Author Archive for Iain Baker

The 5th Helli Lasch Challenge

Nowadays unique is an overused and abused word – yet the Helli Lasch Challenge is a truly unique event. Since 2003 this biennial event has seen the reigning World Champions and the South African squad sharing two weeks of intense flying and moving experiences in an exclusive setting in the spirit of Helli Lasch. Before…

Zen and the Art of Cross-Country Gliding

What on earth is that? Almost without exception, the first question I’m asked about my glider is, “What does the writing on the fin mean?” In fact it’s the same as the registration, ZEN, just written in a Japanese semi-cursive script. But very few people really probe about why I chose D-KZEN as the registration.…