Topic: State Comp 2007/08

State Comp wrap-up

A review of the 2008 SA State Comps reveals the following information: 11 entrants, ranging from Australian National pilots to first comp pilots, in sailplanes ranging from Single Astirs to AS G29. The weather also co-operated, with five of the seven days providing suitable conditions for climbs to above 10,000 and some reasonable tasks.

The overall Comp Results show David Pietsch in his AS W20 was third, Haidyn Dunn in his Pik20 was second and the comp was won by Graham Parker in his AS G29. Our congratulations to the winners and all the other competition pilots for a fun week of competition flying, and to all the non-competiton pilots who also flew from Waikerie during the week.

WGC pilot Peter Paine was awarded the “Most Meritorious” trophy for his effort – his first competition. Peter was suitably surprised to receive the award. Well done Peter.

An “Aussie Night” was held to wind-up the State comps. The group of Japanese members here provided a “Japanese Night” earlier in the week, complete with Sake, and this was in reciprocation. With skewered prawns on the BBQ, BBQ Lamb and roast vegetables followed by Pavlova provided the basis for a great wind-up night.

We now move into Coaching Week – with entries for this event from across the country. Its great to have Ingo Renner here as Guest Coach, together with a number of the SA Region Coaches under the leadership of Bernard Eckey.

Its also great to have Harry and Wendy Medlicott here to fly for a period.

Lets hope for another week of great conditions.

John Hudson

Final scores

The scores have been finalised: congrats Graham Parker. There are more detailed scores and some photos from the comp.

Peter Paine won the David Bond trophy for showing the greatest determination and most meritorious effort. It was his first comp and he was mixing it with some pretty experienced comp pilots.

Place Pilot Points
1 Graham Parker 4842.6
2 Hayden Dunn 4606.5
3 David Pietsch 4560.4
4 David and Catherine Conway 4494.4
5 Craig Vinall 4086.6
6 Gavin Wrigley 3848.8
7 Nigel Zimmerman 3820.1
8 Andrew Horton 2942.2
9 Peter Paine 2778.0
10 Phil Hollick 2554.3

Day 5’s flying

The task set was Start – Lindsay River – Morgan – Alawoona – Waikerie Finish

10,000′ with Cu – although a little scrappy.  Conditions deteriorated near the first turn (Lindsay River).  Could see the trough line to the west probably over the hills. Climbs were variable and narrow.


Friday Afternoon

I arrived on New Years day to do three days towing and then fly during Performance week. A hotter worn out bunch of glider pilots I have never seen before. Day after day of over 40 degrees and lift going to 14,000 feet – Could not have been the vast distances or the cool air under the Q. Was it lack of oxygen as I understand a few cylinders may have run out of that vital brain lubricant. I think it was the heat and how difficult it is for most of us to re-hydrate particularly when we are not conditioned to drinking litres of water. Add barley, hops, and yeast put it in a small bottle in the fridge and it is not a problem.
Most of the competition pilots had an enforced rest day on Wednesday 2nd but our Japanese members, instructors Peter Robinson and Phil had 22 launches for a rest day and then we did another 10 launches yesterday on the cancelled days flying. David in ZZ and Graham in TF had a great time going around the task pair flying. Phil stayed up for a little over an hour and then tried to convince Peter Paine in HP to spend the rest of the day looking at the Cricket. Peter preferred to practice all day approaching tree lines by flying into wind at the right angle corner of the scrub areas and turning and turning in lift every time. I just completed another 16 launches today as the comp resumed with a 3 hour 401 kilometre task Lindsay River, Morgan, Allawoona, WKI. Few Q around late in the day and heights I would say in the order of 10,000 feet. Heading off now for an Aussie night with the Japanese visitors, whole Lamb on a spit.

Thursday afternoon

The task was called off at 1500. There were a couple of gliders up I think and the ones arriving for next week’s flying. It didn’t seem to be going much above 3000 with weak thermals.

Bernard Eckey has just landed.

Ann Woolf