed S 5 2913
4 Scott Barrett AUS Airborne Rev 13.5 2893
5 Tullio Gervasoni ITA Wills Wing T2C 144 2848
6 Grant Heaney AUS Moyes RS 3.5 2810
7 Adam Stevens AUS Airborne Rev 13.5 2726
8 Steve Blenkinsop AUS Moyes RS 3.5 2710
9 Jean Souviron FRA Moyes RS 3.5 2700
10 Jonny Durand AUS Moyes RS 3.5 2681

Forbes Flatlands - day three wrangles »

Forbes Flatlands - day three

Who could get back into line where

Curt Warren|dust devil|Evgeniya "Zhenya" Laritskaya|Forbes Flatlands|Scott Barrett|video

Curt Warren is blogging here: www.warrenwindsports.com.au/blog/curt-warren

Day May has a new video of interviews on launch here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YNLKpKeiOv8

Spoke briefly with Scott Barrett, the winner of day 2, on the launch situation. Seems that he got let off down wind in zero sink, when we were pretty clear that the tug pilots were required to tow everyone to 2,000' (maximum), upwind (north) of the launch area within 2 KM of the launch area. He landed, went to the back of the line, and then had to struggle with other pilots moving in front of him claiming weak link breaks, when perhaps that was not the full truth.

Scott was towed up again to over a dust devil and the line went slack at 300'. He was able to climb out from there, but now was late and started the race after 3 PM (the last start time), at 1000' AGL. He still made goal.

The issue of weak link breaks was discussed in a small committee today. The point is that pilots who have weak link breaks are slotted in behind the first four pilots (those on the dollies). If you just land for other reasons, you go to the end of the line. As there is not a good way for the launch crew to know who actually had a real weak link break, a new system will proposed tomorrow.

If you get off below 1,000' AGL for any reason you will be slotted in behind the sixth pilot after you land. Above that, you'll go to the end of the line. If you say that you got off at less than 1,000' AGL, get slotted in, and then when your track log is examined and it is found that you were above 1,000' AGL, you will receive a 30% penalty. Or perhaps another penalty like having to launch last (or is it first?).

http://leagull.blogspot.com/2012/01/preworlds-task-3-184-km.html

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Forbes Flatlands - day three results »

Forbes Flatlands - day three

Attila goes early and wins the day

Attila Bertok|Conrad Loten|Davide Guiducci|Forbes Flatlands|Grant Heaney|Jon "Jonny" Durand jnr|Jon Durand jnr|Primoz Gricar|Roberto Nichele|Rohan Holtkamp|Rohan Taylor|Scott Barrett|Steve Blenkinsop|Tullio Gervasoni|Wills Wing T2C


http://www.forbesflatlands.com/results.html

Day 3:

# Name Nat Glider SS ES Time Total
1 Attila Bertok HUN Moyes Litespeed S 5 14:08:23 16:58:04 02:49:41 940
2 Jonny Durand AUS Moyes RS 3.5 14:44:29 17:28:22 02:43:53 884
3 Roberto Nichele SUI Wills Wing T2C 144 14:14:15 17:07:01 02:52:46 880
4 Jonas Lobitz NZL Moyes RS 3.5 14:29:45 17:19:04 02:49:19 873
5 Primoz Gricar SLO Aeros Combat 13.5 GT 14:30:55 17:19:56 02:49:01 867
6 Rohan Holtkamp AUS Airborne Rev 13.5 14:30:14 17:20:02 02:49:48 860
7 Conrad Loten NZL Moyes RS 3.5 14:10:08 17:09:50 02:59:42 841
8 Davide Guiducci ITA Moyes RS 3.5 14:24:42 17:19:07 02:54:25 838
9 Grant Heaney AUS Moyes RS 3.5 14:30:07 17:22:42 02:52:35 834
10 Lukas Bader GER Moyes RS 4 14:31:38 17:24:11 02:52:33 830

Totals after three days:

# Name Nat Glider Total
1 Rohan Holtkamp AUS Airborne Rev 13.5 2357
2 Lukas Bader GER Moyes RS 4 2216
3 Primoz Gricar SLO Aeros Combat 13.5 GT 2176
4 Jonas Lobitz NZL Moyes RS 3.5 2136
5 Anton Struganov RUS Aeros Combat L 13,7 09 2117
5 Roberto Nichele SUI Wills Wing T2C 144 2117
7 Scott Barrett AUS Airborne Rev 13.5 2097
8 Tullio Gervasoni ITA Wills Wing T2C 144 2053
9 Steve Blenkinsop AUS Moyes RS 3.5 2036
10 Davide Guiducci ITA Moyes RS 3.5 2004

Forbes Flatlands - day two »

Forbes Flatlands 2012

Actual results

Adam Parer|Cameron Tunbridge|Forbes Flatlands|Gerolf Heinrichs|Primoz Gricar|Roberto Nichele|Rohan Holtkamp|Rohan Taylor|Scott Barrett|Tullio Gervasoni|Wills Wing T2C


http://www.forbesflatlands.com/results.html

Eye witnesses had difficulty determining who was actually first into goal yesterday as there was a 400 meter cylinder instead of a line. Also pilots get their individual start times:

# Name Nat Glider SS Time Total
1 Scott Barrett AUS Airborne Rev 13.5 14:35:33 03:12:05 991
2 Roberto Nichele SUI WillsWing T2C 144 14:33:00 03:14:25 969
3 Tullio Gervasoni ITA Wills Wing T2C 144 14:35:38 03:13:15 966
4 Rohan Holtkamp AUS Airborne Rev 13.5 14:31:29 03:17:03 946
5 Jonas Lobitz NZL Moyes RS 3.5 14:33:39 03:16:18 932
6 Adam Parer AUS Moyes RS 3.5 14:31:06 03:18:39 921
7 Gerolf Heinrichs AUT Moyes RX 3.5 14:30:50 03:19:38 914
8 Anton Struganov RUS Aeros CombatL 13,7 09 14:30:55 03:19:14 909
9 Jean Souviron FRA Moyes RS 3.5 14:31:15 03:20:17 904
10 Lukas Bader GER Moyes RS 4 14:30:38 03:21:57 890

Total after two days:

# Name Nat Glider Total
1 Rohan Holtkamp AUS Airborne Rev 13.5 1497
2 Scott Barrett AUS Airborne Rev 13.5 1458
3 Edoardo Giudiceandrea ITA WW T2C 154 1455
4 Jean Souviron FRA Moyes RS 3.5 1394
5 Lukas Bader GER Moyes RS 4 1385
6 Anton Struganov RUS Aeros CombatL 13,7 09 1310
7 Primoz Gricar SLO Aeros Combat 13.5 GT 1305
8 Gerolf Heinrichs AUT Moyes RX 3.5 1297
9 Cameron Tunbridge AUS Airborne Rev 14.5 1278
10 Tullio Gervasoni ITA Wills Wing T2C 144 1271

2011 Canungra Classic »

October 29, 2011, 10:33:51 pm PDT

2011 Canungra Classic

Final results

Canungra Classic 2011|Jon "Jonny" Durand jnr|Jon Durand jnr|Jon Durand snr|Nick Purcell|Rohan Holtkamp|Rohan Taylor|Scott Barrett|Steve Blenkinsop|Trent Brown

http://www.triptera.com.au/canungra/classic2011/index.html

  Pilot Glider Total
1 Jonny Durand Jnr Moyes Litespeed RS3.5 4232
2 Steve Blenkinsop Moyes Litespeed RS3.5 3938
3 Rohan Holtkamp Airborne Rev 3837
4 Dave May Moyes Litespeed RS4 3652
5 Adam Stevens Airborne Rev 13.5 3473
6 Scott Barrett Airborne Rev 3185
7 Jon Durand Sr Moyes Litespeed RS4 3172
8 Nick Purcell Moyes Litespeed S4 3131
9 Trent Brown Moyes Litespeed RS 3.5 3028
10 David Newton Moyes Litespeed RS4 2988

2011 Canungra Classic »

October 27, 2011, 8:11:34 MDT

2011 Canungra Classic

Jon Junior wins the day, still in the lead

Canungra Classic 2011|David Seib|Facebook|Grant Heaney|John Smith|Jon "Jonny" Durand jnr|Jon Durand jnr|Rohan Holtkamp|Rohan Taylor|Scott Barrett|Steve Blenkinsop|Trent Brown

http://www.triptera.com.au/canungra/classic2011/index.html

Place Pilot Time Total
1 Jonny Durand Jnr 2:22:44 966
2 Steve Blenkinsop 2:30:06 914
3 Dave May 2:30:05 912
4 Scott Barrett 2:39:51 910
5 Trent Brown 2:43:25 860
6 David Seib 3:03:52 825
7 Grant Heaney 3:06:46 808
8 Rohan Holtkamp 3:09:40 795
9 Adam Stevens 3:36:23 752
10 John Smith 3:38:34 735


Apparently Jonny is flying with wheels on his Moyes RS 3.5 as he had an operation on his ACL's not too long ago.

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Airborne REV VG, 36:1

Tue, Sep 13 2011, 9:13:01 am MDT

Plenty of VG power

Airborne REV|Scott Barrett

Scott Barrett «Scott Barrett» writes:

My glider has a VG ratio of 6x4, that is 24:1. It is very easy to use. It goes on and off very smoothly. The new Rev has a ratio of 6x6, that is 36:1. It is a little better again compared to my experience with the 24:1. The new Rev has six pulleys along the front of the keel (anchored at the nose plate). It terminates to input into onto another pulley set, that turns around at the rear haulback catch and the rear of the crossbar wedge, it has another six pulleys, giving 36:1 reduction.

We are very happy with the VG system. Yesterday Shane crashed trying to top land in rotor. We took the downtube off, slid the rope out and replaced the downtube very quickly by sliding a rope through it and pinning the ends and wires, there are no pulleys in the downtube. All of the VG system is easy to see, access, lubricate, replace ropes etc.

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Helmet⁣s - the CIVL Bureau should form a working group »

Thu, Aug 11 2011, 9:26:49 am CDT

Following the petition for a suspension of the requirement for certified helmets

CIVL|Gerolf Heinrichs|helmet|Mart Bosman|Scott Barrett|Zac Majors

There has been a movement to form a Working Group of CIVL to review the requirement for certified (EN 966) helmets in Category 1 competitions. This became a very controversial issue at the last Worlds and many pilots (the overwhelming majority of pilots at the Worlds) have asked for a suspension of the rule for the 2012 pre-Worlds. To address the issue of what to do about the rule after the pre-Worlds, pilots are asking for a Working Group that will address the issues of certification and the appropriateness of the EN 966 certification for hang gliding. The point is not to come up with a new certification for hang gliding helmets but rather to choose an appropriate path for the future of helmets in hang gliding.

