Topic: Club & Sportsclass 2013

33rd National Club and Sports Class Competition Day 8

Day 8 turned out to be another very tricky day for all the Organisers, Task Setters and Pilots. With 14 Outlanding and a few pilots not making a start. The top pilots all scored reasonably well to either hold onto their existing placing or only move up and down one place. The skill of the pilots must be commended to overcome each days very variable and testing conditions and yet still achieve speeds in the low to mid 100’s. Congratulations to Matthew Scutter Sports Class Champion and Tobias Geiger Club Class Champion. List of Trophy winners and pictures on the GFA web blog.

Richard Geytenbeck kept us amused with his daily cartoons based on unusual events and an inventive mind. Sand castles for aerotow retrieves, hand spinning props, Wilgas going around in circles Tuggy left foot problem; all could have occurred or did happen. Very witty thanks Richard.

We had 6 tow planes for the competition. One Scout from Temora; One Scout from Benalla; The Yellow Dog Callair from central Victoria, Wilga from Horsham; the Pawnee from Gawler and the Waikerie Pawnee. Thanks must go out to the Tuggy’s who not only ferried there planes long distances for this competition but flew safely and skilfully throughout the event. Both Gawler and Waikerie tugs share a few days with relief pilots. We thank John from Gawler and Kent from Waikerie your assistance was appreciated. Next year’s National Open Class Championship will require us to do it all again. We only have 2 tugs in South Australia capable of pulling the big guns and water ballasted 15 metre gliders into the air on a hot day so we will be looking at ferrying at least another 4 of the more powerful tugs across from the Eastern States next year. Remembering that many of the pilots come from the eastern clubs and we will need your support to convince your clubs to send the tugs. National Comps are a (GFA) National event that just cannot be run without National support.

33rd National Club and Sports Class Competition Day 7

As expected day 6 turned out to be a great days gliding with some very good speeds. Matthew Scutter won Sports class with a speed of 140kph. Some pilots had to come back early due thunderstorm build up to the east of the Hattah circle. Club class had a ball only reaching oxygen needed heights of 10,000 ft with lots of good strong climbs available. Steven Jinks commented he had the best day flying the cirrus as fast as it can go only to have achieved 12 place at 105.3kph. This day also helped Stev recover from his 350k retrieve from Sandalwood on day 5.

Day 7 will prove to be even more challenging with tasks again into the Northern Adelaide ranges and expected CB activity over us will see a 10k finish line around Waikerie. Trough lines and convergence zones are all in the mix.

33rd National Club and Sports Class Competition Day 6

Briefing was called for 9:30am but the weather pattern changed overnight and a normal good day was expected. Thermals to 4,000ft at Noon launch then going to 10,000 with 6 to 7 knot climb rates. Sports have a 4.5 hour AAT max distance 624k and Club 4 hours AAT max distance 559k. With expected speeds of the top pilots to be well over the 120kph mark.

33rd National Club and Sports Class Competition Day 5

Day 5 tasked the Sports Class into the hills and the day was won by Peter Temple who was able to use his experience of the area gained from flying out of Gawler. With only 39 points separating the top 3 places. Club Class were tasked to the East with a 60k circle around Karawinna. With great consistency Toby Geiger is on top of the Overall Club Class points. Three more potential flying days to go

33rd National Club and Sports Class Competition Day 3 and 4

Day 3 proved to be an exciting day for both the pilots and the organisers. 14 outlanding with a few gliders landing after crossing the 3k finish circle.

Day 4 was cancelled after briefing when the 6/8 cloud failed to break up and did not allow heating to commence, wind remained brisk.

Day 4 was completed on Tuesday 7th January and proved to be a good day – with some exceptionally accurate weather briefings presented each morning at briefing by Alex; the pilots were able to launch with some confidence of completing the tasks. Almost 500k for Sports and 355k for Club. Average speeds were good with only a couple of outlandings.