For the last few decades the soaring team of Klix has been organizing a competition for all gliding classes. As the WGC takes place this summer at Leszno in Poland, which is near by, a lot of pilots participated in the competition also for training reasons.
For years this competition has been known for its good organisation, familiar atmosphere and good gliding conditions. It always attracts over 100 competitors, and has good camping facilities and an amazingly good meteo man (really: WHOOOOWWWW!!)
If, though, the weather is a little against us glider pilots, there are also a lot of things to do in the immediate surroundings:
- Visit the city of Dresden.
- Go fishing, sailing or canoeing on the lakes near by.
- Even a trip to Berlin or Prague is do-able very well in one day.
I was impressed when visiting "Oflag IV C" situated in the castle of Colditz. During WW-2 POW's (mostly officers) with escape abilities were held here. You can find the complete history on the Internet. The most astonishing thing is that they built a glider to escape—and it could really fly! There was a replica built and flown in 2013 as reported in this article, and so was proven after the war.
I know it's a long way from the States to Europe, but gliders can easily be rented (on Klix airfield or elswhere in Germany / Europe)—and why don't combine your competition with a trip through Europe?
Since then I have embraced cross-country flying and flying expeditions, including flying in the (French) Alps. As of now, I have made around 250 cross country flights, 3,800 flights, with a total of 1,500 hours, launched by winch and aerotow.
I’m also a crew member off the Dutch gliding team and always carry one of my (Canon) camera’s.
The more you fly, the more you can learn.;-)