I have listened to a number of pilots make recommendations for members of the Working Group and I have the following suggestions:

Scott Barrett (see his previous article on being allowed to use helmets with "higher" certification than EN 966), Gerolf Heinrichs (he raised the issue at the Worlds and feels that EN 966 is not appropriate for hang glider pilots), Mart Bosman (concerned that pilots were placing certification stickers on non certified helmets), Zac Majors (felt that other helmets were more appropriate for hang glider pilots), and Hagen Lobitz (an engineer who felt that the modification made by pilots and allowed at the Worlds were making the helmets more dangerous).

I ask the CIVL Bureau to appoint these interested individuals to a Working Group to work on the helmet certification issue and to immediately suspend the existing rule for the 2012 (January) pre-Worlds.

Better helmets

Mon, Jul 25 2011, 8:26:18 am EDT

Can't I wear a better helmet that the EN 966 helmets?

helmet|helmet|Scott Barrett

Scott Barrett «Scott Barrett» writes:

I propose that multiple standards may be allowed and that the the European standard be met as a minimum. The European standard for helmets offers inferior levels of protection in comparison to the superior Bell standard or the Australian AS/NZS 2063. The British standard is an equivalent to the European standard.

As an indication of the performance of the respective products, it can be seen that the EU helmets have 1/2 the thickness of energy absorbing layers than that of an Australian standard helmet. That translates to a European helmet applying up to four times more load to the occupants head than the superior Australian standard.

I want any competitor to be able to exercise their right to protect themselves better than the EU standard when they fly, without penalty. This is to be encouraged. At no stage should rule making lead to enforcing a lower level of safety on a competitor. A competitor may choose the lower standard if they wish. I personal do not wish to use the lower EU standard for myself.

The Lubin helmet that Gerolf prefers and feels is safer for him contains less foam that the EN966 standard.

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2011 NSW State Titles - after day 6

February 25, 2011, 8:51:11 EST

2011 NSW State Titles

Scott Barrett wins the day

Jon "Jonny" Durand jnr|New South Wales State Titles 2011|Scott Barrett

http://soaringspot.com/nswhgst/

http://soaringspot.com/nswhgst/results/flex/total/day6.htm

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Scott wins, Jonny second, and Adam Stevens third.

2011 NSW State Titles - after day 4

February 23, 2011, 8:54:14 EST

2011 NSW State Titles

Jonny moves into the lead, Curt falls down charging out in front

Jon "Jonny" Durand jnr|New South Wales State Titles 2011|Scott Barrett

http://soaringspot.com/nswhgst/

http://soaringspot.com/nswhgst/results/flex/total/day4.htm

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Dave Seib wins, Scott Barrett second and Conrad third.

2010 Gulgong Classic - the video »

Thu, Feb 10 2011, 10:07:34 am PST

Videoed professionally

Gulgong Classic 2010|photo|Scott Barrett|video

The video here.

Scott Barrett «Scott Barrett» writes:

The press were invited to attend the Gulgong classic. They had access to tugs for air to air filming and were able to get still photos of Mark Russel being attacked by the local eagle. It was a story picked up by other newspapers around the world. I hope that it makes it easy for them to provide us publicity next year.

The newspapers are also publishing video now.

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Hunting for lift in the Hunter Valley

February 3, 2011, 6:59:22 AEDT

Hunting for lift in the Hunter Valley

Where are we supposed to go?

Ricky Duncan|Scott Barrett

Last Saturday there was a great turnout from club members for a day of flying from, as it turned out after a bit of driving through the forest, Brokenback Mountain fifteen kilometers northwest of Cessnock, in the Hunter Valley (west of Newcastle). The Duncans were there to fly the latest version of the Airborne REV. Almost every other familiar face from the Newcastle Hang Gliding Club were also there.

Scott Barrett and I launched from the knob while everyone else went to the towers on that day. Ricky Duncan reported 1000 fpm to cloud base (which was not that high). I found broken 100 to 200 fpm to 1,000' over launch, then pushing forward to get over launch again, found nothing but sink all the way to the LZ. I was batting 1000, with two bomb outs for two tries at Brokenback.

Cameron, Scott, and Shane Duncan were the three pilots that made goal 80+ kilometers west that day to Pete's, past Denman.

On Wednesday Scott, Shaun (from Ireland), Moe (from Newcastle) and I with Brian as our driver headed back to Brokenback for a day with a much different forecast. Light north winds, high cloud base, good chance of thunderstorms, 100 degrees.

It was blue at the launch when we got there at 11 AM but there were cu's to the north. By the time we were ready to launch at noon, there were cu's over us. Moe was off first and got right up. Shaun, who had never flown there was next and up he went. I was the next pilot and after a little wait, I took off and went right up also. I was soon in 600 fpm to 1,000' over the launch. This seemed like a much better start than my previous two flights.

Scott didn't want to step up the the launch as the thermal I was in was too strong on launch so he waited. Then the thermal stopped and there was no lift to be found all along the north facing ridge line. Shaun and Moe had already come down to my altitude or below and were heading out toward the LZ. I thought that the jig was up.

Moe headed back to make another pass over launch hoping that it would turn on again. I watched Shaun assuming that he was headed for the LZ but then he started to turn. I headed for him from above the ridgeline and found a bit of lift just before him out away from the launch but still over the lower ridges of the hill side.

The wind was actually strong (13 mph) out of the northwest turning to the north at higher altitudes. Shaun came and joined in under me and we thermalled out as Moe hung on below us but didn't catch it and eventually landed in the designated LZ. Shaun and I worked that thermal to 7,800', cloud base.

Scott had finally launched but he didn't appear to be doing well. Now we were climbing and high so it was hard to tell, but we never saw him get much above the ridge height and after a while we lost sight of him.

Shaun and I had only the vaguest idea of where to go. The goal was the soccer pitch next to Scott's house in Belmont next to the beach off to the east. We just knew that we had to go east, even in the strong north wind. Well, we also knew that we had to go around Lake Macquarie on the north side. We could see the beaches near Newcastle from our commanding height, but it was hard to make out the Lake.

I decided to head off assuming (correctly, as it turned out) that Shaun would stick with me. We were under plenty of clouds and I headed for more of them to the east. I found a little thermal just before Cessnock and climbed to 7,200', but not back to cloudbase.

Now here it was difficult to figure out what to do. To the north (upwind) the valley was open and flat (there were lots of hills and trees around us) and that looked like the safe way to go before heading more east again. The clouds were forming in the convergence zone just to our east and there were flimsy cu's just to our west.

I headed northeast into the wind to get under the convergence clouds and to get around the large forested area east of Cessnock and toward Kurri Kurri. I found lots of sink, which had not been the case so far in the flight. Shaun to my west found some lift and started circling and drifting south. I found some lift but it was weak and didn't make up for the bad sink getting to it. I wasn't able to climb back to cloud base.

I pushed north again and down to 2,000' AGL I found 500 fpm. I had been skipping lift to find this thermal and I took it back to 5,700' where I lost it. Now I may have been able to go find it again, but there were black clouds to the northeast and I figured I could find better lift there. I should have looked around more thoroughly.

Meanwhile Scott had been watching us all along after he did get up to our west. He was above Shaun and I as we struggled going into the wind (btw, the wrong direction) and then climbing out. Scott made it his job to get to cloud base in the convergence. His photo shows the two levels of cloud base, the east side from the sea breeze being lower:

The town in the picture is Kurri Kurri.

While Scott was working his way to cloud base (the higher base) at the convergence clouds, I was heading northeast under them trying to find another thermal over the shaded ground or over the sunny ground next to the shaded areas. Scott was hanging back on the west side in the better lift.

I didn't find a thermal (no surprise there) and landed northeast of Kurri Kurri on the south side of the swamp that goes as far as Maitland to the north. I was headed in the wrong direction and needed to go southeast instead northeast.

Shaun got up and landed about twelve kilometers from me not finding anything after the convergence clouds. He was also too far north.

Scott got to cloud base at the convergence and then went on glide and made it back to our goal at Belmont North. He landed in the soccer field. I had looked in that direction and had not seen open areas but lots of trees and hills. That is the way that you have to go.

I landed 1.4 km behind a locked gate in a very pleasant field at the edge of the swamp (which wasn't that swampy). Thanks to Moe for helping me get the glider and harness out. Thanks to Brian for driving as close as possible. Shaun was next to a main highway. Scott was home painting his house when I got back.

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2011 Bogong Cup, Day 7, task 6 »

January 22, 2011, 6:21:12 pm AEDT

2011 Bogong Cup

A rowdy day

Blue Sky|Bogong Cup 2011|Grant Heaney|PG|Scott Barrett

The forecast was for twelve to thirteen knots out of the north northwest at 6,000'. The surface winds were forecasted by the regional BOM to be light northeast. There was a chance of thunderstorms in the mountains. The wind forecast was for lighter winds than the day before when we called the day.

The lift would be good and the cloud base at 6,000' to 7,000' which is more in line with what we've been seeing this week. The 6,000' winds were actually forecasted to pick up to fifteen knots by five o'clock.

Given the wind direction (north northwest) and speed (at launch seven knots), we headed once again for Mystic hill next to Bright. The sky was full of scuddy looking clouds at middle heights with some higher cirrus. The scuddy clouds were mixed with cu's so there was a bit of visible lift. We could also see dust rising from the road coming up the hill.

Given the mixture of clouds and shade on the launch the paraglider pilots were not barreling off the hill. Many that did didn't get up.

Grant Heaney was the first hang glider pilot to launch followed by Phil Schroeder. They found lift over the ridge to the left. The rest of us followed and we climbed out. I got to 6,000'. I was the last of the competition crew to launch and as I climbed up I saw Scott and other pilots much lower over Clear Spot. This area was going away from the task, although there was a nice cloud over them it didn't look like they were climbing. The task line was straight to Mt. Porepunkah.

I headed right over Bright and toward the southern flank of Mt. Porepunkah. I can see cu's there with black bottoms and I figured I could get up there and come back and get a later start time. Starting at 6,000' I didn't find any lift until I was down to 2,500' on the hill side under the cu's. The lift was weak, less than 100 fpm at first, but I had nothing to lose and it wasn't turbulent.

