Topic: State Comp 2011

Uvalde 32nd WGC Texas update

Well it is the end of day 10 and we have another 3000 points up for grabs did I get that quote from Top Gun ? The Ozzies are doing PB’s every day and the best of the best are here doing battle in the sky’s over  the Texas southern plains. Today’s result in the 18M is outstanding..

1. 4D David Jansen AUS ASG-29-18 14:11:35 17:45:17 03:33:42 141.2km/h 502.9km 1000
2. UJ Uys Jonker RSA JS1-B 14:46:07 18:23:35 03:37:28 138.9km/h 503.5km 968
3. F1 David Springford CAN ASG-29-18 14:47:10 18:23:09 03:35:59 138.5km/h 498.7km 962

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Greg Jackson

Horsham week Day 4

Day 4

It was a good day for me as I won the day and gained much more satisfaction from this win than winning the Hw last day last year in 2011. The competition winner will be John Orton flying his ZSD55 as he has won every day so far except this one. Flying a 300k racing task was fun as the cu were working with a few 8 to 10 knot climbs. Handicapped average speed was 108kph.

Thursday, 09 February 2012 Written by Colin Adam and published on the Horsham web site

Day 4 started with cool temperatures, a clear sky and light southerly winds.

At briefing, the sky was already showing low cumulus development with strengthening southerly winds. Standard / 15m / Open class was set a 295.7 km FAI triangle task: Horsham – Netherby – Birchip – Horsham in expectation of a blue day with initially slow climbs under a stable inversion at 5700 ft.

Performance Class was set an AAT task which allowed maximum pilot discretion: Horsham – Jeparit (40 km radius) – Birchip (30 km radius) – Horsham (149.2 km min and 249.4 km max.).

Local cumulus began dissipating about 1230, and launching commenced at 1300 with 15 kt southerly winds and 4 kt climbs to 4700’.

36 aircraft were launched in 58 minutes into an increasingly blue sky, again with anticipated improving conditions to the north.

Pilots reported climbs from 5 – 6 knots to 5000’ during the early afternoon and less reliable lift to 6000’ later in the day.

The best speeds were reported by pilots who worked the strongest lift between 4000 and 6000’ later in the day, taking advantage of the decreasing southerly wind strengths.

The final leg home, into wind, proved to be difficult. Four aircraft outlanded.

In summary

I had a classic day spending a little time planning the flight before the flight, thinking about start times and water ballast requirements. Started a little late because I went out over the scrub on track to see what was happening with the clouds. A couple of good climbs on the first leg saw me with a few other gliders at the first turn – tried to fly across the lake but in the end flew around the southern shore. Caught up with John Orton on the second leg and I am always fascinated at what other gliders look like as they glide and pull up in lift. Needed to adjust each time I pulled up into a thermal but worth the effort finding the centre. Final glide as with was most of my flying this week was alone – took and extra thousand feet or so to ensure a stress free final glide home. Horsham aerodrome is difficult to see from 30k out and I have been looking for it since 1977 when I did my second 300k out of Horsham in an Arrow (single wing wooden glider) took me 7 hours 20 minutes.

Greg Jackson

Getting back to Waikerie with the trophy.

