Sunday, November 30th, 2014

Orange Week 2014

This news item comes at the completion of another well organised and fun Orange week. As a bonus the SA state comps were at the last moment moved from Bordertown to Waikerie, but we had enough entrants to make a success of both events.
Unfortunately all but the teams trophy went to interstate visitors. The Waikerie Willies had a last gasp resurgence thanks to Peter Paine and won by the slimmest of margin over the Beaufort Buritos.
At the presentations many thanks were handed out by the President of the Waikerie Gliding Club Bill (William) Mudge. The Hudsons won the meritorious Maurie Bradney Trophy: which is the prized Orange week trophy this is one we all want to win because it is won not on your gliding performance but on your overall contribution to the event; now that can be just simply keeping us all entertained or doing something amazingly silly and finding a way of justifying it. It really is fun fun fun.
Anyway Stev Jinks is the crown in our thorn and took home two trophies the main one is for SA State Comp Club Class well done Jinksy. The SA state comp winner in the 18 Metre Class was won by Terry Cubley.
John Orton from WA on an amazing 6.75 points easily won the Orange Week title and will take the trophy back to WA .
I think the reason the trophies are so big is to ensure the winners bring them back in person next year as the cost of freight would outweigh the fun and pleasure of bringing it back. Congratulations Steve, Terry and John.
The Day after Orange week finished expectations were high for some huge flights, John Orton launched just after 10:45am into nothing much in the way of lift above 1500 ft but managed to stay aloft for 20 minutes as the day slowly got going. 16 Launches for the day and XC aimed to fly down to Bordertown. Must follow up to see how Adam Howell went.
The following link is to scores and other info regarding the State Comp should you wish to have a quick look.
http://soaringspot.com/sastatecomps14/results/
http://sastateglidingchampionships2014.blogspot.com.au/
http://orangeweek2014.blogspot.com.au/

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