I stuck with it and after ten minutes it got stronger and I was able to climb to 7,400'. I was also drifting back toward the start cylinder which was only 1.4 km away. It was easy to get the new start time at 2:15 PM and head north high toward the peak at Mt. Porepunkah.

There were scudy cu's to left of the peak and blue sky over it. I was heading into a fifteen mph headwind. I was sinking like a rock and not getting very far forward so I veered toward the clouds to the left. I came in under them at 4,000' (after only gliding for seven kilometers) and started working the lift.

What I wasn't aware of was that Scott Barrett had been watching me on the Mt. Porepunkah hill side from his vantage point over at Clear Spot. When he saw me getting up well, he came in under me by about 1,500'. Soon thereafter Andy came over, but I missed them entirely.

After two nice smooth thermals even in the high winds, I found this next thermal to be distressingly turbulent. It wasn't worth staying in at 120 fpm and I didn't want to go further into the hills which were on the lee side of the winds. I decided to land.

I headed out over the Ovens valley and under other cu's to see if there was a chance for non-turbulent lift, but the air continued to be unpleasant. I found a nice big field near the Berry Farm to land at.

Meanwhile Scott and Andy got up where I had earlier and Scott got a 2:30 start time. They headed over Mt. Porepunkah and found lift out in the Happy Valley. Andy missed a thermal and landed out there after Scott and Andy left a thermal that was too rowdy. After getting the turnpoint in Happy Valley and going into it two kilometers Scott made it back to Mt. Porepunkah which allowed him to get back up and make it to goal at Mt. Beauty air field to win the day. The minimum time set for the task was one hour and he took an hour and ten minutes.

There was significant cu-nimb development in the mountains and out on the flats, but nothing that caused us any concern.

Scott won the competition. I think I was second.

I liked the AAT format and hope that we can use it more if we can integrate it with GAP (and get the Australian AAA rating for the competition). The format allows for a lot more creativity from the pilots. I'll see what I can do to make that work. Wesley may have some ideas after talking with paraglider pilots.

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2011 Bogong Cup, Day 3, Task 3 »

January 19, 2011, 7:23:20 AEDT

2011 Bogong Cup

We head out to the flats from Buffalo

Belinda Boulter|Bogong Cup 2011|PG|Scott Barrett

The regional forecast was for 15 to 25 km/h southwest winds, but the XCSkies and RASP showed little to no winds at altitude. The lift was supposed to be 600-700 fpm to the top of lift at 9,000' with no cu's.

The cu's were forming over the hills before 10 AM. The winds were light at Mt. Hotham and Falls Creek so we decided to go to Buffalo and to fly out into the flats. Scott Barrett has a VHF radio for aircraft frequencies so we could accompany him through the CTAF at Wangaratta if needed. We set a task that didn't require this:

We would be flying under an 8,500' ceiling for the Albury airspace (and later 4,500') but we would be just outside the Wangaratta CTAF airspace (if we didn't go in too far to the turnpoint cylinder). Scott would be there to warn any traffic on 119.1 if we went into the cylinder.

We drove up to the Buffalo launch and while there were mixed winds in the valley it was trickling in at launch with the clouds 1000' over launch coming over the back but not fast. With so few pilots it was a joy to be setting up just behind launch without all the usual hassles.

Just before we were ready to launch Olli and Lukas (from Austria, not Germany) flew over launch having launched at Mystic Hill earlier. That was a good sign as we now knew for certain that there was lift out front.

I took off first and headed for the rocks to the left. Olli was circling there and it was easy to get to cloud base at 1,000' over launch (quite low) at 5,300'. I waited around for the others to launch and get up. Carey got to cloud base but then headed out into the valley in front of launch instead of going to the northwest along the rocks. I never saw him again but heard later that he was way behind.

Olli, Lukas, and Andy headed out to the next set of rocky cliffs to the northwest and Scott and I followed. We let the three pilots in front of us blow past the five kilometer start circle. I don't think that Lukas or Olli knew what the task was and besides they probably didn't want to fly out to Rutherglen.

Scott and I stayed back and watched the others from inside the 5km start cylinder. We worked some weak lift then I decided to go. Scott found better lift just outside the start cylinder and got to cloud base before going back to snag a latter start. With these AAT tasks your time starts when you cross the start cylinder.

Olli and Andrew were circling in lift under nice cu's further down the ridgeline. I came in under them and climbed up. There were three nice thermals along the ridge and I climbed back up to cloud base at 5,500'. Scott came in below me. I had climbed up to Lukas. Olli had headed out toward Myrtleford Hill. Andy was out in front.

 I found one more thermal under a small cu and worked 360 fpm to 5,700' with Scott again coming in below with Lukas. I could see Andy turning under a cu, four kilometers away toward the ridge west of Myrtleford. It was in the direction of the western edge of the ten kilometer first turnpoint that was centered at the Gapstead winery on the intersection of the Snow Road to Milawa.

I didn't find any lift under Andy, but a cu formed a little further along and I got to 4,200' there before diving into the ridgeline. Scott ignored the thermal I was in and headed to the ridgeline directly from our last shared thermal. He headed for the clear cut area. I then saw him turning near or under Andy who was to the east closer to Myrtleford, up above the ridgeline and climbing reasonably well.

I went for Andy as I saw Scott get lower and lower then get flushed back toward Mt. Buffalo. I made it over the ridgeline to the north side going through some heavy sink to arrive well below Andy at 2,700' to hook into 300 fpm. That got me to 4,400' just below Andy. Scott landed shortly thereafter.

I headed out north toward the western edge of the next turnpoint (twenty kilometer radius) but there were no cu's ahead. It was all blue out on the flats. Then a small cu popped up seven kilometers to the north and I went for it. Down to 2,100' I found 160 fpm and stayed with it as I drifted back to the south away from the next turnpoint.

The thermal faded out at 3,100' and I saw some scraggly cu's over the hill sides above the Gapstead winery. I had lost Andy as he came in above me at the last thermal out on the flats. I was able to climb to 4,100' above the winery and on the hillside then head northwest to get back out on the flats and away from the trees.

The eastern edge of the second turnpoint was to the west and I had to get out on the flats if I wanted to get to it. I was just trying to stay up as I wasn't getting high. I pushed over to the flats south of the Pines (a south facing launch) and worked my way slowly across the flats to the northwest in light winds, mostly out of the west. I didn't find any lift greater than 200 fpm.

I got to the ridge east of the Pines launch and worked 180 fpm to 3,600' (about 3,000' AGL) and then headed west down the ridgeline to get the eastern edge of the turnpoint cylinder. There were trees and difficult retrieve areas to the north and I wanted to get back out on the flats as I was so low.

Down to 1,500' AGL I saw Andy's glider under a tree. I headed further west and down to 1,000' (and assuming that I was going to land) I found 150 fpm and drifted back toward the east at seven mph, drifting back into the hills and away from the flats. I was so low that I wanted to stay near the flats so that I could have a good landing and have an easy retrieve. It was nothing but dirt roads up in the hills even where there were fields to land in.

With the west south west wind I worked thermals of less than 100 fpm for the next five thermals always diving off to the northwest, finding something at a little over 1,000' AGL and drifting back over the hills in the wind. Next diving down into the flats to the northwest to 600' AGL I found 200 fpm and finally climbed above 3,000' to 3,800 (3,200' AGL). I was thirty five kilometers south of the goal and there was no one else out there. I assumed that all the other pilots were down or way behind me. Lukas had landed near Scott.

The wind turned more south southwesterly at about seven km/h. I was working lift that averaged over 150 fpm and mostly staying a bit higher. I could see the Hume highway ahead. Belinda and Scott were in the car just below me on the highway. I kept working northwest to get around the trees on the hillsides, and to be close enough for retrieval if needed,

I pressed ahead but finally my luck and time ran out and I landed north of Springhurst next to the highway sixteen kilometers short of goal. I assume that I won the day.

The lift continues to be weak for the most part here in northeastern Victoria (where it isn't flooding). It is very green here and there were no cu's after I left the winery. You could see the low inversion. I flew under the Albury airspace for much of the way. There was no air traffic at Wangaratta. Scott monitored it in the car and called on the frequency. I didn't enter that CTAF.

The flight on the HOLC, on XContest, on Leonardo

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2011 Bogong Cup, Day 2, Task 2 »

January 17, 2011, 10:09:31 pm AEDT

2011 Bogong Cup

We go to Emu

Bogong Cup 2011|sailplane|Scott Barrett|weather

We met again at Treats an 10 AM and found out that Olli turned around and landed back at Mystic after getting over the Happy Valley and seeing that the lift was dying. So Scott Barrett won the day with Olli second. The rest of us were third, except the pilots that didn't launch in fourth.

The weather forecast for today from RASP was for southwest winds, but the mountain weather sites at Mt. Hothan and Falls Creek were showing north at ten to twelve knots. XCSkies predicted west winds at seven knots at launch level at Mt. Emu with nine knots southwest winds at 6,000'.

The regional forecast was for west to southwest winds. The large regional flows shown in RASP called for southwest winds. We decided to go up Mt. Emu as we had also heard that it was passable with two wheel drive cars.

The road up Emu was negotiable by two wheel drive, but it wasn't pretty. Later, when the drivers were going down, a tree had fallen across the road which caused quite a bit of havoc.  Very fortuitously the fire brigade was checking the roads and clearing them and came along just in time to cut away the tree.

On the way up we saw east winds going up the face of the Tawonga Gap Launch, north winds in the valley, west winds in the valley going going  up to launch. At the Emu launch itself it was right up the face, which faces southwest. These were thermals coming up the launch. The wind was out of the west.

We set up and launched around 1:30. Carey first, then me, then Scott, then Andrew. Later others. The lift was very weak and the wind was fourteen mph out of the west. The thermals were trashed as could be seen by the few blow apart cu's that had been nearby. You could watch the cu's on the west side of the valley (there were one or two) get blown east then disappear about half way across the valley.

We worked the north launch face in the sunshine working less than 200 fpm for maybe five or ten minutes barely getting back to launch level. Then Scott, followed by Andrew and Carey headed north up the valley along the ridge line. I stayed back a bit and watched slowly moving north and staying in the zero sink.