Well after a nice sleep in my own bed Kim dropped me out at ASC on Sunday the 6th March. According to SSU the day was looking like being quite good with cu predicted in the riverland and heights up to 10’000 feet later in the day…you beauty! I prepared the glider and chatted away to a constant stream of ASC pilots. I then ended up in Brian Rau’s hangar looking at his new Pilatus that he recently bought along with the Super Pup (??) he has bought with Terry Cubley. A catch up with Clifty and old WGC member John Brook and I noticed the day was getting away from me. Rob Moore towed me out behind his car (thanks to the twins…Reg towed me in the afternoon before) and I was in the line with about 8 gliders in front of me. I launched at 13:30 and took 3 knots to 4200′ and headed off before running into  a great thermal…5 knots to 5500′ and I thought the day was well and truly away! I was hoping for a 500km broken leg triangle for the day…Peterborough – Lindsay River – Waikerie and it looked like it might be on but a  scrabbly climb at Kapunda and a struggle in broken thermals in the barossa Valley (again) put that thought from my mind. By comparison the ASC boys were flying Brinkworth – Burra – Gawler and again were finding much better conditions over the plains west of the ranges like I had encountered the day before. I spoke to Pete Robbo at this point in the Nimbus and he told me conditions were reasonable in the riverland but that they had only just launched. I scored a couple more climbs back to 5000′ in relatively weak thermals while still heading north over the top of Marrabel. At this stage I was thinking about getting to Burra and then heading back to Waikerie over The Gums and Morgan as I once again had a 20 km/ hour head wind as I headed north. I flew onto the ridge at Waterloo which is the state’s newest wind farm and had a bit of a desicion to make. I was low and looking for a climb, the windmills line up directly along the crest of the ridge. The NE breeeze was against the ridge but the valley on the east of the ridge has a couple of farms in it while the township of Waterloo sits in the valley to the west of the ridge. I played it safe as I thought at this stage I was probably going to outland so tracked up the western side of the ridge as close to the wind farm as I could while maintaining a safe distance from them. The problem was that every bubble I stopped in I had to turn downwind away from the windfarm and generally into the sink. I eventually gave up this game and flew to the sub station wherre I got nothing then to the quarry where I got 0 – 1/2 knot which kept me in the air while assessing my choice of paddock right next to town and straight into wind. I joined downwind and put the wheel down when I flew through a bubble so around I went still in 0 – 1/2 a knot but drifting downwind of my paddock. So I kept assessing paddocks downwind and kept chasing the broken, weak lift. Anyway thios went on for 40 minutes, and about 50 minutes after I entered the valley at Waterloo I left it and headed east. During my climb out Graham Parker in his ASG29 pulled up in the thermal about 100′ higher than me and kept going! The DG1000 with Alex Wallis and Peter Temple also came across and joined me in a thermal I was leaving over the Black Springs ridge…everyone heading for home. Another decision to be madewhen I was just NE of Robertstown…head for the landable strip at the Gums or head back to the Morgan to Eudunda road which was the route I had come the previous day. I chose to do this due to an easier retrieve along the main road. I had found that once back on the plains east of the ranges now the conditions had improved again with consistent, smooth thermals back to around 5000’…much nicer than the rubbish in the Barossa Valley. A couple of thermals later I was at Bower and again tip-toeing out over the last patch of tiger country but like the trip west the day before there were consistent thermals every few km’s. I crossed over the river and stepped the speed up a notch due to persistant sink…I climbed to final glide at least twice when east of the river only to lose it due to widespread 6 knots of sink…something going on just not sure what?? I ended up just slowing down in lift and took iot easy when over Waikerie. A nice 400′ run down 08 at 130 knots and pull up and around for a circuit & landing onto 02 right on 17:30 PM and that was the end of another tough day in the office. A big thanks to Syd, Craig, Pete Paine & Pete Robbo who had hung about waiting (with no comms from me for a couple of hours) for me since they had landed…I really appreciate it and llok forward to returning the favour in the future. It was a great weeekend and something we should look into doing as a club sometime in the future…something along the lines of a safari calling in @ clubs along the Murray and north into NSW would be a great little adventure.


Horsham week 5-02-2011 to 12-02-2011

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Friday 4th XOK Greg Jackson and XJB Peter Paine depart with the crew John Ridge from Forreston around 8:30 in a convoy for Horsham. Coincidentally we met VNL Craig Vinall at Bordertown for Lunch. Arrived at the aerodrome around mid afternoon and decided that we would not rig the gliders due to the expected overnight and early morning rain. We made the same good decision in 2009 when during briefing the hanger almost lifted off the ground. Did some food shopping and went for a swim in the Wimmera Lakes great new pool. The crew provided dinner in the form of a homemade Ridge Lasagne.

Saturday 5th We had an early morning get up to check weather and set up our borrowed Colibri loggers; thanks to John and Grant Hudson. 10:00am briefing was not very hopeful of a task and we were to reconvene at 12 to be informed the expected temp would not be achieved and the practise day was cancelled. We tuned into  the ABC news and the whole of the North East of Victoria in a line stretching from Mildura to Melbourne was experiencing flooding and huge down falls of rain this was a spin off from Yarsi which was now moving towards Alice Springs and down onto the Nullarbor.  We rigged our gliders in expectation of flying on the Sunday. We had a delicious Kangaroo mild curry for dinner with 90 second Sunkist rice which is surprisingly good. Craig served a rare 2001 Rockford Special Vineyard Selection Shiraz pressings that was drinking to perfection.

