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 to move through and the task setters want to get everyone home by the time it hits Narromine. We launched the fleet into a blue sky with a strong westerly wind blowing. Several relights and later outlandings told of the really tough conditions but our guys sounded quite happy on the radio and seemed to make good progress.
As the front moved closer nice cumulus clouds started building but there was also a high cloud cover shadowing the ground more and more as the afternoon progressed. Temperatures dropped and the sky looked bleaker by the minute.
More outlanding reports came in but our boys soldiered on into the worse conditions here at Narromine…
For a while it looked like Eric might just make it home but eventually he, as the others, succumbed to gravity and fell into a paddock 9km away, just 6km from the finish line. The retrieve was uneventful other than the farmer trying to talk our ears off while we derigged (we got 101 lessons in canola farming, cattle grid construction, fire fighting…).
Back at base they had arranged pizza for us by the time we returned. Thanks to team captain Mandy and whoever else was involved in getting us a feed.
We enjoyed a spectacular sunset whilst waiting for the rest of the team to return from their retrieves.
Eric and I decided to rig in the cool air at last light to save us having to get up early and do the heavy lifting ahead of the day’s work. Also, if we found anything damaged or broken we would have more time to get it fixed.