They continued and after a while they got lower and lower and it looked like Andrew and Carey were landing. Scott had jumped back to the ridge line a bit and stayed up but I couldn't see him. I went back to the north launch and climbed up 600' over launch, much higher than these three left with.

There was a sailplane on the ridge. He had gone out to where Scott was and came back low under me. Not a good sign of lift down that direction.

I decided that I didn't like the air and headed for the valley where it turns out there was plenty of buoyant air. The wind was strong out of the west so I landed in a field east of the airfield. Half an hour later Wesley launched, flew down over to the airfield and found a solid core of 600 fpm to 600' over launch. He went north up the valley found nothing came back and went back up again at 500 fpm. Finally after a bit more of this he was able to land at the airfield.

Scott stayed in the air for a while but he didn't get past Coral Bank. Not a great day to say the least.

Looks like a good day tomorrow with light winds.

The winds were north until 6 PM at Mt. Hotham and Falls Creek and then turned south southeast. This is just a hard place to call the winds.

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2011 Bogong Cup, Day 1, Task 1 »

January 16, 2011, 10:03:01 pm AEDT

2011 Bogong Cup, Day 1, Task 1

A rough day in the air at Mystic Hill

Bogong Cup 2011|Oliver "Olli" Barthelmes|PG|Scott Barrett|Wesley "Wes" Hill

We started the first day of the 2011 Bogong Cup with a 10 AM pilot meeting at Treats, a gourmet restaurant near Settler's Tavern. Wesley Hill, the meet organizer and scorekeeper, brought tee-shirts for us all to start off the meet. The meet is free and we only have to pay $20 for membership to fly Mystic Hill.

We set up an AAT task (assigned area task) with ten kilometer radii around a turnpoint at the Ovens intersection next to Myrtleford hill, over to a ten kilometer turnpoint at Gundowring and then to the Mt. Beauty airport. AAT tasks are won by the pilots with the fastest average speed. There is a minimum time that you have to fly, in our case two hours. You can fly as far into the turnpoint cylinders as you want as you judge how long it will take you to complete the task. It's pretty easy to understand.

We got to launch at Mystic Hill with a XCSkies forecast of seven knots north northwest winds at launch up to eleven knots at 8,000' (top of the lift on a blue day) west southwest. The climb rates looked good.

There were a good number of paraglider pilots around, a few in the air, and many launching. Olli Barthelmes, launched first, then Carey from Finland, and even though they are below launch, I launched into the nice winds coming straight up the launch.

I went over to the left to Olli and Carey and the lift was broken and weak. Olli then dove to the right ridge and Carey and I followed. Olli didn't get up and landed. Carey followed and then a few minutes later I landed with them. Soon Scott Barrett launched and then landed with us as did all the pilots in the Bogong Cup. And plenty of paraglider pilots also.

We all went back up again at 2 PM to give it another try. Carey was up the hill first and off first. He stayed just above launch. Olli and Scott launched and got up. I launched and didn't get up. Carey and Andrew landed and that ended the day for us. Scott and Olli fought the winds which were much higher than forecasted.

Scott got over to Clear Spot and worked up the spines. Olli turned downwind and jumped over to the ridge line to the right to get to Mt. Porepunkah. Scott got high at the Clear Spot and jumped over to the ridges to Mt. Porepunkah and worked them to get over the mountain. On the radio we heard him go to Mt. Porepunkah three times as the winds and blew him back away from the Ovens turnpoint.

Scott got up and watched Olli behind him. Scott was able to make the turnpoints and land twenty one kilometers from goal. He didn't know where Olli ended up.

Don't know how the scoring will go. It is by position only. This is our first attempt at this type of task. It should be interesting.

2010 Gulgong Classic - Final results »

Mon, Nov 29 2010, 9:47:29 am PST

2010 Gulgong Classic

Scott Barrett reflects on the Airborne REV

Gulgong Classic 2010|Jon "Jonny" Durand jnr|photo|Rohan Taylor|Scott Barrett|video

Total results

Scott Barrett «Scott Barrett» writes:

I have been pleasantly surprised to find the time to go to a hang gliding competition and I have had a good time in Gulgong. I was lucky to fly well and have been able to determine that the new Airborne REV is the best glider for handling and performance.

Racing every day was great, and, as you reported, I won three days out of the six. Curt and Jonny shared the other day wins, both of them are flying well. Rohan also did a good share of leading the gaggles in his new REV 13.5. Cameron (who was third on the sixth day) was an important team player on a number of days, leading with us on the REV 14.5. All of these guys are fun to fly with, working to keep the pace and very cooperative. It is a great atmosphere in the Australian national team.

Often we were behind Peter Dall in his NEW ATOS when we claimed our day wins. Unfortunate that I landed before goal on one day, taking me out of first place.

I invited the local press out and enjoyed getting photos and video for them in the early morning. The photo op flights were in very smooth air, the nil wind landings with smooth and a lot of fun on the big airstrip. I returned home to Newcastle with a new Airborne Fun 190 and Monica wants to return to the sand dunes on it this summer.

On the new product front, Cameron has been happy with the big REV 14.5. He describes it as floaty and after spending a season on the 13.5, he finds that in comparison it takes an exaggerated control movement, particularly in pitch (it slows down a lot in turns), and he would not want anything to be changed on it. I expect he will stay on the big REV for the season.

Out and return tasks allowed us to arrive back at the start at the airfield, put the glider in the hangar and take the new Airborne light trike up after the task and thermal it. It was also used for tree top height flights around the airfield in smooth evening air. Based on a wing of large Sting 3 origins, combined with a light short packable minimal trike base (with retracts) and a Bailey four stroke engine. The self launcher is very slow and responsive. Fuel economy is amazing, it has a big tank, however I am sure that one liter of fuel would be sufficient for a couple of days of local soaring flights.

I have flown a lot of different trikes and this one stands out as being just how you would imagine the perfect easy to fly "Skyhook." Let's see how it is marketed, that could be a good name for it.

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2010 Gulgong Classic Day Six and Final

November 26, 2010, 9:02:03 PST

2010 Gulgong Classic Day Six

Scott Barrett wins for the third time, Jonny in second, first overall

Cameron Tunbridge|Curt Warren|Grant Heaney|Gulgong Classic 2010|Jon "Jonny" Durand jnr|Jon Durand jnr|Rohan Holtkamp|Rohan Taylor|Scott Barrett|Steve Blenkinsop

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Tough day but some smoked it home, for example Scotty and Jonny. You had to be right up on top of the lift today to gain advantage, if you dropped low you were screwed because the climbs were really broken and weak.

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Day Six Results.

Total.

# Pilot Glider Time Points
1. Scott Barrett Airborne REV 13.5 02:02:10 1000
2. Jonny Durand Moyes Litespeed RS 3.5 02:02:57 982.89
3. Cameron Tunbridge Airborne REV 13.5 02:07:47 927.26
4. Grant Heaney Moyes Litespeed 02:08:02 924.88
5. Yosuhiro Noma Moyes Litespeed RS 4 02:08:48 917.72
6. Steve Blenkinsop Moyes Litespeed RS 3.5 02:09:08 914.68
7. Rohan Holtkamp Airborne Rev 02:09:44 909.31
8. Curt Warren Moyes Litespeed RS 4 02:15:35 862.05

On the seventh day the winds were too strong, so that meet ended. The final results can be found here: http://soaringspot.com/agc2010/results/flex/day-by-day.html

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2010 Gulgong Classic Day Five

November 25, 2010, 8:52:01 PST

2010 Gulgong Classic Day Five

Scott Barrett wins again, Jonny still in first

Gulgong Classic 2010|Jon "Jonny" Durand jnr|Scott Barrett

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Five turnpoints. This task has everything, upwind, downwind, crosswind. It'll be a tough one. They say it's only five knots on the ground and at base, but it looks windier than that here at the strip. Chance of overdevelopment today, we could be avoiding showers.

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Day Five Results.

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2010 Gulgong Classic Day Three

November 23, 2010, 9:28:26 PST

2010 Gulgong Classic Day Three

Scott Barrett wins, is in second place

Gulgong Classic 2010|Scott Barrett

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Three days in and you start to get a feel for the air. Same wind direction for the last three days and you start to find thermals in the same spots, so everything tends to be quicker because people get more confident in their decision making.

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Day Three Results.

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Small/women hang gliders

March 25, 2010, 8:47:47 EDT

Small/women hang gliders

Technical committees/work groups for CIVL

CIVL|Dennis Pagen|PG|Scott Barrett

Heather's report from the Plenary.

Dennis Pagen has drafted a letter to ask manufacturers how they recommend their gliders' sprogs should be measured, and in particular for smaller gliders. This ties in with the Australian proposal about manufacturers looking at certification standards to accommodate smaller gliders. It was felt that the letter from Dennis will adequately address this in the near future.

Other Australian proposals regarding working groups and conflicts of interest were discussed and modified as felt appropriate to achieve the best results. The following motions were passed:

Working groups are to include competition pilots, technical experts and CIVL representatives where appropriate. Recommendations from these working groups will be made to the delegates and CIVL Bureau.

When recommendations are made by technical working groups these recommendations are to be given all due consideration.

That members of work groups should have the FAI Code of Ethics and its references to Conflicts of Interest brought to their attention and that CIVL should follow the actions in that document regarding any disclosures of conflict of interest.

The background for this is found here. Scott Barrett asked for decisions at CIVL to be made not by some political process but be based on the technical aspects of the issue. He has also previously raised the issue of small gliders (and women pilots being unfairly penalized by the DHV procedures).

So now we have a criteria to determine if CIVL is in fact involving competition pilots and technically competent individuals in their work groups going forward. We see that Rob in’t Groen (competition pilot) will be involved in the sprog measurement issue. I wonder when hang glider manufacturers like Wills Wing will be involved.

You can see who is involved in the helmet working group here. I don't know if any of these people has any technical expertise in helmets. I am not familiar with any of the people involved with the Paragliding Open Class Technical Working Group, found here.

It appears to me that we need real experts on the sprog work group, and on the small/women's glider work group (and we'll need to form that one).

NSW State Titles - final results

Sat, Feb 20 2010, 2:50:17 pm PST

NSW State Titles

A very close finish

Øyvind Ellefsen|Conrad Loten|Jon "Jonny" Durand jnr|Jon Durand jnr|New South Wales State Titles 2010|Scott Barrett|William "Billo" Olive

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Results after five days of flying. Billo writes:

I decided not to fly on the last day so as to be able to get the scoring done early, but when I got down from the hill into the comp HQ there was no power. A total blackout in Manilla, then the mobile phone system went down too, so no internet either.

