Topic: Other Competitions

2021 SA State Gliding Championships

Coaching Week has been.. it was reasonably busy with 14 gliders doing different tasks.

This week the SA State Comp is running at Waikerie, with 11 entries. Here’s the comp website

Results are on Soaring Spot

Horsham Week 2014

Horsham week Part 1.

The three pilots and trusty crew set off for Waikerie in the afternoon of Thursday 30th January 2014. We derigged the gliders and secured the Discus in the open trailer, not much fun in 40 degree heat. We were looking forward to the heat continuing over the next week so that we would have some good flying. Setting off early for the 5+ hour drive to Horsham we stopped off at bordertown for the worst cup of coffee, what a disappointment. Rigging went well having to help out a couple of pilots from Ballarat – so we rigged 5 gliders and still made the pool at our accommodation around 4pm EDT.

Day 1. Early start around 7am and out to the aerodrome to clean, tape up and set up the  gliders. Briefing was set for 11am and first launch was to be at 2pm so the task was reasonably short. 2:30 AAT with start gate opening for Standard Class at 15:30. Pushed through the start gate 5 minutes later and headed for the Q we could see up North. Good day with nice round up to 10 Knot thermals and climbs under the clouds above 10,000 ft. Scoring on OLC (it now appears to be the norm)

Day 2. Briefing was set for 10am then changed to 10:30, what did this mean? Comp organisers needed to be sure the Trough line would not come through and the temps remained in the above 40 degree mark. At launch and for the first hour thermals were only going to about 6,000 ft. Just before the start I managed 7500 ft and had an LX8000 computer failure. The screen went blank but the audio on the vario continued to work. I needed to reboot the logger and then lost some of my trace and did not get a good start. But fortunately as it turns out should a logger shut down in flight (say when changing over to a second set of batteries the rules allow 5 minutes to re-establish logging and this meant I at least had a legal start, even though I had gone back to start again this second start was missing. The LX now showed that I was at 653ft so had no accurate final glide or altitude information. Half way along the first leg the Oudie (my back up logger) came up with a fatal error message and after reboot. I had no final glide info or times on this instrument so I guess I need a third logger for each flight.   The day was impressive have a look at Craigs results winning the day at 150.4 kph.

Day 3 Cancelled prior 10:30am briefing; so after the presentations it was a day at rest and a few more dips in the pool. It is possible that the next attempt at day 3 will not come to much as a front moving through today will dampen thermal activity for the next day at least.

Horsham 2013 Day 4

What a day it was. The best gliding I have experienced in 36 years. The winner in Standard Class was Peter Buskins from the Beaufort gliding club at Bacchus Marsh with a speed of 143.9 kph over 500 kilometres. Grant claimed second spot with an average speed of 127.9 kph. Greg a very reasonable 120 kph for a 5th place. For those following us on Soaring Spot you will see some good results. Not many points separate the pilots; Craig missed 1st place by 0.5 kph averaging 138.9 kph and that speed was achieved over 600 kilometres. We were climbing to 13,500 feet in huge wide thermals with climb rates over 10 knots and we had 14 to 15 knots on the averager for several turns during the day. A maggot race showed the winning pilots deviated under the best clouds and did not waste any time in pushing on under them, gaining or at least maintaining height over regular glides of 100 kilometres.

Horsham Week 2013 after day 3

Monday was cancelled after 2 hours sitting on the grid – a few pilots were unhappy with the wait and had started to pull their gliders off the grid. Subsidence from the high over head put a cap on the day.
Day 3 turned out to be a good blue day and standard class had a 360k racing task. Greg had a good day averaging 110kph. Peter lost his LX8000 nav instrument on the final part of the final glide home possibly due to a failed battery. Grant outlanded 15k near the 1200ft radio mast to the east of the aerodrome. Craig had the best day winning in 18M/Open Tony Tabart coming second. Results on soaring spot.

Horsham Week 2013

Well we have a strong team of Waikerie pilots at Horsham week 2013; Four gliders and one crew. Grant Hudson has joined Craig Peter and Greg. Our Solo crew member extrordinair John Ridge does everything from inspect pilots rooms to  ensure close liaison with the comps director for the latest changes to the rulest. Craig was in front after two days of competition but another look at the handicaps now places Craig in second place in the 18M class. After two days of coming second Grant is in the lead by 25 points consistancy counts. If you would like to follow the scores here is the link or go to Horsham week gliding competition web site.

It was a good days flying Sunday 3/2/13 with the RASP totally wrong predicting brown and low thermal heights all day. The day turned out to be a good Q day with 5 to 8 kts to over 7 thousand feet. We will see what day 3 brings a longer task I think maybe 400 for standard.