Big Puddle in front of the Aussie Team Hangar

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 in which actually brought some pouring rain, requiring us to rescue the washing from the line. Within a few minutes we were completely drenched. At least it won’t be so dusty at the airfield tomorrow.

Wednesday 9 December 2015:

9th Competition Day, 7th Task – A Sky full of Cumuli for a Change

After the storms and rain yesterday and overnight it was very cloudy and humid this morning but the day developed nicely and there are nice CUs in the task area.

Image JWGC2015 Good looking Sky

A good looking Sky

A good video from AIRZONE.TV was shown at the delayed briefing this morning – well worth watching to experience a piece of the racing action.

Both classes went on task. Dylan had a bit of a drama before start with a stuck undercarriage door which his team mates checked out. On advice from Aussie base he returned with the crew standing by at the runway with spares, tools and a tug running. Within 30 seconds (yes seconds) of landing he was airborne again. Certainly the fastest turn-around I’ve ever experienced.

Image JWGC2015 Club Class Grid

Club Class Grid

After that it was the usual monitoring of radios, providing new weather updates and just waiting for the finishes.

They returned just before some thunderstorm cells started letting loose. Not directly here over the field but not far away in all directions.

Image JWGC2015 Thunderstorms after Finishes

Thunderstorms after the Finishes

It was a mixed bag for our Club Class but in Standard Class Matt dominated again, further consolidating his first position. Scores as usual on Soaring Spot.

Image JWGC2015 Thunderstorms at Sunset

Thunderstorms at Sunset

Image JWGC2015 Sunset with dying Storms

Dying Storms after Sunset


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