I completed the scoring to the dulcet tones of a trio of large generator sets, but I couldn't upload the results until this morning. They are on the web now.

I forgot to give a special mention to the Kiwi contingent. A large number came over for a trans Tasman challenge. This is great to see, and I'd like to thank them all for showing up.

The challenge was won by the Aussies, I don't have the scores to hand as I calculated them on the back of a beer coaster, but if anybody wants to work it out for themselves, add the scores of the top 4 pilots from each country on each day.

It was something like 17,000 to 14,000.

1. Jon Jnr Durand, Australia, 4037

2. Conrad Loten, NZ, 3974

3. Scott Barrett, Australia, 3763

Tim Ettridge writes:

Jonny Durand, to no one's surprise, wins the NSW Titles comp again…for the tenth time in a row. This, despite bombing out at a mere 30K on the third of five tasks flown and scoring only 300 points.

New Zealand's Conrad Loten came in second, after landing in the east bombout field on the last day and, with the aid of his crew, getting back up in time to relaunch.

Scott Barrett came in third and, being the highest placing NSW resident, becomes the New South Wales Champion.

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NSW State Titles

Fri, Feb 19 2010, 9:22:51 am PST

Jonny moves back into the lead, you can't keep a good man down

Øyvind Ellefsen|Chris Jones|Conrad Loten|Grant Heaney|John Smith|Jon "Jonny" Durand jnr|Scott Barrett

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Results so far after four days of flying.

# Pilot Glider Total
1. Jon Jnr Durand Moyes Litespeed RS4 3306
2. Conrad Loten Moyes Litespeed S 4 3146
3. John Smith Aeros Combat 14 2964
4. Oyvind Ellefsen Moyes Litespeed RS3.5 2957
5. Scott Barrett Airborne Rev 13.5 2949
6. Grant Heaney Moyes Litespeed S3.5 2820
7. Dustan Hansen Airborne C2 14 2706
8. Matt Barlow Aeros Combat 15 2700
9. Dave May Moyes Litespeed 2673
10. Chris Jones Moyes Litespeed S4 2632

Fourth task:

# Pilot Glider Time Total Points
1. Jon Jnr Durand Moyes Litespeed RS4 01:47:06 1000
2. Dave Seib Moyes 01:49:31 948
3. Tony Lowrey Moyes Litespeed Rs 3.5 02:02:40 794
4. Chris Jones Moyes Litespeed S4 02:12:06 760
5. Neil Peterson Aeros Combat 13 02:12:21 758
6. Grant Heaney Moyes Litespeed S3.5 02:12:57 752
7. Matt Barlow Aeros Combat 15 02:17:03 717
8. Conrad Loten Moyes Litespeed S 4 02:17:20 715
9. Scott Barrett Airborne Rev 13.5 02:16:11 683
10. Dustan Hansen Airborne C2 14 02:23:14 668

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Flying the Airborne REV 13.5

February 3, 2010, 6:22:32 AEDT

Flying the Airborne REV 13.5

Great flying glider.

Jon "Jonny" Durand jnr|Rohan Holtkamp|Rohan Taylor|Scott Barrett|Wills Wing T2C

I flew the first one, which was actually the very first prototype version of the REV, not a production model, at Forbes. I flew Scott Barrett's REV at the Bogong Cup. I had a great time flying them and very much appreciate the opportunity that Airborne afforded me to get on their latest creation. As I do every year I trade use of a hang glider during the two competitions in Australia in January for ad space in the Oz Report. I switch between Airborne and Moyes each year.

I have little to say about the comparative glide performance of the REV. It seemed to glide just fine with other gliders, including Moyes Litespeeds, but I wouldn't call any of the glide comparisons that I did as any where near definitive. I am sorry if I disappoint the reader by not coming to a strong conclusion regarding this aspect of the glider's performance. Scott Barrett, one the designers, claims better glide (compared to the Moyes Litespeed), but I'm sure that that is open to significant dispute.

I found the REVs that I flew to be stiff in roll (at first) and steady on glide. That is it was somewhat difficult to initiate roll in a turn, and it was easy to keep the glider flying straight when gliding throughout the speed range. It turns out that the REV is very easy to tune (if you know what you are doing), having many tuning options, and that the pilot can easily change the response of the glider to roll inputs.

I mentioned to Rohan Holtkamp that the REV was stiff in roll (and that every REV pilot that I had spoken with mentioned this) and he said that he could easily change the glider configuration to change this characteristic of the glider. Within five minutes the changes were made.

He swapped the hole positions on the tip wand lever to reduce sail tension. He unwound the last battens two turns, the second to last batten one turn, and the fifth batten in one turn, on both sides. I had early unwound the third batten in on the right one turn as Jonny had mentioned to me that it looked bowed.

After Rohan made these adjustments I had no more problem with initiating rolls in a timely fashion and with the appropriate input. Yes, it flew great, and was still steady on glide.

I had had an opportunity earlier to fly a Moyes Litespeed (Jonny's glider) on the ninth (and it turned out to be the last) day of the Forbes Flatlands (more on why in a minute). I noticed right away that it was much easier to initiate a turn with Jonny's glider but it was also quite a bit different on glide and that it took me an hour to retrain myself to make the proper pilot inputs to keep it straight on glide. The timing required for pilot inputs to keep the glider straight was just a lot sooner than I had grown accustomed do on the REV (and which apparently was similar to the Wills Wing T2C 144, which I had been flying before I got on the REV).

Rohan and later Scott and Ricky told me about the many ways that the REV can be tuned. Scott's REV that I got to fly in the Bogong Cup had come straight from the Airborne factory and Scott had not changed it in any way. He liked it the way it came. It is also a prototype with lighter weight sail cloth.

The crescents at the leading edge junction can be rotated to change the amount of anhedral in the glider. This affects its roll rate as well as its response when gliding. The sail tension can be adjusted as Rohan did by the tip wand lever, also by the bolt at the end of the leading edge (same as on the T2C). This adjustment determines how much the sail tension is held by the leading edge and how much by the tip wand at different VG settings. By having the leading edge hold the sail tension at high VG settings, the tip wands aren't pulled up, which would increase bar pressure at higher speeds.

Obviously, the battens can be tightened or loosened, as Rohan did in conjunction with the sail tension adjustment at the tip wand, to change roll response. The position of the tip wand can be changed, moving it up and down, using the bolt six inches in from the end of the outboard leading edge. The end of the leading edge can also be rotated to change the position of the tip wands. Hopefully all these adjustments will be fully explained when the REV manual is available.

I get the impression that the factory adjustment up to this point leads to REVs that are a bit too stiff in roll. This may be because this is where the factory pilots who have test flown the gliders like it, or it may be because they have mainly flown them in Newcastle and in the cooler air there the sail cloth has not shrunk a bit like it would inland. Ricky and Rohan flew the first REVs at the Canungra Classic in October, so there was inland experience with the gliders there, but I don't know how that would have affected their stiffness there as I don't know what the temperature conditions there were. You'd think that high in the air, the sails would not have shrunk at all.

I noticed that it was difficult to put the last quarter inch of the undersurface battens in at Forbes and on Mount Emu, in the heat. This was easy to do at Stanwell. This is a pretty good indication of the difference in sail dimensions between these two temperature regimes, but it doesn't say much about how the sail should be reacting at altitude.

Ricky mentioned to me that when Francesco Rinadli brought his REV into the Airborne factory a few days ago, the battens were five turns too tight. No one had a good explanation for this. I would suggest that pilots carefully monitor their battens to determine if they are too tight and maybe Ricky will provide guidance to pilots so that they can be clear about what they should be looking for.

I found on my one flight on it, the Litespeed to be very responsive in roll and it was easy to thermal with other pilots and make quick turns. It was a handful on glide, but easy as pie in thermals. As I wrote above, I did fairly quickly learn how to adjust to the Litespeed glide characteristics.

I mentioned earlier that I had a problem with the first prototype REV that I flew at Forbes. On the ninth day I discovered as I reported in the Oz Report earlier, that the tip of the leading edge on the right side had broken off at the location of the bolt that adjusts the tip wand up and down. I didn't recall any landing issues, as I found the REV remarkably easy to land, so I wondered what had caused this problem. I sent that REV back to the Airborne factory the next day.

Ricky inspected it and found out the Shane Duncan had tightened down the bolts that adjust the tip wands when he was flying at the Gulgong Classic. He had tightened them too much and delaminated the carbon fiber. Once the carbon fiber was delaminated any stress on it was likely to caused it to break. Apparently there was enough stress that on the eighth day at Forbes, it did separate.

The problem was the flange that the bolt head sunk into was too small and the point pressures therefore too high. The left leading edge was inspected and stress fractures were revealed there also, although it had not broken. I got to see both leading edges at the factory a few days ago.

Ricky immediately came up with a couple of fixes which have been incorporated in all existing and new REV's. The flange area has been doubled, and an aluminum sleeve bonded into the mix in the area of the bolt hole.

Did the Italian team break the rules at the 2009 Worlds?

February 2, 2010, 8:16:39 AEDT

Did the Italian team break the rules at the 2009 Worlds?

I believe that the Italian team and Alex Ploner deserved to win the 2009 World Championships

Alessandro "Alex" Ploner|CIVL|Flavio Tebaldi|Scott Barrett

We are staying with Scott Barrett and Monica in Belmont North near Newcastle (Australia) for a few days and we were discussing telemetrics in the evening of my first day here. He stated that he had earlier been interested in developing a telemetric system for hang gliding, but when he consulted with Paul Mollison, who works nearby at Airborne, and who wrote parts of the CIVL Sporting Code, he found out that Paul had written the rules to specifically disallow telemetric systems. Scott therefore stopped thinking about how to develop such a system.

Here is the section of the CIVL sporting code that is relevant to telemetrics:

"2. 19.2 Radio

When radio transmitters are permitted in the local regulations one transmitter is permitted in each competing glider,..."

In early November of 2009 I received an email from Flavio Tebaldi, the Italian team leader and organizer of the 2011 World Championships, with attachments that highlighted the DSX telemetry system for hang gliding. I published an article about the system in the Oz Report.

Before I published the article I asked Flavio a series of questions about the DSX system. He wrote back on November 5th at 3:41 PM:

"During last world championship in Laragne my team used five of these prototypes and I was able to follow my pilots on my netbook in real time. Safly helped us to win significantly, especially for tactics."

