Category Archives: Junior World Gliding Championships


Prizes being laid out for the Closing Ceremony

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Dec 2015

Gliding Championships 2015 – A Crew Perspective (Closing Ceremony and Last Post)

Sunday 12 December 2015: Closing Ceremony After a nice Sunday morning bacon and egg breakfast with the Hardings we trundled over to the airfield. Actually, to be accurate, Jess had to leave earlier as she had lots of preparations to do. Prizes needed to be labelled and sorted, FAI Diplomas printed (with correct spelling of all the names)… At the airfield the atmosphere was nice and…

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Photo Opportunity with all JWGC2015 Pilots

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Dec 2015

Junior World Gliding Championships 2015 – A Crew Perspective (Final Race in Blue)

Saturday 11 December 2015: 12th Competition Day, 10th Task – 3hr Assigned Area Task in the Blue and the Final Countdown The air was forecast to remain relatively cool and dry for our final race. A deep blue sky and climbs to about 6000ft would be with us and particularly the pilots the whole day. I readied the glider which took a little longer than usual…

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Monitoring the Radio

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Dec 2015

Junior World Gliding Championships 2015 – A Crew Perspective (Windy and Blue Start)

Friday 10 December 2015: 11th Competition Day, 9th Task – 390kms in Blue changing to CU studded Sky Early in the morning Rachel had to catch her flight back to Adelaide to be able to attend a friend’s wedding on the weekend. Jess drove her to Dubbo and was back in time for breakfast. An early start was called this morning as another front was forecast…

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Club Class Grid

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Dec 2015

Junior World Gliding Championships 2015 – A Crew Perspective (More promising Clouds and big Tasks)

Thursday 10 December 2015: 10th Competition Day, 8th Task – More promising Clouds and big Tasks 630km task for Standard Class and 500km for Club Class and an early launch today. Forecast was for 12 to 13,000ft and thunderstorms to the north. This is another chance for the Club Class boys to harvest some much needed points. The trickier weather and shorter tasks have stacked the odds…

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Big Puddle in front of the Aussie Team Hangar

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Dec 2015

Junior World Gliding Championships 2015 – A Crew Perspective (New Challenges after a Rest Day)

Tuesday 8 December 2015: 8th Competition Day, No task – Rest Day Not much to report about. We all did our own things. Joanne and I spent some time in the pool, then had a nanny nap followed by washing, shopping and dinner at the Bowling Club (where we met Rachel and Jess at a roundtable of competition officials). Around then a storm front rolled…

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JWG2015 Bleak Sky

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Dec 2015

Junior World Gliding Championships 2015 – A Crew Perspective (A tough Challenge and International Delights)

Monday 7 December 2015: 7th Competition Day, 6th Task – A tough Challenge and International Delights With a front moving in and a very grey looking sky the forecast was positive for a great soaring day. Many thought the tasks were way overset but the results say otherwise despite a good number of outlandings. As always Soaring Spot has the scores. Tomorrow is likely to be unsoarable so…

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Towing out to the Grid

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Dec 2015

Junior World Gliding Championships 2015 – A Crew Perspective (Getting hotter)

Saturday 5 & Sunday 6 December 2015: 5th & 6th Competition Day, 4th & 5th Task – Getting hotter As the weather heats up the battle is also getting fiercer. Saturday morning at the briefing we had 3 Australians on the podium and with the thermals starting to favour our team’s gliders we were fully expecting to see the boys climb up the ladder and so they…

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WUQ Crew Vehicle

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Dec 2015

Junior World Gliding Championships 2015 – A Crew Perspective (Blue Blue Blue)

Friday 4 December 2015: 4th Competition Day, 3rd Task – Yet another Blue Day Towing out today and setting up on the grid I took some pictures to show things from my vantage point. The boys are getting to play in a beautiful blue sky. The wind has died down and conditions are expected to be similar to yesterday. Eric actually had a smile on his face…

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Tasks Today

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Dec 2015

Junior World Gliding Championships 2015 – A Crew Perspective (More Blue)

Thursday 3 December 2015: 3rd Competition Day, 2nd Task – Variation on the Theme in Blue This morning the mostly blue sky was dotted in places with fast cycling cumulus clouds which progressively dried up. Thermals were predicted to be slightly stronger and go a little higher, some  in the blue and some CU in parts of the task area. A mixed bag that may require…

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A Blue Day

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Dec 2015

Junior World Gliding Championships 2015 – A Crew Perspective (The Fun continues in Blue)

Wednesday 2 December 2015: 2nd Competition Day, 1st Task – A Play in the Blue The storm yesterday was a bit too much for the windsock at the Sky Park. This morning it was still windy which was the prediction for the whole day. It would also be completely blue but reasonable soaring weather. Assigned Area Tasks were set for both classes and the launches went…

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