Sunday 6th Tasks were set for the 4 classes of gliders – to make up the numbers Peter Paine XJB agreed to fly in 15M racing. Open 18 metre class was won by Craig in his AS29 VNL the other two Waikerie gliders came 4th and 4th – numbers of entrants are down this year. Peter prepared a BBQ. Steaks, nice and rare with a couple of good red wines.

Monday 7th Craig declared a lay-day as he had business in Melbourne and we all gridded in expectation of a low blue day with a max height of 4000ft – over night cool air had come in over the area. Half way through the Performance class launch the day was cancelled. Not much lift and only going to 2500ft. Later in the day the temp improved and it seemed as if may have been flyable. Gourmet Pizzas with a bottle of 2006 Serafino Sharks tooth Shiraz.

Tuesday 8th Similar weather as reported yesterday but an AAT task was set and again Keith in the Pee Wee was the sniffer he reported slightly better climbs than yesterday and so they launched the whole fleet. We milled around under 3500ft before the start, things improved later in the day with a few climbs above 4 thousand. The 2 hour task stretched our endeavour however the winner of standard class did it at an average speed of 81kph. Well done Mathew Scutter. For dinner Butter Chicken with instant rice was enjoyed with a couple of bottles of aged Riesling.

Wednesday 9th We had our  morning coffee and weather briefing in our cabin and the outlook for the day was disappointing Yasi has moved down into the Great Aust bight and was now caught up in a Jet stream and the high cloud was expected to cover Horsham around mid day keeping the temp to 27 deg and the strong inversion was still present. We are running out of opportunities to get a contest because we know rain is on the way. 1400 the day was cancelled. Back to the swimming pool a beer and prepare for dinner.

Thursday 10th Today we expected to fly if the heavy overcast high cloud thinned out to allow some sun through. After the start the first leg to Jeparit was good but around the town lift was down to around 2 knots due to the wet conditions and cool Nth Westerly breeze blowing over Lake Hindmarsh. Those that went to the east of the turn did well as they were able to reach a row of Cu east of Brim. I struggled in zeros to 2 knots for about 20 minutes managed to climb up and struggled all the way home for an average speed of about 46kph what a joke, gained same number of points as Mathew Scutter who outlanded. Another challenging day at Horsham. John cooked a lovely Pork dinner and we celebrated with a couple of top shelf red wines.

Friday 11th The task for today was cancelled due to continuous morning rain. We set our own road task Great Western with a turn point at Halls Gap. Enjoyed a tasting at Best’s winery and tour of the historic cellars; fantastic. Did a flight of special wines at Seppelt’s, with a delicious cheese platter. By mid- afternoon the rain was starting to clear so we took a pleasant out and return 2 hour task on one of the few open walking trails at Halls Gap. Many of the roads and National Parks were closed due to washaways. As we looked into the distance from horizon to horizon all we could see was water everywhere. We had the had to evacuate HSMWK 09 due to fires and this year 2011 we have had rain and floods. What weird weather glider pilots have to overcome on the ground. Dinner put on by Craig was a cold selection Atlantic salmon and salads, enjoyed with a 1995 Sparkling Hardy’s ARRAS – not only was this a rare bottle of wine to have available for drinking but is was shared in great company with friends.

Saturday 12th Morning coffee around 8 and a very close look at the expected weather for the day which indicated another low day was possible – with this exciting news we headed out to the field. Briefing confirmed a task was possible but the day would be spent under high cloud which would keep the temp’s down and the lift to around 4000. From the previous days flying I learnt all about perseverance and just keep on going no matter how slow the average speed appears on the score sheet, made my plan after briefing and flew to the best of my current ability. Won the day (1000pts yah ho) Derigged the gliders and packed up for our road trip back to Waikerie; lost a borrowed EPB lesson learnt attach it better to parachute next time (the highs and the lows)

Sunday 13th We left the caravan park just after 8:30 CDST for a distance of about 520klm back to Waikerie arriving at 2:30. Spent a couple of hours rigging gliders ready for the next club flying weekend and finally that worn-out feeling drive home. Another challenging but difficult fun week of travel patience and 4 days flying at Horsham. What will be the challenges next year?

Greg Jackson

Waikerie Happenings, December 2010/January 2011

Following the successful 2010 SA State Comps in November, the Waikerie Gliding Club was preparing to send a small contingent of members to Narromine for Joeyglide 2010, accompanied by the Club’s AS K21. A problem existed in as much as the AS K21 trailer construction was complete – including the fittings for the glider – but the glider had not actually been fitted to the trailer.