I didn't think any more about this (other than wonder how this would all play out in the future if we adopted these systems). But, after discussing this issue with Scott, I went back to look at this email from Flavio, especially after Scott stated that if he had known that the Italians were using this system at the time he would have registered a protest. Flavio's statement here is pretty strong and if true is in direct violation of the CIVL Sporting Code for Category 1 competitions, like the Worlds.

I wrote to Flavio again that evening asking him how he squared his statement above with the rule quoted above. He wrote back quickly:

"Unfortunately we couldn't use DSX system as we would because Vodafone didn't activate the special offer for data communication in France. The result was that the four instruments we had, stopped to work the day before the competition started... :-(

Over the next few days I tried many times to call Vodafone in Italy to reactivate the offer, but finally I was able to only follow one pilot on the last competition task (Christian). For sure it was very useful to follow Christian's movements on my netbook and to know where he was respect to the other pilots that were following him some kilometers behind."

I have slightly edited Flavio's responses to correct errors in his English. This is a much different statement of what went on at the 2009 Worlds than his previous version. What was going on?

After receiving this post from Flavio I asked him right away if CIVL is going to change its rules to allow for a telemetric system. He wrote back that evening:

I hope they can change the rules at the next 2011 plenary, to use the system in the Worlds. For sure this year we will try to use it with a couple of pilots to test the system.

From Flavio's responses it seems to be the case that in fact at least Christian was carrying a second transmitter and transmitting with it on the last day of the 2009 Worlds in violation of the CIVL Sporting Code. Flavio's November 5th response indicates that all Italian pilots on the five member team were carrying second transmitters and transmitting on them in violation of the CIVL Sporting Code (if they carried a standard 2 meter radio for voice communication).

Flavio's last statement (and his earlier response) indicates pretty clearly that he knows that the use of these instruments is in violation of the CIVL Sporting Code (if the pilot also has a standard 2 meter radio that he is transmitting on using voice communications). It is also the case that he and the Italian team at least intended to use the Safly transmitters during the 2009 Worlds. Just to be clear, a cell phone or a satellite phone is a radio.

I don't believe that the section of the CIVL Sporting Code above would be interpreted to disallow pilots from carrying cell phones that were turned off and essentially inaccessible in the air. But that it would be interpreted (especially as it was written with this purpose in mind) to disallow telemetry systems as were apparently being used by the Italians at the 2009 Worlds, unless they were the only radio transmitters carried by the pilots.

The local regulations of the 2009 Worlds state:

5. 1 RADIOS & MOBILE PHONES:

A 2m, VHF (widebanded: 140 to 144MHz) radio transceiver compatible with the competition frequency and able to receive and transmit on the FFVL frequency, 143.9875MHz is mandatory. Team leaders must be able to monitor the competition frequency during tasks as must pilots without a team leader. Radios are for communication between competitors, team leaders, drivers and the organisers. Only frequencies in the range allocated by the organisers may be used. Information on the competition radio frequency and the range allocated for pilot use will be available at registration. All pilots and crews MUST submit their team frequencies and mobile telephone numbers at registration. This information will be used by the competition and/or safety directors for safety purposes. (2.19.2)

As 2 meter radios were required to be carried by the competitors, this would rule out the use of a telemetry system at the 2009 Worlds.

What am I missing here?

Upon further questioning I got the following from Flavio the next day:

Christian used it only on one flight and I decided to give to him the only working tracker for safety reasons because his radio was discharged. No, the system didn't work in real time (very bad French cellular net). There was a long delay (about 15/20 minutes), was impossible to collect any vocal information in the same time with Christian track.

Which edition of Flavio am I to believe?

The background of the letter to Max Bishop

December 8, 2009, 8:31:18 PST

The background of the letter to Max Bishop

Equal access for smaller pilots

CIVL|Max Bishop|Scott Barrett

Scott Barrett <<scottbarrettc4>> writes:

Davis, following the discussion that you, Gerolf and I have had with Max Bishop, the FAI president at the Worlds, Max has requested a letter from the Australian pilot body to express our concerns. These concerns were primarily that there have been technical decisions made at a political level and the CIVL technical committee has made recommendations on equipment scrutinizing that have been overturned at a political level.

The Australian competition committee has allowed Heather (CIVL delegate) to send the letter re CIVL due process to CIVL where it has been well received by Dennis Pagan. Dennis has previously expressed his views and fully agrees with the points raised in the letter regarding small gliders and he has written about this before. I understand that the letter that Max requested has not yet found its way to him as yet.

On a technical level, the issues are that small gliders should have proportional pitch moment to larger gliders. The small gliders in DHV certified configuration have the washout set high, making pitch control (proportionally for small pilots) very strong and the sail locks on the washout struts to remarkably reduce the controllability of the glider. The consensus of experts, as per the design standard written by the manufacturers, is that pitching moments are treated proportional with glider size.

Pilots can do the following things to make the hang gliding world safer and fairer:

  • Buy a HGMA certified glider, ask your favorite manufacturer for a HGMA certified glider.
  • Ask your CIVL delegate to support the Australian proposal for equality for pilots of all sizes.
  • Ask your CIVL delegate to support due process within CIVL and ensure that technical decisions are made at a technical level (by technical experts).

Open Letter to Max Bishop, President of the FAI

December 8, 2009, 8:30:47 PST

Open Letter to Max Bishop, President of the FAI

Improving safety

CIVL|Max Bishop|Scott Barrett

Scott Barrett sent along this letter to Max Bishop:

Dear Mr. Bishop,

This letter is provided as feedback on the actions taken by CIVL under the agenda of improving safety in hang gliding during 2009.

The following outlines the process that has been followed to date,:

CIVL, as a body, acted upon recommendations from DHV officials as well as CIVL delegates and EHGU members. This has occurred at a political/representative level, but not a technical level. We believe that the direction that has been taken by CIVL is not the most productive, the most cost effective, or the technically correct means to address safety issues.

CIVL previously formed a working group of pilots (but with only one qualified technical expert). The working group was assigned to determine required measurements (and their error bands) and the specific penalties for violations to apply to pilots whose equipment exceeds those limits. CIVL officials then inappropriately intervened and overturned the decisions on penalties made by the working group.

At the 2009 Worlds the final rules promulgated by CIVL were withdrawn, given the fact that they were made too late, just prior to the World Championships. The actual penalties were then to be made at the discretion of the meet director which was an excellent result. It turned out that no penalties for equipment issues were required.

We believe that the effect of the new proposed rules (when and if they are implemented) will be:

1) Discrimination against women (our smaller pilots) flying gliders certified to DHV standards. The DHV standard is deficient for small gliders, resulting in a decreased level of safety for pilots flying in the DHV certified configuration and the decreased level of performance of small gliders.

2) Pilots and experts in the field have reported to the CIVL working group that small gliders tuned to DHV certification are unsafe due to a reduction in controllability.

3) The application of a manufacturers' safe setting to a small glider is problematic in the short term as the data often does not exist. There must be a path for small pilots to compete without the current rules exposing them to more danger as our first concern and secondly, to avoid handicapping them. Unfortunately, at present there are few small gliders that have used the parallel path of using the Hang Gliding Manufacturers Association or BHPA design standards (these are fair to small gliders and result in small gliders with good pitch stability and controllability).

The scrutinizing procedures being applied does not guarantee safety as it does not guarantee the pitch stability of a glider. Certified settings for washout struts do not indicate that the pitching moments are also certified, as many other factors of tuning are involved. Pilot education is the most successful means of avoiding arbitrarily low strut settings or other dangerous adjustments.

There is plenty of motivation for pilots (of mid and large size gliders) to comply with the rules, (there is little performance advantage for anyone who does not comply) and it can be expected that educated pilots will do this as a matter of course regardless of penalties being applied or not.

The most effective way to achieve better safety is looking at the problem more holistically. The pilots understand what affects their safety the most and allow the recommendations to come from the pilots, this will indicate the most productive areas and methods to achieve better safety in competition.

Pilot technique has a huge impact on safety through pitch stability. Tumbling a certified glider is easily achieved through use of inappropriate technique. Due to the complexity of adjustments and the ineffectiveness of scrutinizing to determine actual pitch stability (not strut settings), the most effective way to address safety is by pilot education on technique and tuning. There are experts that have volunteered their time for free to achieve this and they have been quite successful in their education programs.

The Australian pilots request the following:

1) We want time for the manufacturers' safe settings to be developed and to be applied to small gliders. We want a two year transition period to be applied without penalties, to allow for the certification of new models of small gliders as a part of the certification process. This means that the DHV certification system, which does not allow for this, needs time to be changed. Or a parallel path needs to be made into European markets using technically elegant design standards such as the Hang Gliding Manufacturers Association design standard. A transition period will allow this to occur without losing our small pilots (who already include our minority of female pilots)

2) We want due process to be used in selecting the best pay-off activities to achieve safety. We recommend that CIVL form a working group to determine the areas to best achieve safety, this group needs to consist of competition pilots and technical experts.

3) We recommend that technical matters be dealt with by (qualified) technical committees within CIVL, as a part of due process the technical committee will make recommendations to the delegates.

4) We want due process to be used in CIVL, for CIVL to follow their own procedures, including following the recommendations of their working groups.

5) We want conflicts of interest of committee members in CIVL to be disclosed and for CIVL to use an appropriate means to deal with conflicts that are disclosed.

The aims of the recommendations made in this letter are to improve procedures within CIVL to avoid technical decisions being made at a political level (without technical validation). To ensure that the technical recommendations made from within the CIVL working groups are transitioned into rules (where those rules are accepted by the political level within CIVL).

Yours Sincerely

Australian Delegate CIVL

The pre-Europeans

July 18, 2009, 5:07:41 pm CDT

The pre-Europeans

Jonny falls down on the last day

Bruce Kavanagh|Corinna Schwiegershausen|Evgeniya "Zhenya" Laritskaya|Gerolf Heinrichs|Jamie Shelden|Jon "Jonny" Durand jnr|Manfred Ruhmer|Martin Harri|Primoz Gricar|Richard Lovelace|Scott Barrett|Steve Blenkinsop|Tullio Gervasoni|Wills Wing T2C

Most recent news:

http://twitter.com/naughtylawyer

http://agerhanggliding.blogspot.com/

http://naughtylawyertravels.blogspot.com/

After the race:

Jonny's blog

Corinna's blog

http://leagull.blogspot.com/

http://europehgcomps09.blogspot.com/

Results

Evgeniya wrote on Friday:

Corinna made the goal but crashed there: it was not a good landing field, she used her drougue chute too early, hit a tree and fell on the road. She feels good (maybe just broken ankle), but her glider is broken. Some pilots landed on the small fields, breaking uprights, base bars, tails.

