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PWC 2008 - Brazil

PWC Brazil

1st task

We had really low cludbase today in the morning, but clear sky gives us strong hope for the task. When we arrived to the take off there was much more cloud cover already, but wind dummies got some nice thermals despite shadow everywhere. When we took off sun comes again and we have nice 1 hour play before the starting cylinder. I was in really good position there, 100m above the others, but I decided for wrong line and immediately lost everyting. I saved my ass few km away from Castelo, later on Yassen came and together we were planning what to do to catch the leading group. We flew to the south, against the wind so it was quite difficult. Also the wather situation was worse every minute the shadow was everywhere. Despite this we still had some nice climbs.
Slowly I came in front and I was in good position for last part of the race, but meanwhile the organizer cancelled the task due to strong wind, cloud cover and raining. This happened after more than 1,5 hour, so the task is valid. The winner was Karlo Bonacic with 35km.

Hi guys! During the last week 24th –30th Aug we did the Italian Open Championship- FAI-2 in South Italy ( Piedimonte Matese mountains in Appeninos, near to Caserta)
This special place, it's one of the most beautiful land of the our Country ! Very same to Valle de Bravo in Mexico (where will do next World Championship 2009) and I want to say that all pilots must know these Beautiful Mountains.

 

Gasper

 

2nd task

Today we had another very difficult task.  Again quite strong wind, again "Level 3" calls on the radio, again pilots landing everywhere along the task, or just surviving ridge soaring on some small hills.

The task was 75km, first 22km directly down south, then 4 zig-zag points leading back north to the takeoff, and finally goal 3km in front of takeoff.

In the first 15km I was going well in the lead, I had a very good line, but then at the end of big ridge I went too far from the main group, so I arrived below them at the thermal they took several seconds too late and missed it completely.  That turned out to be a big mistake, as I had to spend the next 45min surviving on some hills on the way, jumping from one to the other and seeing other pilots landing everywhere on the way.  At one point I was 20m from the ground, but miraculously managed to get up again.  I finally got to the astronomical hight of 800m and went on glide to the first group, about 40 pilots, who were still soaring on a hill and waiting for some lift to go to turnpoint 3.  I think I was the only pilot who managed to survive from all the ones who missed the first group at turnpoint 1.  It was very technical and quite lucky, but I was there and feeling like I had won a whole race.  Unfortunately, Gasper didn't make it to there.

At that hill more pilots kept landing from time to time, as it was not very big.  First one group went low to another small ridge and started climbing to transition to the big mountain and safer terrain.
(Apparently there was an even earlier group.)  I went with the third group together with Tomas and about 6 other pilots.  Before turnpoint
3 I could climb better and went to it alone, then cutting to t.4 after Urban, who was climbing well in a shortcut in the lee.  Unfortunately, I didn't catch his climb, and it was all down for me from there.
Urban kept flying to win the day, and I landed at 51km.  Tomas and his group chose the way around the mountain and they managed to fly a couple of km further.  Finally, 6 pilots made goal - a big accomplishment in today's tough conditions.

In the Overall PWC Ranking, with Tomas we're suffering a lot from these difficult flying conditions in Brazil, because the points in every day's ranking drop very fast, which means that only the top 5 to 10 get decent points that can be used for the Overall ranking.  It's time to use many discards, but unfortunately for me and Tomas we don't have many of those...  Tomorrow we try again.

Yassen

Today FAI updated ranking and now i am leading!
So this time I want to thank you for all support this year and for my best glider so far.

4th task

Today again classical situation for Castelo this year - strong wind from the seaside and bad task setting. This combination allows us to fly really nice frist part of the race to the first turnpoint 20km south from Castelo, but later almost everybody landed. I landed few km after turnpoint, I was to low in to catch first group, which got some thermal in front of my eyes. Few minutes later Yasen come few meters higher and nice lift drift him some km more,but he landed before 30 km.

Tomas is as seems master for this kind of condition, he came into the goal with only 8 more pilots! The task count only for the event, not for the pwc ranking. So this was finally some luck for me in this nice place, which I am starting to hate more and more...  :)  seeyou, gasper

Friday, task 6

Today's task was almost 50km.  First two points were on the big ridge connected to takeoff, then big 27km transition through the flats to the mountains on the West, and then another short turnpoint leg in the same mountains before goal.

I started the task well, profiting from the fast pace on the big ridge, and after turnpoint two we led out with Simon Issenhut. However, we chose a bad and sinky line, so after about 15k I returned to the first group, which was climbing in yet another weak thermal at this site. 

Unfortunately for Simon, he didn't make it back to there and sank in the beginning.  After that we connected to the mountains to the West and continued jumping from rock to rock in the usual style of the place, using a lot of patience, low saves, and ridge soaring.
About 30k into the task I was in a good position in the lead gaggle with Urban and Aebi and 4-5 other guys, but then suddenly the ridge we had jumped on stopped working altogether and we all had to land.
There I could meet a new Magus 6 pilot - Andre from Brazil, who I've seen has been flying quite well here.

Then we could see about 30 pilots overfly us, including Tomas, who asusual was flying extremely well his glider in the weak and difficult stuff.  At the end only JM Caron managed the very difficult task, leaving everybody behind with miserable points, including Tomas, who finished second, but not in goal.  It's been a difficult week for us with Tomas, as we have both dropped considerably in the Overall ranking.  It's really a pity for Tomas, because after 6 excellent tasks for him he's leading in this comp, yet, because of the miserable points we've been getting by the formula, he has actually dropped in the Overall ranking. 

I hope he manages to stay first and win the comp tomorrow.  I think he deserves it.

Yassen

 

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