With only a few days before the scheduled departure for Narromine, a small band of Club members were at Waikerie completing the fitting on Sunday 5th December. Progress advanced until late in the afternoon when a thunderstorm arrived – with heavy rain and wind, resulting in a localized power failure – which stopped work – no welder, grinder, lights.

Later on Sunday evening Terry Cubley called to inquire whether the Waikerie Club could host Joeyglide 2010 – scheduled to start in less than a week on 11 December.
A few phone calls were made to secure the necessary help – and the commitment was made to host the Junior Nationals. Here we are now in mid January 2011 – and the trailer still isn’t finished.

The first Junior entrants arrived on Wednesday 8th December.
Joeyglide was a memorable event – we had the opportunity to meet a great bunch of people, including Gus Stewart (CD), Grant Johnson (Safety Officer) and Neville Donald, Paul Mander – and all of the contestants. After 2 practice days there were six straight days of competition.

The thoughts of the group at Waikerie were regularly refocused back onto the eastern States – where continued heavy rain and flooding was taking an increasing impact on people, property and infra-structure – not to mention gliding activity.

After a great week, Andrew Maddocks was declared the contest winner in a tightly fought race. Congratulations to Matthew Scutter and Laim Donald who got so close.
Our congratulations to all the Joeyglide entrants for a great week. Around 65 people attended the Presentation Dinner on Saturday evening.

With a few days break for Christmas, the SA Coaching Week commenced on 27th December. A group of around 12 sailplanes entered this event under the direction of Cath Conway.

Many pilots achieved their established goals during the period – with some :first” cross-countries, attainment of 50 Km flights and C Certificates. Coaches for the event included Bernard Eckey, Cath Conway, Swanje Geyer, Derek Spencer and Terry Cubley.

The Waikerie Gliding Club has a large number of Japanese members, who arrived on 26th or 27th December for their annual pilgrimage to Waikerie. These members, who largely do their own thing in respect of the flying, participated in the discussions and briefings.

After a week of variable weather, Coaching Week wound up on Saturday 1st January – after a great New Years Eve celebration.

Sunday 2nd January was scheduled as a “practice day” for the 2011 SA State Comps – yes, soon after the 2010 SA State Comps.
Monday 3rd saw the Competition get underway in earnest, with the following entrants / sailplanes,
Graeme Parker (AS G29), Craig Vinall (AS G29), Colin Stauss (Mosquito), Bjorn Rechinger (LS-3), Grant Hudson (LS-4), Greg Jackson (LS-4), Peter Paine (LS-7), Tom Leach (DG1000), Matthew Scutter (LS-4), Michael Scutter (Discus).

The weather conditions for the competition ranged from mediocre to excellent – resulting in some memorable flights. The last day was abandoned due to a shower or two of rain. In the eastern states, and particularly Queensland, the rains continued to fall in unimaginable volumes across large areas.

The impact of the earlier eastern states’ rain is now evident in the River Murray at Waikerie and the towns downstream – all the way to the Murray mouth. Water now lies in areas where water has not been seen for 15 – 20 years.

The scoring was again very capably undertaken by Joy and Tim Shirley, to whom we extend our sincere thanks.

Graeme Parker won the Competition and received the Winners Trophy. Colin Stauss from the Balaklava Gliding Club was awarded the most Meritorious Effort Trophy.

There were a number of important Visitors to Waikerie during this period

  • Simon Hackett (Internode), the major sponsor of Joeyglide visited during the Junior Nationals.
  • Nev Donald and Grant Johnson with the Joeyglide organization.
  • Paul Mander, also with the Joeyglide group.
  • All the Joeyglide entrants, plus Nick Gilbert, Adam Wooley, and those who attended in support.
  • Mrs Lee Badcock (whose father assisted with the construction of the Pelican in years passed) visited and donated photographs, press cuttings and various items of memorabilia to the Club.
  • Werner Van Euw and Dean Ward visited for a week with their DG500 from Camden.
  • Pam & Gerrit Kerstjens
  • John & Pam Buchanan
  • Mac McTainsh called from New Zealand. Mac is a past member of the Club.
  • Rob and Reg Moore.

As we headed home after a busy few weeks, our thoughts and concerns returned to Queensland. On behalf of all Waikerie Gliding Club members – and all of the South Australian gliding community, I extend our best wishes for a speedy recovery from what must be a very traumatic period.

John Hudson