Steve Blekinsop wrote on Friday:

...Corinna came in high and threw her drogue chute. Pilots watching from the landing were of the opinion she still needed to sideslip it in and unfortunately the chute makes it difficult to do this pulling the glider straight and tending pull the pilot back slowing the glider. She hit trees and came down on the edge of a road. We sprinted the 250m to her closely followed by the medical assistance. A helicopter took her to hospital where she was treated for concussion and a fractured ankle. Her parents took her home this morning, possibly for surgery on the ankle. Considering the proximity of the road she may be lucky.

Steve remembers pictures of himself that I took and posted (they have since been removed) on the Oz Report many years ago.

And what did Scott Barrett say to me a few weeks ago at the Worlds about Corinna's drogue chute? That it pulled her back, slowing down the glider and making it more difficult for her to flare.

So on the last day, check out Jamie's twitter posts.

Jonny lands 13 km from goal losing the meet on the last day, as Manfred did at the Worlds.

Overall:

#NameNatGliderTotal
1Blay jr Olmos QuesadaESPMoyes Litespeed S 3.55082
2Martin HarriSUIMoyes Litespeed RS 3.55077
3Carl WallbankGBRMoyes Litespeed RS 3.54946
4Primoz GricarSLOAeros Combat L 134921
5Jon Durand JnrAUSMoyes Litespeed RS 3.54862
6Balazs UjhelyiHUNMoyes Litespeed S 4.54710
7Vladimir LeuskovRUSMoyes Litespeed RS 3.54577
8Steve BlenkinsopAUSMoyes Litespeed S 3.54516
9Manfred TrimmelAUTAeros Combat 144505
10Tullio GervasoniITAMoyes Litespeed RS 3.54422

Last day:

#NameNatGliderTimeTotal
1Gerolf HeinrichsAUTMoyes Litespeed RS 401:31:54857
2Richard LovelaceGBRMoyes Litespeed RS 3.501:46:29780
3Carl WallbankGBRMoyes Litespeed RS 3.501:47:35772
4Bruce KavanaghGBRWills Wing T2C 14401:49:03764
5Balazs UjhelyiHUNMoyes Litespeed S 4.501:50:00756
6Vladimir LeuskovRUSMoyes Litespeed RS 3.501:50:19751
7Tullio GervasoniITAMoyes Litespeed RS 3.501:51:03748
8Marc UtrilloESPAeros Combat L01:51:22742
9Edoardo GiudiceandreaITAWills Wing T2C01:53:23738
10Blay jr Olmos QuesadaESPMoyes Litespeed S 3.501:53:40736

So what do I want from the DHV?

July 10, 2009, 11:57:53 EDT

So what do I want from the DHV?

To "sit down" with the hang gliding manufacturers

CIVL|Gerolf Heinrichs|Mike Meier|Scott Barrett|Steven "Steve" Pearson

My article on the DHV monopoly in Germany has caused a bit of a stir (that's why I write articles, after all). I thought that I would follow it up with some suggestions as to how the DHV could get back in my (and others) good graces.

First, engage in a real dialog with the hang gliding manufacturers (and listen very closely to them) regarding the proper testing procedures and then adopt the "consensus" procedures. Contact Steve Pearson and Mike Meier at Wills Wing, Scott Barrett at Airborne, Gerolf Heinrichs at Moyes, Tomas Pellicci at Ikarus, and the designers at Icaro and Aeros and form a workgroup of these gentlemen. Ask them to produce a document that states the changes that they want to see in the certification process at the DHV. Follow their recommendations and change the procedures as they have detailed.

This was essentially the process engaged in by the US FAA and the manufacturers of Light Sport Aircraft in the US. The FAA relied on the manufacturers to set the standards for LSA and for the certification procedures. The FAA figured rightly that the expertise was in the heads of the designers and builders of these aircraft and that they should rely on them to set the standards. They oversaw the process so that it was legitimate and fair to all.

Second, ask this group what should be done regarding sprog measurements in competition. Whether the whole idea should be dropped, or procedures changed, or just what makes sense from a technical point of view. Report the results to CIVL.

Third, retract this article http://ozreport.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=16154 (from Charlie Joest, DHV President, in his capacity at EHGPU President) and engage in a dialog with hang gliding pilots around the world regarding safety matters (through the Oz Report and other venues).

Fourth, accept certification from the BHPA and the HGMA as equivalent to DHV certification.

Fifth, enhance democratic decision making within the DHV.

The 2009 Hang Gliding Worlds, comparison

The Worlds

Alessandro "Alex" Ploner|Attila Bertok|Bruce Kavanagh|Christian Ciech|Davis Straub|Dustin Martin|Gary Wirdnam|Gerolf Heinrichs|Gordon Rigg|Icaro 2000|Jeff O'Brien|Jeff Shapiro|Jon "Jonny" Durand jnr|Julia Kucherenko|Manfred Ruhmer|Oleg Bondarchuk|Robert Reisinger|Robin Hamilton|Scott Barrett|Thomas Weissenberger|Wills Wing T2C|Worlds 2009|Zac Majors


"Comparison is the source of all unhappiness." ~Soren Kierkegaard.

The 2008 pre-Worlds:

#NameNatGliderTotal
10Jeff O'BrienUSAWills Wing T2 1542883
17Davis StraubUSAWills Wing T2 - 1442623
21Gordon RiggGBRMoyes Litespeed S42492
23Attila BertokHUNMoyes Litespeed 52422
48Jeff ShapiroUSAWills Wing T2 1441955
51Zac MajorsUSAWills Wing T2C 1441916
88Derreck TurnerUSAMoyes Litespeed S51231

I built a lot of expectation into my head having accomplished this result compared to 117 other pilots flying in the pre-Worlds. I felt good about flying in Laragne and was quite happy with my result (sixteenth in the line of losers). Scott Barrett won the pre-Worlds and was obviously elated.

Gordon Rigg felt that the earth was some how kicked off its axis that I had finished ahead of him at the pre-Worlds. He was completely incensed and let me know about it. Attila, the World Champion fell down when he should have stayed up.

The 2009 Worlds:

#NameNatGliderTotal
1Alessandro PlonerITAIcaro2000 Z95046
2Jon DurandAUSMoyes Litespeed RS 3.54935
3Thomas WeissenbergerAUTMoyes Litespeed RS 44695
4Zac MajorsUSAWills Wing T2C 1444594
5Gordon RiggGBRMoyes Litespeed S 44581
6Antoine BoisselierFRAMoyes Litespeed RS 44568
7Dustin MartinUSAWills Wing T2C 1444558
8Nene RotorBRAWills Wing T2 C -1444556
9Dan VyhnalikCZEAeros Combat L 144547
10Manfred RuhmerAUTIcaro 2000 Laminar Z94535
11Christian CiechITAIcaro 2000 Laminar 14 Z94534
15Carl WallbankGBRMoyes Litespeed RS 3.54294
20Mario AlonziFRAAeros Combat L 13.54213
23Attila BertókHUNMoyes Litespeed S 54165
26Bruce KavanaghGBRWills Wing T2C4040
28Jeff O'BrienUSAWills Wing Tee Two See3946
28Gerolf HeinrichsAUTMoyes Litespeed RS 43946
38Robert ReisingerAUTMoyes Litespeed RS 43620
46Scott BarrettAUSAirborne C4 13.53334
50Christian VoibletSUIAeros Combat 12L3282
56Blay Jr OlmosESPMoyes Litespeed S 3.53022
67Gary WirdnamGBRWills Wing T2C2684
74Jeff ShapiroUSAWills Wing T-2C 1442389
80Julia KucherenkoRUSAeros Combat-L2261
82Davis StraubUSAWills Wing T2C - 1442140
89Oleg BondarchukUKRAeros Combat1847

Jonny was very close to Alex and won a day. Zac could have easily come in third and I feel partially responsible for him losing a hundred points on the second to last day. When we were all together (with Jonny also) on the ridge southwest of Aspres climbing slowly five minutes before the second start window almost at cloud base, I mentioned on the radio that if we ran out of time and lift before the start we should go west to the clouds and mountain over there. This suggestion was perhaps too influential because that is what Zippy did right after I made the suggestion. It really wasn't time to make this move, and he lost 500' to 1000' on us at the start which was a handicap that kept him behind the whole way.

Zac, who was added to the team as the fifth member when registration was again opened, turned in the best performance by an American only missing goal on the two days when the task was stopped.

Gordon Rigg was restored to his rightful place and the world got back on its axis. You might remember that Gordon was denied a place on the British team then got back on with Robin Hamilton couldn't make it to the Worlds. He then out performed all his teammates as well as being on the task committee. I'm sure that he feels quite vindicated.

Dustin Martin flew well and consistently and was rewarded with a seventh place finish. Two Americans in the top ten, which hasn't happened since the Worlds at the Owens Valley. The US team had its best finish since then also.

Manfred was so far ahead in points to most of the field that when he bombed out on the last day, he only dropped to tenth.

Christian Ciech was at one point in the lead having captured the lead from Manfred. Then he made a crucial error going back to restart on a day that was stopped before the task was ended. This cost him big time. He was likewise not near goal on the second to last day when the task was stopped. He looked quite crestfallen after these events but tried to be supportive in his actions if not his expression for his former student and friend Alex Ploner, and for the whole Italian team.

Carl Wallbank, after a poor landing near me on the second to last day when we were all just trying to make it over the ridge at Mison, had forty stitches in his leg and a broken pinky. He then flew the last day and made goal. He was able to launch off the steep north side. He before and later said that he likely wouldn't have launched at all from the shallow south side.

Mario Alonzi was ranked number one quite a few times in the last year, but in his home country against the best in the World he was twentieth.

Attila Bertok landed short a few times, and was unable to defend his crown as World Champion, to the disappointment of the Hungarian team. He finished about like he did last year.

Bruce Kavanaugh placed third on the British team after being added as the fifth pilot. The British team won the last World Championship in Big Spring, Texas but finished behind the US here in France.

Jeff O'Brien won the first day and was the early leader, but didn't keep up the pace and dropped back after taking later start times on days that he should have gone with the big gaggle, then hitting the no fly zone, and not making it to goal on the last day. He also just missed getting to goal on the previous day to be in ahead of the stop time.

Gerolf Heinrichs and Robert Reisinger, perpetual top finishers (but not quite right at the top) were way down below their and our expectations. Gerolf got not too far on the last two days, but finished well on others, except for getting stuck on one day and coming to goal fortieth.

Scott Barrett finished well off the pace of his previous year's efforts, in spite of using smart tactics (going around the turnpoint when we went west of Pic de Bure) which won him the pre-Worlds.

Christian Voiblet finished second on one day behind Christian Ciech when he took the lead from Manfred, but didn't get far on other days and landed short on the final day.

Blay, inspite of doing very well in Australia and often doing better than Jonny apparently didn't fly one day (I don't know the reason) and in general did not do as well as expected after beating Jonny in the Spanish nationals.

Gary Wirdham landed early at Camping Montéglin on the last day after feeling that the air conditions were too rough.

Jeff Shapiro did not do as well as he expected getting some poor late starts and dropping out in weak conditions on a couple of days and being held up on launch one day. He didn't improve his relative performance over his efforts at the pre-Worlds. I'm quite sure that he feels he has no one to blame but himself.

Julia was the top placing women. She destroyed her first glider and then flew another one. She could use help with landing technique, although it may also be associated with the problem of being relatively short and light in hang gliders that are not made for such people if they wish to pass the DHV certification.

Me, I dropped like a stone, essentially due to very poor decision making related to strong emotions that nudge me in the wrong direction. The emotions overcome any of my limited abilities to cogitate in stressful situations. Deep breathing might help. I might go into more details later if I think that they will be of any use to the reader in dealing with their own situations. We'll see.

Oleg Bondarchuck was suffering from back problems.

Max Bishop visits the Worlds

Sun, Jul 5 2009, 1:33:55 am EDT

Max Bishop visits the Worlds

Not taking any guff from Gerolf

Alessandro "Alex" Ploner|CIVL|Max Bishop|PG|record|sailplane|Scott Barrett|USHPA|weather

One of the many pleasant surprises at the Worlds was Max Bishop, the head of the FAI, coming to the Worlds in Laragne, a not too long distance away from his office in Lausanne, Switzerland. He came for a couple of days and gave the closing speech at the awards ceremony on Saturday morning after Alex Ploner was awarded first place and the Italian team won the Worlds beating out rival (in more ways than one) Austria.

Scott Barrett saw Max and took the opportunity to corner him at the reception after the speeches. Gerolf and I took that opportunity to join in the "attack." Scott's major complaint was that CIVL was not taking the proper steps with regard to safety concentrating on areas (sprogs) that do little for safety, and even they're not doing it correctly.

Gerolf's complaint was that the FAI was top down and undemocratic forcing CIVL from the top to take actions that were not useful with respect to safety. I was there as "the press" to see what was going down. Max recognized that the paragliding side of CIVL was not doing much, if anything to address his safety concerns.

You might remember that Max gave a speech at the CIVL Plenary in February. The reference to the speech is found here. This is the speech combined with the actions of the DHV that lead to the sprog measurements at Laragne (that were all great fun).

A number of us have complaints about this speech. In particular that it didn't differentiate between paragliding and hang gliding. Just look at the safety record at this 2009 Hang Gliding Worlds compared to the 2009 Paragliding Worlds in Valle de Bravo. Well, there is no comparison. Even Max Bishop commended us (and the organizers) for the clean bill of health here.

This was mainly due to the good work of the task committee, and safety committee, the meet director, the French weather people (under contract) and the meet organizers, who very carefully considered the weather implications and now the day played out. Tasks were stopped three times due to weather. Tasks weren't even attempted on days with weather that wasn't appropriate. Launch was closed when conditions were unsafe.

This is what makes for a safe contest, knowledgeable people in charge of the contests. Not some charade measuring sprogs before the meet. We have already proved that sprogs are not engaged in normal flight.

Gerolf's complaint, and Scott's too, includes the fact that CIVL does not have the expertise (mainly in its delegates) to be making rules that are applied to competition. The sprog rules being a prime example. Like in the USHPA, the meeting geeks rule and rule blindly.

Max did berate the editor and publisher of the Oz Report for reporting that there was a history of conflict between the FAI and the Hungarian Aerosports Association. He says it was a flat out lie. Hmmm?! It seems that the Hungarian National Hang Gliding Team feels otherwise. Apparently Max forgot to read the qualifier that I included with that story.

Max apparently wanted me to check with him first on whether that story was true or not. When I said that he was perfectly free to challenge the story's veracity in a message to me that I would gladly post in the Oz Report, he indicated that he couldn't be bothered to respond to all the three hundred emails he gets each day or articles like mine. Welcome, to the new media world, Max.

My sources verified the truth of the story, which I didn't even detail and was a minor part of my story, so that was enough for me to go with it. If Max has a response, let him come to me.

I was also told at the reception by the Hungarian Team leader that we were not supposed to be seen together. I wonder what that was about. Later I saw Ferenc, the Hungarian pilot who is making so much trouble, speaking with Max.

One quote from Max (in jest), "Hang gliders are more highly evolved than paragliders." He did use to be a sailplane competitor.

The 2009 Hang Gliding Worlds, day twelve, task six

Fri, Jul 3 2009, 4:45:55 pm EDT

The Worlds

Manfred does the inexplicable

Alessandro "Alex" Ploner|Belinda Boulter|Curt Warren|Dustin Martin|Facebook|Jamie Shelden|Jeff O'Brien|Jeff Shapiro|Jon "Jonny" Durand jnr|Jon Durand jnr|Katharina Lochner|Manfred Ruhmer|Scott Barrett|weather|Worlds 2009

More later, but for now the preliminary word is that fifteen minutes before the start gate opened Manfred and Antoine went west down the Chabre ridge past the last clouds. I had launched earlier and had already gone down the ridge and come back to the clouds and thought better of venturing further down the ridge to try to stay up where there were no clouds. I was hanging out in the last (west most cloud) for an hour before the start window opened.

Manfred apparently didn't make the first turnpoint thereby losing the World Championship to Alex Ploner who came into goal soon after Jonny. Nene won the day. Dustin was third in and Zac soon after him.

With a forecast (XCSkies/GFS) of 10 knots of north northwest winds the organizers send us to Chabre north lower launch. But when we get up there they change their minds and send us to the top, which has both south and north launched. The north winds are light here (but apparently quite strong at Aspres).

We get to the hill in time to drive up to the top launch instead of having to repackup at the lower launch and get a head start. I'm set to be the first to launch from the far launch and it looks like it will be a north launch.

The task committee calls a big task, over 150 km, to the north into the mountains, then to the east past Gap, and in the mountains except when going past Gap, then south into the mountains and finally back to Camping Montéglin.

I set up on the north launch as the launch opens just after it was coming in good. Jeff O'Brien is set as the first to launch on the north side on the near launch. The wind is not coming in on the north more than a trickle, and as no one is pushing I wait. It's coming up better on Jeff's launch and he is off. He soon finds himself at 500' over the LZ struggling to get back up. It will take him half an hour to get over launch.

After half an hour of unlaunchable conditions on the north side the wind turns around and is coming up on the south side. I haul the glider back up, but let two pilots launch in front of me. The first one runs a long ways and gets off but it doesn't look great. The second one has a stronger launch and that convinces me that I can go.

I have the strongest launch of my meet running hard and far and getting off with the maximum of control in a very light breeze. I'm pumped.

The lift is right there and soon I'm floating around in the smooth Laragne lift at cloud base enjoying myself as I wait an hour for the first start time.

There are plenty of pilots around in this area about five kilometers to the west of launch at the last cloud, and only a few have taken off for the western ends of the long ridge line. When the hour strikes at 2:30 PM we are off racing 18 km to the north to the first turnpoint on an east west ridge line.

The glide goes on forever and as we come up upon Beaumont, a north south ridge, half way there, the pilots split into two groups. One on the lee side of Beaumont and another further north on the upwind side. The pilots out in front are on the upwind side but those behind headed to the lee side as they didn't see the guys in front getting up. They did but after we made that choice.

The lift is rough, unlike over Chabre, but not too bad, and I'm so pumped I don't worry about it.  We climb high enough to race to the ridge with the turnpoint.

The lift is strong and rough there also, but again there are forty to sixty pilots around so I'm more concerned about not hitting anyone and I don't worry about the rough air. We get up fast and make the turnpoint. I leave with Mario and Shapiro and head to the north of the west east course line heading for Aspres launch.

The turnpoint is northeast of Gap, forty km away and the idea is to run the mountains and clouds along the north side of the course line in faster conditions. As we approach Aspres there is a gaggle about two kilometers from it but they are going up at 100 fpm. I take a couple of turns and then dive toward Aspres.

Just then Dustin gets on the radio and says that the air is dangerous in front of Aspres as the launch is on the lee side. Too late for me, but Jeff has stayed back and found better lift as the weak thermal improved.

I get trashed hard with about five other gliders about a kilometer in front of Aspres in the lee. It's hard to tell if this is lift or just turbulence. Finally I've had enough and head east and south to try to find something pleasant to get up in.

I have to go all the way back across the valley south of Pic de Bure to find good soft lift and take it up high. I then run into the mountains on the south side where I meet up again with Mario and Shaprio. After we get almost to base Mario heads back to Pic de Bure and Shapiro and I go with him. Dustin is just at the end of this range before Gap and O'Brien is not far away. We don't hear from Zippy.

We run the south ridges south of Pic de Bure to the end of the ridges just before Gap and find good lift there getting to cloud base, and maybe a little above. Then it is a long glide in an area where we know that there will not be any lift to get to the second turnpoint, a launch on a hill side northeast of Gap.

There is no lift during the glide and we come in at launch height but don't find anything.  There are three or four gliders circling out in front of launch but it is basically zero lift there. Jeff gets a few hundred feet and heads south. I head south without those few hundred feet and don't find much lift and land. Jeff finds lift and climb up Colombis to the south and keeps going.

He lands in the mountains about twenty kilometers to the south after getting below the peaks in the lee. Belinda is driving so we go pick him up. Jeff O'Brien has gone further but pushed too hard and landed  east of Sisteron going to the next turnpoint.

Dustin and Zippy made it to goal. See Jamie's twitters above for the action at the goal.

The final results will be up on the web tomorrow.